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Simon  Heggs

Simon Heggs 

Group Partner* | Guernsey

Corporate, Finance & Funds

  • Simon Heggs is our go-to partner for Guernsey law finance transactions and he is a pleasure to work with.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Simon Heggs – super approachable, commercial yet incredibly transparent and good value for money. An all round good guy and leader in his field.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Helpful, responsive, practical and user friendly
    Legal 500
  • Simon Heggs is a highly responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic transactional lawyer: he is a pleasure to work with, and given the choice, his team are definitely my preferred Guernsey counsel to work with.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Simon Heggs is an integral part of the client delivery team and clients rely on him and instruct him directly, which is unusual for offshore counsel.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Simon Heggs demonstrates exceptional technical expertise, whilst also having the client’s best interests at heart. Simon is approachable, friendly and a pleasure to do business with.
    Legal 500 2022
  • I will always seek out Simon Heggs for Guernsey expertise. Simon is both very personable and a very high-quality lawyer, who can always be relied upon to be responsive, pragmatic and commercial.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Simon is a very smart and enthusiastic lawyer.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • An incredibly easy lawyer to deal with – technically sound but commercially astute
    Legal 500
  • I work with Simon on a few capital markets transactions. He is very responsive and able to source other colleagues in other jurisdictions where required. He also provides practical advice and does not try to unnecessarily over complicate matters.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2023
  • Simon Heggs is a bright star who is developing a good practice.
    Chambers UK 2023

Overview

Simon is a Group Partner in our Guernsey Corporate, Finance and Funds team.

Simon advises on all aspects of commercial law, with a particular focus on public equity and debt, banking and finance (including real estate, private client and fund finance), private equity investment and mergers and acquisitions. Simon regularly leads cross border matters involving our Guernsey, Jersey, BVI and Cayman teams and acts as lead counsel to a number of Guernsey based Banks and family offices.

"I endeavour to bring a commercial and pragmatic approach to all transactions, looking to find the most efficient way to get transactions completed whilst ensuing that clients' objectives are met."

Experience

  • Acting for Credit Agricole in respect of their €50bn Structured Debt Instruments Issuance Programme.
  • Acting for SafeCharge International Group Limited, an AIM Listed company, on its successful $889m takeover by the Nuvei Corporation by way of a Guernsey scheme of arrangement.
  • Advising Pizza Hut UK on the early settlement and de-listing of their TISE listed debt securities as part of their wider CVA.
  • Acting for Intertrust in their €500m bond issuance and the refinance of their existing debt facility.
  • Acting for Ferro-Alloy Resources in their migration from the BVI and joint listing on London and Kazak Stock Exchanges.
  • Acting as lead counsel to a Guernsey family office in the acquisition of two Guernsey commercial real estate companies.
  • Acting for Fairtree Hospitality Real Estate Private Equity Limited Partnership in the refinance of their group's property investment portfolio.

Background

Simon joined Collas Crill in 2015, having previously worked for Fortis Bank and DQ Law.

Simon is a graduate of Leicester University, where he studied Law & Economics, and York College of Law.

Memberships

Simon is a member of the Isle of Man Bar Association and the Guernsey International Legal Association.

He is listed as a 'Next Generation Partner' by Legal 500 and as 'Up and Coming' by Chambers and Partners.

*not a member of Collas Crill LLP in Guernsey
admitted in Isle of Man

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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.

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 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.

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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