Wendy Benjamin is Managing Partner of Appleby’s Jersey office and Group Head of the Corporate department in Jersey. Wendy also has managerial responsibilities for the Guernsey office*. She specialises in banking, corporate and commercial law, and has an excellent reputation in intellectual property, IT and data protection.
As well as working regularly with top tier UK and US law firms on cross-border transactions, and restructuring and insolvency work, Wendy’s client base encompasses significant, financial institutions, public bodies, international and local companies across the three Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey.
Wendy has been recognised by Chambers UK from 2012 to 2017 as a ´Notable Practitioner´ and ´Leader in her Field.´ She demonstrates considerable strength on banking regulatory work. Interviewees highlight her “ability to explain the detailed and complex in a way that is very comprehensible to those not involved in the corporate world.” Wendy has also been praised for her “coordination and attention to detail.” She was also described as being “commercially astute and hardworking.” Clients have said that she “makes sure everybody is working towards the same agenda. She is extremely focused, very thorough and technically strong.”
IFLR 1000 2016 recommended Wendy as a ´Leading Lawyer´.
She is also recommended for banking and finance by Legal 500 UK 2016 and leading a team that is “responsive and well versed in the intricacies of international finance transactions”. Recognised as a ´Leading Individual´ by the same directory, she has been commended for her ability to “understand the need to find balanced solutions that are workable in practice”. As an individual Wendy’s work was described as “fantastic” and “thorough and commercially focused.” Wendy´s team has also been praised as “always responsive and knowledgeable.”
She qualified as an English Solicitor in 1990, and requalified as a Jersey Advocate in 2002. She became a partner in 2003. Prior to her move to the Channel Islands, Wendy was the Legal Adviser to the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales between 1995 and 1999. Before this she was a partner with Eversheds where she trained and qualified.
Wendy is a member of the Bank Resolution Steering Committee, the Jersey Companies Registry User Group and Jersey Law Society. She was previously the Legal Adviser to the Jersey Chamber of Commerce.
Wendy is the Editor of Appleby’s Finance update. She has contributed to numerous publications.
Recent examples of work include advising:
- HSBC on the transfer of their banking businesses in both Jersey and Guernsey into the respective Jersey and Guernsey branches of HSBC Bank Plc pursuant to a scheme in each jurisdiction. This is the first court sanctioned scheme of this kind in Guernsey
- Santander in connection with the reorganisation of its private banking division in Jersey, successfully consolidating Santander’s Jersey businesses within the Jersey branch of Santander UK plc
- The IFM Group in relation to its merger with Guernsey based Praxis Holdings Limited and subsequent acquisitions of fiduciary business in the Channel Islands
- On the sale of iconic Jersey Royal brand, acting for the shareholders of The Jersey Royal Company Ltd (JRC) in their sale of JRC and its UK subsidiary, The Kent Potato Company Ltd, to the AIM Listed UK company Produce Investments plc which owns Greenvale, one of the UK´s biggest potato suppliers
- An International banking and fiduciary group Standard Chartered in connection with the consolidation of its two Jersey banking entities (Standard Chartered (Jersey) Limited and Standard Chartered Bank, Jersey branch) into a single operating platform for its Jersey business
- An international private banking and fiduciary group in connection with the reorganisation of its Channel Islands, Cayman and Isle of Man operations, successfully consolidating its private banking, investment business and fund services operations in the islands into branches of its main offshore plc and separating that from the group’s fiduciary business as well as the subsequent sale of the fiduciary business in the Channel Islands
- Various banking groups on the reduction of capital and the distribution of reserves undertaken following the completion of reorganisation and subsequent release of regulatory capital
- HSBC in respect of the refinancing of loans to the Liberation Group (Guernsey and Jersey brewery) to purchase UK based Butcombe brewery. The merged business owns two breweries, 94 pubs and bars, and retail and wholesale drinks businesses
- Goldman Sachs in relation to the financing of BR Shetty and Centurion Investments acquisition of the majority stake in foreign exchange operator Travelex from private equity firm Apax partners
- HSBC in its provision of debt facilities to shopping mall owner Intu in respect of the acquisition of the Sprucefield retail park in Northern Ireland from the Westfield Group
- Procession House Jersey Limited an SPV for Greycoat, on the sale by Greycoat and co-investor Cheyne Capital, of Procession House, London EC4 to Legal & General
- Barclays Private Bank & Trust Limited in its capacity as corporate director of certain of the companies in the Belgravia Group on the just and equitable winding up of certain of the companies, including a consideration of director’s duties and conflicts of interests
- Red and White Securities Limited in the purchase of its 14.58% stake in Arsenal Holdings Plc for £75 million and on a number of subsequent acquisitions, which was a high profile sporting development widely reported by the UK and international press
- Euro Garages when TDR Capital acquired a minority stake in the business
University College Cardiff (Wales)
Chester College of Law (England)
*not admitted in Guernsey
“[Wendy] understands the need to find balanced solutions that are workable in practice.”