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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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My news and insights
News 23 Sep 2020

Future business risks seminar

Collas Crill will be hosting a complimentary seminar, 'When it hits the fan…', at the Old Government House Hotel on Thursday 15 October. Directors, commercial managers and...

News 1 Sep 2020

Acquisition of Valley House

Collas Crill has assisted the Channel Island Property Fund Limited (CIPF) on the addition of another significant property in Guernsey to its Channel Islands portfolio...

News 31 Jul 2020

SoG passes migration regulations

The States of Guernsey yesterday passed The Limited Partnerships (Guernsey) (Migration) Regulations, 2020. These regulations have been long-awaited; while Guernsey companies...

Deal 10 Jul 2020

Blue Islands £10 million loan

Collas Crill has acted for Blue Islands on its £10 million loan facility with the States of Jersey, safeguarding essential lifeline travel connections for the Channel...

News 17 Jun 2020

Guernsey fast-track licensing

On 12 June the Guernsey Financial Services Commission announced the launch of a new fast-track application regime for managers of overseas collective investment...

News 15 Jun 2020

The Financial Technology Law Review

Collas Crill's team of FinTech specialists have once again collaborated with several major international law firms to produce the third edition of The Financial Technology...

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