Firm Profile > Appleby > St Helier, Jersey

Appleby
13-14 ESPLANADE
ST HELIER
JE1 1BD
Jersey

Commercial property Tier 1

Appleby advises developers, investors, financial institutions and local businesses on high-profile commercial and mixed-use development projects, commercial leases, property investment mandates and general regulatory advice. The team, which is led by noted industry expert Tim Hart, has been further strengthened with the promotion to counsel of Jonathan Anderson, who brings a proven track record in handling high-value property transactions for local and multinational investors and sellers.

Testimonials

Appleby provides a very professional and competitively priced property service

Appleby is responsive and keeps to agreed timescales and its advice is commercial and pragmatic

An extremely able, experienced and commercial team, very client focused and with an unmatched understanding of the property sector in general

Tim Hart is always available and his carefully planned approach to each instruction results in important issues being identified early on and last minute issues being avoided

John Bisson always displays an excellent grasp of the issues with a versatile, proactive and commercial approach

Key clients

17 Queen Street Limited

Azure Hotel Investments S.A.

Barclays Bank PLC

Daisy Hill Real Estates Limited

Dandara Group

Decade Property Holdings Limited

HSBC Bank PLC

Newport (Jersey) Limited

Palladium Group

Santander

The Yacht Hotel Limited

Employment Tier 1

Appleby regularly advises international businesses on non-contentious issues such as significant employee transfer exercises, employee share plans and policy reviews; disputes work includes matters such as senior director terminations, whistleblowing investigations, tribunal appeals and unfair dismissal claims. The team has grown by two partners, with the promotion of Richard Sheldon (who divides his time between Jersey and Guernsey) and recruitment of data protection specialist Richard Field from Carey Olsen. Clients include multinational financial institutions, trust companies and locally operating employers.

Testimonials

Appleby’s advice is pragmatic and solutions focussed

Richard Sheldon is outstanding

Key clients

Bank Julius Baer

Barclays Group

Canaccord Genuity Wealth

Clifford Chance

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

CRR Hotels

Equiom

Estera

Eversheds Sutherland

Grant Thornton

HSBC Group

International Energy Group Limited

PraxisIFM

Sanne Group

Santander

Banking and finance Tier 2

Appleby covers a range of high-level work in the core areas of banking and finance, but the two headline roles for the firm during 2018 were Wendy Benjamin's work on the ring-fencing restructurings of two of the UK's big five banks. James Gaudin handles fund finance and real estate finance matters, as does Andrew Weaver.

Testimonials

Appleby is incredibly supportive, and delivers high-quality thought and output.’

Wendy Benjamin demonstrates skill and a caring approach.’

Key clients

Ashby Capital LLP

Atrium European Real Estate Limited

Barclays

HSBC

Lloyds Bank Plc

Santander

Standard Chartered Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited

Capital markets Tier 2

The practice at Appleby, which is led by structured finance head James Gaudin and Andrew Weaver, handles the Jersey elements of structured finance deals, and bond and paper offerings. Securitisation is another area of expertise. The firm acts for investment funds and well-known banks, among others.

Testimonials

Andrew Weaver and his team are professional, thorough, and provide input very promptly.

Key clients

Atrium European Real Estate Limited

Deutsche Bank AG

Mauser Packaging Solutions Holding Company

Corporate and commercial Tier 2

Appleby's practice handles a range of work, including major cross-border deals, often working with its other offices elsewhere in the Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories. Andrew Weaver handles a mix of work for both trade buyers and private equity houses, while James Gaudin's practice includes cross-border real estate and corporate transactions, and also technical company law issues. Wendy Benjamin, who divides her time between Jersey and Guernsey, handles a number of deals in financial services sectors, including restructurings of banks to comply with ring-fencing requirements.

Testimonials

Speedy and efficient, with practical knowledge and expertise.’

Easy to use and likable.’

Key clients

Ashby Capital LLP

Atrium European Real Estate Limited

AXA Partners SAS

Barclays

Helix Property Limited

HSBC

Lloyds Bank Plc

PraxisIFM

Santander

Standard Chartered Bank

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Owing to Appleby’s considerable global footprint, its Jersey team regularly receives big-ticket instructions from global financial institutions, including recent court-approved multibillion-pound restructuring mandates. The practice, which includes highly-praised advocates Michael Cushing and Fraser Robertson, also acts on trust and fiduciary disputes, professional negligence claims and contentious insolvency. Newly-promoted partner Jared Dann is also recommended for his expertise in contentious trust, fraud and asset tracing matters.

Testimonials

The team works together as a seamless unit, capable of meeting very tight deadlines

A strong and established team with worldwide off shore support

The firm’s advice is always very clear and extremely practical

Michael Cushing is an exceptional lawyer. He combines hard work with unfailing good humour

Fraser Robertson and Jared Dann are both excellent court lawyers and give sound pragmatic advice

Michael Cushing has a breadth of experience and is great to work with

When it comes to large-scale court room litigation, Fraser Robertson is at the very top in the island

Key clients

Santander

Zedra Trust Company (Jersey) Limited

Private client, trusts and tax Tier 2

The private client and trust offering at Appleby is fully integrated into the corporate practice, with the highly-regarded David Dorgan advising the firm’s considerable blue-chip client roster. Typical mandates include the establishment, administration and restructuring of trust instruments and foundations, refinancing transactions involving trust property, pension trust wind-down instructions, employee benefit trust structuring and trust regulatory advice to private clients.

Testimonials

The team is dynamic, solutions orientated and delivers an excellent service in a cost efficient manner

A team of excellent practitioners

David Dorgan is a highly specialised lawyer who is always available

David Dorgan has a very sound knowledge of the law.  He is pragmatic and quick to respond with good interpersonal skills

David Dorgan is willing to go the extra mile

David Dorgan has great skills to help foreign clients reach a clear and actionable plan

David Dorgan has a very pragmatic approach and is able and willing to work to specific deadlines to achieve a result

Key clients

Barclays

Estera

Equiom

RBC

RBS International

Santander

Standard Chartered Bank

UBS

Zedra

Investment funds Tier 3

Appleby's funds practice, led by Andrew Weaver, handles mid-market fund formation work in the private equity space, as well as hedge and real estate fund redomiciliations. Clients include established German and British managers, as well as start-up hedge funds.

Testimonials

Very helpful in managing the administrative aspects of a request, and not only the drafting.’

Senior associate Chris Smedley is very personable, and always happy to pick up the phone to work matters through.’

 

Key clients

Blackstone Real Estate

Halder Germany II Feeder Fund L.P.

KWVF Panther Holdco Limited

Silicon Valley Bank

Stirling Square Capital Partners

Guernsey > Banking and finance Tier 2

Appleby's finance practice, led by Jeremy Berchem, covers a mix of work ranging from fund finance through to real estate deals and corporate lending, as well as regulatory matters. Below partner level, counsel Chet Pohl and senior associate Nicole Sorbie have track records of working with the firm's partners on large fund finance facilities. Kate Storey is now at WALKERS.

Testimonials

The team provides commercial, solutions-driven perspective and workable recommendations as to how to proceed, making it a match for any other firm in Guernsey, notwithstanding its relatively small size.’

What really sets Appleby apart is its commercial understanding of the market – as well as being technically on the money, its assistance in bringing deals to a commercially agreeable position is invaluable.’

Jeremy Berchem has fantastic knowledge of the market and is always on hand to help with complex points of Guernsey law.’

Nicole Sorbie’s experience and efficiency are second-to-none.’

Key clients

Bank Julius Baer

BMO Real Estate Partners

Butterfield Bank

Citibank

Credit Suisse

HSBC

Investec

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Société Générale

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Appleby handles many deals with challenging US elements, and also has a key strength in restructuring and distressed M&A. The 'very commercial and responsive' Jeremy Berchem is the key lawyer in a team which has handled inter-island deals in the corporate service provider space.

Testimonials

A personable team with a broad skill-set.’

Very responsive and highly adaptive.’

Key clients

Blackstone Group

BMO Real Estate Partners

Equiom

Estera

GBGI

Intertrust

Oak Trust Group

NYX Gaming

PraxisIFM

Willis Towers Watson

 

The firm

Appleby is a leading offshore law firm. The team of legal specialists advise global public and private companies, financial institutions and private individuals. Appleby is regularly recognised for its integrity and excellent client service, these are the values the firm prides itself on and are at the very core of its business.

Appleby’s global presence allows it to provide timely and comprehensive legal advice at the times that matter most to clients. Appleby is located in the key offshore jurisdictions of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius, and the Seychelles, as well as the international financial centres of Hong Kong and Shanghai. Appleby works with clients to achieve practical solutions whether in a single location or across multiple jurisdictions. Appleby is a full service law firm providing expert advice across corporate, dispute resolution, property, regulatory and private client and trusts practice areas.

Principal areas of work

Mergers & Acquisitions: Appleby’s Merger and Acquisitions team regularly works with FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies around the globe to help them deploy strategic growth and restructuring initiatives, whether involving single jurisdictions or complex multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary transactions. They actively monitor M&A trends through their half-yearly Offshore-i report and their unique global presence means that they are able to advise clients on complex, cross-border transactions involving the offshore jurisdictions.

Regulatory: Appleby’s Regulatory and Compliance team is one of the world’s largest offshore, comprised of experts who not only have first-hand knowledge of local regulation, but who have in many cases, helped to shape it. Their team are skilled at putting technical regulatory information and decision-making in a commercial context, and clients know that they can assemble the team to deliver an international service, quickly and seamlessly.

Technology & Innovation: Appleby’s multi-disciplinary Technology and Innovation Group comprises experts from each of their 10 offices to help businesses meet the new challenges and support clients across a broad range of emerging technologies including blockchain, virtual currencies, ICOs, data protection and financial technologies.

Banking & Finance: Appleby’s Banking and Asset Finance team are experienced in all aspects of law relating to banking, ship and aircraft registration and finance, asset backed finance and project and infrastructure finance. They provide advice to major banks and financial institutions, ship and aircraft owners, lessors, and lessees and have deep and trusted relationships with numerous international law firms, shipping groups and financial institutions around the world.

Funds: Appleby’s Fund Finance team are experts in advising banks and finance providers in the development of sophisticated financing solutions. The team are globally recognized as leaders in the fund finance sector and have advised on a variety of different financing structures involving funds that have ranged from a hundred million to billions of dollars in subscribed investor commitments.

Insolvency & Restructuring: Appleby’s Insolvency and Restructuring team advise directors, institutional lenders, creditors (secured or unsecured), borrowers, or insolvency practitioners in large insolvencies that have offshore or cross-border elements. The team has extensive insolvency and restructuring experience across a wide range of industries, including retail, hospitality and leisure, healthcare, financial services, real estate and manufacturing.

Trust Disputes: As family arrangements become more complex, trustees and beneficiaries are frequently being drawn into disputes which lead to court proceedings. Appleby’s talented, experienced and solution driven Trust Disputes team is committed to delivering the highest possible level of client service and regularly work together across their global locations to provide expert multi-jurisdictional advice.

Employment: Appleby’s specialist Employment team provides advice on employment and immigration law to a range of global clients, including banks, financial services businesses, companies and directors, as well as their onshore legal advisers. With close ties to local governments, they are often consulted on, and help to share, new laws brought into force across the jurisdictions in which they operate.

Fraud & Asset Tracing: Appleby’s Fraud and Asset tracing team are experts in helping clients to trace and recover assets across international jurisdictions, regardless of where proceedings originate. Their clients include major financial institutions, multinational corporations, government agencies, state-owned corporations and high net worth individuals, who have been defrauded or have received the proceeds of fraud. They also advise directors and officers, and other service providers caught in the fallout of fraudulent activities.

Property: Appleby are a leading provider of property services in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Isle of Man and Jersey. Their Property team provides expert legal advice on all aspects of commercial and residential property, including sales and purchases, leasing, development and property finance transactions. They are frequently recognised for their experience and excellent client service and are consistently ranked in the top tiers for property work. They regularly work directly with developers, investors, business occupiers, banking institutions and private individuals.

PC&T: Appleby’s Private Client and Trust team provide trust and foundation services to private individuals, families, and fiduciary companies. They advise on all aspects of trust law, including the establishment, administration, restructuring and termination of private, charitable, and commercial trusts and foundations. They act in a personal capacity as Protector, Enforcer and Director (of Private Trust Companies) for a number of discretionary trusts and are frequently instructed by blue-chip trust institutions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Office managing partner Wendy Benjamin
Corporate Andrew Weaver
Corporate James Gaudin
Corporate James Fox
Dispute Resolution Fraser Robertson
Dispute Resolution Jared Dann
Dispute Resolution Michael Cushing
Dispute Resolution Richard Sheldon
Dispute Resolution Michael O'Connell
Private client & Trust David Dorgan
Property Tim Hart
Photo Name Position Profile
 Wendy Benjamin  photo Wendy Benjamin
 Michael Cushing  photo Michael Cushing
 Jared Dann  photo Jared Dann
 David Dorgan  photo David Dorgan
 James Fox  photo James Fox
 James Gaudin  photo James Gaudin
 Tim Hart  photo Tim Hart
Mr Michael O'Connell photo Mr Michael O'Connell
 Fraser Robertson  photo Fraser Robertson
 Andrew Weaver  photo Andrew Weaver
Number of partners : 11
Number of other fee-earners : 13
English
Spanish
Main Contact : Wendy Benjamin, Office managing partner
Other offices : Bermuda
Other offices : British Virgin Islands
Other offices : Cayman Islands
Other offices : Guernsey
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Isle of Man
Other offices : Mauritius
Other offices : Seychelles
Other offices : Shanghai

Appleby Advise the SMP Group on its Acquisition of Helm Trust Company Ltd

Appleby acted as legal counsel to the SMP Group of Companies, in relation to the acquisition of Helm Trust Company Limited, a highly regarded trust and corporate services provider based in Jersey.

The SMP Group of Companies, headquartered in the Isle of Man, provides corporate and trust structuring, accounting and tax, gaming and fund services to a global client base of both corporate clients and high net worth individuals.

The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approval, was undertaken with the support of Palatine Private Equity LLP, the mid-market private equity house that Appleby assisted through its management buyout of SMP earlier this year, with additional debt funding from Apera Asset Management.

The team at Appleby was led by Jersey Corporate Partner Andrew Weaver with support from Senior Associate Chris Smedley and Associate Lebogang Maimane. The Corporate team were further assisted by Group Partner Richard Sheldon and Associate Paul Worsnop in respect of the employment elements of the transaction, Senior Associate Amy Benest for dispute resolution assistance and Counsel Jonathan Anderson in relation to the real estate aspects of the matter

Appleby Advises Petropavlovsk plc on Issue of USD125 Million Bonds

Appleby’s Jersey team led by Partner, Andrew Weaver and assisted by Associate, Zim Ceko advised and acted as Jersey counsel to Petropavlovsk plc and its subsidiary, Petropavlovsk 2010 Limited in respect of the issue of new USD125,000,000 Guaranteed Convertible Bonds, due 2024 by Petropavlovsk 2010 Limited.

The team also advised on consent solicitations required to amend the terms and conditions of existing USD100,000,000 Guaranteed Convertible Bonds due 2020 issued by Petropavlovsk 2010 Limited and the repurchase of such existing convertible bonds concurrently with the issue of the new convertible bonds.

Appleby assisted with the obtaining of regulatory approvals from the Jersey Financial Services Commission relating to amendments to the terms and conditions of the existing convertible bonds and the issue of the new convertible bonds.

Appleby advise Palatine Private Equity on its investment in SMP Partners

Appleby acted as legal counsel to Palatine Private Equity LLP (Palatine) on its recent investment in SMP Partners. The investment was in support of a management buyout as part of a planned leadership succession process. The deal exchanged earlier in the year and completed on 14 June 2019.

Palatine Private Equity are a regional mid-market private equity firm with a very strong and successful track record. SMP Partners is a leading, independent, international corporate services provider with exciting plans for future growth.

Appleby advised on a broad range of Isle of Man, Cayman, Jersey and British Virgin Islands legal matters and demonstrated the advantage of its global footprint in the key offshore finance centres.

The cross-jurisdictional team at Appleby was led by Corporate Partner Tom Brook, providing Isle of Man and BVI advice, with support from Isle of Man Counsel Michelle Brook. Partner Jacob MacAdam and Associate Dean Bennett provided Cayman Islands legal expertise whilst Partner Andrew Weaver and Senior Associate Chris Smedley advised on Jersey aspects of the deal.

The team worked closely with Gateley PLC, who acted as lead counsel to Palatine.

Appleby advises JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. on USD1.25 billion credit facility

Leading offshore law firm Appleby advised JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in relation to the Jersey law aspects of a new USD 1.25 billion asset-based revolving credit facility to the Adient Group. The facility was used to prepay in full and terminate commitments under an existing credit agreement.

The Adient Group is a global leader in automotive seating with 84,000 employees operating in 214 manufacturing and assembly plants in 32 countries worldwide.

The Jersey team at Appleby consisted of Corporate Partner Wendy Benjamin and Senior Associate, Kevin McQuillan.

Appleby Advises on Manx Telecom Takeover

Appleby acted as Isle of Man counsel to (1) Basalt Infrastructure Partners II A L.P., (2) Basalt Infrastructure Partners II B L.P., (3) Basalt Infrastructure Partners II C L.P. and (4) Basalt Infrastructure Partners II D L.P., each acting through its general partner Basalt Infrastructure Partners II GP Limited (Basalt), on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Manx Telecom plc (MT). The recommended cash acquisition, through a scheme of arrangement that became effective on 9 May 2019, valued MT at approximately GBP 255.9 million.

MT is the Isle of Man’s leading communication solutions provider. It owns and operates the vast majority of fixed and mobile telecommunications infrastructure on the island and offers a wide range of fixed-line, broadband, mobile and data centre services to businesses, consumers and the public sector.

Basalt is an infrastructure equity investment fund focusing on investments in the key sectors of energy, transportation, telecommunication and utility assets across Europe and North America.

The Appleby team was led by corporate partner Garry Manley and also included Tom Brook (finance), Mark Holligon and Claire Corkish (litigation), Juan Thornley (pensions), Caren Pegg (employment) and Alexandra Dernie (real estate). The team worked closely with Travers Smith, who acted as lead counsel to Basalt.

Appleby advises Thomas Miller Investment on the sale of its offshore private client investment management business to Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

Appleby has advised Thomas Miller Investment on the sale of its offshore private client investment management business to Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management.

On 21 March 2019 it was announced that Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., through its UK & Europe based wealth management business, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire Thomas Miller Wealth Management Limited and an asset purchase agreement to acquire the private client investment management business of Thomas Miller Investment (Isle of Man) Limited.

Thomas Miller Wealth Management Limited is an integrated wealth manager headquartered in London and provides financial planning and investment management services to private clients, trusts, charities and corporates in the UK. Client assets of Thomas Miller Wealth Management Limited and the private client investment management business in the Isle of Man total approximately GBP 1.0 billion and together generated revenue of approximately GBP 8.4 million for the year ended 31 December 2018.

The sale, which is subject to customary closing conditions, will allow Thomas Miller Investment to focus on its core institutional investment management activities.

An Appleby team, led by Isle of Man-based corporate partner Garry Manley, acted as lead counsel to Thomas Miller Investment on the sale of the Isle of Man private client investment management business.

Appleby Advises Aquatic Foods Group Plc on AIM Listing

Appleby acted as Jersey counsel for Aquatic Foods Group Plc, a marine foods and seafood processor and supplier based in the People’s Republic of China, supplying to export and local markets, in relation to its flotation on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market on 3 February 2015.

The Company, successfully raised £9.3 million through the issue of 13,226,081 new ordinary shares at a price of 70 pence per ordinary share, the net proceeds of the Fundraising will be used in part to expand the Group’s processing capabilities. Aquatic Foods’ market capitalisation on admission, based on the placing price, was approximately £79.3 million.

The Appleby team was led by James Gaudin, partner and Jersey Head for Structured Finance, who was assisted by Senior Associate Simon Tait. Appleby acted alongside Aquatic Foods UK lawyers Olswang LLP, China lawyers Trend Associates and nominated advisor and broker SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP.

Appleby advises Tritax Big Box REIT plc on the acquisition of DB Symmetry and a GBP 400m US private placement

Appleby has assisted long standing client Tritax Big Box REIT plc (TBBR), a main market listed investment fund focussed on acquiring and managing logistics assets, on its big start to 2019. By the end of February, TBBR had closed the GBP 370M acquisition of an 87% stake in db Symmetry, one of the largest privately owned warehouse developers in the UK, and raised GBP 400m via a US Private Placement.

db Symmetry has a land portfolio comprising 2,500 acres, and as a result of the scarcity of land at major logistics locations in the UK, the portfolio of new assets will provide a significant commercial and competitive advantage for TBBR in the future. TBBR part funded the purchase price of GBP 370 million by raising GBP 250 million through a placing and open offer of 192.3 million new shares. The Appleby team in Jersey, led by corporate partner Andrew Weaver and assisted by associate Paul Worsnop, advised on the acquisition documents and helped TBBR structure the acquisition vehicle through which the db Symmetry senior management team retain their 13% interest in the group. The transaction involved the acquisition of a number of BVI companies with due diligence and BVI acquisition mechanics being led by Isle of Man based corporate partner and head of Appleby’s BVI (GMT) team Kyle Sutherland and assisted by associate Sophie Corkish.

Later in February 2019, TBBR successfully drew on the GBP 400 million US private placement that was priced in November 2018. Much like the existing Euro medium term note programme, the unsecured notes were guaranteed by over 50 of TBBR’s subsidiaries in Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and the BVI. The Appleby team, led by corporate partners Andrew Weaver, Kyle Sutherland and Jeremy Berchem, advised on the listing and offer documents and off-shore regulatory matters arising in connection with the placement as well as general transactional advice across all jurisdictions. With the Jersey office acting as the primary contact point, Appleby provided TBBR and their advisors with a single point of contact across all jurisdictions and consolidated advice, saving time, cost and duplicated effort.

These two transactions are the latest in a string of similar transactions Appleby has assisted TBBR with over the last few years including their GBP 1.5 billion Euro medium term note programme, current GBP 350 million revolving credit facility alongside other transactions for funds advised by the Tritax Group such as the EUR 118 million acquisition of a regional distribution centre in Italy for Tritax Eurobox plc in 2018.

Appleby advises GBGI Limited on its acquisition by Guernsey scheme of arrangement

Appleby’s Guernsey office has advised GBGI Limited on its acquisition by Elm Bidco, L.P., a limited partnership controlled by affiliates of Further Global Capital Management, L.P.

Global Benefits Group is the world’s largest independent, fully integrated provider of international benefits.

The takeover was implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement approved by the Royal Court in Guernsey. The Appleby team advised Guernsey incorporated GBGI Limited (which was formerly listed on AIM) with all Guernsey law aspects of the scheme, which came into effect on 20 February 2019.

Appleby’s team in Guernsey consisted of Corporate Group Partner Andrew Harding and Dispute Resolution Partner Anthony Williams, supported by Counsel Chet Pohl and Associate Gary Orritt. Appleby worked alongside Allen & Overy LLP who acted as lead counsel to the target company.

Appleby advise on Santander banking transfer in Jersey and Isle of Man

Appleby has advised Santander on the transfer of their banking businesses in both Jersey and Isle of Man. The businesses of Santander UK plc, Jersey branch and Santander UK plc, Isle of Man branch, were transferred on 17 December 2018 into the respective Jersey and Isle of Man branches of Abbey National Treasury Services plc, pursuant to a transfer scheme in each jurisdiction, which have both received court-sanction. Appleby has previously advised on all recent similar court-sanctioned schemes in respect of deposit-taking business in both Jersey and the Isle of Man.

The Jersey team consisted of Partners Wendy Benjamin, Michael Cushing, David Dorgan, Tim Hart, and Richard Sheldon, supported by Senior Associate Gemma Whale, Associate Dilly Wright and Paralegal Angharad Prescott.

The Isle of Man team was led by Corporate Partner Juan Thornley, assisted by Senior Associate Eleanor Harding and Associate Camilla Griffiths-Rand, alongside Dispute Resolution Partner Mark Holligon, assisted by Counsel, Claire Corkish.

Appleby Jersey acts in ground-breaking trust litigation decision

In a landmark decision, the Royal Court of Jersey has held that a settlors’ exercise of personal powers of revocation of a trust should be declared invalid.

In the Representation of Jasmine Trustees Limited and another [2018] JRC 210, the Court held that the settlors of two Jersey law trusts, who each held a power of revocation, had not executed the powers of their own free will. Rather, the Court held that the settlors had been unduly influenced by a third party (the father and a beneficiary of the trusts) to exercise the power of revocation as part of his attempts to assert control over the trusts’ assets.

This appears to be the first occasion in which a court has declared a revocation notice given by the relevant power holder to be invalid and of no effect, and it will be interesting to see the wider impact this decision may have.

Appleby Dispute Resolution Jersey Partner Fraser Robertson and Senior Associate Amy Benest, acted for the successful Applicant in this matter.

Appleby Jersey acts in First Winding up of a Limited Partnership

Appleby acts in first winding up of a limited partnership by the Royal Court of Jersey under the Limited Partnerships (Jersey) Law 1994.

In Representation of Private Equity Fund Finance Limited [2018] JRC 194, the Royal Court of Jersey has for the first time made orders to bring about the orderly winding up of a Jersey limited partnership under Article 23 of the Limited Partnerships (Jersey) Law 1994 (the Law).

The limited partnership involved had been established in 1997 to invest in early stage European medical ventures. A Jersey incorporated company named Renaissance Partners Limited was the General Partner. By the time the matter came before the Court, there were four limited partners remaining, including the Applicant (which had been the largest capital contributor to the limited partnership).

The General Partner was struck off the register of companies on 1 October 2016 for failure to file its annual return. As the Court observed, the directors of the General Partner had apparently been assured that non-payment of the annual return fee ‘would result in the company going into a state of suspension, from which it could be revived at a later date on payment of a modest fine’. In fact, pursuant to Article 24 of the Law, the effect of the General Partner being struck off was the dissolution of the limited partnership. Upon dissolution, the assets were arguably bona vacantia and therefore escheated to the Crown.

The Applicant had reached an agreement with HM Receiver General for the assets to be returned to the custody of the Applicant, subject to payment of a fee on a time-costed basis (and to a cap of 5% of aggregate value). This enabled the assets of the dissolved limited partnership to be collected in and dealt with, without the expense of seeking to restore the General Partner to the register. In a decision which demonstrates a typically practical and commercially-minded approach, the Court blessed this agreement and made orders authorising the Applicant to collect in, realise and distribute the assets of the partnership. In the event that the assets proved insufficient to pay all creditor claims in full, the Applicant was ordered to return to Court for further directions prior to making any distributions.

Appleby Jersey Partner Michael Cushing and Associate Craig Campbell acted for the Applicant in this matter.

Appleby advises PraxisIFM Group on its acquisition of Nerine International Holdings Limited

Appleby Guernsey acted for long-term client PraxisIFM Group, in its acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital of Nerine International Holdings Limited, a Bahamian registered company, and its various overseas subsidiaries.

This is the fourth acquisition in two years in which Jersey and Guernsey Appleby teams have acted for the Channel Islands-based group and also follows the 2015 merger between Praxis and IFM Group and the 2017 investment and TISE listing.

Nerine is an independent group providing fiduciary servicing to alternative investment funds and international business clients with management, domiciliation, administrative, corporate and fund service solutions. With this key strategic acquisition, Nerine will help PraxisIFM Group to add significantly to the Group’s capabilities in private client and corporate services upon completion. It will also add two additional jurisdictions to the group’s service offering, and take its total number of offices to 15 with more than 520 employees.

The total consideration, payable in cash and equity, comprises the initial consideration of £16,534,383 and deferred payments payable on the first and second anniversaries with a maximum value of £23,620,547.

The deal is subject to various regulatory approvals.

The Appleby team was led by Group Partner Andrew Harding and Wendy Benjamin with assistance from Senior Associate James Walsh and Paralegal James Dickinson. The team acted as lead-counsel to PraxisIFM Group, and advised on all aspects of the transaction, including due diligence, negotiation of all transaction documents, regulatory change of control approval and employee retention matters.

Appleby advise on offshore aspects of £150m sale of Lombard division

Appleby provided Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Cayman legal advice in connection with the disposal by Lombard, the asset finance division of RBS, on the £150m sale of its offshore Channel Islands division by way of portfolio sale to specialist lenders Investec and Shawbrook Bank.

Working alongside lead counsel Addleshaw Goddard, Appleby provided multi-jurisdictional advice on the transaction, evidencing the collective strength of the team across the jurisdictions.

James Gaudin, Corporate Partner, supported by Gemma Whale, Associate with assistance from Kyle Sutherland, Corporate Partner (Isle of Man), Jeremy Berchem, Group Partner (Guernsey), and Caroline Barton, Corporate Partner (Cayman), led the team at Appleby from the Jersey office.

Relevant links

Appleby advise the SMP group on its acquisition of Helm Trust Company Ltd. (GUE – 19.07.19) Appleby advises Petropavlovsk Plc on the issue of USD125 million convertible bonds (JER – 10.07.19) Appleby advise Palatine Private Equity on its investment in SMP Partners (IOM – 24.06.19) Appleby advises JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A. on USA125 billion credit facility (JER – 28.05.19) Appleby advises on Manx Telecom Takeover (IOM – 23.05.19) Appleby advises Thomas Miller Investment on the sale of its offshore private client investment management business to Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management (IOM – 25.04.19) Appleby advises Aquatic Foods Group Plc on AIM listing (JER – 12.04.19) Appleby advises Tritax Big Box Reit Plc on the acquisition of DB Symmetry and a GBP 400m US private placement (IOM – 05.04.19) Appleby advises GBGI Limited on its acquisition by Guernsey Scheme of Arrangement (GUE – 21.02.19) Appleby advise on Santander banking transfer in Jersey and Isle of Man (CD – 10.01.19) Appleby Jersey acts in ground-breaking trust litigation decision (JER – 23.11.18) Appleby Jersey acts in First Winding up of a limited partnership (JER – 15.11.18) Appleby advises PraxisIFM Group its acquisition of Nerine International Holdings Limited (JER/GUE/IOM – 05.07.18) Appleby advise on offshore aspects of £150m sale of Lombard division (GUE/IOM – 25.06.18)

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At Appleby, our global presence enables us to provide timely and comprehensive legal advice at the time most critical to our clients. This includes providing British Virgin Islands (BVI) law advice to clients in the Asian, North and South American, Caribbean and European timezones.

A number of our BVI qualified lawyers also have experience working in onshore financial centres and as a result are able to understand the demands faced by clients and intermediaries. The team also have experience working on the ground in the BVI, ensuring that they have both commercial expertise and an awareness of the nuances affecting the practice of BVI law. Our global team approach is of significant value to our clients as it ensures that all team members benefit from collective shared experience, when dealing with the spectrum of cross-border transactions and high-profile matters that we advise upon.

We work regularly alongside onshore law firms based in all the major financial centres including London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Dublin, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. Given the popularity of the BVI as an offshore jurisdiction and the extensive use of its vehicles in different corporate structures, our relationships with onshore counsel extend beyond these financial centres and include the regional centres where commercial expertise has developed.

We advise a wide variety of local and international organisations including a large number of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies on every aspect of BVI corporate and commercial law, with particular expertise and focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and capital markets. We also offer advice on:

  • Banking & Asset Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Real Estate and Asset Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Joint Ventures
  • Islamic Finance
  • Listing Services
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Client & Trusts
  • Regulatory
  • (Re)Insurance
  • Restructuring
  • Redomiciling companies to and from the BVI
  • Structured Finance
  • Technology & Innovation

In addition to corporate advice, our global network means we can also offer BVI Dispute Resolution advice to clients in the Asian, North and South American, Caribbean and European timezones.