Kate Ovenden

Managing Partner Partner

Kate joined the firm in 2006, after 10 years as a corporate and financial services lawyer at leading City firm Withers LLP. Prior to that, she gained extensive experience as a trust and company administrator in Guernsey.

Kate acts for local fiduciaries, licensees and banks, as well as multinational companies, intermediaries, private owner-managed businesses and high net worth individuals. She specialises in advising on banking and finance matters, the establishment and administration of all types of investment funds and related structures, financial services and regulatory issues, as well as having a significant corporate and commercial practice.

Kate is a director of Elizabeth College, Guernsey.

Professional
  • Advocate - Guernsey
  • Solicitor* - England & Wales

*non-practising

Credentials
  • 'Leader in their field' - Chambers UK, Europe and Global 2018 and 2017
  • 'Leading individual' - Legal 500 2017, 2016
  • 'Leading Lawyer' in investment funds, private equity and mergers & acquisitions - IFLR1000 2015
  • Personifies the clarity and responsiveness of the firm.
    Legal 500 2017
  • Particularly good – very approachable, good with clients and commercial.
    Legal 500 2017
  • Very good, commercial and fast.
    Chambers 2018
News/Experience
Bedell Cristin advises on the financing of the acquisition of one of Guernsey's premier commercial properties

Leading offshore law firm Bedell Cristin has advised The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited in connection with loan facilities made available to the Channel Islands Property Fund Limited.

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Guernsey Register of Beneficial Ownership - now live!

The Beneficial Ownership of Legal Persons (Guernsey) Law, 2017 (the "Law") came into force on 15 August 2017.

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Here to Guide you through GDPR

There has been a great deal of activity across the Channel Islands because of the pending introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Bedell Cristin advises Regional REIT on acquisition of Conygar portfolio

Bedell Cristin has advised Regional REIT Limited ("Regional Reit"), the UK regional office and industrial property focused REIT managed by London and Scottish Investments and Toscafund Asset Management, on the acquisition of c £129m of UK regional office, i...

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Bedell Cristin recruits new associates to strengthen Guernsey teams
Litigation Banking & Finance 10 Apr 2017 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Guernsey has appointed a number of experienced lawyers to strengthen its teams and to support the continued growth of the firm.

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Bedell Cristin to attend Guernsey Funds Forum on 11 May 2017
Funds & Investment Structures 06 Apr 2017 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin are once again exhibiting sponsors at the Guernsey Funds Forum which takes place at etc.venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD on Thursday 11 May 2017 from 12pm.

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Bedell Cristin explains and explores blockchain over breakfast
04 Apr 2017 Guernsey

An early start on Tuesday 28 March did not deter an audience intrigued to learn more about the emerging blockchain technology and the opportunities on offer for Guernsey. Spanning Guernsey's finance, banking, insurance and technology sectors, over 50 att...

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Guernsey register of beneficial ownership
Litigation 17 Feb 2017 Guernsey

Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee has recently submitted its proposals for the establishment of a Register of Beneficial Ownership for consideration by the States of Guernsey at its sitting on 15 February 2017.

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The Access to Neighbouring Land (Guernsey) Law, 2016
Property 06 Feb 2017 Guernsey

The Project de Loi entitled The Access to Neighbouring Land (Guernsey) Law, 2016 was registered on 16 January 2017.

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Bedell Cristin's Guernsey office advised on the launch of new clean-tech fund
Funds & Investment Structures 12 Dec 2016 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin's Guernsey Office has acted as lead adviser to Jordan based promoter Catalyst Investment Management Company on the launch of its latest clean-tech fund.

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New fund regime for Guernsey
Funds & Investment Structures 17 Nov 2016 Guernsey

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission ("GFSC") yesterday launched a new regime for private investment funds, following a brief consultation with industry.

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Bedell Cristin has advised HSBC in connection with the £100 million financing of the purchase of 20 Moorgate, in the City of London by Asian Growth Properties
Banking & Finance 15 Nov 2016 Guernsey

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Bedell Cristin advises The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited on its financing of Fort Anne, Isle of Man and Liberation House and Windward House, Jersey
Corporate & Commercial Banking & Finance 19 Oct 2016 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell Cristin has again acted as Guernsey and Jersey legal advisers to The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited in connection with the loan facilities made available to Channel Islands Property Fund Limited.

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Bedell Cristin appoints new Managing Partner in Guernsey
22 Aug 2016 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin has appointed Advocate Kate Ovenden as the new Managing Partner of its award winning Guernsey office.

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Bedell Cristin has advised Lloyds Bank plc and Commerzbank AG in connection with the financing of the acquisition of International Energy Group Limited by Ancala Partners LLP
Banking & Finance 08 Aug 2016 Jersey Guernsey

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Corporate migration update
Corporate & Commercial 05 May 2016 BVI Guernsey Jersey

As legislative developments make it easier to move between jurisdictions, many offshore companies are choosing to redomicile.

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Bedell Cristin to attend Guernsey Funds Forum 12 May 2016

Bedell Cristin are once again exhibiting sponsors at the Guernsey Funds Forum which takes place at etc.venues, 155 Bishopsgate in London on Thursday 12 May 2016 from 12pm.

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Bedell Cristin has advised The Royal Bank of Scotland plc in connection with the extension of the current £155 million debt facility provided to Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust Limited
Banking & Finance 18 Apr 2016 Guernsey

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Bedell Cristin advises in connection with the £140 million financing of the acquisition of a portfolio of office and commercial properties
Banking & Finance 18 Mar 2016 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell Cristin advises in connection with the £140 million financing of the acquisition of a portfolio of office and commercial properties throughout England, Scotland and Guernsey

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Amendments to Guernsey's company legislation are now in force
03 Sep 2015 Guernsey

A number of significant amendments to Guernsey's company legislation, the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended), have come into force today, 3 September 2015, subject to certain transitional provisions.

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ESMA recommends Jersey and Guernsey for AIFMD passport

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued its advice to the European Commission, Parliament and Council in relation to the application of the AIFMD passport to non-EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) and non-EU Alternative ...

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Amendments to Guernsey's company legislation

On 29 July 2015 a number of significant changes to Guernsey's company legislation, the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended), are expected to be approved by the States of Guernsey.

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Bedell Cristin to attend Guernsey Funds Forum
Funds & Investment Structures 07 Apr 2015 Guernsey London

Bedell Cristin are once again exhibiting sponsors at the Guernsey Funds Forum which takes place at etc.venues, 155 Bishopsgate in London on Thursday 14 May 2015 from 12pm.

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New Registered Collective Investment Schemes Rules 2015 (the "2015 Rules")

In Guernsey, collective investment schemes (open- or closed-ended) can either be "authorised" or "registered".

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Bedell Cristin partner to attend MIPIM UK
08 Oct 2014

Bedell Cristin Guernsey partner, Kate Ovenden, will be attending MIPIM UK at Olympia, from 15 - 17 October 2014, where she will be based at the Guernsey Finance stand.

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Bedell advises on launch of SOF fund
Funds & Investment Structures 17 Jun 2014 Guernsey

Kate Ovenden and Tristan Ozanne of Bedell Cristin's Guernsey office, together with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, have recently advised SOF Investments Limited in relation to the establishment of Special Opportunities Fund (Guernsey) LP.

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey advises on acquisition of Heritage Insurance Management Limited by Artex Risk Solutions
Corporate & Commercial Insurance & Re-Insurance 22 May 2014 Guernsey London

Bedell Cristin in Guernsey have acted for Artex Risk Solutions in relation to the acquisition of Heritage Insurance Management Limited, the specialist captive and insurance management arm of Guernsey headquartered Heritage Group.

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Proposed amendments to Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 – audit and annual validations
08 Oct 2013 Guernsey

At its next meeting on 30 October 2013, the States of Guernsey will be asked to approve further changes to the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, as amended.

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Guernsey Update - Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive ("AIFMD") update
15 Jul 2013 Guernsey

On 30 May 2013, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") approved cooperation agreements to be signed by the Guernsey regulator, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission ("GFSC").

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Guernsey Update - Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive ("AIFMD")
Funds & Investment Structures 31 May 2013 Guernsey

On 30 May 2013, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") announced that it has approved cooperation agreements to be signed by the Guernsey regulator, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission ("GFSC").

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AIFMD and the Channel Islands The Private Placement Regime - Obligations and Opportunities
Funds & Investment Structures 25 Feb 2013 Jersey

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the "Directive") must be implemented by EU Member States by 22 July 2013.

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Bedell Cristin advises GI Partners on £82.7m acquisition
Corporate & Commercial London Guernsey

Bedell Cristin has advised GI Partners, a leading private investment firm, on the Guernsey and Jersey legal aspects of its £82.7 million freehold acquisition, in partnership with Rowan Asset Management ("Rowan"), of Aldwych House, a 163,000 square foot offi...

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey advises on aspects of £120m Moonpig.com acquisition

Bedell Cristin Guernsey Partnership has advised Barclays Bank, Barclays Corporate, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and National Westminster Bank plc on Guernsey law security relating to Photobox’s £120m purchase of online cards retailer Moonpig.com.

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Insights
EU General Data Protection Regulation
Briefings | 07 Jul 2017

This briefing provides an overview of the key changes introduced by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR"), which will have extra-territorial effect in the Channel Islands in relation to the personal data of EU citizens, and the provisions...

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The International Stock Exchange - Listings
Briefings | 06 Jul 2017

The key advantages to listing on the Official List of The International Stock Exchange (TISE) as operated by The International Stock Exchange Authority Limited (TISEA) are: – TISE is licensed, regulated and supervised by the Guernsey Financial Services Com...

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EU Market Abuse Regulation increases the attraction of the Channel Islands Securities Exchange for listing high yield bonds
Briefings | 15 Jun 2017

The International Stock Exchange (TISE) (formerly known as The Channel Islands Securites Exchange or CISE) has experienced an increased interest in listing specialist securities, particularly high yield bonds, since the introduction of a new European Union ...

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Guernsey funds
Briefings | 02 May 2017

Guernsey is, for many, the jurisdiction of choice for the establishment and/or administration of all types of collective investment vehicle, including private equity, hedge and property funds, across a wide range of asset classes.

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Guernsey register of beneficial ownership
Briefings | 17 Feb 2017

Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee has recently submitted its proposals for the establishment of a register of beneficial ownership for consideration by the States of Guernsey at its sitting on 15 February 2017. Following consultation papers issued ...

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The Access to Neighbouring Land (Guernsey) Law, 2016
Briefings | 03 Feb 2017

The Project de Loi entitled The Access to Neighbouring Land (Guernsey) Law, 2016 was registered on 16 January 2017, although it remains subject to Royal Assent. The new legislation provides that where a person requires entry onto neighbouring property for ...

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Guernsey legal opinions
Briefings | 25 Oct 2016

In finance transactions, legal opinions are often sought from local counsel as to the capacity of entities formed under the laws of Guernsey to enter into transactions and documents and as to the laws of Guernsey generally. This briefing summarises issues ...

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The Companies (Treasury Shares) Regulations, 2016 and The Companies (Treasury Shares) (Amendment) Regulations, 2016
Briefings | 18 Oct 2016

The Companies (Treasury Shares) Regulations, 2016 and The Companies (Treasury Shares) (Amendment) Regulations, 2016 (together the "Regulations") were both implemented on 22 July 2016. The Regulations have had a significant impact on how companies in Guerns...

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The Population Management (Guernsey) Law, 2016
Briefings | 18 Oct 2016

In April 2017 the Population Management (Guernsey) Law, 2016 (the "New Law") will come into effect, reforming Guernsey's current population regime in a bid to diversify the demographic of an ageing population. This new strategy is the result of a political...

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Amendments to Guernsey's company legislation
Briefings | 03 Sep 2015

This briefing summarises the key changes made by the Companies (Guernsey), Law, 2008 (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.

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Guernsey security
Briefings | 23 Jun 2014

This briefing is intended to summarise the issues usually encountered when taking security in finance transactions involving Guernsey situs intangible assets.

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Guernsey foundations
Briefings | 11 Jun 2013

In this briefing, we will provide a general summary of the key features of Guernsey foundations, including their creation and administration, and we will explore some of the issues which will be of interest to those considering setting up a Guernsey foundat...

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Guernsey trusts
Briefings | 11 Jun 2013

A "trust" is a legal arrangement which exists in many jurisdictions when one person (a "trustee") owns assets not for his own use and benefit but for the benefit of others (the "beneficiaries"). It is normal, but not essential, for a trust to be constitute...

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Cell companies in Guernsey
Briefings | 10 Jun 2013

This briefing provides a summary of the main provisions of Guernsey law relating to protected and incorporated cell companies.

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AIFMD and Channel Island AIFMs: The private placement regime - obligations and opportunities
Briefings | 01 Mar 2013

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the "Directive") was published in July 2011. It seeks to regulate alternative investment fund managers ("AIFMs") managing or marketing alternative investment funds ("AIFs") in the European Union.

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Company migration to and from Guernsey
Briefings | 25 Feb 2013

Part VII of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 as amended (the "Law") allows companies to migrate into and out of Guernsey (i.e. to or from the Guernsey Register of Companies (the "Register") to or from a jurisdiction with equivalent legislation).

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Guernsey limited partnerships
Briefings | 18 Feb 2013

The Limited Partnerships (Guernsey) Law, 1995 (as amended) (the "Partnerships Law") was enacted to provide the finance industry in Guernsey with an additional flexible vehicle. It provides a limited liability option for a person who wishes to participate fi...

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Overriding provisions of Guernsey law affecting third parties contracting with Guernsey companies
Briefings | 07 Feb 2013

Guernsey companies are utilised for significant structuring and offshore transactions including captive insurance, investment funds and special project vehicles owning property. Generally, contractual relations with banks, insurers, reinsurers and investme...

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Security options for insurance transactions
Briefings | 07 Feb 2013

It is common for a Guernsey captive to reinsure a fronting insurer which in turn insures the captive's parent. Consequently, the issue of security is a common theme in Guernsey captive arrangements. Some of the security options available and some legal iss...

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The AIFM directive - the Channel Islands' perspective
Briefings | 04 Aug 2011

On 11 November 2010 the European Parliament approved the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (the "Directive"), following months of negotiation.

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Structuring an AIM or LSE IPO using a Jersey or Guernsey vehicle
Briefings | 23 Nov 2010

This briefing covers the practical issues that are likely to be considered by UK advisers when structuring an AIM or LSE IPO using a Jersey or Guernsey based vehicle ("FloatCo").

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The Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008
Briefings | 02 Jul 2010

On 1 July 2008, Guernsey's new companies law, the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008 (the "Law") came into force. This briefing summarises the major changes to this area of law and outlines important administrative steps which need to be taken by company admini...

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Transfers of long term insurance business in Guernsey
Briefings | 13 Feb 2007

The Insurance Business (Bailiwick of Guensey) Law, 2002, as amended (the "Law") provides that certain transfers of long term insurance business require the sanction of the Royal Court in Guernsey (the "Royal Court") and sets out the procedure governing such...

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Alternative Investment Funds 2013: Guernsey Chapter
Articles | 12 Jun 2013

Kate Ovenden, Partner writes the Guernsey Chapter for Alternative Investment Funds 2013. This article appeared in the 1st edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Alternative Investment Funds 2013; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London...

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