Managing Partner: Andrew Laws
Asset Freezing & Disclosure: Ian Swan
Banking & Finance: Katherine Hitchins
Corporate: Katherine Hitchins, Stuart Tyler
Investment Funds: Stuart Tyler
Listings (TISE, AIM): Keith Bell
Dispute Resolution: Ian Swan, Anna Guggenheim QC
Insolvency & Restructuring: Andrew Laws
Trusts & Pensions: Nicholas Donnithorne
THE FIRM Babbé LLP is a leading Guernsey law firm with a well established international reputation for the provision of high quality legal services in the offshore finance sector. Its core aim is to provide a better service to clients than any other law firm in the island. 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 focus is on understanding and meeting the commercial objectives of individual clients.
PRINCIPLE AREAS OF WORK
Banking & Finance: The firm’s banking and finance practice can help you find the right financing structure for your 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.
Corporate: 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 brings fresh ideas to the table when problems need solving. Whatever the clients’ objectives, and at whatever stage of development their project, the firm has the experience, skills and resources to advise on all the options and help deliver a successful outcome.
Dispute Resolution: Forceful and effective, the firm works across the full range of commercial activity, but with a particular focus on finance-related matters. Babbé is widely acknowledged for its expertise in fields 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 have one of the largest dispute resolution teams in the jurisdiction focussed on 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, sanctions, data protection, or any other growing areas in which compliance is an issue.
Regulations are often complex, the penalties for non-compliance severe. Babbé’s experts can help clients avoid the pitfalls and, should they need it, help in dealing with the 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. Babbé’s expertise covers advice ranging from 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 Royal Court of Guernsey.
Investment Funds: The firm’s fast-growing funds practice is built on adding value. Babbé can help you find the right structure and the right level of regulation to enable you to bring in investors and deploy funds efficiently. The firm values simplicity, but can also provide flexible solutions to help clients focus on what matters to them.
The team has advised on the establishment of Guernsey-domiciled private equity, hedge, real estate, debt, commodities, litigation and listed equity funds. Its clients range from some of the world’s largest financial institutions to start-up fund managers.
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.