Offshore law firms, Appleby Spurling Hunter and Jersey-based Bailhache Labesse, have formally completed their merger as of Friday.
First announced in May 2006, the combined group is now called Appleby Hunter Bailhache and is the only offshore provider of legal, fiduciary and administration services with a major presence in four of the world’s leading offshore business centres – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Jersey – as well as offices in London and Hong Kong. It boasts significant collective resources, including approximately 600 lawyers and staff worldwide (45 partners), states a press release.
‘Appleby Hunter Bailhache offers improved services to both existing and new clients. In particular, the new group’s strength and depth across multiple jurisdictions enables Appleby Hunter Bailhache to give clients access to impartial offshore guidance and experience, as well as a talented pool of lawyers in any of its locations. We are able to service international clients in any of our jurisdictions as well as expand our global resources to the benefit of our Cayman-based clients,’ states Huw Moses Cayman managing partner.
The new group’s key strengths continue to be in the areas of corporate and commercial advice, insurance, funds and investment services, asset finance, banking, capital markets, dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring, trusts and real property, telecommunications and technology. Complementing the firm’s offshore legal services are trust, corporate administration as well as company accounting and management services.
Peter Bubenzer, Global Managing Partner concludes: ‘Our strategy is to be the leading provider of legal, fiduciary and administration services in the offshore world. We now have strength and depth across multiple jurisdictions which will help to position us as the first choice for clients in the offshore world.’
New group structure:
Group Managing Partner – Peter Bubenzer
Group Chief Executive Officer – James Jardine.
The Managing Partners of Appleby Hunter Bailhache’s regional offices are:
Bermuda – Shaun Morris
Cayman and BVI – Huw Moses
Hong Kong – Frances Woo
Jersey – Michael O’Connell
London – Warren Cabral.
The practice areas and affiliate companies are led by the following partners:
Corporate & Commercial – Group Head, Judith Collis (Bermuda office)
Litigation & Insolvency – Group Head, Andrew Bolton (Cayman office)
Property – Group Head, John Bisson (Jersey office)
Trusts – Group Head, Timothy Faries (Bermuda office)
Fiduciary & Administration Services- Farah Ballands (Jersey office)
Appleby Hunter Bailhache is a leading provider of sophisticated offshore legal, fiduciary and administration services. The Group has approximately 600 lawyers and staff in the major offshore jurisdictions of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and Jersey as well as the financial centres of Hong Kong and London.