Appleby Spurling Hunter has welcomed two well known and highly rated attorneys to its British Virgin Islands office (BVI). James Hilsdon and Jacqueline Daley join the firm as associates, both having practised at leading law firms in the BVI.
The firm receives considerable interest from Asia, North America and Europe regarding its ability to serve clients in the BVI, according to a press release.
Since the Appleby Spurling Hunter launch in 2004, the firm’s BVI office has expanded to include 11 associates and support staff, with a total of 15 admissions to the BVI bar across the firm.
These significantly increased capabilities provide Appleby with the ability to service its BVI clientele as well as clients with interests in this region of the Caribbean.
James Hilsdon joins the firm as the Local Practice Group Head of Litigation and Insolvency. His areas of expertise include Commercial and Civil Litigation as well as Insolvency, Fraud and Trust Litigation.
Mr. Hilsdon graduated from the University of Cambridge, where he received 1st class honours. He was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1993 and is a member of Lincoln’s Inn.
He was called to the Bar in both the BVI and Anguilla in 2003. Prior to joining the firm, James practised law at Clifford Chance in London for three years before moving on to another major firm in the BVI for two years.
Jacqueline Daley joins the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Practice Group and has over 6 years experience covering all aspects of BVI law in the areas of corporate and commercial and banking and finance.
In addition, Ms Daley has extensive experience with respect to mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, continuations into and out of the BVI and the formation of partnerships, special purpose vehicles and joint venture companies.
She has acted as legal adviser to several BVI companies listed on stock exchanges in the US, UK, Singapore and Canada. She advised the BVI company which had the largest market capitalisation on AIM and the only BVI company to undergo the process of delisting from a stock exchange (Nasdaq).
Ms Daley routinely provides advice to banks, international law firms and BVI companies on various aspects of debt issuance and debt restructuring. She is one of a few BVI practitioners who have advised a company in administrative receivership under the BVI Insolvency Act, 2003.
Managing Partner for the Cayman and BVI offices Huw Moses welcomed the new associates. ‘We are very pleased to be able to attract talented and knowledgeable associates such as James and Jacqueline to our rapidly expanding BVI office. Their extensive experience is an asset to the firm and we welcome them,’ he said.
Appleby Spurling Hunter, named Offshore Law Firm of the Year, 2005 by Chambers Global, provides sophisticated, specialised offshore legal services. With more than 430 lawyers and staff, the organisation is positioned in the key offshore jurisdictions of Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, as well as the financial centres of London and Hong Kong.