Alex Horsbrugh-Porter

Counsel Guernsey
Alex Horsbrugh-Porter
Key Lawyer Legal 500 UK, 2021

Overview

Alex is part of Ogier's multi-disciplinary Restructuring & Corporate Recovery team and Trust Advisory Group. Alex specialises in contentious insolvency procedures as well as shareholder applications and has experience in member and creditor schemes of arrangement. Alex has more than 20 years of experience in general commercial disputes involving financial services businesses and Guernsey trusts, as well as regulatory disputes, and he was previously a director of a local firm of insolvency practitioners. He has appeared in Courts in the Cayman Islands and Guernsey since 2004.
  • Background & experience

    Alex qualified as an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in January 2014 where he appears regularly on complex insolvency and restructuring matters as well as commercial, regulatory and trust disputes. His prior role as an insolvency practitioner gives him a unique insight into the challenges faced by insolvency practitioners and enables him to provide practical and first-hand knowledge and advice. He is also one of four committee members advising the States of Guernsey on the implementation of the rules which will support the amendments to the Companies Law.

    His recent achievements including leading on one of the first provisional liquidations in Guernsey, placing the Mitco group of property owning companies into administration, advising a trustee in relation to a recognition application brought by a UK trustee in bankruptcy, leading on a just and equitable winding up application involving a high profile Indian family, and successfully removing a trustee in contentious removal proceedings.

    Alex also has experience of advising boards of directors on their common law, fiduciary and statutory duties and obligations and methods by which liabilities can be avoided or minimised, especially when those directors are faced with insolvency proceedings.

    Alex qualified and spent seven years at DAC Beachcroft (then Davies Arnold Cooper) and Ince & Co in London before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2004. He spent seven years there at a local firm, latterly as a partner specialising in insolvency and fund disputes. Alex then moved to Guernsey and worked at a local offshore firm where he qualified as an advocate and was primarily involved in insolvency matters, as well as trust and regulatory disputes. He then spent a year as a director of a local corporate insolvency firm where he used his insolvency qualifications to take appointments as a liquidator and advise directors on their liabilities.

    Alex joined Ogier in February 2017. He was a founding director of ARIES the local chapter of INSOL as well as a member of R3, INSOL International  and the Insolvency Practitioners Association.

     

    Admitted:

    2014 - Guernsey

    2004 - Cayman

    1998 - England and Wales

     

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  • Recognition

    Key Lawyer Legal 500 UK, 2021
    Excellent Advocate with great interpersonal skills, very helpful in managing strong personalities in challenging matters Citywealth Leaders List, 2019
    His knowledge of the law and commercial know-how was second to none and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again Citywealth Leaders List, 2019