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Ben  Le Page

Ben Le Page  

Associate | Guernsey

  • Ben Le Page is a magician and a gentleman. Works hard and effectively.  Great to have on the team
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  • Ben and the team went above and beyond for what we thought would be a straightforward sale of a company which turned out to be problematic, time consuming and with great pressures from many third parties.
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  • Thanks very much Ben as this has been the smoothest migration I have ever seen – great job!
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  • Ben was immensely helpful, thorough and responded promptly.
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  • Worked with Ben Le Page and Alex Wickens. They were great - kept to timetable, kept me up to date and really pleasant to deal with.
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Overview

Ben is an Associate in our Guernsey Corporate, Finance and Funds team.

Ben advises on all aspects of commercial law with a particular focus on banking and finance (including real estate finance, Islamic finance and fund finance), mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. Ben regularly works with our BVI, Cayman and Jersey corporate and trust teams on cross-jurisdictional finance, corporate and trust matters.

Ben also assists the Corporate, Finance and Funds team in their other core areas including funds, data protection and risk and regulatory.

"I am approachable, down-to-earth and always willing to help."

Experience

  • Acting for HSBC UK Bank plc, Barclays Bank PLC, Rothschild & Co Wealth Management UK Limited and the Bank of East Asia Limited (amongst others) respectively on a number of complex real estate and acquisition finance transactions.
  • Acting for QIB (UK) plc, Bank of London and The Middle East Plc, Al Rayan Bank PLC and Adu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC respectively on a number of complex Islamic finance transactions.
  • Acting for Silicon Valley Bank in respect of a number of high value fund finance transactions involving Guernsey collective investment schemes.
  • Acting for airline Blue Islands in respect of a loan facility and complex security package with the States of Jersey in order to secure Channel Islands' air connectivity with the United Kingdom.
  • Acting for SafeCharge International Group Limited on its successful takeover by 11411802 Canada Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Nuvei Corporation) by way of a Guernsey scheme of arrangement, and on subsequent complex financing arrangements and international group restructuring.
  • Acting for Zurich Assurance Ltd and Scottish Widows Limited in relation to the transfer of Zurich's UK workplace pensions and savings business to Scottish Widows.
  • Assisting various companies in migrating their businesses to Guernsey.
  • Assisting a number of businesses in their move from a general partnership to a limited liability partnership.

Background

Ben first joined Collas Crill as a paralegal and went on to train with Collas Crill, qualifying as a Solicitor of England & Wales in September 2017.

During his training contract Ben undertook a three month secondment to CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP in London in their Banking and International Finance team. During his time at CMS, Ben worked primarily on the acquisition, development, restructuring and financing of projects in the real estate, infrastructure, energy and natural resources sectors.

Ben read law at the University of Bristol, graduating with First Class Honours, and went on to complete his Legal Practice Course at BPP University Law School.

Outside of the office Ben is an accomplished magician.

Memberships

Ben is a member of the Guernsey International Legal Association and Guernsey Investment Fund Association.

My Assistant
Samantha Hobbs  
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.

Banking Regulation
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In this current climate of increasing regulation we understand the pressures on our clients both from local regulators as well as international organisations. Our team of dedicated risk and regulatory professionals are on hand to assist. We act for a number of the leading clearing and private banks located in our jurisdictions.

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.

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.

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

Project Finance
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Our teams have been involved in some of the most innovative finance structures, including the first public-private finance initiative in Guernsey, a care home. We regularly advise housing associations on funding their projects. Internationally we work with clients on key infrastructure projects, including power stations and railway links.

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.

Risk & Regulatory
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Collas Crill's multi-disciplinary approach to providing Risk & Regulatory services ensures that every aspect of our clients' businesses is covered. By drawing on the skills and experience of a highly experienced team of lawyers with expertise from across the firm, we are able to deal with all legal compliance issues that could affect your business, whether contentious or non-contentious. The assistance we are able to provide ranges from strategic matters to specific operational issues.

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