Displays an air of calmness in all situations and is incredibly reliable, pragmatic and efficient – he delivers tested, sound advice on every occasion. Legal 500 2017

Overview

Bruce has represented a wide range of financial institutions and companies on banking, derivatives, corporate, finance and restructuring transactions. He is individually recommended for Jersey Banking and Finance advice by The Legal 500 and recognised as a Highly Regarded Lawyer in the IFLR 1000 2018.
  • Background

    Bruce has represented a wide range of financial institutions and companies on banking, derivatives, corporate, finance and restructuring transactions. He is individually recommended for Jersey Banking and Finance advice in The Legal 500 and recognised as a Highly Regarded Lawyer in the IFLR 1000 2018.

    Before joining Ogier in 2008, he worked as a finance associate in the London offices of Latham & Watkins and Allen & Overy (including a secondment with UBS Investment Bank).

    Bruce studied law at University College London and is a member of The Law Society of England and Wales.  He qualified as an English Solicitor in 2003, was admitted to practice as a New York Attorney in 2009 and qualified as a Jersey Advocate in 2013.

    Admitted in:
    2003 - England and Wales
    2009 - New York
    2013 - Jersey

    Transactions

    - advising Eurohypo (with Allen & Overy as English legal advisers) on the amendment and restatement of 800,000,000 and 400,000,000 facilities with Jersey property unit trust and company obligors

    - advising AIB (with Clifford Chance as English legal advisers) on security and insolvency issues for the EUR 945,000,000 debt restructuring of Independent News & Media

    - advising Barclays (with Freshfields as English legal advisers) on the sale of Breedon Holdings Limited to a subsidiary of AIM listed Marwyn Materials Limited, including the refinancing of 134,500,000 facilities

    - advising IDB Trust Services Limited as issuer and working with the Islamic Development Bank on the 2009 and 2010 updates to its US$3,500,000,000 sukuk trust certificate programme

    - advising Circle Holdings plc, the Jersey holding company for the Circle UK healthcare group, on its AIM listing (with Freshfields as English legal advisers)

    - advising Pershing Limited on regulatory and other issues in connection with the establishment of its Jersey subsidiary and Channel Islands office

    - advising the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) on the Jersey ISDA netting and collateral opinions (updated on an annual basis and available from ISDA's website)

    - advising ICMA on the Jersey GMRA opinion (updated on an annual basis and available from ICMA's website) and advising SLRC on the Jersey GMSLA opinion (updated on an annual basis and available from aosphere's website here).

    Publications

    Bruce is the author of various client briefings and the Jersey chapter of The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review (available here). He is also the co-author of two PLC articles. The first on the new Security Interests (Jersey) Law (available here) provides a comparison of the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983 to the new law and describes the main changes which came into force in January 2014. The second is entitled 'Court and out of court restructuring options in Jersey and Guernsey’ (available here) and provides an overview of insolvency procedures under Guernsey and Jersey law.

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  • Recognition

    Displays an air of calmness in all situations and is incredibly reliable, pragmatic and efficient – he delivers tested, sound advice on every occasion. Legal 500 2017
    Very responsive, technically good and easy to deal with. Legal 500 2017
    very knowledgeable.… understands both Jersey and English law very well. Client feedback, 2017
    top-drawer... recommended Legal 500 2016
    …very personable and approachable. I knew that I could easily pick up the phone to them and that they would be able to respond. Client feedback 2017
    right from the outset we had great service and responsiveness Client feedback 2017
    always helpful Legal 500 2016
    Thorough, responsive and commercial. Bruce has been consistently impressive in both attitude and legal skills. IFLR1000 2016
    Rising star IRLR1000 2016
    The quality of the advice that we received was thorough, comprehensive, and easily understandable, which we really appreciated…it was a great experience all round. Client feedback, 2016
    We were extremely impressed with Ogier's work and we would definitely go to them as a first choice for future work. Client feedback, 2016
    Absolutely professional, gave really good quality advice, and were responsive even when we gave timing turnarounds that were less than ideal…they were fantastic. Client feedback, 2016
    The client was very happy with our result... I think Ogier did a really good job, and out of all the local counsel I think they were the most impressive. Client feedback, 2016
    I was extremely satisfied. They were very responsive when we needed them to be. They were very commercial.... very knowledgeable in what they do and very professional. Client feedback, 2016
    They progressed things independently and proactively on the transaction without waiting to be asked to do things. Client feedback, 2015
    They are very responsive, very helpful and they understand the commercial position that is required. Client feedback, 2015
    They always perform, they are always timely and they take a commercial view. Client feedback, 2014
    Recommended Legal 500 2014
    Extremely responsive and they went the extra mile. Client feedback, 2014
    They are responsive and they provide a prompt, quick turnaround. Client feedback, 2014