• Commercially aware and pragmatic
    Legal 500
  • Knowledgeable and gives sound technical advice
    Legal 500, Caribbean 2015
  • Technically good but also very commercial and pragmatic
    Legal 500 Caribbean, 2014
  • Extremely thorough and very responsive
    Legal 500

Mike is an experienced corporate, banking and finance lawyer heading up the corporate, finance and funds team in Jersey.

Mike's corporate practice involves advising listed companies, private groups, family offices, sovereign wealth funds, private equity vehicles, directors and shareholders on areas like mergers and acquisitions, corporate migrations, group restructurings, joint ventures and class rights, shareholder disputes, private placements and public offerings (including IPOs and secondary offerings), corporate governance and directors' duties and employee incentive schemes.

"I enjoy the variety of work and diversity of clients we have at Collas Crill.  No two deals or clients are ever the same."

His banking and finance practice involves advising borrowers and lenders on areas like acquisition and leveraged finance, asset finance, Islamic finance, project finance, real estate finance, debt restructuring and security enforcement. He also advises arrangers, dealers and SPVs in relation to debt issues (including note programmes and securitisations) and structured products.

Prior to joining Collas Crill, Mike worked for another leading offshore law firm in both Jersey and the BVI. He has also worked for Allen Allen & Hemsley in Sydney and Clifford Chance in London.

Mike was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2001 (currently non-practising) and the British Virgin Islands in 2011.

 

*not a member of Collas Crill LLP in 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 Capital Markets
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We advise on structured bond issuance, securitisations, convertibles (including cash box structures) and hybrid deals that make use of offshore special purpose vehicles. Our partners and senior lawyers have significant experience and understanding of the nuances of such transactions and so are perfectly positioned to provide commercial, tailored advice. We also work closely with our Risk & Regulatory team to ensure our clients are kept up to date with regulatory developments that affect debt capital markets, including European Markets Infrastructure Regulation.

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Corporate & Commercial
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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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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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Equity Capital Markets
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We advise on public offerings by holding or listing companies incorporated in Jersey, Guernsey and the Cayman Islands. Our clients include issuers, banks, NOMADs and other corporate finance advisers, 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 financing structures from IPOs to rights issues and secondary offerings, and equity bridge financing, to reverse takeovers and private placements.

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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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My news & deals
Insight 21 Nov 2019

Jersey security enforcement

Introduction The Royal Court judgment on 5 November, in Kidd and Ors v All Service Group Holdings Limited became our second judgment in six months on the issue of enforcing...

Deal 5 Nov 2019

£41m commercial property deal

Collas Crill has advised on the £41 million acquisition of 27/28 Esplanade, known as JTC House, in St Helier, Jersey. The team was instructed by Seaton Place Limited, who...

Deal 24 Sep 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 Aug 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 9 Aug 2019

LSE Offshore listings

Guernsey, Jersey, BVI and Cayman continue to lead the way for accessing London's capital markets. For more information on why investors can benefit from using offshore...

News 19 Jun 2019

Beneficial Ownership Register

Today's joint announcement by the Governments of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man underpins the Crown Dependencies' commitment to tackle financial crime by publishing...