Mourant Ozannes, Guernsey
T +44 1481 731 505
Year of joining Mourant Ozannes:
Banking & Finance, Corporate, Funds, Insolvency &
Restructuring, Insurance, Financial Services & Regulatory
John has been advising the financial services industry in
Guernsey, the UK and Australia for over 20 years. He specialises in
corporate, banking and finance and funds matters, and has
substantial experience in trusts, pensions and insurance. John
trained with Allen & Overy in London and Brussels, qualifying
into the financial services regulatory group. He gained three years
valuable in-house experience with the ING Group, before moving back
to private practice with the Sydney office of Minter Ellison.
John obtained a LLB (Hons) - University of Birmingham 1989, LLM
in Corporate, Commercial & Taxation Law - University of New
South Wales 2000, Certificate in Captive Insurance Management -
Glasgow Caledonian University 2003, Certificat d'Études Juridiques
Françaises et Normandes - Université de Caen 2005, Solicitor of the
Supreme Court of England & Wales 1993 (currently
non-practising), Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New
South Wales 1996 (currently non-practising), Solicitor of the High
Court of Australia 1996 (currently non-practising), and Advocate of
the Guernsey Bar 2006.
Is a member of:
John is a member of IPEBLA (International Pension & Employee
Benefit Lawyers Association), on the committee of GAPP (Guernsey
Association of Pension Providers) and a director and secretary of
the Guernsey Rugby Association.
John has advised on:
The Royal Bank of Scotland plc - £907 million credit facility to
Propinvest Group involving due diligence on 28 Guernsey
Aviva - insurance transfer scheme sanctioned by the Royal Court
of Guernsey to give effect to Aviva's reattribution of its
Celsius Solutions PCC Limited - programme of preference share
issues arranged by Barclays Capital.
What the directories say:
"One peer asserts that John Lewis is 'someone I would turn to
myself'," Chambers UK, 2013.
"John Lewis is a leading name" and a "very knowledgeable
commercial operator," Legal 500, 2011.
John "has the ability to ask the right questions to spark
solutions," Chambers Europe, 2011.
John is "praised for accessibility and responsiveness," Chambers
"Lewis is highly rated by clients, who assert that 'he handles
complex situations very well and has great empathy with our needs.'
His wide-ranging experience encompasses corporate, banking and
finance and funds matters, among others," Chambers Global,