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With a greater appetite for Private Markets and Private Equity seen in 2020, despite the pandemic, our leading experts in the private equity industry discussed Jersey’s role as a specialist private equity centre. Examining  the sector’s current challenges, opportunities and future outlook, they considered decisions on domiciliation, structuring and distribution, regulatory change, substance, scrutiny on ESG integration, and the adoption of digital tools.

The Masterclass is ideal for anyone associated with the private equity industry, cross-border fund raising or distribution – including administrators, managers, fund lawyers and fund tax advisers – to get up to date with the latest trends.

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Elliot re-joined Jersey Finance in November 2018 from Crestbridge where he managed their Management Company Services Group.

Elliot’ role is to help define Jersey’s product offering for funds as well as to oversee the strategy and execution of marketing Jersey as both a domicile and destination for Alternative Investment Managers and their funds.

Elliot moved to Jersey in 2006 to establish a Macro strategy Hedge Fund under the Ermitage umbrella for whom he also seeded other Macro / CTA strategy Hedge Funds.

Elliot founded the Jersey Hedge Fund Managers Group and the Digital Asset Managers Group aimed at linking the growing community of local Managers and is a committee member of the Jersey Funds Association, the BVCA Channel Islands working group and the islands Funds’ Innovation Committee.

Emily Haithwaite

Emily Haithwaite Group Partner, Ogier

Emily has more than 20 years' experience acting for a variety of investment fund sponsors in relation to the structuring, formation, listing and winding-up of funds (including end of life solutions) with particular expertise in private equity, infrastructure, venture capital, family office funds and hedge fund strategies and asset management regulation. Emily is ranked in The Legal 500's Hall of Fame, as a Market Leader in The IFLR 1000 and as a Band 1 lawyer in Chambers.

Gavin Wilkins

Gavin Wilkins Global Head of Client and Intermediary Relationships, Hawksford

Gavin is Global Head of Client and Intermediary Relationships at Hawksford. He has extensive experience across a range of asset classes, private and regulated investment structures, funds and international capital markets. Gavin has significant international experience including Asia, the Middle East and Africa and a strong corporate governance background. His experience sees him leading commercial and strategic initiatives within Hawksford working alongside their international clients, particularly those with cross border interests from the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

Esther Scott

Esther Scott Chief Operations Officer, FitzWalter Capital 

Esther Scott is the COO at FitzWalter Capital and was the COO & General Counsel at Greencoat Capital LLP, a specialist investment manager working in the renewable energy sector. Prior to joining Greencoat Capital, Ms. Scott acted as Fund Counsel and CF10/11 for AMP Capital, a global investment manager and Head of Legal for HSBC Alternative Investments Limited, the global alternative investment arm of HSBC. Ms. Scott began her career as an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. She is a Qualified Solicitor in England & Wales and holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.

James Mulholland

James Mulholland Partner, Carey Olsen

James' experience covers a wide breadth of international funds and corporate work with a particular emphasis on private equity. He has acted on numerous fund structurings and re-structurings, co-investments and listing transactions, as well as on portfolio acquisitions, refinancings and management spin outs in the private equity and real estate sectors. Since joining Carey Olsen, James has attracted an enviable client base, including a number of leading private equity and real estate fund managers. James is ranked as a Market Leader in IFLR1000, a Band 1 lawyer in Chambers and is in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame.

Abbie Jones

Abbie Jones Divisional Director - Legal Counsel, M7 Real Estate

Abbie is a Divisional Director (Legal Counsel) for M7 Real Estate. She is responsible for all legal and corporate matters, fund structuring, joint ventures and managed accounts, corporate governance as well as M7 platform matters. Prior to joining M7 Real Estate, Abbie was an associate in the private equity real estate and private funds group at Reed Smith. Abbie worked on a wide range of transactions including the formation and operation of private funds, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Abbie is a practising solicitor and has a law degree from the University of York and completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School.





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  • Elliot Refson, Head of Funds, Jersey Finance

Panel Session:

  • Moderator: James Mulholland, Partner, Carey Olsen
  • Emily Haithwaite, Group Partner, Ogier
  • Gavin Wilkins, Global Head of Client and Intermediary Relationships, Hawksford
  • Esther Scott, Chief Operations Officer, FitzWalter Capital 
  • Abbie Jones, Divisional Director – Legal Counsel, M7 Real Estate
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10.50 am

Q&A with



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Bedell Cristin’s Jersey funds and investment practice provides expert offshore legal advice, as part of a global team spanning BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, London and Singapore.

Our expertise covers all types of investment vehicles and asset classes.  Our dynamic and respected practitioners have a wealth of experience in helping to structure cross-border investments, notably in real estate, private equity and Sharia-compliant structures.

We advise on the most complex multi-billion dollar fund vehicles, as well as more closely held investment syndicates, ‘club’ and joint venture arrangements and proprietary single-asset holding structures.

Covering the entire investment lifecycle, we assist with the structuring, regulation and operation of vehicles, and acquisitions, reorganisations and exits.

Carey Olsen is a leading offshore law firm. We advise on Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law across a global network of nine international offices.

Our investment funds and private equity team is both well regarded and highly active. We advise on all fund structures, including open and closed-ended, limited partnerships and unit trusts.

Recognised as the leading legal adviser to funds across the Channel Islands (Monterey), and with strong Caribbean and Asia practices, we represent more companies and funds listed on the London Stock Exchange than any other offshore law firm (Corporate Advisers Rankings Guide) and regularly advise on listings on the NYSE and HKEx, Euronext, CSX and TISE.

Hawksford is a leading provider for fund administration services in Jersey targeted at a wide range of asset classes and entity structures.   We are sufficiently large to ensure industry leading expertise, technology and best practice, while being small enough to be nimble and uncompromisingly client focussed.

We have particular strength and expertise in the administration of private equity, real estate and venture capital, and we work with a variety of clients and structures in these asset classes, and others.  For first time managers and the more experienced, we build effective working relationships through transparent and proactive communications, our focus on delivery, and a team culture of flexibility and agility.

We’re a market-leading offshore funds practice advising clients on the formation, structuring, funding and regulation of investment funds in Jersey, Guernsey, the Cayman Islands and the BVI. Our lawyers also provide ongoing legal advice to offshore funds and their managers, advisors, investors and lenders.

Our international team spans time-zones and is known for the quality, quantity and complexity of the work it handles, working across a wide range of alternative fund asset classes – both traditional and new, including technology, fintech, renewable energy, meditech and bio venture.

Our lawyers also maintain close contact with the financial regulatory and tax authorities in our jurisdictions and regularly participate in the development of new laws, regulations and regulatory policy. This enables us to advise authoritatively in the context of an evolving landscape.

“The premier fund legal advisor in Jersey”, Legal 500.

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