Overview

Chris heads the firm's corporate and financial institutions team.

With over 30 years' experience, Chris specialises in corporate finance work in the financial services sector with a focus on funds and asset management, but has wide-ranging experience across a variety of sectors, including some 30 IPOs, secondary issues, takeovers and private equity.

Chris's funds work, while extending to regulated funds in the UK, focuses on unregulated funds mostly relating to real estate, normally structured as unauthorised unit trusts or limited partnerships.  He also handles partnership work, typically for FCA regulated LLPs and has particular experience in the use of such LLPs for complex joint ventures and co-investment.

Chris is client partner for a number of the firm's key clients and has handled deals for clients such as Airbus, QinetiQ, Cobham, Renishaw and The Crown Estate.

Experience
  • Advising Premier Asset Management Group PLC on its IPO.
  • Advising the unitholders of AUB Student Accommodation Fund on the £271 million sale of this Guernsey unit trust to Unite.
  • Advising Cobham plc on the acquisition of Axel Wireless (a leading global provider of distributed antennae systems) for £85 million.
  • Advising Falcon Property Trust on its amalgamation with Legal & General's Industrial Property Investment Fund, the deal value being in excess of £100 million.
  • Advising the management of A-Gas of the £70 million tertiary buy-out of the company by LDC.
  • Advising AcenciA Debt Strategies Limited (an Official List closed-ended investment fund incorporated in Guernsey) in connection with its tender offer proposals and extension of life, including a Rule 9 whitewash.

What others say...

He is very client-focused and helps find a solution. He is very economically focused in addition to having a fantastic knowledge of the law.
Chambers UK 2016