Practical Law Company (PLC) Which Lawyer? magazine named Appleby winner of the inaugural Offshore Law Firm Super League 2009.
The PLC Which Lawyer? Offshore Super League is comprised of nine elite law firms which qualified for inclusion based on their existing endorsements by PLC Which Lawyer? in two or more offshore jurisdictions plus extensive research of PLC’s general counsel network, client feedback and lawyer peer reviews.
Appleby led the field with the most individual lawyer recommendations and jurisdictional recommendations in Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands, Isle of Man and Jersey.
The award recognises the firm’s ability to help global companies solve the complex problems that arise from doing business across borders with different regulatory, legal and commercial frameworks.
The winning citation stressed that ‘Appleby has transformed itself into one of the largest offshore players through a series of mergers and new office openings over the last few years.
‘Its most recent merger, with leading Manx firm Dickinson Cruickshank, has been a significant factor in it securing first place in the super league.’
Following the Isle of Man merger, Appleby has 74 partners globally – the largest number of any offshore firm. In 2009 Appleby also opened offices in the Seychelles and added a representative office in Bahrain to its global network, the firm said in a press statement.
Huw Moses, Appleby’s Global Managing Partner added: ‘We are delighted to have achieved this accolade. Our goal has been to become the leading provider of legal, fiduciary and administration services across the offshore world, and it is particularly important that our market leading position has been recognised by practitioners and clients through PLC Which Lawyer’s extensive research.’