Darren Bacon

Darren Bacon

'Very responsive with a high degree of pragmatism backed up with commercial skills'

Overview

I’m a Partner in our Guernsey office, specialising in investment funds in a range of sectors, including infrastructure, private equity, real estate and debt, acting for both listed and private structures. I also regularly advise on a range of corporate transactions.

Before moving to the island, I trained and worked in the City of London.

Professional qualifications

  • Advocate, Guernsey
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (currently non-practising)

Memberships

  • Guernsey Bar
  • Guernsey International Legal Association
  • GIFA Executive Committee

Work highlights

  • Provided Guernsey legal advice in respect of the establishment of HgCapital 8 and HgCapital Mercury 2 Guernsey Structure with a total value of £3.1bn
  • Advised on the successful raising of a new Guernsey Fund, the fourth iCON Infrastructure fund, iCON Infrastructure Partners IV LP with a total value of €1.2bn
  • Advised Labtech Investments Limited on its contractual takeover of LSE-listed MarketTech Holdings, in a transaction that value MarketTech at £892.5 million
  • Advising John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited on all Guernsey-related aspects of its raising of £160 million by way of a placing of ordinary shares listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Representing Japan Residential Investment Company Limited on its takeover via a Guernsey scheme of arrangement raising £152.6 million
  • Advising OpCapita on the closing of its second fund, OpCapita Consumer Opportunities Fund II LP, raising €350 million

What the directories say

In Legal 500 UK 2020, Darren Bacon has been listed as a leading individual in Capital Markets. In IFLR1000 2020, he has been listed as a market leader. 

Darren Bacon's clients report that he is 'a very strong offshore lawyer,' highlighting that 'he is plain-speaking and explains issues well.' Chambers UK, 2019.

Darren Bacon 'gets the job done well with minimum fuss,' Legal 500 UK, 2018.

'Darren Bacon is 'very responsive with a high degree of pragmatism backed up with commercial skills,' notes one source who goes on to say: 'His experience shows through, he is an impressive individual well respected by clients and peers alike',' Chambers UK, 2017.

Chambers UK, 2017 lists Darren as a Ranked Lawyer.

'Darren is described as 'approachable, friendly and proactive',' Legal 500 UK, 2016.

IFLR1000, 2016, ranks Darren as a Leading Lawyer in Banking, Financial Services Regulatory, Investment Funds, Corporate and M&A, Private Equity Funds.

'Darren 'is a safe pair of hands on investment funds',' Chambers UK, 2015. Darren is ranked in Corporate & Finance including Investment Funds.

Darren is 'pragmatic and willing to please', and is ranked as a Leading Individual and Recommended in Investment Funds by Legal 500 UK, 2015.