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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 a full range of corporate transactions.

Overview

We’re best known for our work on the most complex and demanding transactions – where clients tell us that the strength in depth and hands-on approach of our multi-jurisdictional partner team make all the difference.

We advise on the laws of the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Jersey and Guernsey, guiding clients on which of these jurisdictions is most appropriate for any given transaction.

And we are the leading offshore adviser to FTSE 100 clients.

 

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.

We’ve also advised both domestic and international clients in connection with the sale and purchase of businesses based in the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Jersey and Guernsey.

We regularly advise clients on corporate restructurings, private equity transactions, joint ventures and statutory mergers.

Corporate restructurings

We advise a broad range of companies, boards, management, owners, creditors, lenders, investors and acquirers who are handling restructurings. These regularly 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 Cayman Islands, the BVI, Jersey and Guernsey. 

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're 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.

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 lifecycle 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 are instructed regularly to act for clients in many of the highest profile and most prestigious funds and transactions. Find out more here.

SPACs

Our specialist team advises on the formation of multiple Special Purpose Acquisition Companies and related transactions, including business combinations or "de-SPAC" transactions. We provide the full range of offshore formation and advisory services for the establishment of the issuer and sponsor vehicles in the Cayman Islands. We work closely with onshore counsel, financial advisors and the accountants to help prepare all documents required for the IPO (including drafting the post IPO memorandum and articles of association). 

In addition, our team provides expert and partner-led legal advice in relation to advising on all applicable Cayman Islands laws and regulations (including the fiduciary and other legal duties which arise under Cayman Islands law).

Post IPO, we provide comprehensive legal and transactional support on corporate acquisitions, often using the Cayman Islands statutory merger regime. 

We are one of the leading offshore firms advising on initial public offerings and listing work (including on NYSE, Nasdaq, London Stock Exchange and HKSE).

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. Find out more about our team here.

TISE/CSX Listing Services

Mourant Governance Services provides listing agent/sponsor services for both The International Stock Exchange (TISE), formerly 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 Cayman, BVI, Jersey or Guernsey issuers and regularly act in conjunction with major banks, investment houses and accountants in relation to the listing process. 

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