Ian Montgomery

Ian Montgomery

Managing Partner

BVI

 

Ian is Managing Partner of the Collas Crill BVI office. He advises financial institutions, public and private businesses, individuals and funds on all aspects of corporate, commercial and finance law. His areas of expertise include, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, debt and equity financing, public listings, security arrangements, tax efficient investment structures, corporate restructurings and reorganisations, takeovers, commercial contracts and corporate and commercial aspects of shareholder and contractual disputes.

He has significant experience advising on cross-border transactions in the real estate, financial services, energy and technology sectors, with a particular focus on transactions involving the Middle East and North Africa.

Prior to joining Collas Crill, Ian worked for Mourant Ozannes in Jersey. He has also worked for Harney Westwood & Riegels in the BVI and Pinsent Masons in London.

Ian qualified as a Solicitor in Scotland in 2008 (currently non-practicing), and was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2013 and the British Virgin Islands in 2014.

Ian is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, the Law Society of Scotland and the Bar Association in the BVI.

Ian studied law at the University of Edinburgh.

Recent deals:

  • Acted as BVI counsel to Extell Development Company on a $530million loan package to facilitate the purchase and development of Brooklyn Point, currently the tallest residential tower under construction in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Acted as BVI counsel to Britain's fourth largest mobile group, Three UK, on its £300million acquisition of Transvision Investments Limited.
  • Advised Gulf Capital on the BVI law aspects of a $22million convertable mezzanine loan facility to Amiral Holdings Limited to facilitate the development of an oil and gas terminal in the Ain Sokhna Port on the Red Sea in Egypt.
  • Acted as BVI and Jersey counsel to a global property development and investment company on the £300million sale of a landmark property in London.
  • Advised HCT Group on a £17.8million fundraising to expand the business and aquire commercial bus operators and turn them into social enterprises. This was the largest fundraiser by a social enterprise in the UK in 2018.
  • Acted as BVI counsel to Trans Atlantic Ship Management and SMT Shipping on a multi million dollar vessel finance involving a major Canadian bank.
  • Acted as BVI counsel to iMena Group, a leading investor in and operator of online businesses in MENA (including opensooq.com and sellanycar.com), on a group structuring and various investments and disposals.
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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Commercial Structuring & Contracts
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Offshore vehicles are used for a huge range of purposes either standing alone or as part of large multi-jurisdictional structures. Our highly commercial team specialises in advising clients on the most effective uses of such vehicles and their on-going operation, including normal and cellular companies as well as foundations, unit trusts, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships. Our experienced team also provides commercial contracts for clients whether bespoke documents to effect specific transactions or suites of precedent documents for company service providers or offshore groups.

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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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Corporate Governance & Shareholder Relations
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Good corporate governance and a sound understanding of directors duties is important to companies. Regardless of size, establishing a best practice approach should be fundamental to all boards. The board of directors are responsible for ensuring the company achieves its objectives and the corporate governance framework they adhere to should underpin their accountability to the company and its members. We advise company boards in relation to both the non-contentious and contentious aspects of shareholder relations with a focus on corporate governance to prevent contentious issues arising. We have also advised both boards and activist shareholders in relation to highly contentious general meetings and associated issues arising out of investor actions.

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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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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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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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