Jeremy Berchem is a Group Partner and Group Head within the Corporate department in Guernsey. He joined Appleby as counsel in October 2012 having previously worked for another offshore law firm in the Channel Islands since 2006. Prior to this, Jeremy worked in the banking departments of Travers Smith in London and Dickinson Dees in Newcastle. Jeremy qualified as an English Solicitor in 1997.
Jeremy has extensive experience of all areas of banking and finance work including advising both lenders and borrowers in relation to all aspects of subscription, acquisition, property and asset finance transactions.
In addition Jeremy advises on the issuance of bonds and other debt instruments and their listing on the TISE, the sale and purchase of companies, corporate governance matters and the restructuring of corporate and debt structures. He also has a broad corporate and commercial practice and advises on general corporate matters.
Chambers UK 2019 recognise Jeremy for being a notable practitioner.
IFLR1000 named Jeremy as ´Highly Regarded´ in the 2019 edition for his Corporate and M&A work. Clients told IFLR1000 that “The practice and the office, led by Jeremy Berchem is second to none in its responsiveness and service levels. They are excellent at providing commercial and practical advice, always pragmatic and always has a workable solution in mind.” In addition that “Jeremy is excellent – he is responsive, knowledgeable and extremely user-friendly” and he “is an outstanding lawyer technically but balances that with being an incredibly commercial and solution-focussed lawyer.”
The Legal 500 UK 2019 praise Jeremy for “leading from the front and providing clients with very commercial and practical advice.” The team is “is outstanding, very responsive, very professional, very knowledgeable and commercial – they just get on with it without drama.”
Notable transactions include:
- Acting as Guernsey and Alderney counsel to Nomura as arranger to a syndicate of lenders in respect of the provision of facilities to GVC.
- Acting as Guernsey counsel to HSBC Bank plc on the transfer of its banking Business from HSBC Private Bank (C.I.) Limited to HSBC Bank plc, acting through its Guernsey branch.
- Acting as Guernsey counsel to Valtez Limited and BMO Real Estate Partners (as asset manager) in respect of the acquisition of the Westwood Retail Property Portfolio of various underlying SPVs and properties (including shopping centres in Thanet, Kent) and the listing of loan notes on TISE.
- Advising Blackstone on the sale of their European logistics business, Logicor, containing numerous logistics and warehouse properties across the UK and Europe to the China Investment Corporation. This sale is one of the largest European real estate transaction on record and the fourth largest international Chinese takeover to date.
- Representing Bally Gaming and Systems UK Limited and Scientific Games Corporation in connection with the acquisition by scheme of arrangement of NYX Gaming Group Limited, a Guernsey company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
- Engaged by Tritax Big Box REIT Plc (Tritax) to advise on the off-shore elements of a new tranche of funding. The new funding took the form of an investment grade rated £1.5 billion Euro Medium Term Note Programme (the EMTN Programme) (a first for Tritax) and a £350 million unsecured revolving credit facility (the New Facility).
University College, Durham (England)
BBP Law School, London (England)
“[Jeremy] leads from the front and provides clients with very commercial and practical advice.”