20 Oct 2017

Hatstone’s Alex Carus and Michael Shenkin recognised in the Legal 500

Hatstone Group Partner Alex Carus has recently been recognised as one of three leading individuals in Jersey advising on structured finance and securitisation transactions by Legal 500. The Legal 500 is a respected guide to the world’s leading law firms, relied upon by many in the legal and finance industry. Alex also has extensive experience advising on all aspects of Jersey corporate and banking transactions, with a particular focus on real estate backed financings.

Michael Shenkin has also been named as one of ten “Next Generation Lawyers” for Private Client, Trusts and Tax in Jersey for the first time. Michael advises on all aspects of trusts and foundations together with all related company and commercial law issues, including FATCA and CRS, for a broad range of clients.

The rankings in The Legal 500 focus on the bench strength of the teams within law firms and the Next Generation recognises those who make a material difference to the practice’s offering.

For 29 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in 106 jurisdictions.

Alex commented

“I am absolutely delighted to have been recognised in this way by Legal 500. I have been advising on securitisation and structured finance matters since 2003 when I came to Jersey and this area has evolved rapidly over the years. Most recently I have enjoyed advising on two Initial Coin Offerings for clients. These utilise blockchain technology to create and issue new virtual coins or tokens. One offering relates to real estate development, finance and maintenance (Prime-Ex Perpetual) and the other to a long established and profitable business providing online binary options trading (Binary.com ICO).”

Group Partner Simon Vivian added:

“It is great for Alex and Michael to receive the recognition they deserve. We have a strong team in Jersey, which is dynamic, forward-looking and willing to help in a pragmatic and commercial way.”

Both Alex and Michael can be connected to on LinkedIn:

View Alex’s LinkedIn here.

View Michael’s LinkedIn here.

12 Oct 2017

Hatstone advises on a new ICO

Wittgenstein, a famous philosopher, once said:

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that is unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.’

He also said:

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world’.

Whilst attempts will be made to lock the door to the new brave world introduced by such innovative and exciting concepts as the ‘ICO’ and ‘blockchain’ our world has certainly been expanded by the new language introduced by this revolutionary technology such as ‘whales’, ‘dolphins’, ‘aggregators’, ‘ecosystem’, ‘pre-ICO’ and ‘smart contracts’.

Hatstone Lawyers has become the first law firm in Jersey to open a wallet for receipt of Bitcoins as payment for legal services.

The development was implemented after Hatstone recently advised on a new ICO, Prime Ex Perpetual, which links the clients’ new PEX tokens to the tangible world of real estate.  It offers prospective members a dividend based token with the option to be part of a new ecosystem designed to revolutionise how real estate is bought, developed and financed for onward sale to a purchaser.

The ICO is currently in launch phase with a date set for 15 November 2017.

Group Partner Carl O’Shea commented:

It is very exciting to work on an ICO project.  There is an initial steep learning curve for lawyers and advisers who have not dealt with this new technology before and whilst in the long run it will challenge the way lawyers will work it should be welcomed and encouraged. The enthusiasm generated by ICOs and the teams involved is infectious.”

If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact Group Partner Carl O’Shea.

11 Oct 2017

Hatstone enhances offices with new appointments


Hatstone is delighted to announce an enhancement to the Jersey, Panama and South Africa offices with three new appointments.

Our new additions to the Hatstone Team include:

Group Partner Hannes Botha commented

“We welcome Chrisma, Giselle and Marianne to Hatstone and look forward to working with them during the next stage of their careers”

11 Oct 2017

Mark Rawlins – new Group Partner at Hatstone

Hatstone Lawyers are pleased to announce the appointment to group partner of Mark Rawlins. Mark will be based in Hatstone’s Jersey office. He specialises in investment fundscorporate and commercial, banking and finance and M&A, for a variety of clients including mega funds, start ups, holding companies, and business and family offices. Mark provides both Jersey and Cayman Islands advice for his clients, covering transactional matters, dispute resolution and regulatory advice. He is a frequent speaker and contributor of articles to the business community.

Mark commented:

“It is a great pleasure to be joining Hatstone – their passion for innovation and intelligent law provides a perfect fit and a platform for excellent client service.”

Group Partner Simon Vivian commented:

“We are delighted that Mark is joining us. Mark’s appointment as Group Partner continues the growth of the Hatstone legal team, particularly in the areas of investment funds and banking and finance, and is another arrow in the quiver enabling us to provide excellent lawyers and legal services to all of our clients. In total, with Mark’s appointment, we now have 10 Group Partners across the Hatstone Group.”

To view Mark’s profile click here.


30 Jun 2017

Hatstone appoints two Group Partners

Hatstone is delighted to announce that Daléne Botha and Bennie Burger have been promoted to Group Partners. Daléne is based at Hatstone’s South Africa office whilst Bennie is based at the Jersey office.

The appointments bring the number of partners to nine globally.

Daléne specialises in corporate and commercial, private client and collective investment funds. She has a particular interest in cross border structuring and regularly advises ultra high-net-worth families on effective structures for asset protection and succession planning.

Bennie specialises in corporate and commercial, private wealth, trust law, banking and finance, and alternative dispute resolution. Bennie is admitted to practise as solicitor in England & Wales, Anguilla in the British West Indies and as an attorney in South Africa with higher rights. He has significant experience in cross border acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and financing transactions and advises a wide range of companies, banks and private clients. In addition to his transactional practice, Bennie advises boards of directors and senior management on a broad range of governance, compliance, and other sensitive matters. He also works closely with top law firms in London, the British Virgin Islands, Mauritius, South Africa and Botswana.

Group Partner Carl O’Shea commented: 

“In recognition of their hard work and contribution to the Hatstone Group we are delighted to promote Daléne and Bennie to Group Partner. They are both highly regarded by clients, contacts and the team at Hatstone and so it is a pleasure to promote from within. The Group has several plans for the next stage of growth and so we very much look forward to their involvement and contribution at this exciting time.”

Hatstone is acknowledged as a leading boutique law firm with offices in Jersey, London, Panama and South Africa. Since its inception in December 2011, the firm has not only seen considerable growth, it has also recently enjoyed significant recognition, having been named boutique law firm of the year at the prestigious Citywealth IFC awards; and Investment Fund Law Firm of the Year – Jersey in the Corporate LiveWire 2017 Global Awards.

12 Apr 2017

Hatstone is named the 2017 winner of the Corporate LiveWire Award for “Investment Fund Law Firm of the Year – Jersey”

As well as being recognised as “Boutique Law Firm of the Year” by City Wealth earlier this year, Hatstone is pleased to announce that the firm has also been recognised by Corporate LiveWire as the 2017 winner of the “Investment Fund Law Firm of the Year – Jersey”.

The achievement marks the second consecutive Corporate LiveWire award won by Hatstone and follows on from being named as the “Boutique Law Firm of the Year – Jersey” in 2016.

The Corporate Livewire Awards programme celebrates the Global Law Community and highlights exemplary business achievements and incredible performance across the globe.

The winners are chosen by the judging panel at Corporate LiveWire for their high calibre performance over the past 12 months and a determined commitment to excellence in their field: both being stated as essential for maximizing the potential of a business.

Group Partner Carl O’Shea commented:

“Winning this award is a fantastic achievement for the firm and is the second award in 2017 having been recognised earlier as the Boutique Law Firm of the Year. The awards highlight Hatstone’s commitment to providing a consistent high standard of service. We would like to thank our staff for all their efforts, and our clients and business partners for their support.”

21 Feb 2017

Hatstone Lawyers appoints a new partner


Hatstone Lawyers is delighted to announce that Alex Carus has joined the firm as a Group Partner. Alex enhances Hatstone Lawyers’ existing corporate and commercial team, and brings the number of partners to seven globally.

Alex brings with him many years’ experience in the Jersey legal and financial services industry.

Group Partner Simon Vivian commented:

“We are very pleased to welcome Alex on board as a Group Partner in the Jersey office. Alex has an extensive knowledge of investment funds, corporate and commercial and banking and finance. We look forward to his contribution to our business in the years to come. This appointment marks the next step in our development.”

Hatstone Lawyers is acknowledged as a leading boutique law firm with offices in Jersey, London, Panama and South Africa. Since its inception in December 2011, the firm has not only seen considerable growth, it has also recently enjoyed significant recognition, having been named boutique law firm of the year at the prestigious Citywealth IFC awards for the second year in a row.


19 Jan 2017

Hatstone wins boutique law firm of the Year at the Citywealth 2017 International Finance Centre Awards

Corporate and private client law firm Hatstone has been named boutique law firm of the year at the prestigious Citywealth IFC awards for the second year in a row. The awards were established to highlight the excellence of the advisers and managers in the private wealth sector in the major international financial centres. The award recognises the firm as having excelled in achievement, innovation, expertise and service as judged by an international panel of practitioners from the private wealth sector.

Hatstone is now in its sixth year of operation with six partners globally and offices in Jersey, London, South Africa and Panama. The firm prides itself on being a client focused firm specialising in particular areas of offshore practice.

Simon Vivian and Michael Shenkin collected the award on behalf of the firm. Michael Shenkin commented:

“Hatstone has a clear vision: “to deliver the highest standard of service to our clients”. Independent awards are a good indicator of how we are doing. To win boutique law firm of the year for the second year in a row against stiff competition is a great accomplishment and everyone at our firm can feel rightly proud to have achieved this.”