• Thoughtful, thorough, practical, and willing to get personally involved
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  • Relationship focused - a trusted expert who understands us. Responsive and commercial in approach
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  • She supports me and my team on transactions from straightforward to highly complex
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Sean is a partner specialising in corporate and financial services, and heads up the firm's banking and finance team. Her practice area also covers M&As and capital markets.

Her clients include major banking institutions and other regulated entities in Channel Islands and UK. She regularly acts in cross-border transactions, particularly for clients based in South East Asia, as well as clients in Channel Islands with interests in businesses located in that region. Sean is recognised for her abilities in controlling and driving complex transactions. She also advises on the establishment of structures for international high net worth clients and institutions.

Sean is a solicitor of England and Wales and also a member of the Malaysian Bar.

Sean is a member of the Guernsey Branch of the Institute of Directors and the Securities & Investment Institute. She holds a certificate in Islamic Finance from the SII.

Although now located in the Guernsey office of the firm, Sean was responsible for setting up and leading the Singapore office of Collas Crill from August 2011.

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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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Debt Restructuring, Enforcement & Insolvency
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Knowing what to do and when to act when things go wrong is a key part of our service to our banking/lender clients. We have been involved in restructurings of all sizes and across jurisdictions and in some of the most high-profile cases, and understand the need to act quickly and decisively. We provide responsive, pragmatic advice and assistance. We are also sensitive to potential negative publicity for our clients when enforcing security or taking steps towards insolvency of their borrowers.

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Capital Markets
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Our capital markets team has substantial onshore as well as offshore capital markets experience, giving us in depth understanding of all aspects of capital markets structures and the commercial drivers that underpin transactions. We advise on the full range of equity and debt capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, structured finance and securitisations, bond issuance, and TISE and CSX listings.

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Listing Services
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We act as listing sponsor of The International Stock Exchange and listing agent to the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange in connection with the listing of equity and specialist debt securities, as well as investment funds. We work closely with both TISE and the CSX, both on individual transactions and in shaping the listing rules more generally, ensuring that both we and our local markets offer an efficient, commercially-attractive service to our clients.

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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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Middle East Group
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The demand for professional advisers who understand the needs of clients in the region has never been more important. With shariah-compliant products and Islamic finance becoming increasingly mainstream and integrated into the global financial system, it is important to partner with a team who understands the complexities of these structures, while also understanding how more traditional structures can be applied to meet the needs of Middle Eastern clients.

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Funds Finance
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Fund financing is a specialist area that requires a strong understanding of the specific risks involved in lending to funds and the way such borrowers are structured. We know that the underlying relationships between investors, borrowers and lenders are key to the success of the industry. We work with lenders and borrowers to maintain these relationships at every stage of the process, with our commercial approach in managing transactions. As with any transactional matter we recognize the need to be efficient, accurate, responsive and pragmatic in dealings between parties. At the same time we take a firm line on risk and legal protection on behalf of our client.

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Islamic Finance
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Demand for legal professionals with a working knowledge and understanding of Shariah and its concepts has never been greater as the number of number of financial institutions with an Islamic finance focus continues to rise. We understand the high ethical standards and challenges that need to be met to ensure Shariah compliance, understanding the Shariah principles behind the variety of Islamic finance structures we encounter, in order to frame our advice, and work product, within the requirements of our clients and the transaction. We advise on Islamic finance transactions across a broad range of asset classes, working with banks and their clients, and onshore law firms, in the UK, the Middle East and Asia, including advising QIB UK and ABC International on the Jersey, Guernsey and Cayman law aspects of a number of Murabaha and Diminishing Musharakah facilities.

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Debt Capital Markets
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We advise on structured bond issuance, securitisations, convertibles (including cash box structures) and hybrid deals that make use of offshore special purpose vehicles. Our partners and senior lawyers have significant experience and understanding of the nuances of such transactions and so are perfectly positioned to provide commercial, tailored advice. We also work closely with our Risk & Regulatory team to ensure our clients are kept up to date with regulatory developments that affect debt capital markets, including European Markets Infrastructure Regulation.

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Equity Capital Markets
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We advise on public offerings by holding or listing companies incorporated in Jersey, Guernsey and the Cayman Islands. Our clients include issuers, banks, NOMADs and other corporate finance advisers, and recent transactions have included listings on both the London Stock Exchange's Main Market and AIM, as well as other leading international exchanges. We cover the full scope of financing structures from IPOs to rights issues and secondary offerings, and equity bridge financing, to reverse takeovers and private placements.

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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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My news & deals
News 1 Nov 2019

2020 Trainee Solicitor programme

Collas Crill is now receiving applications for its 2020 Trainee solicitor programme in the Guernsey and Jersey offices. The firm has places for two trainees in each...

News 15 Oct 2019

Chambers and Partners UK 2020

Collas Crill has been recognised in the Chambers and Partners UK 2020 rankings across its Guernsey and Jersey teams, with departments and individuals awarded. Guernsey's...

Insight 13 Aug 2019

The Impact of T&C's

In a case that will be of particular interest to all manner of financial institutions, the English Commercial Court has upheld a bank's decision to exercise its right to...

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...

News 8 Jul 2019

Treating customers fairly

UK Finance* recently published a set of principles to assist banks in managing this potentially awkward exercise. Underpinning the principles is the need to treat customers...

News 8 Jul 2019

Stavrinides v Bank of Cyprus

A recent decision of the UK High Court involving a banking transaction highlights the importance of a proper understanding of an agent's authority.  The case of Stavrinides...