Offshore - Global-wide


Band 1 | Appleby

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What the team is known for An extensive global network of offices in key offshore jurisdictions makes the firm a popular choice for multi-jurisdictional work. Core strength in contentious work, with highly experienced litigators spread across its offices. Offers additional expertise in banking and finance, particularly in asset financing.

Work highlights Represented Markel in its USD3.13 billion takeover of Alterra Capital Holdings.

Acted for on its USD2.5 billion privatisation through a scheme of arrangement, under Cayman Islands company law, and capital reduction.

Advised QInvest on BVI, Cayman Islands and Bermudian law aspects of its USD250 million investment in EFG Hermes.

Notable practitioners

Appleby's chairwoman, Frances Woo, also heads the Hong Kong office, while Jersey-based Michael O'Connell is the group managing partner. Bryan Hunter and Michael Burns lead the Cayman and British Virgin Islands (BVI) practices, respectively, and litigation specialist Kiernan Bell manages the Bermuda office.

Significant clients Zolfo Cooper, Flagstone Reinsurance Holdings, Aeolus Capital Management, Citi, JPMorgan Chase.

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong foothold in the offshore market thanks to a highly regarded team of lawyers and top-notch client service. Exceptional strength in headquarters in Bermuda, and increasingly active in the BVI. Complex, cross-border litigation and corporate transactions are the team's forte.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "Has the bench and expertise to provide cutting-edge advice and execution on the biggest, most high-profile matters." 

International capability: "They are great and they are international, so if I need cross-border advice they would be my first choice."

Work highlights Advised Textainer Group Holdings on its USD1.2 billion warehouse securitisation facility.

Acted for an insurance company on the USD621.3 million acquisition of Flagstone Reinsurance Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Bermuda-based Narinder Hargun and David Lamb in Hong Kong co-chair the firm. Christopher Bickley and Alan Dickson lead the Hong Kong and Singapore offices respectively. The London practice is managed by Charles Collis, while Robert Briant is in charge of the BVI office and Kerri Lefebvre heads the Dubai team.

Significant clients AIG, Axis Capital, Third Point Re, Titan Petrochemicals Group, Yahoo!.

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What the team is known for Maintains a robust global reputation for excellent corporate and investment funds expertise. Offers tremendous quality across the various offices, particularly in relation to Cayman law. Home to leading litigators with international experience in commercial disputes, as well as restructuring and insolvency.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "We found them extremely professional and very responsive, which is handy when working from different time zones, and they took a very practical approach in trying to solve the matter." 

International capability: "Very focused on their service; the input they give never lets the side down and is always helpful. They add a lot of value from their experience in other jurisdictions."

Work highlights Acted for Zolfo Cooper, as liquidators, on the USD100 million restructuring of Trident Microsystems, following insolvency proceedings in the Cayman Islands and parallel bankruptcy proceedings in the USA.

Advised Focus Media Holding on its USD3.7 billion privatisation through a Cayman statutory merger.

Notable practitioners

Cayman Islands-based Henry Smith is the global managing partner, Arabella di Iorio manages the BVI office and Tahir Jawed leads the Dubai practice. Shaun Denton and Andrew Doyle head the London and Dublin teams. In Asia, the teams in Hong Kong and Singapore are led by Gareth Griffiths and James Burch.

Significant clients Alibaba Group, Çukurova Group, Citi, KPMG, AirAsia.

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What the team is known for Jersey-headquartered firm making inroads in the offshore market, with excellent teams in its relatively new BVI and Hong Kong offices. Banking and finance matters form the bulk of its work, and it has an excellent track record of success in the litigation arena.

Work highlights Advised RBS and the Formula One Group on USD2.27 billion financing facilities provided to the latter for general corporate purposes.

Acted for Doric Nimrod Air Finance Alpha on its USD586 million purchase of four Airbus A380 aircrafts and subsequent lease to Emirates Airline.

Notable practitioners

Based in Jersey, Jonathan Rigby is the firm's global managing partner and is supported by leading litigator Jonathan Speck. The Guernsey practice is managed by Jessica Roland, and Paul Christopher spearheads the Hong Kong operation. Michael Williams leads the relatively new BVI practice, and Neal Lomax leads the Cayman group.

Significant clients Glencore International, Starwood, Credit Suisse.

Band 2 | Walkers

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What the team is known for Offshore heavyweight with an excellent reputation for major corporate transactions. Core strength in the Cayman Islands, the BVI and Asia, where it attracts some of the largest mandates in the region. Popular choice for investment funds, representing leading international fund managers and investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They've been great. Their substantive knowledge is huge and they are very thorough. They spot issues early, come up with solutions, are extremely responsive and have always done a good job at attending to our needs."

Work highlights Advised a consortium of investors, including Mubadala Development and Sony Corporation of America, on its USD2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing.

Acted for the syndicate of banks that provided a USD3.7 billion debt financing facility for the privatisation of Focus Media Holding.

Notable practitioners

Ingrid Pierce is the firm's global managing partner and is based in the Cayman Islands. Tim Buckley manages the Cayman and Dubai offices, splitting his time between the two. Jack Boldarin is in charge in London, and Garry Ferguson leads the team in Ireland. In Asia, Andy Randall and John Rogers are managing partners of the Hong Kong and Singapore offices, respectively.

Significant clients The Blackstone Group, CVC Capital, HarbourVest Partners, Alibaba Group.

Band 3 | Bedell Cristin

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What the team is known for Widely recognised for its distinguished offering in the Channel Islands and gaining prominence in the BVI, Mauritius and Singapore. Clients highly appreciate the firm's increasing international reach for their cross-border matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "An extremely good service. They are very responsive and easy to deal with, and turn things around very quickly." 

Work highlights Represented Healthcare Reit in its GBP1.9 billion acquisition of five residential care homes in the UK.

Notable practitioners 

Jersey-based Richard Gerwat is Bedell Cristin's managing partner, while insurance expert Mark Helyar is a key contact for the Guernsey practice. Stephen Adams leads the Singapore team and Valerie Georges-Thomas is the primary contact in the BVI.

Significant clients Aon, Barclays Bank, Grant Thornton, VTB Capital.

Band 3 | Carey Olsen

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What the team is known for A well-known name in the Channel Islands and quickly establishing a strong reputation in the Cayman Islands following the addition of an impressive team with expertise in investment funds. The firm further expanded its international network with the rebranding of Hempel and Boyd in the BVI.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "Carey Olsen has a very international perspective and is well connected to the major economies and offshore finance centres." 

What's new? Hempel and Boyd rebranded as Carey Olsen in the BVI in October 2013.

Work highlights Acted for ECM Equity Capital Management on the launch and final closing of its fund, German Equity Partners IV, which raised EUR230 million.

Notable practitioners

Corporate and finance partner Alex Ohlsson is a leading figure of the practice in Jersey. John Greenfield manages the Guernsey office and also heads the litigation team. Jason Allison leads the relatively new Cayman office, while Clinton Hempel is the primary contact in the BVI.

Significant clients Barclays, Citibank, HSBC, State Street.

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What the team is known for Best known for its BVI offering, remaining a strong offshore contender with a unique offering in Cyprus and Montevideo. Continues to expand its operations with key additions to its Cayman office and the establishment of a litigation group in London.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are very responsive and proactive - also, because they have lawyers in different jurisdictions, you get 24-hour service which is seamless and fantastic." 

Work highlights Advised Kaisa Property Group and Shimao Property Group on their senior note offerings of USD500 million and USD800 million respectively.

Notable practitioners

London-based Peter Tarn is the firm's managing partner, while Phillip Kite leads the global insolvency and litigation practice. In the BVI, Leonard Birmingham and Ross Munro head the global corporate and investment funds teams respectively. Marco Martins manages the Cayman office and Jonathan Culshaw leads the practice in Hong Kong.  

Significant clients Atlantic Security Bank, UniCredit, Reynolds Group, Sberbank, Virgin Group.

Band 3 | Ogier

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What the team is known for Esteemed Jersey firm with significant offshore capabilities thanks to its extensive global network of offices in key offshore hubs. Clients seek out the team's expertise in major cross-border transactions and investment funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "We found them to be very supportive and they cover all our offshore legal requirements."

Work highlights Advised TPG Capital on its investment in Summa Group's USD1 billion acquisition of a majority interest in Russia's Far-Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO).

Notable practitioners

Sarah Fitz is Ogier's chairwoman and is based in Jersey, where Matthew Swan leads the team. Esteemed litigator Michael Fay QC is the primary point of contact in the BVI, while Nicholas Plowman manages the Hong Kong practice.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, EFG International, The Blackstone Group, Citi, HSBC.

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