Bio

Andrew Weaver is Corporate Local Practice Group Head in Jersey. He specialises in real estate, hedge and private equity funds, regulatory advice and corporate work in matters of Jersey and Cayman Islands law. He advises leading fund managers, advisers and financial institutions and service providers in the UK, Europe, the USA, the Middle East and Asia.

Andrew has substantial experience in public equity offerings, M&A and corporate structuring and an in-depth knowledge of partnerships and unit trusts. He worked for several years in the Appleby Cayman Islands office and before that for six years at a leading firm in the City of London.

Andrew has been consistently recognised by all leading legal reference sources as a partner who is at the pinnacle of the profession, having been added to an elite list of lawyers who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. Clients report that ‘combined with his vast experience of the Jersey regulatory environment, the team is a very successful group of attorneys’.  Clients have also credited his “commercial and practical approach to service with focus, efficiency and cost-effectiveness” and noted that he “is not afraid to stand firm when needed”.  Andrew has previously been recognised as being “something of an oracle when it comes to Jersey law” , “true heavyweight who is also a pleasure to deal with”  and “personable and pragmatic”.

Andrew has been noted for his experienced handling of real estate funds, with sources reporting that he is “very responsive, commercial and client-focused” with praise for his “comprehensive tax and financing knowledge,” alongside his ability to deliver “practical solutions” for clients. He impresses clients with his ability to “find a practical way forward” and “he is easy to work with and inspires confidence” with a “willingness to think innovatively to address problems.” Others have said Andrew “provides very good legal advice and practical assistance on transactions,” while “maintaining a seamless service.”  International legal directories have for many years placed Andrew in their highest categories of recognition and Andrew was the first lawyer in Jersey to be recognised by Who’s Who Legal as an expert in both fund formation and fund regulatory advice.

He is a member of the Jersey Law Society and the Jersey Funds Association and he participates in numerous industry steering groups working with the Jersey Financial Services Commission on the on-going development of the financial services regime in Jersey.

Expertise:

Recent highlights have included advising:

Funds and investment services/regulatory

  • Lead counsel to PraxisIFM Group, the international corporate and fiduciary services business, on it 2017 IPO
  • Altor Equity Partners AB on the establishment of their first, second and third funds focussed on mid-market buyout deals in Scandinavia
  • Tritax Big Box REIT plc, a listed real estate fund, on its launch, listing on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange and various acquisitions
  • Stirling Square Capital Partners on the establishment of their second, third and fourth funds
  • Meinl Bank in connection with the restructuring of Meinl European Land (now Atrium European Real Estate), Meinl International Power (now PI Power International), and Meinl International Airports (now AI Airports International)
  • A European venture capital firm on the establishment of a series of technology funds and life sciences funds
  • A Swiss secondaries fund adviser on its first, second and third investment programme
  • A start up German private equity fund adviser (set up by individuals from several leading European private equity firms) on the establishment of their first fund
  • A wide variety of UK and European private equity and venture capital fund advisers on the establishment and launch of private, unregulated and regulated fund structures with a particular emphasis on regulatory and AIFMD matters
  • The manager of a USD 4 billion hedge fund operation on regulatory, corporate structuring and fund launch matters
  • A leading European bank on regulatory matters relating to its investment business
  • Phoenix Spree Deutschland on its flotation on the main market of the LSE, and on its pre-float reorganisation
  • Tritax Brindleyplace Trustee on the sale of the issued units of Tritax Brindleyplace Unit Trust.
  • Meinl Bank in connection with the restructuring of Meinl European Land (now Atrium European Real Estate), Meinl International Power (now PI Power International), and Meinl International Airports (now AI Airports International)
  • A European venture capital firm on the establishment of a series of technology funds and life sciences funds

M&A and finance/Restructuring

  • Apollo Strategic Growth Capital, a special purpose acquisition company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, on its pending US$5.3 billion business combination with American Express Global Business Travel to create the world’s largest publicly traded B2B travel platform.
  • Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate PLC on its merger with Kennedy Wilson Holdings Inc. to create a USD 4 billion global property group implemented by a members scheme of arrangement in Jersey
  • A leading global private equity firm on its take private of JSE and SEM listed Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited implemented by a members scheme of arrangement in Jersey
  • The Issa brothers and TDR Capital on the acquisition of the ASDA supermarket chain for GBP 6.8 billion from Walmart
  • JP Morgan on the financing of AbbVie Inc.’s USD 51 billion bid for Shire Pharmaceuticals
  • TRG (The Rohatyn Group) on its acquisition of Citigroup’s emerging market venture capital fund business
  • Wells Fargo on its acquisition of a global fund administration business, LaCrosse Global Fund Services, from Cargill
  • Tritax Big Box REIT with its group reorganisation and with the subsequent GBP 500 million refinancing of its existing debt and subsequent Green Bond issue
  • Concordia Healthcare Corporation on its USD 3.5 billion acquisition of Amdipharm Mercury
  • The world’s largest private equity real estate fund investor in relation to numerous transactions including the take private of Max Property Group, the acquisition of Chiswick Park commercial property estate, a joint venture for the Broadgate estate in the City of London and the establishment and sale of the logistics real estate group, Logicor, for EU 12.25 billion
  • Concordia Healthcare Corporation in connection with its USD 2.4 billion debt restructuring through an innovative CBCA plan of arrangement and (as Advanz Pharma)  its subsequent reorganisation, continuance to Jersey and de-listing from the TSX
  • ALK Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Burnley FC, the English Premier League football club
  • The coordinating committee of lenders comprising Barclays, Commerzbank, BNP Paribas and EQT Partners on the GBP 750 million restructuring of Cory Environmental

Education:

University of Keele (England)

“[Andrew] is easy to work with and inspires confidence.”

Chambers UK
2016

Updates

24 Jun 2022 | News

Civil Financial Penalties Regime: the scope of “senior management function”

The Financial Services Commission (Amendment No. 8) (Jersey) Law 2022 (FSC Amendment Law), which cam...

Contributors: Gemma Whale, Sarah McDonald
7 Apr 2022

Appleby Jersey act as Lead Counsel to Aedifica NV in its GBP58 million acquisition of 5 nursing homes in Jersey and Isle of Man

Appleby acted as lead counsel to Euronext Brussels and Euronext Amsterdam listed Aedifica NV (Aedifi...

18 Mar 2022 | News

Jersey: Anti-Bribery and Corruption

To combat bribery and corruption, Jersey has enacted domestic legislation known as the Corruption (J...

23 Feb 2022 | News

More change proposed to Jersey’s AML regime: are you exempt?

Following a joint consultation launched by the Government of Jersey and the Jersey Financial Service...

Contributors: Gemma Whale, Sarah McDonald
20 Jan 2022 | News

Jersey to modernise its Limited Partnership legislation

Consultation is currently underway in Jersey in relation to the proposed amendment of the Limited Pa...

19 Jan 2022 | Deals

Appleby advises Suntera Global on acquisition of Nedgroup Trust

Leading Law Firm Appleby have advised Suntera Global on the acquisition of Nedgroup Trust.

13 Dec 2021 | News

Appleby support PraxisIFM Group Limited on completion of sale of funds business to Sanne Group plc

Leading offshore law firm Appleby acted as lead counsel to TISE listed PraxisIFM Group Limited (Prax...

9 Dec 2021 | Deals

Appleby advise TISE listed Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited on sale of its UK logistics portfolio

Leading offshore law firm Appleby acted as Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man counsel to TISE listed A...

29 Oct 2021 | Deals

Appleby Advises on LumiraDx NASDAQ Listing

Appleby has acted as Cayman counsel to LumiraDX Limited (LumiraDx) in connection with its listing on...

Publications

30 Jun 2022

Digital Identification in Jersey

There have been considerable changes made to the way we do business in recent times. These changes w...

Contributors: Gemma Whale, Paul Worsnop
17 Jun 2022

Proposals to amend the Powers of Attorney (Jersey) Law 1995

Following the recent update from our Guernsey colleagues on the introduction of lasting or enduring ...

Contributors: Gemma Whale
17 May 2022

Navigating the Jersey M&A landscape (3 of 3)

This is the third of a series of three articles, each dealing with topics to be considered when buyi...

Contributors: Andrew Weaver
5 May 2022

The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022: a Jersey perspective

The new Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act received Royal Assent on 15 March 2022 (th...

Contributors: Andrew Weaver, Gemma Whale
17 Feb 2022

Company re-domiciliation into and out of Jersey

The United Kingdom government has recently finished a first round of consultation on a proposed new ...

Contributors: Daniel Healy
10 Feb 2022

Corporate Criminal Liability for Failure to Prevent Money Laundering

On 28 January 2022 the Government of Jersey launched a consultation, which closes on 21 February 202...

Contributors: Gemma Whale
1 Feb 2022

2022 Technology & Innovation Guide

As the pace of technological change accelerates, so too does the legal and regulatory landscape. The...

1 Feb 2022

Data Protection Guide 2022: Jersey

Data Protection Guide 2022: Jersey. With data protection laws in more than 120 countries around the ...

Contributors: Paul Worsnop
1 Feb 2022

Appleby Offshore Data Protection Guide 2022

With data protection laws in more than 120 countries around the world, personal data is now viewed a...

28 Jan 2022

Asset Holding Company Regime – A Jersey Perspective

The UK’s new asset holding company (AHC) regime is expected to come into effect in April 2022.  T...

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