Bio

Chris Smedley is a Senior Associate within the Corporate department in Jersey. He has an extensive knowledge of the legal and regulatory regime in Jersey and advises both local and international clients on a wide range of cross jurisdictional, high-value and complex corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, investment structuring and restructuring, fund formation, private equity structures and corporate finance.

Chris also takes a leading role within Appleby’s capital markets/listing services division, regularly advising clients in relation to the listing of Eurobonds, High Yield Bonds, REITS and other specialist debt and equity on The International Stock Exchange.

He joined Appleby in June 2014 having trained in London with City law firm Rosenblatt Solicitors and is admitted as an English Solicitor (non-practising).

Expertise:

Recent highlights have included:

  • Acting for SparkCognition Inc., a leading global artificial intelligence technology company headquartered in Austin Texas, on its acquisition of AIM2 from hedge fund management company Brevan Howard and global investment bank Nomura.
  • Advising Velocity Sports Partners, the sports investment arm of ALK Capital LLC, a leading US management firm specialising in investments in the sports and media sectors, with the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Premier League Football Club Burnley F.C..
  • Acting as lead counsel to real estate portfolios managed by a world renowned private equity alternative investment management firm in relation to the restructuring of two portfolios with assets in excess of €310m.
  • Advised Stirling Square Capital Partners on the establishment and ongoing structuring requirements of the client’s Fourth Fund, with a total commitment from investors of circa. €950 million.
  • Assisting with the establishment of the first electric-car pooling scheme established in Jersey.
  • Providing legal and regulatory guidance in respect of the proposed re-domiciliation to Jersey of multiple Fund and Fund Investment Managers, currently established in the Cayman Islands, following the introduction of economic substance regulations in 2019.
  • Advising the SMP Group of Companies, with the support of mid-market private equity house Palatine Private Equity LLP, in relation to the acquisition of Jersey trust and corporate services provider, Helm Trust Company Limited.
  • Advising a wide variety of UK and European private equity advisers on the listing of equity and specialist debt securities on The International Stock Exchange.

Education:

LLB, Swansea University (Wales)

Updates

5 Mar 2021 | Deals

Appleby represent Sparkcognition in acquisition of Financial Technology Company AIM2

Leading offshore law firm Appleby has acted as Jersey counsel to SparkCognition Inc. in its acquisit...

Contributors: Chris Smedley
12 Jan 2021 | Deals

Appleby advise on acquisition of Premier League Football Club Burnley F.C.

Leading offshore law firm Appleby advised Velocity Sports Partners (VSP), the sports investment arm ...

19 Jul 2019 | Deals

Appleby Advise the SMP Group on its Acquisition of Helm Trust Company Ltd

Appleby acted as legal counsel to the SMP Group of Companies, in relation to the acquisition of Helm...

24 Jun 2019 | Deals

Appleby advise Palatine Private Equity on its investment in SMP Partners

Appleby acted as legal counsel to Palatine Private Equity LLP (Palatine) on its recent investment in...

Publications

8 Apr 2021 |

Listing Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) on The International Stock Exchange

This article provides a summary of Appleby listing agent services in the Channel Islands, and also ...

Contributors: Chris Smedley
31 Mar 2021 |

Listing Asian backed issuers on The International Stock Exchange

This article provides a summary of Appleby listing agent services in the Channel Islands, and also o...

Contributors: Chris Smedley
23 Mar 2021 |

Listing SPACs on The International Stock Exchange

This article provides a summary of Appleby listing agent services in the Channel Islands, and also o...

Contributors: Chris Smedley
18 Mar 2021 |

Listing ESG and Green Bonds on The International Stock Exchange

This article provides a summary of Appleby listing agent services in the Channel Islands, and also ...

Contributors: Chris Smedley
10 Mar 2021 |

Listing High Yield Bonds on The International Stock Exchange

This article provides a summary of Appleby listing agent services in the Channel Islands, and also ...

Contributors: Chris Smedley
2 Mar 2021 |

Listing Private Equity Acquisition Debt on The International Stock Exchange

The purpose of this article is to provide a high level understanding of Appleby listing agent servic...

Contributors: Chris Smedley
8 Oct 2020 |

Jersey makes final preparations for the Introduction of LLCs

The Limited Liability Companies (Jersey) Law 2018 (the LLC Law), allowing the registration of limite...

Contributors: Chris Smedley
20 Jul 2020 |

Listing quoted Eurobonds on The International Stock Exchange

The International Stock Exchange (TISE or the Exchange) provides recognised facilities for the listi...

Contributors: Chris Smedley
17 Jul 2020 |

Continuance of Unincorporated Foreign Limited Partnerships into Jersey

Jersey has developed into one of the world’s leading financial centres, offering investors and pro...

Contributors: Chris Smedley
24 Jun 2020 |

Continuance of unincorporated Foreign Limited Partnerships Into Jersey

Jersey has developed into one of the world’s leading financial centres, offering investors and pro...

Contributors: Chris Smedley

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