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Paul  Wilkes

Paul Wilkes  

Consultant | Guernsey

  • Commercially savvy as well as technically proficient
    Legal 500
  • an excellent communicator who goes the extra mile for his clients
    Chambers & Partners
  • Extremely proactive and commercial with strong business acumen
    Legal 500
  • Paul Wilkes is the key Guernsey funds partner – very accessible and pleasant to deal with, and well-connected in the industry.
    Legal 500
  • Very client-focused and highly effective at getting deals done
    Legal 500
  • Has commerciality in determining structures that work for both sides of the table
    Legal 500

Overview

Paul’s advises on all elements of investment fund establishment, regulation and downstream transactional work.  His clients include venture capital, private equity, real estate and hedge fund managers based in the key fund markets of London, New York and Asia with a fast-growing following in South Africa. 

Experience

Paul joined Collas Crill in 2007, became a group partner in 2011 and head of the corporate team in 2014. During this time he has built a strong network of clients and collaborators and broadened the firm’s profile in the investment funds and corporate space.  Between 2014 and 2020 he was an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Guernsey Investment and Funds Association.

Always having taken a commercially-minded approach, in 2021 Paul moved to a consultancy role with the firm alongside an external position as founding partner of a venture capital firm.  This brings unique and invaluable experience and perspective to the team in advising fund managers.

"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."

Background

Paul started his career in Sydney at King & Wood Mallesons, following a year-long placement as associate to Justice Reginald Barrett, a Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.  He moved to Guernsey in 2006 to a leading offshore law firm.

Paul has a bachelors degree in Physiotherapy (University of Sydney, 1998), an LLB (UNSW, 2003) and an MBA (Oxford University, 2020). 

Awards / Directories

Paul has maintained recommendations by Legal500 and Chambers & Partners since 2011.

Legal500 - 2020 - Leading Individual (Hall of Fame) for Investment Funds.

Chambers & Partners 2020 - Leading Individual for Corporate & Finance.

Memberships

Paul is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, the Guernsey International Lawyers Association and the Oxford Union.

My Assistant
Samantha Hobbs  
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.

Business Relocation
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For businesses, a relocation to the Channel Islands can bring significant advantages – Guernsey and Jersey's world leading financial services regulation and company laws are modern, business friendly and practical; a huge benefit for businesses in that sector. An added benefit of our financial services background for all businesses is the depth of highly skilled service providers on-island ready to assist your business. Guernsey and Jersey is ready to roll-out the welcome mat to new businesses and we're ideally placed to make introductions to the right people.

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 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 provide bespoke structuring solutions to allow our clients to build the fund they want as opposed to a generic 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.

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.

Regulatory Enforcement Action
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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, offering dedicated strategic advice on a broad range of issues including enforcement notices, governance matters, complaints, insider trading and dealing and market manipulation.

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.

Unregulated and Private 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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