"What has always stood out is their depth and breadth of knowledge. Their knowledge of the ins and outs of this area, they just have encyclopaedic knowledge of transactional work."Chambers 2017
"Provides timely and excellent advice, and is great to work with."Legal 500 2017
"Their performance has been outstanding. Every lawyer I have worked with has been responsive, skilled and exceptionally knowledgeable."Chambers 2016
"Excellent level of service, with spot-on response times, strength in depth and a real knowledge of the local and international market."Legal 500 2017
Corporate & Commercial
Our corporate and commercial practice is a core component of our business. Renowned for its pragmatic and solution oriented approach, the team advises on Jersey, Guernsey and BVI law in relation to high profile, international, cross border and local, corporate transactions.
The teams work encompasses acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations, mergers and joint ventures involving local trading businesses or local entities within international groups, across a variety of industries.
We also have extensive experience on advising both Jersey and Guernsey listings on the London Stock Exchange, in the particular listing on AIM, and also the Channel Islands Securities Exchange.
For clients with extensive needs, we are able to call upon the expertise of the wider firm in other areas such as employment, property, competition, pensions, taxation and trusts. We are also able to provide sponsor services for listings on the Channel Islands Securities Exchange, through our in-house listing sponsor, Bedell Channel Islands Limited.
We enjoy robust relationships with the leading UK and US law firms, giving us the opportunity to offer our expertise on complex cross-border transactions.
Their performance has been outstanding. Every lawyer I have worked with has been responsive, skilled and exceptionally knowledgeable.Chambers 2016
What has always stood out is their depth and breadth of knowledge. Their knowledge of the ins and outs of this area, they just have encyclopaedic knowledge of transactional work.Chambers 2017
Excellent level of service, with spot-on response times, strength in depth and a real knowledge of the local and international market.Legal 500 2017
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.
The Guernsey office of Bedell Cristin has advised Artex Risk Services (Guernsey) Limited in connection with its role as settlement and collateral trustee to what is believed to be the first ever issue of ILS notes on a private blockchain. The ‘ILSBlockchai...
The Beneficial Ownership of Legal Persons (Guernsey) Law, 2017 (the "Law") came into force on 15 August 2017.
Bedell Cristin Jersey and Guernsey have been shortlisted for 'Law Firm of the Year' in the Citywealth IFC Awards 2018.
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).
Bedell Cristin is a finalist in two categories of the prestigious STEP Private Client Awards 2017/18.
A team from Bedell Cristin joined hundreds of runners on Clapham Common in London on Friday (9 June) to raise funds for LandAid, the property industry charity aiming to end youth homelessness.
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...
Bedell Cristin has advised the Jersey-based majority shareholder of Virttu Biologics Limited (Virttu) on the sale of Virttu to TNK Therapeutics, Inc., a subsidiary of Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc (Sorrento).
Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted for ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ in the prestigious annual awards organised by The Lawyer.
Bedell Cristin has been awarded the Offshore Client Service Award at the prestigious Chambers Europe Awards.
Bedell Cristin Jersey Partnership has advised London & Quadrant (L&Q) on the Jersey aspects of its acquisition of Gallagher Estates, in a deal worth around £505m in aggregate.
We have advised on the sale of CityPoint Tower, a prime City of London office building to a real estate fund sponsored by Brookfield Asset Management for over £530m.
Bedell Cristin Jersey Partnership is pleased to announce that it has advised Morgan Stanley as sole placement agent in connection with the successful issue by Quotient Limited ("Quotient") of $120 million fixed rate senior secured loan notes due 2023 (the "...
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.
Specialist teams from Bedell Cristin's property and corporate departments in Jersey have completed the sale of Liberation House and Windward House on the Jersey waterfront.
The management buyout of Bedell Trust has completed following regulatory approvals. As a result, Bedell Cristin is now a wholly separate business to Bedell Trust.
Bedell Cristin Guernsey has announced that two of its leading lawyers, Advocate Jon Barclay and Advocate Richard Sharp, have become partners in the firm.
Bedell Cristin has appointed Advocate Kate Ovenden as the new Managing Partner of its award winning Guernsey office.
As lead counsel to JT, Bedell Cristin has significant experience in the telecommunications sector.
Bedell Cristin has appointed Kristian Wilson as partner in the firm's Singapore office.
Bedell Cristin has further strengthened its corporate team in response to sustained client demand through the appointment of Guy Westmacott as Senior Associate in the Jersey office.
Bedell Cristin advised the majority shareholder in establishing a joint venture structure to acquire and develop land in Rossington, Doncaster.
As legislative developments make it easier to move between jurisdictions, many offshore companies are choosing to redomicile.
We are once again attending MIPIM - the world's premier real estate event in Cannes, from 14-17 March 2016.
Bedell Cristin has strengthened its highly rated corporate and banking team through a senior appointment in Guernsey.
Bedell Cristin was appointed to advise UBS in connection with the sale of its Jersey alternative fund services business to Japanese headquartered Mitsubishi Fund Services.
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 ...
The Alternative Investment Funds (Amendment of Regulations No.2) (Jersey) Order 2015 came into force this week, as a result of which English and Scottish limited partnerships may, subject to certain conditions, now elect to be regulated in Jersey as Jersey ...
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.
Two Bedell Cristin partners were recognised as leaders in their field across Europe in the Europe Women in Business Law Awards organised by Euromoney Legal Media Group.
Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted in the prestigious STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) Private Client Awards for 2015.
Following the introduction of the Approved Managers regime in 2012, two new complimentary fund products have been added in the British Virgin Islands under the Securities and Investment Business (Incubator and Approved Funds) Regulations, 2015; the incubato...
On 1 May 2015, leading litigation funders Therium Capital Management Limited ("Therium") announced a market-transforming £200 million private fundraising to invest in the costs of large-scale commercial litigation, group litigation and arbitration globally.
Bedell has been shortlisted in the ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ category in the prestigious Asian Legal Business SE Asia Awards 2015 for the third consecutive year.
Bedell Crsitin has been shortlisted for a further industry awards adding to the accolades achieved to date this year.
The BVI is the world's leading offshore corporate domicile with close to half a million active companies, a user friendly companies law and a modern Commercial Court.
We are once again attending MIPIM - the world's premier real estate event - in Cannes from 9-13 March 2015.
Bedell Cristin's Jersey office has advised GTS Chemical Holdings plc ("GTS"), a speciality chemicals producer and the largest Chinese manufacturer of ammonium sulfite, on its £36.83million AIM IPO and £3million fundraising.
Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named Offshore Law Firm of the Year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2015.
Bedell Cristin's Guernsey and Jersey offices have acted alongside each other as counsel to the French mutual Covéa in connection with its purchase of UK regulated life insurer Sterling Insurance Group.
Bedell has been recognised in a number of industry awards.
Bedell Cristin is delighted to announce its involvement in the recent sale of leading Jersey trust company and corporate services business, Seymour Trust Company Limited, to the First Names Group.
Bedell Cristin has further strengthened its banking and corporate teams in Jersey through the appointment of two experienced local lawyers.
Bedell Cristin's Jersey corporate team has advised LSE AIM listed company, Produce Investments plc on its successful acquisition of The Jersey Royal Potato Company, one of the main suppliers of the iconic Jersey potato, for a total cost of £15m.
The latest version of the Crown Dependency Guidance Notes to FATCA, which was released on 28 July 2014, has provided further changes to, and clarifications of, the obligations of Jersey Financial Institutions in respect of FATCA.
We are pleased to announce our membership of the World Services Group (WSG) representing both Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. We are looking forward to working with other member firms and developing our membership.
We are once again attending EXPO Real 2014, the International Trade Fair for Commercial Property and Investment, in Munich from the 6-8 October 2014.
Jersey Funds Forum 2014 - The Global Perspective
In a welcome development, the Jersey Financial Services Commission has confirmed that it will licence both Jersey-law and foreign-law LLPs for fund services business under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998, pursuant to new policy papers published by ...
Bedell Cristin acted for the Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund (USAF) in relation to its acquisition of a 2,904 bed student accommodation portfolio for £137 million.
Bedell Cristin acted as Jersey counsel to Max Property Group Plc (Max) in connection with the disposal of Max's entire property business to a company controlled by Blackstone Real Estate Partners IV (Blackstone) in a deal valuing the Max group at £448m.
The Companies (Amendment No.11) (Jersey) Law 2014 (the "Amendment Law") came into force on 1 August 2014.
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.
Bedell Cristin has been named ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014.
Bruce Scott and Tom Davies of Bedell Cristin's London office advised UNITE Group Plc's and Oasis Capital Bank's joint venture entity (the "JV") in respect of the sale of three student accomodation sites for £174,000,000 to Greystar. Nabarro LLP advised the ...
Jersey is one of the few offshore jurisdictions with limited liability partnership legislation, namely the Limited Liability Partnerships (Jersey) Law 1997, as amended (the “Jersey LLP Law”).
Bedell Cristin acted, with DLA Piper UK LLP's Birmingham office, for The Royal Bank of Scotland plc in connection with facilities of £130 million made available to an acquisition vehicle established by Extra MSA Group to acquire M40 Oxford and M3 Fleet and ...
Bedell Cristin has acted for new client Health Care REIT, Inc. on the acquisition of a portfolio of five residential care homes in the UK.
Bedell Cristin has advised Jersey company Jmart Limited (Jmart) on its acquisition of Spar (Channel Islands) Limited (Spar CI) and The Channel Island Wholesale Group (CIWG).
Bedell Cristin working with Latham & Watkins LLP, provided Jersey law advice to Mattel, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of HIT Entertainment.
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...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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...
The British Virgin Islands ("BVI") have become the world’s premier international corporate domicile, with over 465,000 active companies.
This briefing addresses the usual manner in which solvent voluntary liquidations proceed under the BVI Business Companies Act 2004, as amended (the "Act"). The observations that follow are subject to the particular provisions of the Memorandum and Articles ...
The British Virgin Islands ("BVI") is a popular jurisdiction in which to form venture capital funds and incorporate start-up companies. It is estimated that 60% of all the world’s alternative investment funds are domiciled in offshore jurisdictions such as ...
This briefing will examine key aspects of taking and registering security in the British Virgin Islands.
A summary winding up is a statutory procedure used to wind up a solvent Jersey company.
The British Virgin Islands has, for a long time, been a popular destination for the establishment and management of offshore vehicles, the majority of which have been established pursuant to, and continue to be operated in accordance with, the framework of ...
This briefing summarises the key changes made by the Companies (Guernsey), Law, 2008 (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.
This briefing looks at Jersey's attractiveness as a location for companies seeking a stock market listing, and considers the practical issues that are likely to be of relevance when structuring a public offering using a Jersey-based vehicle.
While there are many options for estate planning and succession to BVI shares, the most straight forward option is to ensure that the BVI shares are covered by a well thought out will that effectively deals with the shares.
The text of this briefing is limited in its application to Jersey companies. This is a complex area of law not easily summarised into short form. It follows that this briefing should in no way be regarded as exhaustive.
Corporate guarantees are perhaps more common in the British Virgin Islands ("BVI") than in other jurisdictions given the accommodating nature of the statutory environment in which BVI companies operate. As a result when structuring security packages for BVI...
This briefing outlines the statutory provisions relating to Jersey schemes of arrangement.
The Companies (Amendment No. 11) (Jersey) Law 2014 (the "Amendment Law") came into force on 1 August 2014. The Amendment Law makes a number of significant amendments to the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991 (the "1991 Law") which are designed to bring greater fle...
A BVI Business Company can be incorporated within 24 hours of the BVI registered agent having received all of the required anti-money laundering due diligence information on the proposed shareholders and directors of the company.
This briefing provides a summary of the main provisions of Jersey law relating to protected and incorporated cell companies.
Using the word "fund" when naming a BVI entity was previously restricted by the Securities and Investment Business Act, 2010 ("SIBA") to companies which obtained recognition from the BVI Financial Services Commission ("Commission") as a public, professional...
The Channel Islands comprise Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, other islands and islets. The relationship with the British monarchy is a long and strong one. Continental Normandy and the Channel Islands were one duchy at the time of the Norman Conquest of ...
In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, there has been greater emphasis placed on effective due diligence on investments and acquisition targets. Important lessons should have been learnt from the many high profile hedge fund frauds and failures o...
This briefing provides a summary of the main provisions of Guernsey law relating to protected and incorporated cell companies.
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).
Although Guernsey has a distinctive French-Norman legal heritage, its 20th century corporate and commercial laws have largely been based on equivalent UK legislation. Consequently, much of Guernsey's legislation in this area will be familiar to those used t...
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...
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...
A foreign company may continue as a company incorporated under the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 as amended (the "Act") if the laws of the jurisdiction in which it is registered permit it to continue in another jurisdiction, including the Virgin Islands. ...
The BVI Company is the most popular offshore corporate vehicle in use today with roughly 450,000 active companies and closing in on 1,000,000 entities formed to date. This popularity, in part, comes from the flexibility afforded by the BVI Business Companie...
This briefing looks at segregated portfolio companies.
The Powers of Attorney (Jersey) Law 1995 (the "Powers of Attorney Law"), which came into force on 1 October 1995, effected a number of significant changes to the previous law on powers of attorney in the Island.
The Supply of Goods and Services (Jersey) Law 2009 (the "Law") came into force on 1 September 2009. The Law is aimed at consolidating consumer protection in relation to contracts for the supply of goods, hire purchase arrangements and the supply of service...
It is now possible to establish separate limited partnerships ("SLP") and incorporated limited partnerships ("ILP") in Jersey.
The concept of cell companies was first introduced to Jersey in February 2006. In addition to the widely recognised structure of a protected cell company, Jersey also introduced a completely new concept - the incorporated cell company.
This briefing is of interest to Jersey resident individuals who act as company directors, in Jersey or elsewhere, or whose employment (other than by a licensed trust company) requires them to act as company directors to other entities.
The Companies (Jersey) Law 1991 (the "Law") came into force on 30 March 1992. Since that date, the Law has been periodically amended and updated so as to ensure that Jersey company law is modern and flexible. This briefing summarises some of the provisions ...
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").
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...
This briefing provides an outline of the procedure for the incorporation of a Jersey company. Jersey company law is governed by the Companies (Jersey) Law, 1991, as amended (the "1991 Law") which came into force on 30 March, 1992 and repealed the earlier C...
As of 1 July 2008, The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (the "2008 Law") introduced a number of significant changes to the provisions of the constitutional documents i.e. the memorandum of incorporation and the articles of incorporation (hereinafter collectiv...
This briefing outlines the distinctions between public and private companies in Jersey. The Companies (Jersey) Law 1991, as amended (the "1991 Law") provides for companies incorporated in Jersey to be either public or private.
The Companies (Amendment No.2) (Jersey) Regulations 2008 (the "Regulations") and the Companies (Amendment No. 9) (Jersey) Law 2008 (the "Law") were approved by the States of Jersey on 15 and 16 January 2008, respectively. The Regulations came into force on ...
In 2002, changes were made to the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991, as amended, (the "1991 Law") to enable a body incorporated in a foreign jurisdiction to move its place of incorporation to Jersey.
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...