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Corporate Advisory

Successfully navigating the modern global business environment in order to take 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. We are known for not sitting on the fence and for providing plain-spoken, direct advice. We take a broad view of our clients' interests. As well as tackling the legal risks, we work hard to help clients identify and manage key commercial and regulatory issues to get the deal done - on time, every time.

With a depth of multi-jurisdictional experience and offices in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey, London and Singapore, we ensure that advice is provided in the context of other key global offshore centres and with a knowledge of the bigger, global picture.

Our clients appreciate our pro-active attitude to providing sensible user-friendly advice, our accuracy and honesty in our approach to pricing matters, and our senior level involvement in all matters to ensure smooth progress and client satisfaction. In an increasingly complex, competitive and more tightly regulated market, we'll make sure your business or commercial venture reaches its full potential.

  • Experienced lawyers who provide clear advice, which takes a client's point of view into account.
    Chambers and Partners 2020
Corporate Advisory services
Business Relocation including Migrations and Continuations
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An increasing number of business leaders are looking to relocate their business and and indeed lives offshore. Our pan-departmental relocation's 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 advise on: company migrations and continuations, regulatory approvals, housing licences and real estate matters through to introductions to other service providers and complementary local businesses.

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Commercial Structuring & Contracts
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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 and limited liability partnerships. Our experienced team also provides commercial contracts for clients whether bespoke documents to effect specific transactions or suites of precedent documents for company service providers or offshore groups.

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Competition Law
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It is important for businesses to understand what constitutes a dominant market position in order to avoid unnecessarily or unknowingly becoming involved in anti-competitive practices, especially during mergers and acquisitions. Penalties can be significant and, potentially, directors may be disqualified or worse. In addition to regularly gaining merger approvals, our commercial team also advise a number of major businesses on the practical effect of the competition regimes on their businesses.

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Corporate Governance & Shareholder Relations
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Good corporate governance and a sound understanding of directors duties is important to companies. Regardless of size, establishing a best practice approach should be fundamental to all boards. The board of directors are responsible for ensuring the company achieves its objectives and the corporate governance framework they adhere to should underpin their accountability to the company and its members. We advise company boards in relation to both the non-contentious and contentious aspects of shareholder relations with a focus on corporate governance to prevent contentious issues arising. We have also advised both boards and activist shareholders in relation to highly contentious general meetings and associated issues arising out of investor actions.

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Data Protection and Information Rights
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Data is the most valuable asset for many of our clients and data protection is a growing facet of offshore business. We have advised a number of institutional clients on their commercial obligations in terms of data security and data protection and regularly provide advice on contract terms in this difficult area. We also have significant experience in using the full range of legal remedies available to obtain access to data and information held, and so are ideally placed to advise clients on either side of the data protection equation.

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E-gaming and E-commerce
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E-gaming and E-commerce have become increasingly important sectors to the economy, having grown exponentially in recent years. Collas Crill has a particular specialism in E-gaming. The opportunities are huge, but the legislative and regulatory issues facing the industry require close attention. Our specialists can advise and assist companies and other organisations on the issues in setting up and managing online businesses as well as managing the risks to succeed in a global market.

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Insurance and Banking Business Transfers
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In the insurance and banking sectors, a business restructure can prove difficult without the backing of statutory procedures and court approvals that facilitate the transition of policy holders or account holders from one enterprise to another. Understandably, this process requires careful consideration by the Courts to ensure those parties are treated fairly and appropriately. Our team has significant experience in this space, acting for insurers and banks looking to divest, acquire or restructure their arrangements.

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Intellectual Property and Image Rights
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Intellectual Property (IP) represents the intangible value of a business, such as goodwill or brand value. Our experience in this sector enables us to assist businesses to identify, manage and exploit this value across a wide range of IP related services. As the only offshore law firm to have its own dedicated IP business, we are uniquely placed to offer a wide range of IP services to our clients, and are able to register trade marks throughout the world, whether directly or through our network agents. We also re-register patents in both Guernsey and Jersey. In addition to these traditional forms of IP we are the agents for the unique Guernsey Image Rights, enabling and managing registrations in this exciting new area of IP.

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Solvent and Insolvent Restructuring
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Restructuring takes many forms, and Collas Crill's Corporate, Finance and Funds team has broad experience in reshaping businesses to the changing needs and demands of the market. For financially distressed companies in need of restructuring and reorganisation, or for those where the opportunity to do so has passed or failed, we work with our insolvency and restructuring team to achieve the most beneficial outcome. At any stage, our involvement will assist in identifying on-going risks and opportunities, as well as managing deteriorating relationships with creditors, financiers, investors or other interested parties. The team brings a wealth of experience from a range of backgrounds to give quick, accurate, commercial advice.

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News and insights
News 7 May 2021

GFSC consults on proposals

On 21 April the Guernsey Financial Services Commission issued three consultation papers ("Papers") as part of the implementation of the Revision of Laws Project. The first...

News 21 Apr 2021

Private Investment Fund Rules

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission has released the Private Investment Fund Rules and Guidance, 2021, updating the original Private Investment Fund Rules, 2016, with...

Guide 3 Apr 2021

BVI Incubator and Approved Funds

Introduction

The BVI's incubator and approved funds continue to be extremely popular and cost-effective for fund start-ups and...

News 24 Mar 2021

Collas Crill advises Guernsey Post

Collas Crill has advised Guernsey Post Limited on its successful acquisition of Channel Island-based freight handling business, HRair.  HRair (previously Huelin-Renouf Air...

News 10 Mar 2021

Collas Crill advises TEAM

Collas Crill has advised TEAM plc (AIM: TEAM) on a placing of its shares and the successful admission of its shares to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock...

News 8 Mar 2021

New BVI Managing Partner

Collas Crill is delighted to welcome Ellie Crespi as Local Managing Partner and Head of Corporate, Finance and Funds in the British Virgin Islands. Ellie joins us from...

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