Ben  Le Page

Ben Le Page  

Senior Associate | Guernsey

Financial Services and Regulatory

  • Thanks very much Ben as this has been the smoothest migration I have ever seen – great job!
    Client feedback
  • Ben and the team went above and beyond for what we thought would be a straightforward sale of a company which turned out to be problematic, time consuming and with great pressures from many third parties.
    Client feedback
  • Ben has been fundamental in organising and delivering on legal matters. His knowledge and proactive approach has meant that all matters are handled within the expected timeframe and within the scope of anticipated costs.
    Legal 500 2022
  • I have worked with Ben for a number of years on transactions involving Guernsey elements. He is great to work with – he provides concise, easy to understand advice and always works efficiently in order to meet the client’s deadlines.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Ben was immensely helpful, thorough and responded promptly.
    Client feedback
  • Ben is a magician and a gentleman. Works hard and effectively. Great to have on the team.
    Legal 500
  • Ben is very knowledgeable in his field and I can highly recommend him to others.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • The communication is key for me, we’ve worked with Simon Heggs and Ben Le Page on a number of occasions and their approachability is really welcoming and picking up the phone to have a conversation about matters is very easy with them both.
    Legal 500 2024 (UK)
  • I have found Ben to be responsive to emails and has helped to turn around transactions with tight deadlines. One aspect that I have found Ben to be very good at is notifying me early on about any changes to fees and scope.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Kept to timetable, kept me up to date and really pleasant to deal with.
    Client feedback

Overview

Ben is an Advocate and Senior Associate in the Financial Services and Regulatory team in Guernsey.

Ben advises on all aspects of commercial law with a particular focus on banking and finance (including real estate finance, Islamic finance and fund finance), mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. Ben regularly works with our BVI, Cayman and Jersey corporate and trust teams on cross-jurisdictional finance, corporate and trust matters.

Ben also assists the team in their other core areas including funds, data protection, and risk and regulatory.

 

"I am approachable, down-to-earth and always willing to help."

Experience

  • Acting for HSBC UK Bank plc, Barclays Bank PLC, Rothschild & Co Wealth Management UK Limited and the Bank of East Asia Limited (amongst others) respectively on a number of complex real estate and acquisition finance transactions.
  • Acting for QIB (UK) plc, Bank of London and The Middle East Plc, Al Rayan Bank PLC and Adu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC respectively on a number of complex Islamic finance transactions.
  • Acting for Silicon Valley Bank in respect of a number of high value fund finance transactions involving Guernsey collective investment schemes.
  • Acting for airline Blue Islands in respect of a loan facility and complex security package with the States of Jersey in order to secure Channel Islands' air connectivity with the United Kingdom.
  • Acting for SafeCharge International Group Limited on its successful takeover by 11411802 Canada Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Nuvei Corporation) by way of a Guernsey scheme of arrangement, and on subsequent complex financing arrangements and international group restructuring.
  • Acting for Zurich Assurance Ltd and Scottish Widows Limited in relation to the transfer of Zurich's UK workplace pensions and savings business to Scottish Widows.
  • Assisting various companies in migrating their businesses to Guernsey.
  • Assisting a number of businesses in their move from a general partnership to a limited liability partnership.

Background

Ben first joined Collas Crill as a paralegal and went on to train with the firm, qualifying as a Solicitor of England & Wales in September 2017.

During his training contract Ben undertook a three month secondment to CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP in London in their Banking and International Finance team. During his time at CMS, Ben worked primarily on the acquisition, development, restructuring and financing of projects in the real estate, infrastructure, energy and natural resources sectors.

Ben read law at the University of Bristol, graduating with First Class Honours, and went on to complete his Legal Practice Course at BPP University Law School.

He was promoted to Senior Associate in August 2022 and was admitted to the Guernsey Bar in December 2022.

Ben was included on the 2021 eprivateclient Top 35 Under 35 UK and Crown Dependencies list and on the 2022 eprivateclient Top 35 Under 35 Channel Islands list.

He was listed as a 'Rising Star' in the 2024 Legal 500 UK guide.

Outside of the office Ben is an accomplished magician.

Memberships

  • Guernsey International Legal Association
  • Guernsey Investment Fund Association

 

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My services
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.

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.

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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Banking regulation
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In the current climate of increasing regulation we understand the pressures on our clients, both from local regulators as well as international organisations. Our team of dedicated risk and regulatory professionals are on hand to assist. We act for a number of leading clearing and private banks located in our jurisdictions.

Fund finance
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Fund financing covers a range of financing possibilities but most commonly involves capital call or subscription facilities. It is a specialist area that requires an understanding of fund structuring, the risks involved in lending to funds and specific security requirements. Underlying relationships between investors, borrowers and lenders are key to the success of the industry. We work with lenders and borrowers to maintain these relationships at every stage of the process, with our commercial, efficient and pragmatic approach to managing transactions.

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.

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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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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Project finance
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Our teams have been involved in some of the most innovative finance structures, including the first public-private finance initiative in Guernsey, a care home. We regularly advise housing associations on funding their projects. Internationally we work with clients on key infrastructure projects, including power stations and railway links.

Regulatory
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Our multi-disciplinary approach to providing risk and regulatory consultancy services ensures that every aspect of our clients' business is covered. By drawing on the skills and experience of a highly experienced team of lawyers with expertise from across the firm, we are able to deal with all legal compliance issues that could affect your business, whether contentious or non-contentious. The assistance we are able to provide ranges from strategic matters to specific operational issues.

Collas Crill's market-leading fraud, financial and white collar crime practice sits within our regulatory practice. Uniquely offering a mix of both civil and criminal fraud litigation experience, from internal investigations, to injunctions, to defence and enforcement, the team can lead clients through the most challenging of circumstances.

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12 Dec 2022

Advocates admitted to the Guernsey

Collas Crill Senior Associate Ben le Page and Associate Harry Round have been admitted to the Guernsey Bar. Ben joined Collas Crill as a paralegal and went on to train with the firm, qualifying as a Solicitor of England and Wales in 2017. He was promote...

18 Aug 2022

Promotion for Ben Le Page

Collas Crill has announced the promotion of Ben Le Page to Senior Associate in its Corporate, Finance and Funds team in Guernsey. Ben advises on all aspects of commercial law with a particular focus on banking and finance (including real estate finance,...

6 Jun 2022

Channel Islands Top 35 Under 35

Collas Crill Associate Ben Le Page has been listed in eprivateclient's Channel Islands Top 35 Under 35 private client practitioners for 2022, following his inclusion in the wider UK list last year. The Top 35 Under 35 men's and women's lists recognise a...

24 Nov 2021

Collas Crill explains... Protected Cell Companies in Guernsey

This is part of a series of guides in which we examine areas of law that frequently arise in practice. Further guides will be released weekly; click here to subscribe to receive Collas Crill news and insights by email. This guide looks at the key things...

21 Sep 2021

Collas Crill makes Top 35 Under 35

Collas Crill associates Ben Le Page and Scott Bell have been listed in eprivateclient's Top 35 Under 35 private client practitioners for 2021. The Top 35 Under 35 men's and women's lists identify, recognise and promote the rising stars of the private we...

26 Aug 2021

Collas Crill explains... Limited liability partnerships in Guernsey

This is part of a series of guides in which we examine areas of law that frequently arise in practice. Further guides will be released weekly; click here to subscribe to receive Collas Crill news and insights by email. This week we outline what you need...

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