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Legal market overview

Being at the centre of the increasing convergence of the capital markets and insurance and reinsurance industries, Bermuda is a recognised jurisdiction for the development of sophisticated insurance and insurance-linked securities products.

The jurisdiction and its law firms recently experienced a resurgence in securitisation transactions, while Bermuda is also making attempts to recapture a larger share of the investment funds market. Bermuda's funds legislation has been amended to introduce a new Class A Exempt Fund – a fund with a manager licensed by the Bermuda Monetary Authority or licensed in a recognised jurisdiction, or with assets under management of not less than $100m – which could attract established investment fund groups to the island.

Global offshore law firms Appleby and Conyers Dill & Pearman remain the two strongest practices in Bermuda. Of particular note, in 2014 Appleby obtained a licence to offer offshore legal advice in Shanghai, where it previously provided only fiduciary services, becoming the first offshore firm to obtain such a licence from China’s Ministry of Justice.

Cox Hallett Wilkinson, the recently rebranded ASW Law Limited (formerly known as Attride-Stirling & Woloniecki), MJM Limited and Wakefield Quin also have solid legal services practices.

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