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Managing Partner: Andrew Laws


Contacts

Dispute Resolution: Nick Robison, Todd McGuffin, Ian Swan, Anna Guggenheim QC, Robert Fullman, David Doutney

Regulatory Services: Todd McGuffin, Nick Robison, Andrew Laws

Laws Asset Freezing & Disclosure: Nick Robison, Todd McGuffin

Restructuring & Insolvency: Todd McGuffin, Andrew Laws, Tristan Ozanne

Trusts & Pensions: Andrew Laws, Nicholas Donnithorne, Simon Howitt, Elena Gogh, Nick Robison

Banking & Finance: Tristan Ozanne

Corporate: Tristan Ozanne, Andrew Laws

Listings (TISE, AIM): Tristan Ozanne, Andrew Laws, Keith Bell


THE FIRM

Babbé LLP is a leading Guernsey law firm with a well established international reputation for the provision of high quality legal services to the offshore finance sector. Its core aim is to provide an integrated and seamless service to clients with whom the firm has formed genuine partnerships built over a century of practice. In a demanding and challenging business environment, clients value the firm’s dynamic ethos and its focus on directness and efficiency, combined with a strong tradition of personal service. Babbé LLP fields a team of exceptionally experienced lawyers offering a range of specialist expertise. The firm has an international client base, as well as acting for many leading local institutions. The primary focus of the firm is on understanding and meeting the commercial objectives of individual clients.


PRINCIPLE AREAS OF WORK

Dispute Resolution:

Providing forceful and effective advocacy, the team works across the full range of commercial activity, but with a particular focus on finance-related matters. Babbé LLP is widely acknowledged for its depth and expertise in areas including contentious trust litigation, investment fund litigation, commercial fraud, insolvency, and professional indemnity. It has represented clients in the largest and most complex cases to have taken place in Guernsey and has one of the largest dispute resolution teams in the jurisdiction focused on cross border international work.

Regulatory Services:

In an ever-more regulated world the firm helps clients ensure that they meet their obligations, whether those relate to AML/CFT, international sanctions, data protection, or any other growing areas in which compliance is a factor. Regulation law is often complex and multifaceted and the penalties for non-compliance can be severe. The firm’s experts assist clients to successfully navigate pitfalls and, should they need it, advocate on their behalf to the relevant regulatory authorities.

Restructuring & Insolvency:

The firm’s experienced team is regularly instructed to provide commercial and time-critical advice to directors, shareholders, lenders, investors, private equity sponsors, insurers and insolvency practitioners in a wide range of corporate distress situations. The firm’s expertise covers directors’ and officers’ duties and liabilities to debt and security restructuring, distressed financing, and disposal of assets by insolvent companies. Babbé LLP advised on the first ever Scheme of Arrangement under Guernsey law. The firm’s experience, combined with its top-flight advocacy capability, has resulted in frequent instructions to advise and appear on behalf of various stakeholders in the largest and most complex corporate insolvencies that have come before the court of Guernsey.

Trusts & Pensions:

Babbé LLP advises on the full range of private and commercial trusts, family offices, pensions and foundations. Working closely with the corporate team, the firm provides a fully integrated service, meeting the needs of those in the fiduciary sector, whatever the legal issues they face, as well as settlors, protectors, beneficiaries and others. The firm is the market leader in advising in the establishment and running of family office structures. The team has significant experience in this area, much of which is derived from time spent working in London and internationally. Babbé LLP is also the market leader in pensions. The practice is predominantly international, drawing on the specialist experience of the firm’s highly-qualified pensions lawyers.

Banking & Finance:

Babbé LLP’s reputable banking and finance practice has a wealth of expertise which enables it to deliver clear and practical advice on a wide range of banking and finance transactions, from simple commercial loans to larger complex structured deals. The firm acts for investment banks, insurers, fund managers and corporates, whether lenders, borrowers, or advisors, on the full range of banking and financial services including; LMA grade facility arrangements, securitisations, capital markets, structured products, alternative debt financing and on any related regulatory aspects.

Corporate:

Babbé LLP’s corporate team is led by senior lawyers with many years of specialist practice in the UK and internationally. The team draws on its expertise to provide sophisticated commercial solutions for their clients. The firm advises international and domestic companies, directors, shareholders and other stakeholders on the full range of corporate activity.

Investment Funds:

Babbé LLP helps clients navigate the Guernsey fund landscape and assists with the formation and ongoing legal advice regarding all types of collective investment schemes, whether open or closed ended and authorised or registered. The firm has extensive experience with all types of funds, whether it be private equity, infrastructure, property, debt, qualifying investor funds, feeders, carry vehicles or private investment funds and can assist with listings if required.

Employment:

Babbé LLP provides employment advice, both contentious and non-contentious. The firm provides practical advice on all types of employment challenges or opportunities, including foundational policies, disciplinary and grievance issues, data protection, restructuring and assisting clients to manage their workforce effectively. The firm’s employment practice is supported by a strong dispute resolution practice who work alongside its trust, corporate and regulatory practices to support employment issues arising from regulatory investigations, trust company mergers and corporate activity. Babbé LLP regularly advises clients, both businesses and individuals, in tribunal and court proceedings

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Offshore: Dispute Resolution
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Nick Robison
Band 3
Todd McGuffin
Band 3

Offshore: Trusts


Elena Gogh
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Nicholas Donnithorne
Band 3
Simon Howitt
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Simon HowittOffshore: Trusts
Band 1
Ian SwanOffshore: Dispute Resolution
Band 3
Nick RobisonOffshore: Dispute Resolution
Todd McGuffinOffshore: Dispute Resolution
Nicholas DonnithorneOffshore: Trusts
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Elena GoghOffshore: Trusts

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PO Box 69

La Vieille Cour

La Plaiderie

St Peter Port

Guernsey

UK

GY1 4BL

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