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Collas Crill

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Grand Cayman, Singapore, St Helier, St Peter Port, Tortola


Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Collas Crill

At Collas Crill, alongside fund finance work and real estate matters, group partner Paul Wilkes also has a strong track record in local finance deals. Sean Cheong, who heads the team, handles a broad range of work, including advising lenders on fund financing work, while senior associate Tristan Ozanne advises bank and non-bank lenders.

Practice head(s):Sean Cheong

Other key lawyers:Paul Wilkes; Tristan Ozanne

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Northern Trust

Butterfield Bank

Lloyds Banking Group

Kleinwort Habros

Rothschild Bank


Work highlights

  • Advised RBS International on a revolving facility lent to Guernsey Electricity.
  • Advised RBS International on a £45m loan to Blue Diamond used to purchase eight branches of Wyevale Garden Centres from Terra Firma Capital Partners.
  • Advised TH Real Estate on arranging a structured £155m loan to the developers of 80 Fenchurch Street in London.
Rising stars

Tristan Ozanne - Collas Crill

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Collas Crill

Collas Crill handles debt capital markets work involving TISE listed securities. Paul Wilkes leads these mandates, often working with senior associate Simon Heggs, who is admitted in the Isle of Man.

Practice head(s):Paul Wilkes

Other key lawyers:Simon Heggs

Work highlights

  • Advised Intertrust on its issuance of €500m of bonds to investment banks including Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.
  • Advised a company in the McLaren Property Group on a restructure of inter-group debt into structured Eurobonds listed on TISE.
Rising stars

Simon Heggs - Collas Crill

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Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1

Collas Crill

Collas Crill recently handled a number of Guernsey’s most significant property acquisitions, developments and relocation exercises involving landmark hospitality, retail and commercial premises. Although the firm saw the recent retirement of Chris Bound, the practice remains strong with the likes of Jason Green, Paul Nettleship and senior associate Donald Millar acting for a broad client portfolio of property developers, investors, financial lenders, local businesses and private clients.

Practice head(s):Jason Green; Michael Morris

Other key lawyers:Donald Millar

Key Clients


Investec Bank

SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank

Castle Trust Capital plc

Arbuthnot Latham

Bank Julius Baer



Channel Islands Property Fund

Guernsey Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Comprop in relation to the redevelopment of an iconic former Guernsey brewery site into thirty apartments.
  • Acting for The Liberation Group in the sale of its property assets to a local high net worth individual.
  • Advised The Medical Specialist Group on the leasing of existing premises and a proposed recolation to new premises.
  • An ongoing instruction by Comprop regarding the acquisition of Guernsey's former prison site, with the intention to redevelop the site into office space.
Leading individuals

Jason Green - Collas Crill

Paul Nettleship - Collas Crill

Rising stars

Donald Millar - Collas Crill

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Collas Crill

Collas Crill covers the offshore corporate piece, with real estate deals and restructuring forming sources of interesting recent work. Paul Wilkes has a track record of handling international real estate deals, and Wayne Atkinson has a practice covering matters ranging from corporate restructuring to matters in highly regulated sectors. Sean Cheong also has corporate structuring expertise.

Practice head(s):Paul Wilkes

Other key lawyers:Paul Wilkes; Wayne Atkinson; Sean Cheong

Key Clients

Channel Islands Property Fund

Prudential Insurance Corporation of America

Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund

The Liberation Group


India Capital Growth Fund



Rothschild Private Wealth

Work highlights

  • Advised Cedrus Invest Bank on the Guernsey aspects of a €24m purchase of a site in Houthaven, Amsterdam.
  • Advised Warburg in its sale of two Guernsey SPVs owning London real estate: WH 101 Old Hall and WH 90 Queen St.
  • Advised Life Company Consolidation Group on the Guernsey elements of its purchase of Generali Worldwide Insurance Company for €409m.
  • Advised the joint liquidators of Canargo Limited on a proposed sale of assets, namely interests in joint ventures owning oil and gas interests in Georgia.
  • Provided Guernsey and BVI law advice to Cubic Property Fund on its sale of £75m of real estate assets.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Collas Crill

Collas Crill’s sizeable team of advocates covers the full spectrum of Guernsey’s key areas of litigation, with dedicated teams focussing on contentious trusts, regulatory disputes, insolvency and corporate disputes. Practice head Christian Hay and Gareth Bell regularly receive instructions from international banks, financial institutions and other law firms, while Michael Adkins acts on some of Guernsey’s key domestic regulatory matters, representing significant Guernsey businesses, investment vehicles,  financial services licensees and utilities companies.

Practice head(s):Christian Hay

Other key lawyers:Gareth Bell; Michael Adkins

Key Clients

Rothschild Trust Guernsey

Rawlinson & Hunter SA

Artemis Trustees

Butterfield Bank (Guernsey)

Alderney Renewable Energy

Sark Electricity

Guernsey Housing Association

Liberation Group

Investec Bank (CI)

Louvre Trust (Guernsey)

Trident Trust Guernsey

Stewarts Law

Burges Salmon

CMS Cameron Mckenna

Robins Russell

Clifford Chance

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

K&L Gates

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

DLA Piper UK

Work highlights

  • Ongoing instruction by the independent directors of the collapsed Carlyle Capital Corporation in Guernsey's largest piece of litigation.
  • Representing Artemis Trustees in a longstanding dispute with the former trustees on the latter's alleged misappropriation of trust funds.
  • Acting for Highland CLO Funding against an individual alleged to have breached his fiduciary duties to the client by bringing proceedings in Texas.
  • Representing Louvre Trustees in a beneficiary claim concerning the ownership of a substantial element of family wealth.
  • Acted for Sark Electricity in a statutory appeal and judicial review claim challenging the imposition of a regulatory pricing cap for the first time in Sark's history.
Leading individuals

Christian Hay - Collas Crill

Michael Adkins - Collas Crill

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Collas Crill

Collas Crill covers both listed funds as well as mid-size private funds, some of which invest in unusual assets such as litigation finance, while the firm also advises institutional investors on limited partner commitments. Paul Wilkes, Sean Cheong and Wayne Atkinson are all active in funds work as part of the firm's broader corporate and finance practice.

Practice head(s):Paul Wilkes

Other key lawyers:Sean Cheong; Wayne Atkinson

Key Clients


EquityBridge Asset Management

Channel Islands Property Fund

Riverside Capital Group

Freedom Asset Management

SA Alpha

Cannon Asset Management

Da Vinci Group

Calunius Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Peregrine Guernsey on relocating a Bermuda master-feeder structure to Guernsey.
  • Advised India Capital Growth Fund on its elevation from AIM to the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised African Capital Managers on the creation of an open-ended fund registered with the GFSC.
  • Advised SA Alpha on the creation and regulatory approval of two new funds structured as protected cells.
Leading individuals

Paul Wilkes - Collas Crill

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Private client, trusts and tax
Private client, trusts and tax - ranked: tier 3

Collas Crill

Collas Crill’s recent highlights evidence a particular strength in the growing semi-contentious space, with the team handling the division of trust settlements arising from family disputes, set-aside applications, trustee replacements and breach of trust claims. Angela Calnan assists the team’s growing client base of local and international private clients, banks and trust companies with the full range of non-contentious matters including the establishment and administration of wealth structures, and is noted for her experience with clients from the Arab world. Joanne Seal leads a commendable wills and probate practice which encompasses succession and estate planning matters. Kerrie Le Tissier is now a professional support lawyer.

Practice head(s):Angela Calnan; Joanne Seal

Leading individuals

Angela Calnan - Collas Crill

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