Offshore - Global-wide


Band 1 | Appleby

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What the team is known for An extensive global network provides clients with an excellent platform for cross-border matters, with dedicated teams across ten offices in key offshore jurisdictions. Bolstered its offering in Asia in 2014, having obtained a licence to provide offshore advice from its Shanghai office. Litigation is a core strength, with additional expertise in corporate and finance transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A strong global firm - they are commercially minded and have the resources."

"I like the ease at which the group passes my projects from one Appleby unit to another and co-ordinates a group-wide response to meet all my needs."

Work highlights The Cayman and Mauritius teams represented Kinetic Partners, as the joint official liquidators, in the winding-up of Trikona as a result of a shareholder dispute.

Advised Amgen on its subsidiary companies in Bermuda and the USD3.1 billion issuance of Class-A preferred stock to part-finance Amgen's acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners

Global chairman Frances Woo also manages the Hong Kong office. Kiernan Bell leads the Bermuda team, while Jeffrey Kirk and Bryan Hunter head the BVI and Cayman Islands offices, respectively. In Jersey, Michael Cushing is the leading figure and Faye Moffett heads the corporate practice in the Isle of Man.

Significant clients Zolfo Cooper, Hiscox, Canopius, HSBC, Credit Suisse.

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What the team is known for Outstanding Bermuda-headquartered firm, earning praise for the excellent quality of its teams, with capabilities in the BVI, London, Dubai, Mauritius and Hong Kong. Recognised for its involvement in some of the largest IPOs in the market, and for its insurance and corporate expertise. Also highly sought after for its extensive litigation experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Co-ordination between offices is strong - very good technical skills and highly pragmatic advice."

"They are prompt, helpful, well organised and service-oriented." 

Work highlights Acted for the underwriters, including Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, VTB Capital, JP Morgan, UBS and TPG Capital, on Lenta's USD4.3 billion IPO and listing on the Moscow and London stock exchanges.

Represented the provisional liquidator of Lehman Re in all aspects of the liquidation, involving assets in the USA and the Caribbean and proceedings in the USA and UK.

Notable practitioners 

Narinder Hargun is a go-to litigator in Bermuda and co-chairs the global practice alongside Hong Kong-based David Lamb. Robert Briant manages the BVI office, while the Mauritius team is led by Stephen Scali. In Asia, Christopher Bickley and Alan Dickson are key contacts in the Hong Kong and Singapore offices respectively.

Significant clients Diageo, AIG, Bank of America, Yahoo!, Ernst & Young.

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What the team is known for A dominant force in the offshore market, widely admired for the strength, breadth and depth of its team. Recognised for its unmatched investment funds capabilities as well as its robust team of litigators. Attracts an enviable clientele, including leading investment managers, private equity and hedge funds, financial institutions and multinational entities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are experts on Cayman law issues, have a global reach and are very attentive to their client."

"They are top notch, have a very deep bench of qualified lawyers and are able to get us what we need in a short amount of time."

Work highlights Acted for Amedeo on its USD8.3 billion order of 20 Airbus A380 aircraft, from both its Cayman Island and Ireland offices.

Assisted KKR with the establishment and launch of its USD6 billion KKR Asian Fund II.

Represented Standard Chartered Bank in the high-profile Arcapita Group provisional liquidation and Chapter 11 proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Henry Smith is the firm's global managing partner and is based in the Cayman Islands, where he is assisted by Paul Lumsden. Renowned litigator Arabella di Iorio heads the BVI office, and Tahir Jawed is the lead partner in Dubai. Shaun Denton recently relocated from the London office to take over as managing partner of the Hong Kong office, while the team in Singapore is led by James Burch. In London, Paul Govier is the key contact.

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Silver Lake Partners, Sun Capital Partners, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Alibaba Group.

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong foothold in the Channel Islands, with an increasing presence in the BVI, Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. Caters to clients' needs across the board, from corporate and finance transactions to funds and litigation. Highlighted for its unparalleled investment funds offering in Jersey.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I really like that they are very responsive – that is very important to the client in transactional work."

"The firm has a global vision and a commitment to providing service to its clients."

Work highlights Advised Arcapita Bank and its Cayman Islands subsidiary on its major Chapter 11 proceedings and restructuring.

Assisted Lloyds Bank Global Infrastructure with the formation and launch of its fourth infrastructure fund, Lloyds Bank Global Infrastructure Partners, targeting investments in the Australian market.

Notable practitioners 

Firm managing partner Jonathan Rigby is based in Jersey, as is first-rate litigator Jonathan Speck. Michael Williams and Peter Hayden lead the BVI and Cayman Island teams, respectively. Robert Duggan is the first point of contact in London, and the lead partner in Hong Kong is Paul Christopher.

Significant clients BC Partners, Starwood, Glencore International, L Capital Asia, HSBC.

Band 2 | Walkers

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What the team is known for Enjoys an excellent reputation for its corporate and investment funds offering, particularly relating to Cayman Islands and BVI offshore structures. Insolvency and restructuring is another key area, where the team represents major accountancy firms and leading financial institutions as well as hedge funds and private equity houses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They really do go the extra mile - they are very responsive and commercial, and also very pleasant to work with."

"Very high-end firm that does very good quality work, is very responsive, is involved in complex transactions and does a great job."

Work highlights Acted for Wing Hang Bank on the BVI aspects of its highly publicised sale to Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation.

Advised African Export-Import Bank on USD2.7 billion long-term financing and pre-delivery payment facilities to finance 20 aircraft for Kenya Airways.

Notable practitioners

Global managing partner Ingrid Pierce also leads the Cayman Islands investment funds team. Daniel Wood leads the team in Dubai, while Jack Boldarin heads the London practice. The Hong Kong and Singapore offices are managed by Andy Randall and John Rogers, respectively.

Significant clients Blackstone Group, Alibaba Group, Oaktree Capital Management, Apollo, Citigroup.

Band 3 | Bedell Cristin

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What the team is known for A strong choice in the Channel Islands, particularly in Jersey, with additional support from offices in Singapore, the BVI, Mauritius and London. Handles an array of matters ranging from M&A, financings and funds to litigation, insolvency and restructuring.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very efficient and responsive, with a good commercial approach and strong client management skills."

"Outstanding intellectual ability and legal knowledge allied to practicality and proportionality."

Work highlights Advised Health Care REIT on the Jersey law aspects of its USD4.3 billion purchase of Sunrise Senior Living's property portfolio.

Notable practitioners

Jersey-based Richard Gerwat is the firm's managing partner. Also in Jersey is Anthony Robinson, who heads the litigation group. Mark Helyar is a key contact in Guernsey, and Stephen Adams leads the Singapore office.

Significant clients Government Investment Corporation of Singapore, Santander, Aviva, Barclays, Deutsche Bank.

Band 3 | Carey Olsen

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What the team is known for Acclaimed Channel Islands firm with increasing presence in the Caribbean region. Substantial experience advising on multi-jurisdictional transactions, including major M&A, listings and financings. Also fields a robust litigation team that regularly handles high-profile insolvency and trust disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are our go-to people in the Channel Islands because they understand complex transactions and don't bury us in technical detail, but work with us to get it through and understand the timescales."

"They are very easy to work with and welcome you into their thinking - we therefore get the best result from the team as a whole."

Work highlights Advised Riverstone Energy on its USD1.2 billion multi-jurisdictional IPO and listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Assisted with the reorganisation of Gravis Capital Partners Infrastructure Fund by way of a Jersey scheme of arrangement.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner John Greenfield is a top litigator and the key contact in Guernsey, while Alex Ohlsson manages the Jersey office. The BVI and Cayman Islands offices are led by Clinton Hempel and Jarrod Farley, respectively.

Significant clients Lloyds Banking Group, Nordic Capital, Permira, Global Infrastructure Partners, West Face Capital.

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What the team is known for Top choice for BVI matters thanks to its extensive expertise and long-standing reputation in the local market. Strengthened its international offering with the launch of an office in Singapore, and significant bolstering of resources in its Hong Kong office. Noted for its litigation and insolvency capabilities, regularly receiving instructions on high-profile offshore disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It is the oldest and largest of the BVI firms - their expertise and market share reflect that."

"They are very helpful and very proactive, stay on top of things and update you, and offer real local insight."

What's new? Harneys opened an office in Singapore in April 2014.

Work highlights Advised L'Oréal on the Cayman Islands aspects of its USD843 million acquisition of Magic Holdings International by way of a Cayman Islands scheme of arrangement.

Successfully represented a Liechtenstein company in a dispute over the enforceability of a USD33 million Liechtenstein judgment, involving BVI assets.

Notable practitioners 

Peter Tarn is the firm's chairman and the managing partner of the London office. Highly experienced BVI practitioner Colin Riegels recently relocated from Hong Kong to manage the newly opened Singapore office, while Hong Kong-based Jonathan Culshaw is the Asia managing partner. Sheila George manages the BVI team and leads the private client group.

Significant clients TNK-BP, Quilvest, Zolfo Cooper, Bank of China (Hong Kong), Standard Chartered Bank.

Band 3 | Ogier

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What the team is known for Esteemed offshore firm noted for its investment funds offering, attracting top institutional investors, fund promoters and asset managers as clients. Singled out for its presence in Luxembourg, where it caters to all aspects of corporate and fund transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We find it helpful that they have expanded the network, so we can use them in Luxembourg as well as in the Channel Islands."

"The team is packed full of intelligent, proactive and gifted lawyers who bring a sensible, robust and commercial approach to their work."

"They are very good - they respond very quickly, are very familiar with BVI laws, and understand the court system and cross-border matters very well."

Work highlights Acted for Cinven and Partnership Assurance on their GBP1.54 billion IPO and listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Assisted Aravt Global with the Cayman aspects of the establishment of its Aravt Global Fund, a three-level master/feeder structure involving Delaware and Cayman feeders.

Notable practitioners

Raulin Amy is the managing partner in Jersey and also leads the corporate practice. Nicholas Plowman leads the investment funds team in Hong Kong and is the key contact in Asia. In the BVI, Simon Schilder leads the corporate group. James Bagnall is a prominent figure in the Cayman Islands.

Significant clients Randgold Resources, Citigroup, EFG International, Centerbridge Partners, Two Sigma Advisers.

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