Babbé LLP

St Peter Port Office

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Managing Partner: Andrew Laws

Firm Overview:
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 it 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.

Main Areas of Practice:

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 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 focussed on cross broader international work.

Financial Services Regulation:
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, advocates on their behalf to the relevant regulatory authorities.

Insolvency & Restructuring:
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 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 advises on the full range of private and commercial trusts, 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. Babbé’s leading pensions practice is predominantly international, drawing on the specialist experience of the firm’s highly-qualified pensions lawyers.

Banking & Finance:
The firm’s reputable banking and finance practice works closely with clients to find the appropriate financing structure to meet commercial needs. Babbé’s cross-sector expertise 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 securitisations, capital markets, structured products, alternative debt financing, large lending transactions, Islamic financing and on any related regulatory aspects.

Babbé’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. Babbé provides versatility and a fresh approach to problem solving, ensuring the clients’ objectives are met and a successful outcome.

Babbé provides specialist employment advice, on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues. It provides practical advice on all types of employment challenges or opportunities, including foundational policies, disciplinary and grievance issues, restructuring and assisting clients to manage their workforce effectively. Its employment practice is supported by a strong dispute resolution practice who works alongside its trust, corporate and regulatory practices to support employment issues arising from regulatory investigations, trust company mergers and corporate activity.