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Conyers Dill & Pearman - Offshore Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Continues to be noted as an outstanding choice for transactional and contentious matters in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and its home jurisdiction of Bermuda. Regularly mandated on high-value IPOs and debt capital markets issuances, as well as being applauded for its understanding of Bermudian regulatory insurance issues. Conyers is also differentiated from most other offshore firms by its Mauritius office, which counsels a predominantly African and Indian client base on a wide range of Mauritian-law transactions, including fund launches. Clients also value the firm's well-established offices in London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Strengths Interviewees remark on its "thorough knowledge of BVI law, coupled with a superb understanding of the client's business and needs." Sources also praise the "depth of knowledge they demonstrate in dealing with commercial and trust litigation."

Conyers lawyers are said to be "technically very good" and to possess "a City attitude towards executing deals."

One onshore counsel remarked: "Every time I've gone to Conyers they've got the job done so I've never felt the need to look elsewhere."

Work highlights Continued to act as BVI litigation counsel to Ziraat Bank in its long-running dispute against Çukurova Telecom, now valued at over USD1.5 billion.

Advised Ronshine China Holdings on the Cayman law elements of its HKD1.81 billion IPO.

The Bermuda office assisted Bacardi with an offering of 2.75% notes due 2026, the aggregate principal amount of which was USD500 million.

Significant clients Pepsi, Schroders, Qatar Investment Authority, Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley Bank.

Notable practitioners The firm's co-chairs are David Lamb, based in Hong Kong, and Narinder Hargun, based in Bermuda.

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Maples and Calder - Offshore Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offshore heavyweight with a formidable market share when it comes to Cayman Islands-domiciled investment funds and corporate finance matters. Alongside its enduring on-the-ground strength in Cayman, it services a substantial amount of Cayman work from its offices in London, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Also advises on transactional matters governed by the laws of the BVI and the Republic of Ireland, with its Dublin office increasingly well regarded for investment fund and aviation finance matters.

Strengths Clients observe that the team is "very responsive, very thorough and they always take the time to give a thoughtful and substantive response."

Sources state that "they they do a very good job of understanding broader market developments and seeing the big picture."

The firm is consistently noted as "an extremely strong global firm: they are sophisticated lawyers and have excellent clients." Moreover, Maples and Calder is widely regarded as "the go-to firm for Cayman legal matters."

Work highlights The team was Cayman counsel to Herbalife regarding its receipt of both a USD1.3 billion term loan and a USD150 million revolving credit facility.

Advised Pacific Exploration & Production on the BVI law issues underpinning its debt restructuring, as a result of which the company's overall debt was reduced from USD5.4 billion to USD250 million.

The Dubai office acted for Unity 1 Sukuk - a special purpose vehicle established by Etihad - on the Cayman aspects of its USD1.5 billion sukuk issuance.

Significant clients Blackstone, UBS Asset Management, Macquarie, Alibaba Group Holdings.

Notable practitioners Cayman Islands-based Alasdair Robertson is the firm's global managing partner. Other key contacts include Nicholas Butcher in Dublin, Tahir Jawed in Dubai and Michael Gagie in Singapore.

About the Team (content provided by Maples and Calder)

Maples and Calder is a leading international law firm advising financial, institutional, business and private clients around the world on the laws of the Cayman Islands, Ireland and the British Virgin Islands. Maples and Calder has offices in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, London and Singapore.

With a reputation as an innovative, entrepreneurial firm, Maples and Calder is known worldwide as a market leader with highly qualified lawyers who are specialists in their respective practice areas.



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Walkers - Offshore Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Applauded for its depth of expertise in offshore transactional work, with a long history at the forefront of the Cayman investment funds market in particular. Also noted for its long-standing presence in Asia, with high-quality teams in both Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as a relatively large team of lawyers in Dubai. The firm's transactional expertise is increasingly matched by its prowess in dispute resolution, with restructuring and insolvency mandates a particular forte. Over the last decade Walkers has greatly expanded its range of product jurisdictions, opening in the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and Bermuda - the last of these via an association with local start-up Taylors.

Strengths Commentators acknowledge that Walkers is "a top-notch firm both in Cayman and in the offshore world generally - they have significant breadth and depth." In particular, interviewees highlight the firm as "a very strong brand" in both the Cayman and British Virgin Islands.

One client noted: "We get the same fantastic and responsive service regardless of which office we are dealing with."

The firm's lawyers are praised as "consummate professionals who know exactly what they need to do and do it very efficiently."

Work highlights The Hong Kong office advised investment holding company Tencent on the Cayman law issues relating to its USD3 billion acquisition of China Music Corporation.

The Dubai office acted as BVI counsel to Amazon regarding its USD650 million acquisition of Dubai-based e-commerce platform Souq.com.

Significant clients The Carlyle Group, Blackstone, PwC, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.

Notable practitioners Global managing partner Ingrid Pierce is based in the Cayman Islands. Dublin managing partner Garry Ferguson is another key contact, as is Jersey managing partner Jonathan Heaney. A key contact in Asia is Hong Kong managing partner Andy Randall.

About the Team (content provided by Walkers)

Walkers is a leading international law firm. We advise on the laws of Bermuda*, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey.

We provide legal, corporate and fiduciary services to global corporations, financial institutions, capital markets participants and investment fund managers. Our clients are the most innovative firms and institutions across the financial markets, and rely on us for our ability to provide solutions to their most important legal and business issues. We develop globally-minded, entrepreneurial lawyers who are experts in their field and committed to client service. Walkers is consistently ranked in the top tier of the leading global legal directories. Recognized for being a 'dynamic team that is very user friendly', a regular comment by clients is that Walkers is the "go-to" firm for offshore legal advice.

*In Bermuda, Walkers works in exclusive association with Taylors, a full service commercial law firm providing advice on all aspects of Bermuda law with particular emphasis on matters of corporate and international finance law and insolvency and dispute resolution.


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Appleby - Offshore Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected firm with an unparalleled global network. Able to offer advice on the laws of Bermuda, the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Mauritius and the Seychelles, among other jurisdictions. Particularly acclaimed for its dispute resolution capabilities, with its teams in the Caribbean and the Isle of Man regularly appointed on some of the highest-profile cases in their jurisidictions. In Bermuda the firm also excels at insurance-related corporate work, including M&A and debt securities issuances.

Strengths One client said: "The team is extremely knowledgeable and responsive. They have deep resources and are willing to be flexible in order to work with time differences and budget considerations. The quality of work is superb."

Sources consider the firm to be "very clear and concise in their advice" and to bring a "commercial and responsive" attitude to its work.

Commentators particularly value the size of Appleby's global network. In the words of one source, "it gives them greater breadth and depth - and if you're working on a matter involving many jurisdictions you can get all your advice in one place."

Work highlights Successfully obtained an abbreviated winding-up order on behalf of C&J Energy in Bermuda following the company's entry into US Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, in light of its USD1.4 billion indebtedness.

Advised Euro Garages on the Jersey aspects of its GBP1 billion merger with the European Forecourt Retail Group.

Counselled Indian-listed UPL Corporation on the Mauritius elements of a USD500 million note issuance.

Significant clients Unilever, Allianz Re Bermuda, Kylin Asset Management.

Notable practitioners Hong Kong managing partner Cameron Adderley is global head of corporate. The global head of dispute resolution is Andrew Bolton, based in the Cayman Islands.

About the Team (content provided by Appleby)

Appleby are a leading offshore law firm with around 470 people, including 60 partners, operating from 10 offices around the globe. They advise global public and private companies, financial institutions, and high net worth individuals, working with them and their advisers to achieve practical solutions, whether in a single location or across multiple jurisdictions.
Appleby represents combined ingenuity and talent taken from all of the most significant international offshore financial centres, and is focused on the development of new products and the provision of effective service to its many international clients.

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Mourant Ozannes - Offshore Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Continues to be regarded by industry insiders as the pre-eminent law firm for Jersey-domiciled investment funds. Possesses a similarly strong reputation across the full spectrum of corporate law in the Channel Islands, and is notable for achieving top-tier status for dispute resolution in both Jersey and Guernsey. Acknowledged for its strong teams in London, Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands, and is also a rising force in the BVI. Acts on the full range of offshore mandates for a client base that includes major investment banks, high-profile corporations and asset managers.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's particular strength in Jersey-domiciled investment funds, noting that it combines "depth of knowledge with an excellent service culture."

One onshore counsel described Mourant as "a preferred firm" to work with, "particularly due to their London-based team qualified in Cayman law, which makes meeting client deadlines and delivering an efficient product easier than if we were working across time zones."

Sources describe working with the firm as "a pleasant experience," with one adding: "They managed a large, complex project very well."

Work highlights Acted for MML Capital Partners on the launch of a sixth mezzanine debt fund, structured as a Jersey Expert Fund, which closed with capital commitments of more than EUR400 million.

The Hong Kong office advised the lenders, including the Export-Import Bank of China, on the Cayman aspects of a loan facility valued at more than USD1 billion provided to Pakistan-incorporated Karot Power under China's One Belt, One Road development initiative.

Continued to represent Ahmad Hamad Al Gosaibi & Brothers in the Cayman litigation forming part of its long-running and high-profile fraud claim against Saudi businessman Maan Al Sanea and the Saad Group.

Significant clients Al Khalij Commercial Bank, Glencore, Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority.

Notable practitioners Global managing partner Jonathan Rigby is based in Jersey. Peter Hayden is Cayman Islands managing partner and Paul Christopher is the key point of contact in Hong Kong.

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Carey Olsen - Offshore Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Remains noted as one of the leading firms in the Channel Islands, with a market-leading reputation for high-value M&A, financings and fund launches, as well as contentious matters of all types. Has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Cayman Islands and BVI, possessing a particularly strong reputation for dispute resolution in both jurisdictions. Continues to build out its team in Asia following its opening of offices in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Strengths Numerous sources regard Carey Olsen as a "go-to firm for Jersey advice," emphasising the way in which it "balances the commercial needs of transactional parties with an appreciation of the unique Jersey-law characteristics of a deal."

Interviewees point to the "talented and experienced lawyers" within the firm, adding that "they always respond quickly and with very detailed advice."

Work highlights Advised Liberty Media on the Jersey and BVI elements of its USD8 billion acquisition of the Formula 1 motorsports business.

Guernsey counsel to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the launch of Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5, valued at EUR4 billion at its final close.

Advised Aurelius Capital Management and Alden Global Capital, as noteholders of OAS Finance and OAS Investments, on BVI insolvency issues arising from the Brazilian bankruptcy proceedings of the OAS Group.

Significant clients Bain Capital, Wells Fargo, Canary Wharf Group.

Notable practitioners A key contact in the Channel Islands is Jersey managing partner Alex Ohlsson. Jarrod Farley is a key contact in the Cayman Islands, while Linda Lee is a key contact in Singapore.

About the Team (content provided by Carey Olsen)

Carey Olsen is a market leading offshore law firm. We deliver exceptional services to our clients from the key offshore financial centres of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. We also have offices in Cape Town, Hong Kong, the City of London and Singapore.

We are a full service law firm working across banking and finance, corporate and M&A, investment funds and private equity, trusts and private wealth, dispute resolution, insolvency and property law.

We employ 400 people and our 50-plus partners head up a total complement of over 200 lawyers. Our clients include global financial institutions, investment funds, private equity houses, multinational corporations, public organisations, sovereign wealth funds, high net worth individuals, family offices, directors, trustees and private clients.

We work alongside all of the major onshore law firms, accountancy firms and insolvency practitioners on corporate transactions and matters involving our jurisdictions.

Our advice is delivered by an approachable and experienced team of globally-minded lawyers who work in partnership with our clients to help them achieve their objectives. We have the expertise and resources to handle the most complex international transactions combined with a personal approach to business.

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Harney Westwood & Riegels - Offshore Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Remains synonymous with BVI corporate law, fielding the largest team of lawyers in the jurisdiction. Its on-the-ground expertise in the BVI is bolstered by additional resources based across its global network, particularly in London and Hong Kong. Harneys is also distinguished by its substantial and well-established Anguilla practice, centred at its BVI office, as well as by its increasingly well-regarded Cyprus office, which earns high praise for corporate and finance transactional matters.

Strengths Clients rate the team as "very prompt, succinct and business-oriented," noting that its lawyers are "easy to work with" and provide "clear advice."

Interviewees praise the co-ordination between the firm's offices in Asia and the Caribbean, observing that "they're very good at dealing with Asia-Pacific matters."

Clients go on to say: "They're strategic and commercial in their advice," while peers single out the London office in particular as "a very strong team."

Work highlights Acted for lead arranger VTB Capital in respect of both the Cayman and BVI legal issues underpinning a USD3.9 billion syndicated loan to the Essar Group.

Assisted Volcan Holdings with its GBP2 billion investment in Anglo American through the issuance of mandatory exchangeable bonds due 2020.

Significant clients Rosneft, Everest Capital, Banco do Brasil, UTi Worldwide, SIFCO5.

Notable practitioners Firm chairman Peter Tarn is based in the BVI. Additional key contacts include Phillip Kite and Jonathan Culshaw, who are London and Hong Kong managing partners respectively.

About the Team (content provided by Harney Westwood & Riegels)

Harneys is a global offshore law firm with more than 12 offices spanning the world. We are trusted legal advisers to an international client base including all of the world’s top 30 international law firms and 18 of the world’s 20 largest banks and financial institutions. We regularly work alongside professional advisers from around the world providing legal services relating to British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Anguilla and Cyprus law.


Our lawyers, many of whom are from top international law firms and finance centres, have exceptional skills and experience. They are characterised by their commitment to excellence, providing expert, and results-driven client service that meet our clients’ commercial goals. As a result, the world’s leading independent ranking directories consistently call our lawyers knowledgeable, experienced and responsive and rank Harneys as one of the world’s top offshore legal practices.


Harneys' associated corporate and private wealth services business, Harneys Fiduciary, delivers a full complement of corporate and fiduciary services in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Cyprus. Our product range also includes New Zealand, Hong Kong and Barbados and we are expanding regularly to meet the evolving needs of our clients.

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Ogier - Offshore Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Channel Islands stalwart that maintains its market-leading reputation for corporate and finance matters in Jersey and is also well regarded in Guernsey. In the Caribbean, the firm's offices continue to grow their reputation, particularly in the transactional arena, and are regularly mandated on some of the most significant matters in both Cayman and the BVI. Ogier is also distinguished among major offshore firms for its success in penetrating the Luxembourg market, where it receives particular plaudits for its handling of high-value fund launches and financing work.

Strengths Onshore counsel say: "They are extremely responsive, both to our own and the client's needs," adding that "they are very adept at dealing with US firms - they're really good at adopting the same professional language, terms and culture for a US-led deal."

Clients describe the firm as "very responsive and easy to work with."

Sources observe that the firm is "synonymous with Jersey" and that "their approach is very commercial."

Work highlights Advised ERG on the BVI portion of two parallel financing facilities totalling USD5.6 billion.

Provided Jersey law advice to Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC in connection with its acquisition of P3 Logistics Parks.

Significant clients Och Ziff Real Estate Acquisitions, Ping An Insurance, Centerbridge Partners, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Notable practitioners Edward Mackereth, based in Jersey, is the firm's global managing partner. Another key contact is head of global investment funds Giorgio Subiotto, who is based in the Cayman Islands. François Pfister is the practice partner for Luxembourg.

About the Team (content provided by Ogier)

Ogier provides legal advice on BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law. Our network of locations also includes Hong Kong, London, Shanghai and Tokyo.

Legal services for the corporate and financial sectors form the core of our business, principally in the areas of banking and finance, corporate and commercial, investment funds, dispute resolution, private equity and private wealth. We also have strong practices in the areas of employee benefits and incentives, employment law, regulatory, restructuring and insolvency and property.

Our corporate administration business, Ogier Global, works closely with Ogier's partner-led legal teams to incorporate and administer a wide variety of vehicles, offering clients integrated legal and corporate administration services.

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Bedell Cristin - Offshore Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Consistently highlighted as one of the most impressive law firms in the Channel Islands. Sources draw particular attention to its Jersey office, noting it as a strong choice to handle corporate, finance and investment fund mandates. Its Jersey-based transactional expertise is matched by a top-tier litigation team. The firm is also increasingly in demand for high-value transactional matters in the BVI, leveraging its on-the-ground presence in the jurisdiction alongside seasoned BVI advisers based in Jersey and Singapore.

Strengths Clients say Bedell Cristin is "well used to dealing with cross-border matters and therefore to working as a team with multiple firms and parties."

Onshore lawyers praise the firm's responsiveness, noting its team as "practical in their advice" and possessed of "a clear understanding of BVI law."

Work highlights A team led from the Jersey office advised Gett Taxi on the BVI side of its USD200 million acquisition of Juno.

Significant clients FirstRand Bank, Credit Suisse.

Notable practitioners David Cadin is the firm's managing partner and is based in Jersey. Alasdair Hunter is also based in Jersey and is a key contact for BVI matters.

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Collas Crill - Offshore Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact global firm that remains a strong player in the Channel Islands, being particularly well regarded for dispute resolution. In recent years the firm has expanded significantly, adding Cayman and the BVI to its list of product jurisdictions following mergers with well-established firms in each of those jurisdictions. The team advises on the full range of fund launches and corporate finance mandates, and continues to impress an expanding client base that comprises a number of well-known asset managers and financial institutions.

Strengths Clients say: "They always provide commercially sound advice, especially in respect of fund structures that might be slightly unusual or require complex structuring."

Work highlights Counselled BioMedInvest on the launch of its third Guernsey-domiciled venture capital healthcare fund.

Significant clients Butterfield Bank, Channel Islands Property Fund.

Notable practitioners Managing partner Jason Romer is based in Guernsey. Other key contacts include Nuno Santos-Costa in Jersey and Alan de Saram in the Cayman Islands.

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