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.

Highly responsive, efficient and great to work with.
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Banking & Finance services
Acquisition Finance
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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.

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Asset Finance
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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.

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Banking Regulation
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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.

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Contentious Banking & Finance
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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.

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Debt Restructuring, Enforcement & Insolvency
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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.

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Funds 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.

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Islamic Finance
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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.

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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.

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Real Estate Finance
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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.

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Banking & Finance NEWS & PUBLICATIONS
Deal 15 May 2020

Collas Crill advises on Premier Inn

Collas Crill acted as legal advisor to Channel Islands-based property developer, Comprop, which has signed up to facilities with the Royal Bank of Scotland International...

Deal 01 Apr 2020

JTC acquisition of Sanne

Collas Crill has advised JTC on its acquisition of Sanne's private client business. The acquisition, subject to the relevant regulatory approvals, completed on 13 March and...

Deal 10 Mar 2020

Goodfellows case

In a recent case of C Goodfellow & another v HMRC [2019] UKFTT 750 (TC) (16 December 2019), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) rejected a claim that SDLT should be charged on...

Insight 20 Jul 2020

Similar but not the same

Economic substance legislation has been introduced in each of our offshore jurisdictions, requiring all businesses with entities in those jurisdictions to carefully consider...

News 13 Jul 2020

LIBOR transition – the time is now

Following our LIBOR updates published in March and May, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) has released a statement encouraging Guernsey firms to assess the...

Insight 17 Apr 2020

Taking company decisions virtually

We are increasingly receiving queries from clients in all of our offshore jurisdictions asking for practical guidance and advice on (i) how entities may take decisions and...

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