Annabel  Bishop

Annabel Bishop 

Associate | BVI

Financial Services and Regulatory

  • Annabel Bishop provides excellent support.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Annabel really has gone above and beyond for us; her professionalism, co-ordination and support throughout the process has been invaluable.
    Client feedback
  • Annabel has been fantastic so I would like to thank her very much for all her efforts and assistance. We will be using Annabel on the next Guernsey related transaction.
    Client feedback

Overview

Annabel is an Associate in the Financial Services and Regulatory team in the BVI office. She is admitted to practise as a solicitor in the British Virgin Islands, and England and Wales.

She advises on banking and finance transactions (including real estate finance and Islamic finance), mergers and acquisitions, funds and other general corporate and commercial matters.

Annabel relocated to BVI in September 2022 after spending four years post-qualification in the firm's Guernsey office.

Experience

During her time in Guernsey, Annabel worked on a number cross-jurisdictional and cross-departmental matters with our other offices. In particular, Annabel regularly worked with the property teams assisting property funds on the acquisition of large commercial properties both in Guernsey and Jersey and acting for the borrower in the financing for the development of Guernsey's Premier Inn.

Annabel spent three months in our Cayman Islands' office, assisting within the insolvency and corporate restructuring department.

Annabel has undertaken client secondments to leading private banks in both Channel Islands. Being able to experience transactions from a client's perspective has enabled her to fully understand and appreciate their specific needs.

Background

Annabel initially joined Collas Crill as a paralegal before undertaking her training contract with the firm, qualifying as a Solicitor of England and Wales in September 2018.

During her training contract, Annabel undertook a four month secondment to Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in London in their private wealth disputes team.

Annabel read psychology and anthropology at Oxford Brookes University and went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law and then the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, London Moorgate.

Annabel is listed as a recommended lawyer in Legal 500 2024. 

 

 

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My services
Banking and finance
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The importance of managing risk across all types of banking and financial transactions has never been more apparent. International and multi-jurisdictional activity, particularly in emerging markets and with alternative credit providers, is driving creativity in structuring and transactions which requires a team of lawyers who know how to get the optimal results from each deal.  

At Collas Crill, our credentials are clear: with our well-established banking and finance team and some of the best known transactions both internationally and locally, there isn’t much we have not encountered.

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Islamic finance and structuring
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Demand continues to rise for legal professionals with a strong knowledge and understanding of Shariah law concepts continues, a reflection of the growth in Islamic finance products and services for institutions and private clients. Our team of experienced finance lawyers regularly works with onshore law firms, banks, managers and service providers to assist clients in the UK, the Middle East and Asia, as well as trust and corporate service providers servicing clients in this area.

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Acquisition finance
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Advising on acquisition finance is a key part of our services when acting on merger and acquisition transactions. We work with our corporate teams to provide solutions which may include conventional loans, leveraging the target, accessing capital markets, or typically, a combination of these. We act for lenders, corporates and corporate advisors.

Real estate finance
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Real estate continues to dominate as an asset class for many investors. We have a strong track record in financing commercial real estate acquisitions, mainly in New York and the UK and the London prime market. We act for some of the key lenders in this area. Our clients include banks, funds, alternative lenders, private equity houses, private investors, hotel consortiums and family offices. Locally, we have worked on the funding of some of the most prestigious buildings in our jurisdictions.

Asset finance
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We work both lender and borrower side in funding the acquisition of aircraft, ships, containers, art and other high value assets and advise on finance and operating leases, sale and leaseback transactions, jurisdiction specific transactions such as JOLCOs and the securitisation of asset receivables.

Corporate advisory
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Successfully navigating the modern global business environment, taking advantage of opportunities as they arise while avoiding legal and regulatory pitfalls, is a challenge for any entrepreneur, business or corporation.

As commercially minded lawyers committed to providing a high quality and cost-effective service we understand those challenges and, more importantly, seek to turn them into opportunities.

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Business relocations, migrations and continuations
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An increasing number of business leaders are looking to relocate their business and indeed live offshore. Our pan-departmental relocation team has the knowledge and experience to assist in all aspects of such a move and welcome you to our islands. We are well placed to advise on and project manage such a relocation and can support with company migrations and continuations, regulatory approvals, housing licences and real estate matters through to introductions to other service providers and complementary local businesses.

For guidance on relocating your business in and out of the BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey or Jersey, click here.

Structuring
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Offshore vehicles are used for a huge range of purposes either standing alone or as part of large multi-jurisdictional structures. Our highly commercial team specialises in advising clients on the most effective uses of such vehicles and their on-going operation, including normal and cellular companies as well as foundations, unit trusts, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, segregated portfolio and restricted purpose companies.  We are able to advise what jurisdiction among the "Big Four" that we advise on will best suit our client's needs and regularly advise on solvent restructuring by way of merger, consolidation, continuation or balance sheet optimisation as well as court based corporate procedures such as schemes and plans of arrangement.

Mergers and acquisitions
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We regularly act in relation to significant mergers and acquisitions activity in our jurisdictions, whether as lead counsel for strictly local matters or as part of an international team for multi-jurisdictional transactions.

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Investment fund formation
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Our uniquely diverse practice regularly assists with the establishment of both open and closed-ended fund structures. In addition to traditional Channel Island private equity and real estate structures and Caribbean hedge funds, we have advised on a number of alternative and esoteric classes. We work alongside our clients to understand their investment thesis and provide bespoke drafting to build the fund they want as opposed to generic template structures and documentation. We advise clients at every step of the process, including preparing offer documents, investor negotiations, the preparation of agreements, and in the closing of transactions.

13 Dec 2023

End of year administration for BVI business companies

As we near the end of the year and the introduction of new legislation it's a timely reminder to ensure that, firstly, your company has paid its latest annual BVI Corporate Registry fees (if due) and secondly, you consider your company's first annual ret...

14 Nov 2023

Legal 500 Caribbean 2024 guide

Collas Crill's teams in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands have received a solid set of results in the latest Legal 500 directory. In the BVI the dispute resolution team has moved up to tier 3, with the Cayman corporate team being listed by Le...

26 Oct 2023

BVI statutory mergers

British Virgin Islands (BVI) law permits a merger of (i) two or more BVI companies, and (ii) one or more BVI companies with one or more foreign companies whose laws permit statutory merger. The statutory merger is a merger in its purest sense: each compa...

6 Feb 2023

With all due authority

The recent Court of Appeal judgment of the BVI case of Fang Ankong and HWH Holdings Limited v Green Elite Limited (in Liquidation) affirmed the BVI Commercial Court judgment finding the directors of Green Elite Limited (Green Elite) liable for HK$158.7m,...

20 Dec 2022

Wish you were here?

Associate Annabel Bishop recently relocated from Guernsey to the Corporate, Finance and Funds team in the BVI office. Here she shares her first impressions of her new life in the BVI. Anyone who knows me well will know that I love to travel to new place...

1 Dec 2022

BVI Bar admission

Collas Crill lawyer Annabel Bishop has recently been admitted to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and joins the firm's BVI team as an Associate. Annabel advises on banking and finance transactions (including real estate finance and Islamic fi...

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