Paul Wilkes > Collas Crill > St Peter Port, Guernsey > Lawyer Profile

Collas Crill
GLATEGNY COURT, PO BOX 140
GLATEGNY ESPLANADE
ST PETER PORT
GY1 4EW
Guernsey

Work Department

Commercial.

Position

Consultant. Paul advises on all elements of investment fund establishment, regulation and downstream transactional work.  His clients include venture capital, private equity, real estate and hedge fund managers based in the key fund markets of London, New York and Asia with a fast-growing following in South Africa. 

Acts for lenders and borrowers in local and cross-border banking transactions, advising on regulatory and security issues. Also advises financial services clients in regulatory matters, including GFSC investigations.

Always having taken a commercially-minded approach, in 2021 Paul moved to a consultancy role with the firm alongside an external position as founding partner of a venture capital firm. This brings unique and invaluable experience and perspective to the team in advising fund managers.

Career

Associate to Justice Reginald Barrett in the Supreme Court of New South Wales; graduate position finance and tax (investment funds) teams Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons), Sydney; Ogier 2006; Collas Crill 2007. Made Group Partner in 2011, became Consultant in 2021

Memberships

Paul is one of only three lawyers sitting on the executive committee of the Guernsey Investment Funds Association (GIFA).
Law Society of England and Wales
Guernsey International Lawyers Association
Oxford Union

Education

University of Sydney (1996 Physiotherapy); University of New South Wales (2003 LLB); College of Law, St Leonards (2005 Graduate Diploma in Law).

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Investment funds

(Hall of Fame)

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The ‘commercially and technically excellent‘ corporate finance and funds team at Collas Crill has a strong open-ended funds practice, and practice head Wayne Atkinson recently advised on closed-ended formations for South African managers. Including senior associate Gareth Morgan, the team is actively advising on green, renewable and social impact funds. Co-head Paul Wilkes stepped down from the partnership to establish his own venture capital fund, though is still retained as of counsel.

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A

Collas Crill takes a cross-departmental approach to corporate services under the corporate finance and funds banner. Recent headline deals have included sale and purchase agreements and associated funding arrangements for essential Guernsey companies in the transport and medical care sectors, led by practice head Paul Wilkes and Wayne Atkinson. The ‘extremely capable and practical‘ Simon Heggs was recently promoted to partner; he handles a mix of capital markets transactions and downstream acquisitions for clients including funds and banks. The practice is a leading name for international financing deals and listings in the medicinal cannabis sector.

Guernsey > Banking and finance

Real estate finance is a primary field of focus for Collas Crill’s banking and finance team, within which co-head Wayne Atkinson handles traditional and shari’ah-compliant lending mandates for global banks. A key trend for the practice has been its ability to secure new panel appointments from Middle East-based lenders. Co-head Paul Wilkes and the ‘responsive, personable and very high-qualitySimon Heggs (who recently made partner) lead on fund and leveraged finance instructions; although they predominantly act for lenders, work from domestic and multijurisdictional borrowers is another driver of activity.