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Collas Crill

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As Group Partner, Mike is an experienced corporate and banking and finance lawyer heading up the commercial team in our Jersey office.

Mike’s corporate practice involves advising listed companies, private groups, family offices, sovereign wealth funds, private equity vehicles, directors and shareholders on areas like mergers and acquisitions, corporate migrations, group restructurings, joint ventures and class rights, shareholder disputes, private placements and public offerings (including IPOs and secondary offerings), corporate governance and directors’ duties and employee incentive schemes.

His banking and finance practice involves advising borrowers and lenders on areas like acquisition and leveraged finance, asset finance, Islamic finance, project finance, real estate finance, debt restructuring and security enforcement. He also advises arrangers, dealers and SPVs in relation to debt issues (including note programmes and securitisations) and structured products.


Prior to joining Collas Crill, Mike worked for another leading offshore law firm in both Jersey and the BVI. He has also worked for Allen Allen & Hemsley in Sydney and Clifford Chance in London.

Mike was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2001 (currently non-practising) and the British Virgin Islands in 2011.

Lawyer Rankings

Jersey > Corporate and commercial

Collas Crill‘s Mike Williams, who heads the practice, is active in cross-border deals, handling both BVI and Jersey law. Matthew Gilley joined at partner level from Ogier in April 2019 – his mandates have involved acting as lead counsel on deals involving global businesses based in Jersey as well as setting up Jersey branches for global businesses. Dilmun Leach, who is also active in funds work, handles a number of on-island deals and matters concerning foreign real estate held through Jersey structures, as well as sensitive corporate governance matters, while counsel Fiona Wilson is a key name below partner level.

Jersey > Banking and finance

Collas Crill‘s group partner Mike Williams , who has a track record of BVI work, handles work for mainstream and specialised banks (with Islamic finance a specific area of expertise), covering real estate both on-island and in the UK and fund finance. He was joined by Matthew Gilley, who joined from Ogier in April 2019, bringing with him a practice on the real estate side of the finance offering. Christine Fox is a key counsel in the team.