Wayne Atkinson

Wayne Atkinson

Group Partner

Guernsey

  • Great technical knowledge, responsive and affable
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  • Always proactive, excellent at balancing legal requirements with the needs and wishes of the client
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  • Great service, quick to respond
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  • Extremely knowledgeable but not protective of that knowledge...very approachable and always willing to assist
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  • Always proactive and excellent at balancing legal requirements with the needs and wishes of the client
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  • Credible across all areas
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  • Responsive and innovative
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Wayne 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 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.

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.

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Mergers & Acquisitions
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We regularly act in relation to significant M&A activity in our jurisdictions, whether as lead counsel for strictly local matters or as part of an international team for multi-jurisdictional transactions. In addition to the negotiation of transaction documents we assist clients with disclosure and due diligence exercises as well as obtain competition authority clearances. Our focus is a practical one, looking to allow clients the certainty to conclude a deal in the knowledge that their risk has been identified and mitigated to the strongest extent possible.

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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.

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Corporate & Commercial
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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.

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Investment Funds & Private Equity
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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.

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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.

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My news & deals
News 2 Oct 2019

Guidance for Guernsey

Yesterday, Guernsey's government released two documents related to reporting of corporate information for taxation and international transparency purposes. Both documents...

News 23 Aug 2019

TISE Debt Listings Q2

The International Stock Exchange (TISE), located in Guernsey, is widely considered to be one of the leading international securities exchanges for listing debt...

Deal 2 Aug 2019

Takeover of SafeCharge

Collas Crill acted as Guernsey Counsel to SafeCharge International Group Limited on its successful takeover by 11411802 Canada Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Nuvei...

Deal 31 Jul 2019

£31 million UK property refinancing

Collas Crill have assisted The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited (RBS International) with the further amendment and restatement of a £31 million facility to...

News 24 Jul 2019

The Alderney Gambling Law Review

Collas Crill has again collaborated with several major international law firms for the fourth edition of the multi-jurisdictional legal reference book, The Gambling Law...

News 17 Jul 2019

JFSC announces financial penalty

The Jersey Financial Services Commission has announced it has issued its first civil penalty against a Jersey regulated business related to historic contravention of the...