Prior to working at Mourant Ozannes, Michael Williams worked at Allen, Allen & Hemsley in Sydney and at Clifford Chance in London. He joined Mourant Ozannes in 2006 as British Virgin Islands (BVI) managing partner.
Williams specialises in the following practice areas: banking and finance, corporate and insolvency and restructuring.
In terms of professional qualifications, he was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2001 (but does not practise English law) and BVI in 2011.
Williams is a member of the Law Society in England and Wales.
His clients include AEA Technology, Deutsche Bank, Experian, Renaissance Capital, Shire, UBS, Velti and WPP.
He has acted for a number of English-listed companies in connection with their Jersey migrations, including, AEA Technology, Charter, Regus, Shire, Velti and WPP.
Williams’ recent deals include:
- An issue of £304,000,000 9.25 per cent senior secured notes for Aston Martin (acted for arrangers);
- A €3bn medium-term programme for Experian;
- An issue of £475,000,000 5.75 per cent guaranteed convertible bonds for WPP;
- A $1.2bn project financing for O3b;
- An issue of $4bn 7.875 per cent subordinated notes for Burgan Finance No. 1 (Jersey) Ltd; and
- NASDAQ listing and US public offering of shares of Velti plc.
Legal 500 describes Williams as being ‘extremely thorough and very responsive’, ‘very impressive’ and ‘particularly good’.
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