What the team is known for Distinguished by its extensive global network, encompassing offices in all major offshore financial centres, as well as an established presence in Hong Kong. Sources acknowledge the firm's enduring strength in its home jurisdiction of Bermuda, as well as its dominant positions in the Mauritius, Seychelles and the Isle of Man markets. Dispute resolution remains a particular forte, with its Cayman Islands trust litigation team highlighted as a stand-out.
Strengths The team is applauded for the manner in which it is able to steer clients through the finer points of the law. One source said: "I want to know what the general principles are, where the laws deviate, and get practical advice. I found Appleby were willing to work that way, and they're good at it."
The firm's broad geographical reach is cited as one of its defining strengths, giving it a "very competitive advantage." Sources state that, when working with Appleby, "it is very easy to put together a team involving multiple jurisdictions."
Commentators note that the lawyers "understand the detail of fund structures," marrying this with a "very good intellectual knowledge of how to deal with complex disputes."
Work highlights Acted as Bermuda counsel to PartnerRe throughout its 2015 plans to merge with Axis Capital and on the ultimate completion of its USD6.9 billion combination with Italian-owned EXOR.
Represented the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man in a dispute involving issues of Crown immunity regarding the appointment of the dependency's former Attorney General.
Advised GIC Private, the investment arm of the government of Singapore, on the Mauritian aspects of its GBP162.8 million acquisition of Greenko Mauritius.
Significant clients Morgan Stanley, The Carlyle Group/Veritas Group, Washington Special Opportunity Fund, KPMG.
Tim Faries is the Bermuda office managing partner. Jeffrey Kirk is responsible for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) office, while Malcolm Moller is the managing partner of the Mauritius, Seychelles and Shanghai offices. Other key contacts include Michael Cushing in Jersey, Faye Moffett in the Isle of Man, and Frances Woo in Hong Kong.