• Very client-focused and highly effective at getting deals done
    Legal 500
  • Extremely proactive and commercial with strong business acumen
    Legal 500
  • Has commerciality in determining structures that work for both sides of the table
    Legal 500
  • Commercially savvy as well as technically proficient
    Legal 500
  • Excellent commercial sense and excellent legal knowledge
    Chambers & Partners

Paul heads up Collas Crill's corporate, finance and funds team. He specialises in investment funds and banking, advising on the establishment and regulation of open and closed ended funds.

"Seeing a client's success and growth over a number of years is the most rewarding part of what I do. Building strong, long-term relationships is the key to our success. It's what makes what we do fun."

He also advises private equity executives on the structuring of carried interest and related matters. Paul's banking practice involves acting for lenders and borrowers, advising on Guernsey regulatory and security issues, and as advisor to banks in enforcement situations.

Paul has advised on complex, multi-jurisdictional lending transactions involving Guernsey investment funds as borrowers, as well as Guernsey asset-holding vehicles.

Paul is also actively involved in local industry, sitting as an elected member of the Guernsey Investment Funds Association Executive Committee.

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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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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Investment Funds & Private Equity
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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.

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Investment Management & Advisory Contracts
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In addition to advising on the establishment of investment structures we advise on the drafting and interpretation of investment management and advisory mandates including performance fees and remuneration packages. Our practical yet precise approach in this highly technical area is driven by significant onshore experience. Performance related fee structures and incentives need to consider and capture the widest range of potential scenarios - our depth of expertise lets us achieve that.

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Fund Formation
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Our uniquely diverse practice regularly assists with the establishment of both open and closed-ended fund structures. In addition to traditional private equity and real estate structures we have advised on a number of alternative and esoteric classes. We provided bespoke structuring solutions to allow our clients to build the fund they want as opposed to a cookie-cutter template of the market standard. We advise clients at every step of the process, including preparing offer documents, investor negotiations, the preparation of agreements, and in the closing of transactions.

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Enforcement Action & Sanction
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The regulatory environment both in local jurisdictions and internationally, is becoming increasingly complex at a time when regulatory agencies are becoming more zealous in their approach to enforcement and investigations. We guide clients through the impact of enforcement of investigatory actions by regulatory bodies by offering dedicated strategic advice on a broad range of issues including enforcement notices, governance matters, complaints, insider trading and dealing and market manipulation.

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Funds Finance
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Fund financing is a specialist area that requires a strong understanding of the specific risks involved in lending to funds and the way such borrowers are structured. We know that the 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 approach in managing transactions. As with any transactional matter we recognize the need to be efficient, accurate, responsive and pragmatic in dealings between parties. At the same time we take a firm line on risk and legal protection on behalf of our client.

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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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Private Equity & Venture Capital
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At Collas Crill we understand how investment businesses and ventures develop over time. As such, we have a strong focus on innovative and efficient structuring, designed to maximise returns for clients. Our team is extremely well integrated across our offices and with other service providers covering all areas relevant to private equity and venture capital, including lawyers in other offshore and onshore jurisdictions, banking, fund administration, custody, directorships, insolvency and restructuring, accounting and audit relationships, we are able to make a range of tailored introductions.

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Unregulated Investment Structures
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Our investment practice is not simply limited to regulated investment funds. We also advise clients on a range of unregulated and private structures allowing new promoters to build a track record or investment clubs to access particular investments without incurring the time or financial cost of entering the regulatory regime. Our team's experience in this often overlooked area of the investment sector can help our clients manage regulation and plan their structures for future growth without unnecessary limitations.

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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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My news & deals
Deal 4 Oct 2019

£20m finance facility

Collas Crill has acted for RAW Capital Partners and RAW Mortgage Fund assisting with securing a £20 million finance facility from OakNorth Bank Plc. The RAW Mortgage Fund...

Deal 3 Oct 2019

Acquisition of Guernsey Press

Collas Crill has assisted Bailiwick Investments Limited and MXC Guernsey Limited with the recent acquisition of The Guernsey Press Company Limited, from Jersey company...

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...

Deal 31 Jul 2019

£31 million UK property refinancing

Collas Crill have assisted The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited (RBS International) with the further amendment and restatement of a £31 million facility to...

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...

Deal 19 Jun 2019

Acquisition of Royal Bank Place

Collas Crill has assisted The Channel Islands Property Fund Limited (CIPF) with the acquisition of flagship building, Royal Bank Place, enhancing its Channel Islands...