Matthew is group partner of the corporate, finance and funds team in the firm's Jersey office.

Specialising in financing transactions for international banks, Matthew has acted for a wide range of Jersey, UK and European financial institutions, senior and mezzanine lenders. He has particular expertise in the financing and structuring of commercial real estate transactions and loan portfolio sales and acquisitions, alongside experience in fund finance and general banking transactions.

Matthew also works on a broad range of corporate transactions, including establishing investment vehicles, particularly JPUTs, to acquire a range of assets including real estate, private M&A, group reorganisations and advising listed clients on general company law and corporate governance matters. He advises high net worth individuals and family offices on the reorganisation and redomiciliation of multi-jurisdictional holding structures as well as philanthropic transactions.

Prior to joining Collas Crill in 2019, Matthew worked for another leading offshore law firm in Jersey. He is a qualified solicitor of England and Wales (non practising) and an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey.

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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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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Corporate Services
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The key to our corporate services is our team of experienced, responsive administrators who will support you every step of the way to ensure compliance with Cayman Islands requirements. • Entity Formations/Registration • Registered Office Services • Authentication and Legalization • Shipping Registration and Representation • Cayman Islands Trade and Business Licenses • Dissolution Services • Company Searches

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Private Client Advisory
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As global legislation, regulation and taxation constantly change and become more complex, it has never been more important to make long-term plans to secure your future, the future of your family or your business. We cut through the legal jargon to provide clear, practical advice when you most need it and anticipate the challenges you are likely to face so that you can rest assured you and your family are in safe hands at every step of the way.

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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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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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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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UK Real Estate
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In 2010, Collas Crill became the first offshore law firm in the Channel Islands to establish a dedicated UK Real Estate Practice. We have since continued to lead the field, earning a Band 1 ranking from both Chambers UK and Legal 500. Chambers describes our UK Real Estate Practice as, providing “consistently excellent service, with sage and timely advice” and by clients as having “a pragmatic, client friendly approach, but with the expertise to deal with complex transactional work whether acting for a bank or a private client.”

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My news & deals
Deal 24 Nov 2019

Guidance on security enforcement

In the recent case of In Re Bayswater Road (Holdings) Limited [2019] JRC 102, the Royal Court of Jersey gave some helpful guidance on the enforcement of a security interest...

News 23 Nov 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...

Insight 19 Nov 2019

A fund finance 'loophole'

A recent case, and perhaps the only fund finance case, at least to the authors' knowledge, has seen some lenders rush to close a fund finance 'loophole' (our...

News 7 Nov 2019

Lending and Secured Finance Guide

Collas Crill are pleased to have authored the Jersey chapter of the Global Guide to Lending & Secured Finance published by Legal 500. The Guide addresses the key points...

News 1 Nov 2019

New Corporate Partner in Jersey

Collas Crill Jersey has appointed Matthew Gilley as a partner in its corporate, finance and funds department, following a period of sustained growth for the...