A five-fold milestone for Appleby

In
April 2010, Appleby marked a five-fold milestone with the simultaneous
admission of attorneys Rory Todd, Alison Cole, Joanne Collett, Nicholas Davies
and Bonnie Douglas who represent a cross-section of the firm’s practice and
specialist areas. Two other lawyers, Pamella Mendez and Samuel Banks were also
admitted in March.

Rory
Todd transfers from Appleby’s London office as Senior Counsel in the Funds and
Investment Services team of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group.  A graduate of Cambridge University, Mr. Todd
was admitted in 1984 as a Solicitor in England and Wales and practised with
Richards Butler for ten years in London and Tokyo.  He previously practised as an attorney-at-law
in the Cayman Islands and was originally admitted to the Grand Court in 1994
when he joined Hunter & Hunter.  He
opened the London office of Hunter & Hunter in 2001 and worked there with
Appleby (following the merger of Appleby and Hunter & Hunter) until his
recent return to Cayman. Mr. Todd’s practice focuses on investment funds,
corporate finance, project and other types of international finance and joint
ventures.

Alison
Cole joins the Banking and Asset Finance team of the Corporate and Commercial
Practice Group.  She is a Solicitor of
the Supreme Court of England and Wales having been admitted to practice in
2006.  Prior to joining Appleby, Ms Cole
was an Associate in the Energy, Structured Trade and Commodities team of Norton
Rose LLP in Paris.  Before joining Norton
Rose, she trained and practised as an Associate with Weil, Gotshal and Manges
LLP in London and New York.  She obtained
a Bachelor of Arts degree from the American University, in Washington DC, a
Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law of England and Wales and
undertook the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School. 

Joanne
Collett joins the Litigation and Insolvency Practice Group representing clients
in contentious and non-contentious matters including commercial disputes.   Ms Collett has primarily represented insolvency
practitioners; banks and other secured creditors, as well as other commercial
clients.  She is a Barrister and a
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia having been admitted to
practice in 2002, and has also been admitted to the High Court and Federal
Courts of Australia, and as an Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law in New York,
First Department, and the Southern District of New York. Prior to joining
Appleby, Ms Collett was an attorney in the Financial Restructuring Group of New
York law firm, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP where she gained
experience in various bankruptcy related matters, including the historic Lehman
Brothers Chapter 11 cases.  Joanne
graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Legal Practice from Flinders University in South
Australia and also has a Bachelor of Management (Marketing) from the University
of South Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Military Law from the Australian National
University.

Nicholas
Davies also joins the Banking and Asset Finance team and the Insurance team of
the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group, specialising in corporate finance,
private equity, capital markets and banking transactions.  Mr. Davies trained with Linklaters LLP in
London, Amsterdam and Moscow, and qualified into the Equity and Debt Capital
Markets department as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in
2006.  He practised in Linklaters’ London
and Moscow offices, principally advising international investment banks on debt
capital markets transactions, with a focus on Russia and the CIS region, and
also advised on equity capital markets and other corporate finance work. 

Bonnie
Douglas joins Appleby’s growing Immigration and Employment Services team.  Having worked with organisations in the US
and New Zealand, Ms Douglas has extensive interest and experience in the field
of human rights having spent significant time working with the Maori in New
Zealand as part of her practice with the leading Wellington firm of Kensington
Swan.  She was admitted as a Barrister
and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2002, and has been involved
in Cayman in various Immigration appeals in Cayman.

“Bonnie’s
previous experience compliments our practice well.  Two young Caymanian lawyers, Pamella Mendez
and Nathania Pearson have both joined the team in the last six months and due
to the strong demand from clients, we plan to expand the practice with more
recruits in the pipeline,” said Local Team Leader of the Immigration and
Employment team Nicolas Joseph.

“Appleby
has strong Caymanian roots and we intend to emphasise and grow our ability to
provide effective support for local businesspersons and companies and, along
with our Property Practice Group, serve the Cayman Islands community.  With our growth, and that of our Property
Practice which recently welcomed former Walkers partner, Sonia Starvis, we have
substantial experience in serving our local community.  We are uniquely placed to do so with the
support of our multi-jurisdictional office network which forms the world’s
largest offshore law firm.”

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