Mathew Beale

Mathew Beale is our exclusively recommended Financial Services expert in Jersey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mathew directly using the contact details listed above.

Mathew is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Having started his career working within the asset management industry for ten years, Mathew has since focused on financial services regulation.

Between 1995 and 2002, he worked for the body that is now known as the Jersey Financial Services Commission, where he was responsible for the day-to-day conduct of business of regulated entities and where he reached the position of Senior Compliance Manager.

Since 2002, he has worked within private practice in all aspects of regulatory compliance, including:

  • Attending at various financial services businesses with a view to assisting them in their internal audit processes
  • Developing rectification programmes for entities which had come under regulatory review
  • Undertaking a number of reporting professional projects for the Jersey Financial Services Commission
  • Being involved in the preparation of the anti-money laundering guidance notes in Mauritius
  • Writing and delivering numerous training courses relating to the field of compliance for private and public bodies.

From 2002 until May 2005, Mathew was a senior lecturer on the International Compliance Association’s (ICA) Introductory Certificate in Compliance, the International (and UK) Diploma in Compliance and the UK Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering.

He is a co-author of the materials used by the ICA in their UK and International Diplomas in Compliance.

Sophie Reguengo

Sophie Reguengo is our exclusively recommended Investment Funds Law expert in Jersey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sophie directly using the contact details above.

Sophie is a highly experienced investment funds and regulatory lawyer having practiced for over 15 years’ in the funds industry. She is focussed on private equity and real estate structures. She is recognised as a “Rising Star” by IFLR1000 and regularly attends and speaks at conferences in Jersey and London.

Firm Overview:

Ogier provides legal advice on BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law. Our network of locations also includes Hong Kong, London, Shanghai and Tokyo.

Legal services for the corporate and financial sectors form the core of our business, principally in the areas of banking and finance, corporate, investment funds, dispute resolution, private equity and private wealth. We also have strong practices in the areas of employee benefits and incentives, employment law, regulatory, restructuring and insolvency and property.

Our corporate administration business, Ogier Global, works closely with Ogier’s partner-led legal teams to incorporate and administer a wide variety of vehicles, offering clients integrated legal and corporate administration services.

We have the knowledge and expertise to handle the most demanding and complex transactions and provide expert, efficient and cost effective services to all our clients. Our commercial understanding and experience of working with leading financial institutions, professional advisers and regulatory bodies enable us to add real value to our clients’ businesses.

Corporate Social Responsibility:

Ogier is committed to supporting its local communities. Our aim is to give something back and to encourage our people to participate in local initiatives. We support projects which focus on education. Ogier gives its employees the opportunity to volunteer their time with a range of good causes, and also has a team of employees who plan events and activities in support of local charities.

Ben Cooke

Ben Cooke is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector having commenced his career in Kleinwort Benson’s Private Client Trust Department in 1982.

Apart from a broad career in Private Client firms where Ben worked for both the Offshore Trust Companies of Deloitte and Ernst & Young, Ben has a particular expertise in the area of compensation and benefit planning for private and publicly owned businesses.

Ben gained much of his technical expertise whilst working for both Deloitte and Ernst & Young’s National Tax groups both in the UK and US, where Ben also covered structuring matters for Ultra High Net Worth clients utilising both onshore and offshore Trust and Corporate structures. Ben is a graduate of Leeds University, a Member of the Trust and Estates Planning Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Ben is a keen sportsman and takes part in various long distance cycling and other sporting events in Europe.

Felicia de Laat

Felicia de Laat is based in our Jersey office. She joined Mourant Ozannes in 2005 from another Jersey law firm where she had been advising on collective investment funds and corporate transactions. Felicia specialises in collective investment funds with a particular focus on private equity and property funds and regularly advises fund promoters, investors, boards, regulators and service providers across a variety of asset classes, and has acted for a number of the firm’s key clients in this area.

Felicia was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia in January 2000 and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in September 2005 (currently non-practising in both jurisdictions).

Firm Overview:

Mourant Ozannes is a leading international law firm advising many of the world’s foremost financial institutions, public companies, global corporations and fund promoters as well as high net worth private clients on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. We have offices in these key offshore jurisdictions as well as London and Hong Kong.

Through our affiliated business, Mourant Ozannes Corporate Services, we also provide a comprehensive range of corporate administration services through a dedicated team of experienced professionals.

Kate Andrews

Kate Andrews is our exclusively recommended Acquisition Finance expert in Jersey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kate directly using the contact details listed above.

Kate has over 20 years’ experience in acquisition finance and works on a broad range of finance transactions, including the issuance of high yield bonds, complex acquisition finance structures, fund finance and other banking work. She works closely with lawyers and clients in both London and New York.

Kate joined Carey Olsen in 2013 and became a Jersey advocate in February 2016. She previously worked in London, first with Clifford Chance and then with White & Case before joining Norton Rose. She also completed secondments at two investment banks.

Carey Olsen is a full service law firm working across banking and finance, corporate and M&A, investment funds and private equity, trusts and private wealth, dispute resolution, insolvency and property law.

Carey Olsen’s clients include global financial institutions, investment funds, private equity houses, multi-national corporations, public organisations, sovereign wealth funds, ultra high net worth individuals, family offices, directors, trustees and private clients.

Derek Rhodes

Derek Rhodes was born in Durham. He obtained an honours degree in accounting and econometrics at Manchester University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in Jersey.

Derek worked with Coopers & Lybrand in New Zealand, Australia, the Virgin Islands and Bahrain before joining Alex Picot in 1992 as audit manager and becoming a partner in 1997. At the same time he became a director of Alex Picot Trust Company Ltd and now solely specialises in the formation and administration of companies and trusts.

Derek is a member of Kreston Managing Partners.

In his spare time he indulges his favourite sports, which include golf, tennis and water skiing. Derek is married to Fran and they have three children.

Firm Overview:

We are committed to providing you with specific, cost effective professional services that are of real value to you.

Our success is attributable to our highly skilled, dedicated and loyal team and the relationships we have built with our clients. It is this relationship which sets us apart from our competitors and ensures exactly the right service is provided.

Our focus is on close personal contact which allows us to build mutual trust and respect with our clients and provide objective and meaningful advice.

We take the time to ensure that we fully understand your future plans so that we can work together to help you to achieve your goals.