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Wayne Atkinson

Wayne Atkinson 

Partner | Guernsey

Corporate, Finance & Funds

  • Responsive and innovative
    Legal 500
  • Extremely knowledgeable but not protective of that knowledge...very approachable and always willing to assist
    Client feedback
  • Great technical knowledge, responsive and affable
    Legal 500
  • He's a good technical lawyer. I have found he delivers efficient, focused points of advice, which is exactly what you want.
    Chambers & Partners 2022
  • Always proactive, excellent at balancing legal requirements with the needs and wishes of the client
    Client feedback
  • Credible across all areas
    Client feedback
  • I would recommend Wayne Atkinson unreservedly. He provides excellent advice, is very responsive and takes a commercial approach.
    Legal 500
  • Great service, quick to respond
    Client feedback
  • Always proactive and excellent at balancing legal requirements with the needs and wishes of the client
    Client feedback
  • Wayne Atkinson is very responsive and understands clients’ businesses.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Wayne Atkinson is very responsive and understands clients’ businesses.
    Legal 500

Wayne heads up Collas Crill's Guernsey Corporate, Finance & Funds team. He works with a broad range of regulated entities and investment funds on fundraising, transaction and investment structuring, commercial contracts and mergers and acquisitions. As one of the leaders of Collas Crill's risk and regulatory team he also regularly advises businesses on regulatory compliance including money-laundering issues, listing rules requirements, competition law, data protection, employment law and Guernsey financial services regulation more generally.

"'It's my job to help clients achieve their objectives with as little unnecessary cost, stress and risk as possible.'"

Wayne has also built considerable expertise in assisting company boards and activist shareholders in relation to contentious general meetings and associated issues arising out of investor actions.

A regular speaker at seminars and conferences in relation to company law, regulatory and fund matters, Wayne is well known for his down-to-earth plain speaking approach to explaining complex legal and regulatory issues.

Prior to joining Collas Crill in 2009, Wayne trained and qualified as a corporate lawyer with Herbert Smith in London working primarily in the firm's investment funds and regulatory team. Following this he spent a number of years in the British Virgin Islands advising on a range of investment funds and general corporate transactions.

Wayne is listed as a Next Generation Partner in Legal 500 and in band 4 in Chambers and Partners UK 2022.

My services
Banking & Finance
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Banks today face an ever increasing raft of challenges, both regulatory and commercial, as well as competition for deals from non-bank lenders and alternative funders. We provide our banking clients with a comprehensive service on- and off-transaction, including our plain English precedents for their business. We help our clients keep up with the changing landscape in order to remain competitive in the market place whilst delivering quality service to their own customers. Our clients focus on relationship banking and we work hard to support them in doing so. We also advise P2P lenders and invoice discounters on their lending and security arrangements, and their documentation.

Business Relocation
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For businesses, a relocation to the Channel Islands can bring significant advantages – Guernsey and Jersey's world leading financial services regulation and company laws are modern, business friendly and practical; a huge benefit for businesses in that sector. An added benefit of our financial services background for all businesses is the depth of highly skilled service providers on-island ready to assist your business. Guernsey and Jersey is ready to roll-out the welcome mat to new businesses and we're ideally placed to make introductions to the right people.

Collas Crill IP Management Ltd
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Collas Crill IP is a Channel Islands company offering a wide range of traditional IP services as well as new and innovative products to IP owners and their agents. Collas Crill IP offers a full range of products and schemes to help maximise the potential and commercialization of your IP. We register, manage and provide IP portfolio services to clients throughout the world and from our base in Guernsey can provide structured IP ownership schemes to help maximise the potential and commercialisation of IP assets. Trade marks, image rights, copyright, patents, designs and other intellectual property rights are key assets and, as such, need to be managed professionally in order to fully maximise their potential.

Corporate Advisory
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With a depth of multi-jurisdictional experience our 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.

Employment, Pensions & Immigration
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We understand that the effective and efficient management of employment matters is not only an important risk management tool, but can add value to your business in the long term. We also understand that today's employment environment is more litigious than ever and not all issues can be mitigated or resolved. The stakes are often the highest in these cases, which is why our approach is to resolve conflicts in the most practical and sensitive manner – and always with the client's needs at the forefront.

Investment Funds, Private Equity & Venture Capital
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Our fund specialists offer advice on all aspects relating to the establishment, authorisation and structuring of funds and related investment vehicles. We have particular expertise acting for emerging managers who are building their business and acting for institutional investors, including acting for private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds on joint venture and fund investments, as well as planning their internal corporate structures. We provide a highly personalised service working with our clients and their onshore counsel to build in depth relationships over the long term.

Relocate to the Channel Islands
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Our team is ideally placed to advise on and project manage such a relocation, advising on everything from company migrations, housing licences and real estate matters through to introductions to other service providers and complementary local businesses. Some of our people have first-hand experience of moving to the island themselves, affording them a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities you are likely to face.

Risk & Regulatory
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Collas Crill's multi-disciplinary approach to providing Risk & Regulatory services ensures that every aspect of our clients' businesses 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.

Insight 4 Mar 2022

Socially-responsible investing

Wayne Atkinson is quoted in Orbit TRC magazine on the subject of regulation or reputation when it comes to the motivation behind socially-responsible investing around the...

News 6 Jan 2022

New employment lawyer

Collas Crill has appointed Of Counsel Danielle Brouard to head up and develop Collas Crill's employment law practice on island, working closely with both the firm's...

Insight 1 Dec 2021

Cannabis business challenges

This article was first published in Cannabis Wealth on 1 December 2021. Money laundering challenges for cannabis businesses - what do cannabis businesses need to know when...

News 18 Oct 2021

Bitcoin ETF world first

Collas Crill lawyers Wayne Atkinson and Gareth Morgan have acted as counsel to Jacobi Investment Funds PCC Limited on the approval process for Jacobi Bitcoin ETF, the...

Insight 22 Jun 2021

Economic substance and partnerships

The Income Tax (Substance Requirements) (Implementation) Regulations, 2021, have been approved by the State of Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee and come into effect...

Insight 18 May 2021

Moving with the times: The Companie

On 1 May 2021 the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (Miscellaneous Amendments) Ordinance, 2021 brought into force a number of amendments to the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008...

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Guide 3 Jun 2022

Private investment funds in Guernsey

Guernsey's Private Investment Fund (PIF) regime recognises that for some promoters, the nature of the target investors warrants a more flexible...

Guide 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...

Guide 21 Oct 2021

Collas Crill explains... Migrating limited partnerships

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...

Guide 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...

Guide 21 Jul 2021

Collas Crill explains... joint ventures

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...

Guide 17 Jun 2021

Collas Crill explains… Payment of dividends and distributions by a Guernsey company

This is part of a series of guides in which we examine areas of Guernsey law that frequently arise in practice. Further guides will be released weekly; click here to...

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Event 14 Jul 2022

IoD Jersey ESG event

Wayne Atkinson is speaking at the IoD Jersey Branch’s latest panel discussion which seeks to not only discuss how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting and...

Event 7 Oct 2021
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2021 Natural Capital Finance & Inve

Partner Wayne Atkinson is speaking at the 2021 Natural Capital Finance & Investment virtual conference, which this year focuses on green finance for regenerative...

Event 24 Sep 2021
Past Event

Cryptoassets vs sustainability

Join Wayne Atkinson and fellow experts for a discussion of cryptoassets through the lens of sustainability, hosted by BPP. Cryptoassets, such as currencies, have seen a...

Event 23 Sep 2021
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How can boards ensure authentic ESG

Wayne Atkinson, Partner and Head of Guernsey's Corporate, Finance & Funds Team, is speaking at the Governance Guernsey 2021 conference on 23 September. Organised by the...

Event 27 May 2021
Past Event

ICSA Guernsey

Wayne Atkinson and Ben Havard join ICSA Guernsey at their CPD event on Thursday 27 May at Best Western Moores Hotel. Regulatory Risk Wayne Atkinson will provide a...

Event 25 Mar 2021
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BPP 2021 Brexit Forum

Partner in our Guernsey Corporate team, Wayne Atkinson, will be speaking at the BPP 2021 Brexit Forum. Brexit is one of the most momentous political events in a generation...

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