Bio

James Gaudin is a partner within the Corporate department and leads the structured finance team in Jersey. 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 Hemington-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 Simon Tait, Kevin McQuillan, Paul Worsnop and Chris Spencer 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 Chambersand 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

17 Jun 2019 | News

Appleby sponsors 5th annual European Fund Finance Symposium

Appleby is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the European Fund Finance Symposium, taking place in Lo...

31 May 2019 | News

Appleby sponsors Made in Jersey stage at Weekender Festival 2019

Offshore Law Firm Appleby is once again sponsoring the Made in Jersey Stage at the upcoming Weekende...

25 Jun 2018 | News

Appleby advise on offshore aspects of £150m sale of Lombard division

Appleby provided Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Cayman legal advice in connection with the dispos...

Publications

17 Jun 2019 |

Using Jersey Structures for UK Real Estate Acquisitions

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17 Jun 2019 |

From Legal to Compliance to Regulatory Risk – Appleby can help your business

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