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Annabel  Bishop

Annabel Bishop 

Associate | BVI

Corporate, Finance & Funds

  • Annabel has been fantastic so I would like to thank her very much for all her efforts and assistance. We will be using Annabel on the next Guernsey related transaction.
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  • Annabel really has gone above and beyond for us; her professionalism, co-ordination and support throughout the process has been invaluable.
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Overview

Annabel is an Associate in the Corporate, Finance and Funds team in the BVI office. She is admitted to practise as a solicitor in the British Virgin Islands, and England and Wales.

She advises on banking and finance transactions (including real estate finance and Islamic finance), mergers and acquisitions, funds and other general corporate and commercial matters.

Annabel relocated to the firm's BVI office in September 2022 after spending four years post-qualification within the Guernsey Corporate, Finance and Funds team.

Experience

During her time in Guernsey, Annabel worked on a number cross-jurisdictional and cross-departmental matters with our other offices. In particular, Annabel regularly worked with the property teams assisting property funds on the acquisition of large commercial properties both in Guernsey and Jersey and acting for the borrower in the financing for the development of Guernsey's Premier Inn.

Annabel spent three months in our Cayman Islands' office, assisting within the insolvency and corporate restructuring department.

Annabel has undertaken client secondments to leading private banks in both Channel Islands. Being able to experience transactions from a client's perspective has enabled her to fully understand and appreciate their specific needs.

Background

Annabel initially joined Collas Crill as a paralegal before undertaking her training contract with the firm, qualifying as a Solicitor of England and Wales in September 2018.

During her training contract, Annabel undertook a four month secondment to Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in London in their private wealth disputes team.

Annabel read psychology and anthropology at Oxford Brookes University and went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law and then the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, London Moorgate.

 

 

My 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Investment Fund Formation
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Our uniquely diverse practice regularly assists with the establishment of both open and closed-ended fund structures. In addition to traditional private equity and real estate structures we have advised on a number of alternative and esoteric classes. We provide bespoke structuring solutions to allow our clients to build the fund they want as opposed to a generic template of the market standard. We advise clients at every step of the process, including preparing offer documents, investor negotiations, the preparation of agreements, and in the closing of transactions.

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.

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.

Mergers & Acquisitions
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Mergers & Acquisitions

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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