Bio

James Gaudin is the Office Managing Partner in Jersey and a partner within Appleby’s Corporate department. He specialises in all areas of offshore corporate, finance and restructuring work within Appleby’s strong equity and capital markets practice.

His extensive experience covers banking and asset finance, real estate investment structures, public and private debt and equity issues, securitisations, repackagings and initial public offerings, as well as structures involving Jersey limited partnerships and unit trusts. More recently James has advised on some of the largest corporate restructurings to have occurred in the Jersey market. He also advises banks and other global financial institutions in relation to the Jersey elements of complex cross-border insolvencies. The majority of his time is spent on real estate finance and funds.

James became a partner at Appleby in 2011. Prior to joining Appleby in August 2010, he spent six years in the capital markets and structured finance team at a Jersey-based offshore firm, before joining another major offshore firm where he was a group partner and head of corporate in Jersey. Before returning to Jersey, James worked with Hemmington-Scott in London for four years, latterly as head of treasury and banking. James qualified as a barrister in 1996 and has been a Jersey advocate since 2005. He has not always been a lawyer and spent years as a broker and Investment banker with Hemmington-Scott, Deutsche Bank and ABN Amro.

James applies a pragmatic and commercial approach to the transactions the team undertake on behalf of clients. Working with Kevin McQuillan, Paul Worsnop and Daniel Healy in the Jersey corporate team, the ethos of the team is one driven by a desire to deliver for clients. An affable and calm persona supports the delivery of this client-centric approach to legal excellence.

James appeared in the Legal 500 UK 2016 recommended lawyer list and IFLR1000 named James as a ´Leading Lawyer´ in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions. Clients told IFLR100 2016 that Appleby as a team is: “focused, dynamic and solution driven” and highlighted James Gaudin specifically. He is included in Chambers and Legal 500 and has been commended for his “practical advice”, “availability” and “excellent responses.” Legal 500 UK 2013 recognised James for “displaying great knowledge.” Most recently James was recommended by clients to the Legal 500 UK 2015 directory and described as someone who is “easy to deal with and quick at turning things around”.

He has contributed to numerous publications, and regularly presents to conferences, seminars and clients. James also participates in numerous industry steering and consultation groups.

 

Expertise:

 

Recent examples of work include:

  • Acting for Credit Suisse (Europe) Limited as Joint Lead Managers and Bookrunners in relation to the offer of £266,500,000 8% Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes due 2020 and £150,000,000 Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2019 by Hastings Insurance Group
  • Acting for Credit Suisse (USA) LLC as Initial Purchaser in connection with the issue by Georgia Wordwide PLC of its €700,000,000 4.125% Senior Secured Notes due 2020, €850,000,000 4.750% Senior Secured Notes due 2023, US$600,000,000 5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2020, US$1,500,000,000 6.250% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 and US$1,100,000,000 6.500% Senior Secured Notes due 2025
  • Acting for Deutsche Bank AG London as lead arranger in connection with the BVI, Jersey and Mauritian aspects of the US$600,000,000 bond issue by Severn Energy together with further participations by Vitol SA, Ashmopre Group and a syndicate of African banks headed by FBN Capital
  • Acting for Goldman Sachs International in relation to its c.€300 million financing of the acquisition of Telecable by Zegona
  • Acting for HSBC Bank Plc, Project Trafford £1 billion financing of Cinven’s acquisition of CPA Global
  • Acting for JP Morgan Securities Limited in connection with a tender offer for Macquarie Capital Funding L.P.’s £350,000,000 6.177% Guaranteed Non-cumulative Step-up Perpetual Preferred Securities
  • Acting for Lone Star Real Estate Fund (IV) U.S. LLC in connection with the Jersey, Guernsey, BVI and IOM aspects of its £1 billion acquisition of 92 offshore companies from Aviva
  • Acting for Oaktree Capital in connection with a portfolio of UK Hotels
  • Acting for a real estate fund on its £2.3bn acquisition of a portfolio of non-performing loans.

Education:

 

  • University of Bristol (England)

“[James] is easy to deal with and quick at turning things around”.

Legal 500 UK
2015

Updates

7 Apr 2022 | News

Discover 'A Bugs World' with Appleby at Durrell Zoo

Appleby in Jersey are joining forces once more with Durrell to host a brand-new, pop-up insect exhib...

18 Mar 2022 | News

Jersey: Anti-Bribery and Corruption

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

18 Feb 2022 | Deals

Appleby advise Atrium European Real Estate Limited on its groundbreaking €1.45 billion merger with Gazit Globe Limited

Leading offshore law firm Appleby acted as Jersey counsel to Euronext Amsterdam and Vienna Stock Exc...

Contributors: Kevin McQuillan
25 Jan 2022 | Deals

Appleby acts as Counsel to LondonMetric on acquisition of Savills IM Income & Growth Fund for GBP122 million

Appleby acted as Jersey counsel to LondonMetric Property PLC (“LondonMetric”) in connection with...

Contributors: James Gaudin, Paul Worsnop
5 Nov 2021 | Deals

Appleby act as Jersey counsel for climate tech firm "SparkChange" on first-to-market carbon investment product

Appleby has acted as Jersey counsel to SparkChange on the launch of an Exchange Traded Commodity (ET...

27 Oct 2021 | News

Improved Access to Capital Markets for Jersey Companies

On 19 October 2021, the definition of a “prospectus” under Jersey company law was narrowed by th...

Contributors: Paul Worsnop
26 Oct 2021 | News

Recognition for Appleby Lawyers in the 2022 Chambers and Partners Guide

The Directory recognises 20 Appleby Lawyers from their Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey offices.

Contributors: James Gaudin
21 Oct 2021 | News

Appleby Jersey has expanded

Appleby have further expanded their Jersey office with the addition of seven new team members.

24 Sep 2021

Appleby Jersey release first Community Partnership podcast

The aim of this series of Community Partnership podcasts is to promote mental health awareness, spec...

Publications

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
25 Jan 2022

Appleby contributes four chapters to Global Legal Insights – Fund Finance 2022

Appleby provided four chapters to the Global Legal Insights - Fund Finance 2022 Guide. The publicati...

25 Jan 2022

Appleby contributes four chapters to Global Legal Insights – Fund Finance 2022: Jersey

As an international financial centre (IFC) of choice for global investments primarily into the UK an...

Contributors: Paul Worsnop
11 Jun 2021

“Offshore intelligence – Funds in demand” Appleby Podcast

We have recently produced a podcast focused on the Funds industry entitled “Offshore Intelligence ...

13 May 2021

Jersey: Mergers & Acquisitions Comparative Guide

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulati...

Contributors: Kevin McQuillan
27 Jan 2021

Appleby contributes four chapters to Global Legal Insights – Fund Finance 2021: Jersey

As an international financial centre (IFC) of choice for global investments primarily into the UK an...

Contributors: Paul Worsnop
13 Aug 2020

Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACS) make a comeback

In this global article on SPACs we revisit the basics, then look to each of our key jurisdictions fo...

31 Jul 2020

No more LIBOR

On 3 August, the move away from benchmarking against LIBOR and other interbank offered rates (“IBO...

Contributors: Paul Worsnop, Jared Dann

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