Appleby creates two new partners

Appleby has promoted two more lawyers to partner in its Cayman office.

Simon Raftopoulos and Graeme Halkerston are part of a worldwide promotion drive by the law firm that has seen four associates make partnership and five become counsel.

It takes to 59, the number of partners and 18, the complement of counsel, Appleby has worldwide among 160-plus lawyers.

Mr. Raftopoulos joined Appleby in 2006 from one of the leading and largest Irish law firms, Matheson Ormsby Prentice, where he was a member of the banking and financial services group.

At Appleby, he sits in the banking and asset finance team within the corporate and commercial practice group. He specialises in advising on structured finance, acquisition finance, general banking and asset financing.

Mr. Halkerston has more than 12 years of litigation and insolvency experience.

He joined Appleby in 2007 and is a member of the litigation and insolvency practice group and the fund disputes team.

He advises on commercial and banking law issues including those with an international element.

He has acted in many commercial and funds disputes in Cayman.

Mr. Halkerston joined Appleby from the Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC at One Essex Court, where he was a barrister.

‘The appointment of our new partners and counsel spans four of our eight global offices,’ said Huw Moses, managing partner in Cayman. ‘Our strategic goal for 2009 will be to continue the work of developing the Appleby Group’s offering of first class offshore legal, fiduciary and administration services to our clients.’