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Alex Wickens

Alex Wickens  

Senior Associate | Guernsey

 

Overview

Alex is a Senior Associate in the banking and finance team with a wealth of experience acting for both borrowers and lenders on high value, complex and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Particular areas of expertise for Alex include real estate finance, Islamic finance and fund finance.

"I'm level headed, commercial and methodical in my approach to client work. I endeavor to meet my clients' needs in as efficient and cost effective a manner as possible."

Experience

  • Acting for the Canbury Group in respect of a complex group restructuring, refinance from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and new financing from Downing LLP (with an aggregate value of £66,000,000) for the acquisition and development of student accommodation in Canterbury.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank Plc in respect of a £46,000,000 facility to the Curlew Student II Group to finance the acquisition and development of student accommodation in Bath, Brighton and Bermondsey.
  • Acting for QIB Plc, Bank of London and the Middle East and Adu Dhabi Islamic Bank 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.
  • Secondment to Collas Crill's knowledge management team in 2020 to fulfill a professional support lawyer role for the wider Collas Crill Group.
  • Secondment to a local Financial Services Business in 2015/2016 to fulfill a general counsel role.

Background

Alex is a history & politics graduate from the University of Kent who joined Collas Crill in 2006 following a gap year spent in South America. Alex completed his graduate diploma in law (GDL) with Nottingham Law School and Legal Practice Course (LPC) with the University of Law Bloomsbury while working full time at Collas Crill as a Paralegal. He qualified as a solicitor of England & Wales in 2012.

Outside of Collas Crill, Alex sits on the general committee of the Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) which oversees the governance and management of the charity.

Memberships

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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