Appleby firm appoints five newest partners

Now largest firm by the numbers

Offshore law firm Appleby has
attracted five new partners from leading offshore law firms for its Funds and
Investment Services and Banking and Asset Finance teams in the Corporate and
Commercial Practice Group.

As a result Appleby has pushed the
number of partners in the firm to 82 and that of lawyers to 211, thereby
consolidating its position as the largest offshore law firm by the number of
partners, according to The Lawyer’s 2010
Offshore Survey.

The new partners are Richard
Addlestone who joined Appleby’s Funds and Investment Services team in the
Cayman Islands from Walkers, where he was also a partner.

He has over 16 years experience
and specialises in private equity and hedge funds. Mr. Addlestone also advises
on captive insurance, reinsurance and general corporate issues.

Julian
Black has joined the Banking and
Asset Finance team in the Cayman Islands office.   He was also formerly a partner at Walkers,
and specialises in debt and equity financings as well as advising on bank
lending and taking security, bond issues, repackagings, project finance,
securitisation, IPOs, NASDAQ listings and rights issues.

As a new member to the Hong
Kong office since April Matthew Stocker
is part of the Banking and Asset Finance team. He was previously a partner at
Maples and Calder in the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong and specialises in
finance, banking, asset finance, structured finance, debt and equity financings
and capital markets.

Matthew
Feargrieve will join the Zurich
office in May in the Funds and Investment Services team to focus on Cayman
funds and private equity.  He was
previously a partner at Mourant in London, specialising in investment funds and
corporate finance.

James Gaudin will join the
Jersey office in August. He was previously a partner and head of Jersey
Corporate at Walkers and advises on corporate and commercial issues, with an
emphasis on finance, capital markets and funds.

In addition to the new partner
appointments, partner Gray Smith, who
joined Appleby in April 2009, has
now transferred to the London office where he will lead the London-based Funds
and Investment Services team. Prior to joining Appleby, Gray was London
managing partner at Ogier and previously a partner at Maples and Calder.

Commenting on these appointments, Cayman
Managing Partner Huw Moses said, “The strategic hire of these leading lawyers adds
significant strength to Appleby’s highly-regarded Corporate and Commercial Practice
Group, further enhancing the service we offer clients, particularly here in Cayman
as we welcome Julian and Richard.”

He added that “[o]ne of the firm’s key
strategic goals for 2010 is to
continue our substantial investment in the right partners to underscore our position
as a global leading law firm and our ability to offer clients an extensive
range of jurisdictions and services that exceeds any other offshore firm.”

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