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Corporate / M&A

Our services

Corporate work is at the heart of our firm

Our corporate lawyers bring their expertise, versatility and problem-solving skills to bear on the full range of corporate transactions. We advise on the laws of the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey and we guide clients on which of these jurisdictions is most appropriate for a particular transaction.

Overview

We are best known for our work on the most complex and demanding transactions, where the strength-in-depth and hands-on approach of our multi-jurisdictional partner team can make all the difference. We advise more FTSE-100 companies than any other offshore law firm (Adviser Rankings Limited, 2016).

 

Expertise

M&A

Our specialist M&A lawyers have a wealth of experience on both cross-border and domestic transactions across a variety of sectors. Our team has advised on the offshore aspects of some of the largest international M&A deals in recent years, and has also advised both domestic and international clients in connection with the sale and purchase of businesses based in the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. We also regularly advise clients on corporate restructurings, private equity transactions, joint ventures and statutory mergers.

Corporate restructurings

We advise companies, boards, management, owners, creditors, lenders, investors and acquirers handling restructurings that involve offshore entities in and out of court, financial recapitalisations, business reorganisations, acquisitions and liquidations.

Insurance

Our insurance specialists advise on the establishment, regulatory compliance and business operations of insurance and reinsurance companies, as well as insurance managers and brokers based in the British Virgin islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. 

We also advise client companies seeking to carry on insurance business in these jurisdictions or transact business with locally-based insurers. 

Our services include advising private and listed companies in relation to all aspects of insurance and reinsurance matters. 

IPOs & Equity Capital Markets

We are instructed by public companies and their advisers, whether issuers, sponsors, lead managers or underwriters, as well as investors, often in partnership with leading onshore law firms. Our team advises on listings, M&A transactions and ongoing advisory matters on the world's major stock exchanges including the HKEX, the London Stock Exchange and AIM, Euronext, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. We also represent clients on contentious matters relating to compliance, governance and shareholder issues.

TISE/CSX Listing Services

Mourant Ozannes Corporate Services provides listing agent / sponsor services for both The International Stock Exchange (TISE), formerly known as the Channel Islands Securities Exchange, and the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange (CSX), two of the world's leading offshore exchanges for the listing of funds, Eurobonds, debt and other specialist securities.

In conjunction with Mourant Ozannes, our services include dealing with the exchanges on all matters relating to the approval for listing, seeking derogations from the Listing Rules where necessary and advising on compliance with ongoing obligations post listing. We can also arrange for the establishment of Jersey, Guernsey, BVI or Cayman issuers and regularly act in conjunction with major banks, investment houses and accountants in relation to the listing process. 

Joint Ventures

We work with leading investors, banks and companies, providing offshore legal advice on all aspects of joint venture arrangements, including the structuring and establishment of joint venture vehicles and the preparation of documentation, as well as securing the necessary regulatory approvals.

Private Equity

Our market-leading private equity team provides efficient and commercially driven legal advice and services, based on our deep understanding of the sector and broad industry expertise. Our capability spans the entire life cycle of this dynamic asset class, from fund formation, through investment, to exits and beyond. With a multi-disciplinary team, we advise on all facets of private equity and we are instructed regularly to act for clients in many of the highest profile and most prestigious funds and transactions. Find out more here.

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