Simon  Heggs

Simon Heggs 

Group Partner *† | Guernsey

Financial Services and Regulatory

  • Simon demonstrates exceptional technical expertise, whilst also having the client’s best interests at heart. Simon is approachable, friendly and a pleasure to do business with.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Simon is a very smart and enthusiastic lawyer.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Simon understands the needs of our business well and is a safe pair of hands.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Helpful, responsive, practical and user friendly.
    Legal 500
  • Simon is our go-to partner for Guernsey law finance transactions and he is a pleasure to work with.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Simon is very sensible and practical. I have a great deal of trust in him. He is very responsive.
    Chambers UK 2024
  • Simon is a highly responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic transactional lawyer: he is a pleasure to work with, and given the choice, his team are definitely my preferred Guernsey counsel to work with.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Incredibly transparent on fees, always turns work around in a timely fashion and will often go the extra mile to help out.
    Legal 500 2024 (UK)
  • A bright star who is developing a good practice.
    Chambers UK 2023
  • Simon is an integral part of the client delivery team and clients rely on him and instruct him directly, which is unusual for offshore counsel.
    Legal 500 2022
  • I work with Simon on a few capital markets transactions. He is very responsive and able to source other colleagues in other jurisdictions where required. He also provides practical advice and does not try to unnecessarily over complicate matters.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Simon stands out. He is more responsive than many offshore lawyers.
    Legal 500 2024 (UK)
  • An incredibly easy lawyer to deal with – technically sound but commercially astute.
    Legal 500
  • Super approachable, commercial yet incredibly transparent and good value for money. An all round good guy and leader in his field.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Simon Heggs is hands-on, practical, available and makes the offshore aspects of a transaction run very smoothly.
    Legal 500 2024 (UK)
  • I will always seek out Simon for Guernsey expertise. Simon is both very personable and a very high-quality lawyer, who can always be relied upon to be responsive, pragmatic and commercial.
    Legal 500 2022
  • 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)
  • We have worked with Wayne Atkinson, Simon Heggs and Paul Wilkes in particular over the last 12 months. All combine sector expertise with commercial advice – they work well with entrepreneurs (which is the bulk of our client base).
    Legal 500 2024 (UK)
  • Simon is my main contact and he is great to work with, I have no hesitation in reaching out to him.
    Legal 500 2024 (UK)

Overview

Simon is a Group Partner in our Financial Services and Regulatory team and is based in Guernsey.

Simon advises on all aspects of commercial law, with a particular focus on public equity and debt, banking and finance (including real estate, private client and fund finance), private equity investment and mergers and acquisitions. Simon regularly leads cross border matters involving our Guernsey, Jersey, BVI and Cayman teams and acts as lead counsel to a number of Guernsey based banks and family offices.

"I endeavour to bring a commercial and pragmatic approach to all transactions, looking to find the most efficient way to get transactions completed whilst ensuing that clients' objectives are met."

Experience

  • Acting for Credit Agricole in respect of their €50bn Structured Debt Instruments Issuance Programme.
  • Acting for SafeCharge International Group Limited, an AIM Listed company, on its successful $889m takeover by the Nuvei Corporation by way of a Guernsey scheme of arrangement.
  • Advising Pizza Hut UK on the early settlement and de-listing of their TISE listed debt securities as part of their wider CVA.
  • Acting for Intertrust in their €500m bond issuance and the refinance of their existing debt facility.
  • Acting for Ferro-Alloy Resources in their migration from the BVI and joint listing on London and Kazak Stock Exchanges.
  • Acting as lead counsel to a Guernsey family office in the acquisition of two Guernsey commercial real estate companies.
  • Acting for Fairtree Hospitality Real Estate Private Equity Limited Partnership in the refinance of their group's property investment portfolio.

Background

Simon joined Collas Crill in 2015, having previously worked for Fortis Bank and DQ Law.

Simon is a graduate of Leicester University, where he studied Law and Economics, and York College of Law.

Memberships

Simon is a member of the Isle of Man Bar Association and the Guernsey International Legal Association.

He is listed as a 'Next Generation Partner' by Legal 500 and in Band 4 in Chambers and Partners.

 

* admitted in Isle of Man

† not a member of Collas Crill LLP in Guernsey

*Business Assistant
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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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Capital markets
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Our capital markets team have significant onshore as well as offshore experience, giving us an in-depth understanding of all aspects of security issues and capital markets transactions. We advise on the structuring of securitisation vehicles, the promotion of securities and the full range of equity and debt capital markets transactions, including both public equity and debt offerings and mergers and acquisitions, including schemes or arrangement and reverse takeovers.

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Corporate reorganisations
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Our team has deep experience in complex, multi-jurisdictional corporate reorganisations and reconstructions.

Whether leading the project, or working as part of an integrated team with co-ordinating onshore counsel, we can assist with the variety of debt and equity restructuring processes and procedures available in our Collas Crill jurisdictions; from mergers and acquisitions, to migrations and redomiciliation, to schemes of arrangement and the more innovative and flexible solutions our jurisdictions are known for.  

With our mix of non-contentious and litigation restructuring specialists, Collas Crill offers the unique advantage of having being able to provide a team to seamlessly take a transaction from start to finish. 

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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.

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