• Sean Cheong is very good technically, hard-working and crucially highly responsive. This attitude and approach is also then set as the standard for the junior lawyers in the team to follow and they do so to a high level.
    Legal 500 2019
  • I trust her experience and judgement. My top choice in Guernsey, particularly on complex matters.
    Legal 500 2019
  • 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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  • Very professional and engaging individual, with a wide knowledge of the law
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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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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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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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Debt Issues
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We advise on structured bond issues, including covered bonds, convertible debt, private equity and intra-group debt finance and hybrid deals that make use of offshore special purpose debt vehicles. We also advise onshore issuers with listing Eurobonds and other debt instruments on The International Stock Exchange in Guernsey and the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange. Our Partners and senior lawyers have significant experience and understanding of the nuances of such transactions, and are therefore perfectly positioned to provide practical, tailored advice.

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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 clients on both lender and borrower side. Our clients include banks, funds, directors, shareholders and insolvency practitioners. We undertake security reviews and advise on pre-emptive measures. We appreciate the need to act promptly and decisively, and at the same time are sensitive to potential negative publicity for our clients.

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Equity Issues
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We advise on all forms of public offerings by companies incorporated in Jersey, Guernsey, BVI and the Cayman Islands. Our clients include trading companies, SPACs, brokers, advisors and NOMADs, 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 transactions for listed companies, from IPOs to rights issues, secondary offerings, equity bridge financing, mergers & acquisitions, including schemes or arrangement and reverse takeovers, and de-listing.

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Funds Finance
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Fund financing covers a range of financing possibilities but most commonly involves capital call or subscription facilities. It is a specialist area that requires an understanding of fund structuring, the risks involved in lending to funds and specific security requirements. 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, efficient and pragmatic approach to managing transactions.

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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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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.

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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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Securities & 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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My news & deals
Insight 27 Mar 2020

Where the land lies for LIBOR

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Insight 17 Jan 2020

Double jeopardy: breach of sanction

The case of Lamesa Investments Ltd v Cynergy Bank Ltd [2019] EWHC 1877 (Comm) involved a bank caught up in the crosshairs of international sanctions but could apply to any...

Insight 17 Jan 2020

Banks' Quincecare duty to customers

In July 2019 we published a briefing note on a case involving a bank's duty of care to protect its customer against fraud by third parties: The Federal Republic of Nigeria v...

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...

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