Paul Christopher specialises in corporate, banking and finance work. He regularly advises on the establishment and structuring (as well as restructuring) of offshore investment funds. He has an established trust practice and acts for a number of leading trust institutions.
He joined Mourant Ozanne in 1999 and is now the managing partner of the Hong Kong office. He works in the following practice areas: banking and finance, corporate, funds, financial services and regulatory, insolvency and restructuring, international trusts and private client.
Christopher qualified as a solicitor (England) in 1999 (non-practising) and an advocate (Guernsey) in 2003.
Highlight deals have included: the establishment of HarbourVest Senior Loans Europe Ltd, IPO on the Official List of the LSE; advice to London & Stamford Property Ltd on its arrangements to move from AIM to the official list of the LSE and conversion to UK REIT status; and various work in relation to the restructure of investments and investment funds.
According to Chambers UK, 2012, clients say Christopher is ‘pragmatic and expert’, while Chambers Europe, 2012, states that he ‘has a rare combination of technical ability and pragmatism, which is sometimes hard to find in the corporate world’.
Clients appreciate that Christopher ‘can quickly deliver strong commercial advice’, says Chambers Global, 2011, adding that he counsels clients on corporate, investment fund and finance matters and has recently acted for London & Stamford Property in a number of notable mandates.
The Legal 500, 2011, cites Christopher as being a ‘very knowledgeable commercial operator’.
The IFLR 1000, 2011, includes the following quote: ‘When we have a difficult situation we tend to use Paul. He’s a very capable lawyer. What we need in situations at times is a guy with a certain degree of imagination and he’s got that; he’s very responsive.’
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