ASW Law is a leading, specialist corporate and commercial law firm based in Bermuda. The firm’s barristers and attorneys have extensive legal experience in both Bermuda and a number of foreign jurisdictions. Many of its lawyers have practiced at the Bar in England or at leading law firms in London, New York, Frankfurt, South Africa, Argentina and the Cayman Islands. A number of the firm’s partners and senior counsel hold or have held senior positions within the Bermuda Government and the Bermuda regulator, the Bermuda Monetary Authority, or sit on a number of Bermuda Government advisory committees.
The firm’s corporate and insolvency groups are internationally recognised by clients and peers and the firm has the premier commercial litigation and arbitration practice in Bermuda, widely considered to be pre-eminent in insurance and reinsurance law. The firm also has extensive expertise in the areas of corporate, aircraft registration and finance, banking and hedge fund litigation, fraud litigation, shipping and admiralty disputes, telecommunications disputes, trusts disputes and international arbitration. Six of the firm’s lawyers, Rod S Attride-Stirling, Jan Woloniecki, Neil Horner, Kehinde George and Mark Cran QC are listed as leaders in their respective areas of practice. The firm’s associated entity, Compass Administration Services Ltd, provides corporate administration services to Bermuda local and exempted companies and partnerships.
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The corporate department services businesses worldwide and is adept at dealing with complicated structures and difficult legal issues in a commercially relevant way. The firm values responsiveness and a clear thinking approach. The firm provides Bermuda law advice relevant to a multitude of transaction and industry types, including with respect to aircraft registration and finance, insurance and reinsurance, banking and finance, funds and telecommunications and technology. The firm regularly advises clients on all aspects of general corporate law, including: capital raisings and debt offerings, company migrations, corporate restructuring, incorporations (funds, insurance, reinsurance and segregated cell companies), joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, public and private share offerings, shareholder agreements, private equity / venture capital, solvent schemes of arrangement and trusts.
The firm has a highly experienced and sophisticated team of litigation, arbitration and ADR practitioners, drawn from first class UK and US firms and the English bar. The firm has the most specialised team of dispute lawyers in Bermuda, including a number of senior and highly experienced, internationally recognised trial and appellate advocates. The litigation department has for many years advised international clients on disputes relating to a broad range of areas, including: banking and financial services, corporate and securities, fraud and asset recovery, funds (the firm is presently engaged in a number of high profile hedge fund cases, both in Bermuda and in the US, UK and Europe, arising from the Madoff scandal and other notorious frauds), insolvency and shipping and admiralty. The firm is also pre-eminent in insurance and reinsurance. The firm’s Head of Litigation, Jan Woloniecki, is coauthor of Sweet & Maxwell’s ‘The Law of Reinsurance’ (3rd Ed. by O’Neill & Woloniecki) and is recognised globally as a market leader in the field. The firm is well known in the international (re)insurance markets and acts regularly for North American insurance and reinsurance companies, Lloyd’s syndicates, London market and European companies, Bermuda reinsurance, captives and captive management companies, brokers and underwriting agents. Members of the litigation team have also accepted international arbitration appointments and acted as expert witnesses on English and Bermuda reinsurance law. The litigation department also specialises in trusts and estates disputes and has in the past acted in numerous disputes on behalf of settlers, beneficiaries and protectors of Bermuda trusts, and is currently engaged in a number of complex, high value trusts disputes on behalf of beneficiaries.
The firm acts for a variety of major international companies (quoted in Bermuda, the UK, US, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bermuda-based and overseas insurance/reinsurance companies and intermediaries, captive insurers, investment managers, hedge funds, joint ventures, trusts and beneficiaries. The firm is often instructed by liquidators and large international law firms based in the UK, US, Caribbean and many other jurisdictions.