Carey Olsen leads the way in landmark listing

08 Apr, 2011

Carey Olsen takes lead in landmark listing

Carey Olsen, the leading law firm in the Channel Islands, has just completed the UK’s first ever listing of a closed-ended real estate mezzanine finance fund on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in a £50 million deal.

Carey Olsen advised Duet Real Estate Finance on all Guernsey legal and regulatory aspects of the listing, with instruction from Berwin Leighton Paisner, with Oriel Securities as sponsor.

The fund has raised capital to invest in the European commercial real estate debt market and, upon listing, exceeded the minimum target with interest from a range of investors.

 “Banks have been retreating from property lending, squeezed by Basel regulations and overexposure to the market,” said Ben Morgan, who headed the Carey Olsen team alongside Geoff Ward-Marshall.

He continued: “What Duet has done here is fill the void in this type of mezzanine financing for property and it has been exciting for Carey Olsen to be involved in such a pioneering fund launch.”

Mr Ward-Marshall said it clearly demonstrated Guernsey’s expertise as a jurisdiction, adding: “It is important to note that this is the first deal of its kind in the UK and Guernsey was chosen as the jurisdiction for the structuring of the listing which speaks volumes about the island’s regulatory framework and Carey Olsen’s expertise in providing advice on innovative structures.”      

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