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Mourant Ozannes advises on Nordic fund


OFFSHORE LAW FIRM Mourant Ozannes has advised on the establishment of a new private equity fund focusing on Nordic business investments. Led by Partner Ben Robins (pictured), the firm advised on the Jersey legal aspects of establishing the new fund, Accent Equity 2012, which is managed by a Jersey general partner and advised by Swedish firm, Accent Equity Partners AB. The fund raised SEK3.33bn (£313 million) at its initial closing in December 2011. The objective of the fund is to make private


equity or equity-related investments in mid-market buyouts of companies in Nordic countries, with a particular focus on Sweden. n


Hawksford continues expansion TRUST COMPANY


HAWKSFORD has acquired trust and


corporate services provider Trustcorp Jersey Limited – a move that is a significant part of the company’s growth strategy and follows its recent expansion into the Middle East and Switzerland. “Our recent acquisition of Trustcorp Jersey


Limited will ensure that Hawksford’s clients, and those of Trustcorp Jersey Limited, will have access to an even wider resource pool of experts,” said Peter Murley, Chief Executive at Hawksford. The acquisition will boost Hawksford’s


capacity and increase headcount by 30, making the company the largest independent offshore trust business, with more than 150 staff. n


New format for Directors’ qualifications


THE CHANNEL ISLANDS are home to four top-ranked TripAdvisor hotels, according to the website’s Travellers’ Choice 2012 Awards. In the category ‘Top 25 Hotels in the UK’, The Farmhouse Hotel in St Saviours in Guernsey ranked 20th, just one place ahead of Jersey’s Longueville Manor Hotel (pictured). Five-star hotel Grand Jersey secured 20th place in the ‘Top 25 Luxury Hotels’


Islands hotels hit the heights


category, alongside such illustrious names as London’s The Dorchester, The Langham and The Ritz. Meanwhile, in the ‘Top 25 Relaxation/Spa Hotels’ category, L’Horizon in St Brelade secured 16th place. Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winners are based on


millions of reviews and opinions from travellers around the world, with the awards being presented to the hotels with the highest customer ranking. n


THE JERSEY BRANCH of the IoD is urging local directors to help position Jersey as a centre of excellence for business leadership, as it prepares to launch its programme of qualifications for Directors in a new format this year. The ‘Institute of Directors Company Direction


Programme’ enables local directors to complete the IoD Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction, both of which are recognised by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. The qualifications are modular, and will run between March and November. Covering a range of financial management,


leadership, marketing, strategy and performance skills, the certificate aims to give leaders of all types of organisations the knowledge and awareness they need, with the Diploma focusing on enhancing a director’s ability to apply the principles covered at certificate level. The certificate and diploma then lead on to the qualification of Chartered Director, the ultimate qualification for directors. Email jedirector@localdial.com for further details. n


12 businesslife.co February/March 2012 Stay on top of the latest business news from the Channel Islands at www.businesslife.co


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