James Gaudin > Appleby > St Helier, Jersey > Lawyer Profile

Appleby
13-14 ESPLANADE
ST HELIER
JE1 1BD
Jersey

Work Department

Corporate (banking and financial services, structured finance, real estate).

Position

James Gaudin is a partner within the Corporate department and leads the structured finance team in Jersey. He specialises in all areas of offshore corporate, finance and restructuring work within Appleby’s strong equity and capital markets practice.

His extensive experience covers banking and asset finance, real estate investment structures, public and private debt and equity issues, securitisations, repackagings and initial public offerings, as well as structures involving Jersey limited partnerships and unit trusts. More recently James has advised on some of the largest corporate restructurings to have occurred in the Jersey market. He also advises banks and other global financial institutions in relation to the Jersey elements of complex cross-border insolvencies. The majority of his time is spent on real estate finance and funds.

He has contributed to numerous publications, and regularly presents to conferences, seminars and clients. James also participates in numerous industry steering and consultation groups.

Some examples of work includes advising: Acting for Credit Suisse (Europe) Limited as Joint Lead Managers and Bookrunners in relation to the offer of £266,500,000 8% Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes due 2020 and £150,000,000 Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2019 by Hastings Insurance Group; Acting for Credit Suisse (USA) LLC as Initial Purchaser in connection with the issue by Georgia Wordwide PLC of its €700,000,000 4.125% Senior Secured Notes due 2020, €850,000,000 4.750% Senior Secured Notes due 2023, US$600,000,000 5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2020, US$1,500,000,000 6.250% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 and US$1,100,000,000 6.500% Senior Secured Notes due 2025; Acting for Deutsche Bank AG London as lead arranger in connection with the BVI, Jersey and Mauritian aspects of the US$600,000,000 bond issue by Severn Energy together with further participations by Vitol SA, Ashmopre Group and a syndicate of African banks headed by FBN Capital

Career

James became a partner at Appleby in 2011. Prior to joining Appleby in August 2010, he spent six years in the capital markets and structured finance team at a Jersey-based offshore firm, before joining another major offshore firm where he was a group partner and head of corporate in Jersey. Before returning to Jersey, James worked with Hemmington-Scott in London for four years, latterly as head of treasury and banking. James qualified as a barrister in 1996 and has been a Jersey advocate since 2005. He has not always been a lawyer and spent years as a broker and Investment banker with Hemington-Scott, Deutsche Bank and ABN Amro.

Education

University of Bristol.

Lawyer Rankings

Jersey > Capital markets

(Leading individuals)

James GaudinAppleby

At Appleby, Andrew Weaver‘s recent activity has included capital markets work in the investment funds industry, as well as debt issuances overseas. James Gaudin, now the firm’s Jersey managing partner, also handles high-yield work, including some of TISE’s most prestigious listings, as well as securitsation.

Jersey > Corporate and commercial

At Appleby, James Gaudin‘s diverse practice, which also includes funds and capital markets, is active across deals in various areas, including natural resources, real estate and insurance – Andrew Weaver has also handled insurance M&A of late, as well as restructuring and economic substance matters. Senior associate Kevin McQuillan was sworn in as a Jersey advocate in December 2019. Clients particularly praise the team for its cross-office working, and in particular on a number of mandates where it has worked with its Douglas team.

Jersey > Banking and finance

Now managing partner of Appleby‘s ‘slick‘ Jersey office, James Gaudin‘s workload also includes a range of lender-side fund finance mandates, in which he acts for a number of European and British banks, as well as corporate deals. He and Andrew Weaver are both active in real estate finance deals, acting for borrowers and lenders on deals concerning properties in the UK and Europe. The team is also active in corporate deals, many concerning unique issues on-island. Kevin McQuillan, a senior associate in the team, was sworn in as a Jersey advocate in December 2019, and clients also praise associate Paul Warsnop.