Bruce MacNeil is a go-to lawyer in Jersey - he is very commercial, reliable and responsive. Legal 500 UK, 2020

Overview

Bruce MacNeil is a partner in the banking & finance team of Ogier's Jersey office. He has represented a wide range of banks, lenders and companies on banking, derivatives, corporate, finance and restructuring transactions. He also advises on leveraged finance transactions, restructuring & insolvency matters and high yield listings on The International Stock Exchange (TISE). He is ranked as a leading individual for Jersey Banking and Finance and Capital Markets by The Legal 500 2021, recognised as a highly regarded lawyer in the IFLR 1000 2021 and listed as a leading practitioner in Who's Who Legal: Banking 2020.
  • Background & experience

    Bruce has represented a wide range of banks, lenders and companies on banking, derivatives, corporate, finance and restructuring transactions. He also advises on leveraged finance transactions, restructuring & insolvency matters and high yield listings on The International Stock Exchange (TISE). Before joining Ogier in 2008, he worked as a finance associate in the London offices of Latham & Watkins and Allen & Overy.

    Bruce MacNeil is part of Ogier's multi-disciplinary Restructuring & Corporate Recovery team.  He specialises in refinancing, corporate restructuring and reorganisation and formal insolvency procedures.  His experience includes advising lenders and sponsors on security enforcement, directors' duties and insolvency issues in the context of distressed corporate groups.

    Bruce is also part of Ogier's multi-disciplinary Private Equity team.  He specialises in the following:

    • Advising financial institutions and private equity sponsors on leveraged finance and acquisition financing transactions
    • Acting as sponsor in respect of listing notes on The International Stock Exchange (TISE) and Cayman Stock Exchange (CSX) to take advantage of the quoted Eurobond exemption
    • Advice in relation to subscription credit and capital call facilities entered into by funds (including reviewing borrowing and security restrictions in fund constitutional documents)
    • Restructuring advice for creditors, insolvency office holders, directors, shareholders and other stakeholders of distressed funds and portfolio companies

    Bruce is ranked as a leading individual for Jersey Banking and Finance by The Legal 500 2020, recognised as a highly regarded lawyer in the IFLR 1000 2020 and listed as a leading practitioner in Who's Who Legal: Banking 2019.

    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

    Publications

    Bruce is the author of the Jersey ISDA and ICMA netting and collateral opinions, 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

    Bruce MacNeil is a go-to lawyer in Jersey - he is very commercial, reliable and responsive. Legal 500 UK, 2020
    Leading Individual Legal 500 UK, 2021
    Leading Individual Legal 500 UK, 2020
    Bruce MacNeil handles some of the largest fund finance mandates in the market. Legal 500 UK, 2020
    Bruce MacNeil and team are responsive, commercial and practical. They have taken responsibility for understanding the wider transaction and the role their advice plays within it. IFLR 1000 2020
    Highly regarded IFLR 1000 2020
    Leading Practitioner Who's Who Legal: Banking 2020
    Highly regarded IFLR 1000 2019
    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
    …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
    top-drawer... recommended Legal 500 2016
    always helpful Legal 500 2016
    Thorough, responsive and commercial. Bruce has been consistently impressive in both attitude and legal skills. IFLR1000 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
    Extremely responsive and they went the extra mile. Client feedback, 2014
    They are responsive and they provide a prompt, quick turnaround. Client feedback, 2014