29 APRIL 2019
LEXSTONE LAWYERS OPENS IN POLAND
Lexstone Lawyers has responded to client demand by establishing an associated full-service Polish law firm. The Polish partnership will be known as Lexstone Bielanska-Stone Firecka & Partners. It will focus on high net worth residents and entrepreneurs.
The office will be led by three new equity partners being Agnieszka Bielanska-Stone, Anna Firecka and Malwina Makowska, who also all become Group Partners of the network legal partnership known as Lexstone Lawyers Group.
Anna has more than ten years’ experience in advising both corporate clients and private individuals including corporate executives and entrepreneurs. Her main practice areas encompass employment, litigation, regulatory (compliance) and commercial law, although her colleagues claim that she has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Polish law as a whole.
Malwina is a Polish qualified lawyer with nine years’ plus experience. She qualified as an attorney-at-law in 2014 with the best result at the Wrocław Bar Association. She specialises in civil, corporate and commercial law. Her main practice areas are investment contracts, public procurement law, M&A and litigation. Malwina has developed a niche practice in the energy sector, infrastructure investments and corporate matters.
Anna and Malwina will be responsible for the office in Poland. Agnieszka will spearhead the development of the Polish firm whilst remaining attached to the Jersey legal practice of Lexstone Lawyers.
Agnieszka remarked “Poland is now one of the leading economies in Europe. Its resilience is demonstrated by the fact that it was the only EU member state to avoid recession in the 2007 - 2008 economic downturn. For us, it was the obvious place to establish outside of Jersey”.
The Polish office will be situated in the heart of Wroclaw, the third largest city in Poland.
Lucy Egerton-Vernon, Managing Group Partner, added, “We are delighted to be opening in Poland with such a strong team. As far as I am aware, we will be the first Jersey law firm to open a practice in Poland and take advantage of its business-friendly environment, together with the huge academic intellect of its lawyers”.
An intriguing point of diversity is that this will lead to 80% of the legal network of equity partners comprising female lawyers with the network of firms having 73% of female lawyers.
The Lexstone Lawyers network of firms now comprises of Lexstone Lawyers, Lexstone Lawyers Group and Lexstone Bielanska-Stone Firecka & Partners.press-29-04-2019.pdf
12 April 2019
PRESS RELEASE – JERSEY
Brambilla and Morgan, two leading international private wealth practitioners join Lexstone Lawyers to bring unique offerings in charities and pensions in Jersey.
Charlotte Brambilla, a Jersey advocate and English barrister, has joined Lexstone Lawyers as a consultant. She has 15 years plus of experience advising clients and local regulated financial services businesses on wealth structures, regulatory work and general commercial (both contentious and non-contentious), pensions and charities. She also brings significant practical experience having worked for a leading independent trust company as a director and a former senior member of the International Trusts and Private Client team of Mourant. Charlotte was named on the IFC Power Women Top 200 2015.
Thomas Morgan, a Jersey advocate and an English solicitor, further enhances the practice as a consultant. He has very similar experience to Charlotte, having worked closely with her in the International Trusts and Private Client team at Mourant. He provides further in-depth knowledge. Thomas is presently based in Germany where he is working towards his qualification as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt).
Combining the expertise of Charlotte and Thomas with Lucy Egerton-Vernon, the Managing Group Partner, means Lexstone Lawyers now has a formidably strong offering for local charities and in the field of pensions, together with the well-trodden practice of trusts law. Charlotte has recently been helping local charities with their obligations under the new charities legislation as well as advising them on changes to their constitutional documents, policies and procedures.
Established in December 2015, Lexstone Lawyers has been focusing on the family office sphere and wealth structures. It acts for several significant family offices in Jersey as well as several prominent independent trust company businesses.
Lucy remarked: “We are delighted to welcome both Charlotte and Thomas to our team. Together, they significantly alter the optic of our firm in the sphere of private wealth. Not only do they bring significant legal experience to the firm but also valuable industry experience”.
Charlotte commented: “I am delighted to start working at Lexstone Lawyers. We will be able to provide the unique offerings in charity law and pension law in Jersey. I am also looking forward to working with Thomas again”.
Thomas stated: “This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us at Lexstone Lawyers. I am thrilled to be working in the same team as Charlotte again. From the outset, we will be providing an experienced team in two practice areas not viewed as mainstream”.press-12-04-2019.pdf
27 March 2018
NORMAN DAY JOINS LEXSTONE LAWYERS
Norman Day, an English solicitor, who previously worked in the finance and corporate teams of several Jersey law firms including Ogier, has joined Lexstone Lawyers as a consultant.
He has a broad practice, acting for financial institutions in financing transactions as well as advising local Jersey intermediaries and other service providers.
Marcus Stone commented: -
“We are absolutely delighted that Norman has joined us. I have previously worked with him and on the other side of transactions. He has a wealth of experience in corporate and finance transactions and has been involved in some of the largest finance transactions in Jersey.”
The corporate finance team of Lexstone Lawyers has acted in several significant banking matters over the last twelve months including financing of commercial property, infrastructure and financial service businesses.
Norman is the ninth qualified lawyer to join Lexstone Lawyers since it was established in December 2015. Its lawyers include lawyers qualified in Jersey, Guernsey, Poland, Panama, Scotland and England and Wales.press270318.pdf
27 October 2017
LEXSTONE LAWYERS’ MARCUS STONE “HIGHLY REGARDED” IN THE 2018 EDITION OF IFLR 1000 2018
Marcus Stone has been listed as “highly regarded” in the 2018 edition of IFLR 1000 Financial and Corporate with his firm, Lexstone Lawyers, being listed as a “notable” practice.
Lucy Egerton-Vernon, a founding group partner of Lexstone Lawyers, remarked that “We are very pleased for Marcus. This is a pivotal achievement for us”.
Marcus commented that he was “delighted by this recognition” and puts the recognition down to a “first class team’s effort by all”.press271017.pdf
23 October 2017
LEXSTONE LAWYERS MAKES ITS MARK IN THE 2018 EDITION OF THE LEGAL 500
In an unprecedented short period of operation of less than three years, Lexstone Lawyers has made its mark in the reputable Legal 500 directory. It is now listed in the top three tiers in its three core practice areas ahead of some of the more traditional law firms. It is now offering itself as a real alternative to the tier one law firms.
The firm is quoted as “excellent” with Lucy Egerton-Vernon, one of the founding partners, being described as “outstanding”. Lucy, Marcus Stone, another founding partner, Agnieszka Bielanska and Claudia Martans are all listed. Lucy is named in all three practice areas whilst Agnieszka, a dual-qualified Polish Attorney and an English solicitor, is listed in two practice areas.
With recent significant corporate and finance transactions in excess of £2 billion, the firm is punching well above its weight in this sphere. Due to its personal service, it has a high concentration of entrepreneurial individuals and private family offices amongst its client base.
Marcus puts the success down to the “tremendous support of the firm’s clients” and the “first class team that the practice had assembled”. As an example of the former, Marcus cites one local entrepreneurial client as “the best marketing team any firm could wish for”.press231017.pdf
31 July 2017
CITYWEALTH FUTURE LEADERS – LAWYER OF THE YEAR IFC PARTNER – SHORT-LISTING
Lexstone Lawyers is delighted to report that Lucy Egerton-Vernon, a group partner, has been short-listed for the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards in the category of “Lawyer of the Year IFC Partner”. Lucy joins Alexa Saunders, a partner at Carey Olsens, as one of just two Jersey based lawyers short-listed in this category.
Marcus Stone, a group partner of Lexstone Lawyers, commented “I am absolutely thrilled to hear this news. Lucy has had a formidable two years in growing Lexstone Lawyers to what it is today. This is just a small external token of appreciation for all her hard work and achievements. As a general rule of thumb, we tend not to brag about our transactions so we are delighted to hear that they have not gone unnoticed”press310717.pdf
5 July 2017
FIRST DUAL-QUALIFIED POLISH ATTORNEY-AT-LAW AND ENGLISH SOLICITOR IN JERSEY
Lexstone Lawyers’ Agnieszka Bielanska has been admitted as an English solicitor. It is believed that Agnieszka is the first dual-qualified Polish attorney-at-law and English solicitor working in Jersey. Agnieszka worked for a leading Polish law firm and a top tier US law firm before moving to Jersey several years ago. She mainly practices commercial law and intellectual property law.
Lucy Egerton-Vernon, Group Partner at Lexstone Lawyers, commented that: “We are extremely delighted for Agnieszka. It is a remarkable feat to be dual-qualified in two such contrasting jurisdictions. Agnieszka is not only the first Polish attorney at law practising in Jersey but also the first-dual qualified one.”firstdual-qualifiedpolishattorney-at-lawandenglishsolicitorinjersey.pdf
13 October 2016
IFLR 1000 LISTING FOR LEXSTONE LAWYERS
Within a month of being listed in Legal 500 and in its eleventh month of trading, Lexstone Lawyers has been listed in the IFLR 1000. The IFLR 1000 is the guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms. Its rankings were first published in 1990 and covers over 120 jurisdictions.
Founding partner Marcus Stone remarked: -
“We are very pleased to be listed in our second leading legal directory. This clearly demonstrates that we are able to compete with the tier one law firms in their sphere”
21 September 2016
LEXSTONE LAWYERS IS LISTED AS A LEADING LAW FIRM BY LEGAL 500 IN ITS FIRST NINE MONTHS OF TRADING
Lexstone Lawyers in its first nine months of trading has incredibly achieved a listing as a leading law firm by Legal 500 in its four main practice areas (banking and finance, corporate and commercial, investment funds and private client, trusts and tax). Lucy Egerton-Vernon, Agnieszka Bielanska and Marcus Stone have all been listed as recommended lawyers.
Lucy Egerton-Vernon, a founding partner, stated: “We have had an amazing year so far. We are absolutely delighted with this news, especially coming at such an early stage. We would like to say a big thank you to all our clients, employees, business partners and professional intermediaries, who have all played an active role in this achievement and look forward to working with them in the future".
16 May 2016
LEXSTONE LAWYERS JOINS LAWYERS ASSOCIATED WORLDWIDE, A LEADING INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
Less than a year after being launched, Lexstone Lawyers has joined Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW), a leading organisation established in 1989 and subsequently incorporated as a non-profit organisation in 2001 under the Swiss Civil Code. Membership is by invitation only and member firms are successful, independent law firms representing a variety of sizes and types of client with cross-border legal needs, including high net worth individuals. Member firms in other jurisdictions include Howard Kennedy in England.
The selection process included approval by the executive committee, the committees of the three regions and then all members.
Lucy Egerton-Vernon, a founding partner of Lexstone Lawyers, commented: “I am thoroughly delighted that we have been invited to join LAW. Given our client base, we are an excellent choice for LAW. At the same time, it allows us to have a relationship with over 100 firms located in over 180 commercial jurisdictions in nearly 60 countries, with a global resource of more than 3,500 individual lawyers worldwide. We will be able to offer our Jersey based clients immediate access to some of the best lawyers in these 180 jurisdictions”.
Both Marcus Stone, a founding partner, and Claudia Martans will be attending the LAW conference and regional meeting in Hamburg at the end of May this year.
27 April 2016
LEXSTONE LAWYERS LAUNCHES LEXSTONE’S LEGAL BITE
We are delighted to announce the launch of Lexstone’s Legal Bite. It is intended to give clients and professional intermediaries with a quick update on the firm, its services and significant matters of Jersey and Panamanian law. It covers cases of interest and regulatory news.
If you wish to read the first edition, please click here: newsletter-lexstone-1
12 February 2016
ZANA PEJIC JOINS LEXSTONE LAWYERS
Zana Pejic, an English solicitor who previously worked at Ogier, has joined Lexstone Lawyers as a consultant. Zana speaks English, Spanish, Serb Croat and Russian.
She previously worked on some very high profile commercial transactions in Jersey before working at a City law firm. She subsequently set up a corporate advisory business in Europe.
Lucy Egerton-Vernon commented: -
“I am absolutely delighted that Zana has decided to join us. Marcus Stone originally spoke to Zana in the summer of last year about her working for us. She has first class experience in both the private wealth and corporate spheres.”
Zana will be the eighth lawyer to join Lexstone Lawyers since it was established in December 2015. Its lawyers include lawyers qualified in Jersey, Guernsey, Poland, Panama, Scotland and England and Wales, so it has remarkable experience for cross-border transactions.
20 January 2016
LEXSTONE LAWYERS HIRES SENIOR PANAMANIAN LAWYER
Lexstone Lawyers is pleased to announce the appointment of Claudia Martans.
Lucy Egerton-Vernon, a founding partner of Lexstone Lawyers, commented: -
“We are absolutely delighted that Claudia has decided to join us. Claudia enhances the team enabling us to offer both environmental legal advice and Panamanian legal advice for clients within Jersey. This is a double first as we are the only law firm in Jersey that has Panamanian capability within Jersey and significant expertise in environmental law. Since our launch in December 2015, we have now built up a team of seven lawyers with over 130 years’ experience.”
In addition, Claudia will assist with all aspects of commercial, private wealth and funds work and has a particular interest in Panamanian foundations, trusts and corporate structures in Latin America. She has over 20 years' experience advising clients such as the United Nations, the European Union, IUCN, USAID, TNC, Nestle, Coca Cola, GDF Suez, AES and Bavaria Group.
Claudia was admitted to the bar of the Republic of Panama in 1995. She read law and political science at the Santa Maria La Antigua University in Panama. She has an LLM from the University of Nottingham and also has a degree from the University of Antonio Machado (Spain) in Management and Conservation of Endangered Species.
1 December 2015
Marcus Stone and Agnieszka Bielanska have advised upon more than 5% of all Jersey certified funds in the last six months, including Jersey Expert Funds and a Jersey Eligible Investor Fund, based upon figures published by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (for funds worked on at their previous firm).
1 December 2015
Lexstone Lawyers was established today by Marcus Stone and Lucy Egerton Vernon as group partners. The team initially includes Agnieszka Bielanska and Jane Struth.