Bio

Jeremy Berchem is the Office Managing Group Partner* in Guernsey. 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 2020 recognise Jeremy for being a notable practitioner. Clients say that he is “very commercial” and “extremely responsive.”

IFLR1000 named Jeremy as ´Highly Regarded´ in the 2020 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 2020 praise Jeremy for having a “fantastic knowledge of the market and is always on hand to help with complex points of Guernsey law.” The team “provides commercial, solutions-driven perspective and workable recommendations as to how to proceed, making it a match for any other firm in Guernsey.” Legal 500 go on to say that “what really sets Appleby apart is its commercial understanding of the market – as well as being technically on the money, its assistance in bringing deals to a commercially agreeable position is invaluable.”

Jeremy 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.

Expertise:

Notable transactions include:

  • Acting as Guernsey counsel to Lloyds Corporate Capital Markets plc (as agent, security agent and issuing agent) in connection with the revolving credit facility agreement provided to Bridgepoint Europe VI.
  • Acting as Guernsey counsel to Barclays Bank plc in connection with a new equity commitment facility to Bridgepoint Funding V Limited to fund the subscription of the loan notes and to fund the acquisition of Herculean CC S.à r.l. (Target) and refinancing certain financial indebtedness of the Target Group.
  • Acting as Guernsey counsel to the senior lender, ReAssure Limited, in respect of the refinancing of the Gort portfolio, comprising 19 industrial, retail and office assets located across the UK.
  • Acting as Guernsey counsel to Investec Bank plc in respect of a £30million revolving facility agreement provided to certain members of the Zenprop Group.
  • Advising PraxisIFM Group Limited and its subsidiaries (including various entities regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission) in connection with its borrowing of multicurrency term and revolving facilities from The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited.
  • Advising Silicon Valley Bank in connection with its loans to Cairngorm Capital Partners I, LP and Cairngorm Capital Partners II, LP.
  • Advising HSBC Holdings Plc in connection with the restructuring of the HSBC group, including the transfer HSBC Bank plc to an intermediate holding company in the context of the Group’s implementation of regulatory requirements in the United Kingdom which necessitate the separation (or “ring-fencing”) of the Group’s UK retail and commercial banking business from its wholesale and investment banking divisions.Acting as Guernsey and Alderney counsel to Nomura as arranger to a syndicate of lenders in respect of the provision of facilities to GVC.

Education:

University College, Durham (England)

BBP Law School, London (England)

*not admitted in Guernsey

“Jeremy has fantastic knowledge of the market and is always on hand to help with complex points of Guernsey law.”

The Legal 500 UK
2020

Updates

6 Feb 2020 | News

Appleby team off to FFA’s Global Symposium

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6 Feb 2020 | News

Appleby announces two new partners in the Channel Islands

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22 Nov 2019 | News

Crown Dependencies release updated Economic Substance Guidance

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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...

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

13 Mar 2020 |

Appleby contributes five chapters to Global Legal Insights – Fund Finance 2020

Appleby provided five chapters to the Global Legal Insights - Fund Finance 2020 Guide. The publicati...

13 Mar 2020 |

Appleby contributes five chapters to Global Legal Insights – Fund Finance 2020: Guernsey

Guernsey is a leading funds domicile with more than 50 years’ proven track record as an internatio...

Contributors: Nicole Sorbie
31 Jan 2020 |

Brexit Day has arrived: What does that mean for Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man?

Brexit Day has arrived, and at 11 o’clock this evening the UK’s EU membership will come to an en...

19 Dec 2019 |

Substance Matters

In 2017, the EU Code of Conduct Group (the Group) reviewed the tax policies of various non-EU countr...

Contributors: Jennifer Rosser
11 Dec 2019 |

Channel Islands: Year in Review

2019 has been an interesting year for the Channel Islands, to say the least. Global macro-economic ...

Contributors: Jeremy Berchem
9 Dec 2019 |

Chasing Rainbows

By definition, unicorns are rare and elusive. Whilst the term was first coined in 2013 to describe a...

Contributors: Jeremy Berchem
22 Jul 2019 |

Catching the Unicorn

The dream investment must surely be the initial funding round of a “tech unicorn” – a technolo...

Contributors: Jeremy Berchem
1 Jul 2019 |

Guernsey Bailiffs Past and Present

It has been confirmed that the Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas, will retire in May 2020 and ...

Contributors: Lisa Upham

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