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Banking & Finance

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 new and emerging markets, 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.

We were the first to manage public/private financing, have one of the largest portfolio of lending transactions within the commercial property market in the Channel Islands, and have strong expertise in Islamic finance structures and funds finance transactions.

Our clients instruct us because of our depth of expertise and our style in managing transactions. We are partner-led in all our transactions because we recognise the importance of accessibility to senior team members. Most importantly, we provide sound advice and a service delivered in a commercial and user-friendly manner.

  • Keen to develop relationships. Friendly and personable team. Commercially sound and pragmatic advice.
    Legal 500 2022
  • The firm provided a high-quality professional service which included timely feedback, clear concise responses and legal counsel. Extremely proactive and commercial law firm who are top of their game for offshore legal advice.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Collas Crill has a great team across the board in all jurisdictions that I have dealt with and I really rate them for their Jersey banking and finance work. They are always responsive and on top of things.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Collas Crill are easy to do business with. They get the job done with minimal fuss and no last-minute fee creep discussions. Responsive, competitive on cost, and practical. The team also offers a very personable and collegial service.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Collas Crill’s Jersey banking team is still quite new to the market, but has proved itself to be a good alternative to the established names. We have used them twice in the last year and have been impressed by their service and delivery.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Collas Crill have very much become a trusted adviser to us. Key to us is them taking the time to understand our business and support advising on a case-by-case basis. They’re very transparent with fees and particularly keen to ensure proposals work.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Highly responsive, efficient and great to work with.
    Legal 500
  • The thing that Collas Crill do very well is that their associates are really connected and coverage is excellent if the primary deal associate is away, unavailable etc. – particular credit here to Ben Le Page. Their responsiveness is also excellent.
    Legal 500 2022
Banking & Finance services
Acquisition Finance

Advising on acquisition finance is a key part of our services when acting on M&A 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. We act for lenders, corporates and corporate advisors.

Asset Finance

We provide our expertise in the area of asset finance to assist some of our clients in their business requirements. We have worked with lenders in funding acquisition of aircraft and other specialist assets. We also advise and support our finance leasing clients with their customer documentation and security requirements.

Banking Regulation

In this 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 the leading clearing and private banks located in our jurisdictions.

Contentious Banking & Finance

Our dispute resolution specialists collaborate seamlessly with our corporate, banking and finance teams across jurisdictions to advise on litigation, restructuring and risk and regulatory matters. We provide a global perspective, working closely with our clients to ensure that they are best placed to respond to customer issues, fraud risks, rapidly changing market conditions and regulatory demands.

Debt Restructuring, Enforcement & Insolvency

Knowing what to do and when to act when things go wrong is a key part of our service to our clients on both lender and borrower side. Our clients include banks, funds, directors, shareholders and insolvency practitioners. We undertake security reviews and advise on pre-emptive measures. We appreciate the need to act promptly and decisively, and at the same time are sensitive to potential negative publicity for our clients.

Funds Finance

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.

Islamic Finance

Demand for legal professionals with a working knowledge and understanding of Shariah law concepts continues to rise reflecting the growth in Islamic finance products and services for institutions and private clients. Our team of experienced finance lawyers regularly work 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.

Project Finance

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.

Real Estate Finance

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

Insight 18 May 2021

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Legal 500 UK rankings

Collas Crill has been recommended as a top tier firm in four practice areas in Guernsey and Jersey in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2021 rankings, reflecting the quality of...

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Guide 9 Dec 2020

Brexit and Guernsey – What you need to know

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Collas Crill guiding you through…Placing a Jersey company into UK administration

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Collas Crill guiding you through…Désastre proceedings for a Jersey company

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Collas Crill guiding you through…Potential insolvency challenges under Jersey law

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Collas Crill guiding you through...Winding up a Jersey company on just and equitable grounds

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Collas Crill guiding you through...A creditors' winding up of a Jersey company

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