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

  • 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

13 Sep 2021 | News

Bank Recovery and Resolution: Progress

The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) announced on 10th September 2021 that it has been as...

Contributors: Andrew Weaver
3 Aug 2021 | News

Possible expansion of the Jersey insolvency toolkit

It was announced in July that the Government of Jersey is seeking to amend the Companies (Jersey) L...

Contributors: Andrew Weaver
13 Jul 2021 | News

Jersey permits investment in lawful cannabis related businesses

On the 7 July the States of Jersey amended the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1999 (POCL) expressly ...

8 Jul 2021 | News

Appleby Jersey announce new Corporate Group Partner

Leading offshore law firm Appleby has welcomed Iain Millar as Group Partner in its Jersey office.

28 Jun 2021 | Deals

Appleby advises Perwyn on 'Internet of Things' acquisition from JT

The Appleby Jersey team acted for family-backed private equity firm Perwyn in relation to the purcha...

Contributors: Chris Smedley
1 Jun 2021 | News

Appleby advise Advanz Pharma on completion of USD846 million take private by Nordic Capital

Leading offshore law firm Appleby acted as Jersey counsel to ADVANZ PHARMA in connection with its sa...

27 May 2021 | Deals

Appleby advises Tritax on the GBP 90 million acquisition of a state of the art distribution unit in Avonmouth

Leading offshore law firm Appleby advised Tritax Big Box REIT plc on the GBP 90 million acquisition ...

Publications

4 Oct 2021 |

Navigating the Jersey M&A landscape (2 of 3)

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

Contributors: Andrew Weaver
15 Sep 2021 |

Navigating the Jersey M&A landscape

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

Contributors: Andrew Weaver
27 Jul 2021 |

Fund Finance Update – Will Jersey’s new sustainable investment disclosure requirements aid ESG financing?

This article provides an overview of ESG, the hot topic of 2020 that is carrying on full steam throu...

Contributors: Daniel Healy
2 Jun 2021 |

Why use Jersey entities in restructurings?

As the extension of various forbearance measures and fiscal support packages continues in response t...

Contributors: Gemma Whale, Andrew Weaver
28 May 2021 |

Further updates to the JFSC’s AML Handbook

On 31 May 2021, the handbook for the prevention and detection of money laundering and the financing ...

Contributors: Gemma Whale
20 May 2021 |

Jersey - extension of economic substance requirements to partnerships

Draft legislation has been lodged for debate in the Jersey legislature which will have the effect of...

Contributors: Paul Worsnop
19 May 2021 |

Jersey to permit investment in lawful cannabis related businesses

Proposals have been lodged with the Jersey legislature to amend the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1...

26 Mar 2021 |

Economic Substance and M&A: the role of Tax Insurance

It has been more than 2 years since the Crown Dependencies, alongside a number of other non-EU relev...

25 Mar 2021 |

Fraud in the sub line market – should we be concerned?

In recent weeks, news of the JES Global Capital fraud committed by fund manager Elliot Smerling has ...

Contributors: Daniel Healy
11 Mar 2021 |

LIBOR Transition - A Jersey Perspective

As we discussed in our previous article ‘No More LIBOR’, the interest rate benchmark LIBOR is ex...

Contributors: Andrew Weaver

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