James Gaudin > Appleby > St Helier, Jersey > Lawyer Profile
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Corporate (banking and financial services, structured finance, real estate).
James Gaudin is the Office Managing Partner in Jersey and a partner within Appleby’s Corporate department. 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
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.
University of Bristol.
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In addition to its work on public and private bond issuances and TISE listings, Appleby has grown its EU-compliant CLO practice, as well as advising Cayman-based clients on the migration of their businesses to Jersey. James Gaudin heads the practice, advising on structured finance deals and CLOs. Christophe Kalinauckas specialises in debt capital markets instructions, with a particular focus on TISE listings, while counsel Paul Worsnop advises on securitisation, structured finance and CLOs. Associate Tom Vibert has expertise advising on the span of CLO transactions, and Simon Felton joined the team in mid-2023.
The team at Appleby advises clients on both the borrower and lender side of finance transactions, assisting corporations, banks, private equity and sovereign wealth funds with real estate, leveraged and fund financing facilities, in addition to providing insolvency advice, making use of its international network to advise on large-scale, cross-border matters. James Gaudin leads the practice, handling finance transactions, corporate restructuring matters and insolvencies. Iain Millar advises on a wide range of financing issues, offering support with leveraged finance, distressed debt and Islamic finance transactions, among others. Christophe Kalinauckas handles debt finance transactions. Senior associate Daniel Healy is also noted, and Simon Felton joined the practice in mid-2023.