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Bruce MacNeil

Partner

Jersey

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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, recognised as a highly regarded lawyer in the IFLR 1000 and listed as a leading practitioner in Who's Who Legal: Banking.

Background and 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, recognised as a highly regarded lawyer in the IFLR 1000 and listed as a leading practitioner in Who's Who Legal: Banking.

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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"Bruce is tried and tested; he's always commercial, responsive and pragmatic."

Chambers UK, 2024

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"Always very responsive and provide us and our clients with high quality advice with a strong commercial steer."

Legal 500 UK, 2024

"Bruce is very strong, reliable and responsive. He's my go-to contact on Jersey law matters"

Chambers UK, 2023

"Very smart, is always in the details and is very hands-on. With him it's all about the client"

Chambers UK, 2022

"Fantastic. Very hard-working, technically astute, responsive and commercial. He runs a really solid team"

Legal 500 UK, 2022

"Highly regarded"

IFLR1000, 2023

"Responsive, commercial and runs a tight ship"

Chambers UK, 2022

"Bruce MacNeil is a go-to lawyer in Jersey - he is very commercial, reliable and responsive"

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

"Leading Practitioner"

Who's Who Legal: Banking 2020

"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

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