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Bedell Cristin

53 MARKET STREET, UNIT 3211, CAMANA BAY, PO BOX 1990, GRAND CAYMAN KY1-1104, CAYMAN ISLANDS
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Work +1 345 949 0488
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Web:
www.solomonharris.com
Grand Cayman, London, Singapore, St Helier, St Peter Port, Tortola

Cayman Islands

Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 4

Bedell Cristin

Bedell Cristin, which provided 'real value for money compared to a lot of the larger law firms, with clients receiving a similar level of service for a significantly reduced hourly rate', recently merged with the Channel Islands-based Bedell Cristin. The group stands out for its transactional insurance practice and has experienced a significant increase in hotel- and tourism-related deals. Department head Richard Addlestone advised a Fortune 500 healthcare industry company on a U$6bn cross-border reorganisation; banking and real estate finance attorney Ian Jamieson leads the inward and domestic investment practice; and Sophia Harris is also a principal contact. Nick Reid relocated back to Cayman in 2018 to bolster the group's corporate law presence.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Solomon Harris

Solomon Harris merged with Channel Islands-based Bedell Cristin in late 2018. The practice has recently been particularly active in disputes involving distressed oil and gas and commodities entities; shareholder actions on valuations and mismanagement; M&A-related claims; commercial property disputes; insurance sector matters; and finance-related commercial disputes. Laura Hatfield is department head, Kai McGriele made partner and Tom Wright is an experienced senior associate.

Leading individuals

Laura Hatfield - Solomon Harris

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Insurance/reinsurance
Insurance/reinsurance - ranked: tier 2

Bedell Cristin

In late 2018, Solomon Harris merged with Channel Islands-based Bedell Cristin. The team 'has great experience of insurance business and leaves clients extremely satisfied with all its levels of service, particularly in responding to urgent queries'. It advises international insurers and reinsurers on the set-up, structuring, restructuring, regulation and termination of Cayman insurance vehicles, and has an ongoing pipeline of instructions from insurance managers as well as US law firms and onshore consultants who specialise in offshore insurance and captive insurance. The team advised Maryland-based Oxford Risk Management Group, a captive consulting firm with particular expertise in enterprise risk, on the establishment of a sophisticated reinsurance platform in Cayman, including two new licensed insurance entities. Attorney Rob Humphries is 'able to provide technical legal advice and guidance in critical circumstances and under extreme time pressure'. Former partner (and now consultant to the firm in London) Paul Scrivener remains the 'excellent and easy-to-work-with' insurance group head.

Next Generation Partners

Rob Humphries - Bedell Cristin

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 4

Solomon Harris

Solomon Harris merged with Channel Islands-based Bedell Cristin in late 2018. The practice specialises in acting as lead counsel on the establishment of new funds, but it also works on a regular basis in a support role to onshore counsel. Advising sponsors, investors and secured lenders, Richard Addlestone has particular expertise in hedge, venture capital and private equity funds. Nick Reid, who specialises in the structuring, formation, operation, regulation and wind-down of all types of investment funds, recently relocated back to Cayman. Rob Humphries is the associate to note.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Solomon Harris

Solomon Harris recently merged with the Channel Islands-based Bedell Cristin. The team regularly advises major developers, investors and retail banks in Cayman on real estate matters, including financing. It advised Dart Enterprises on the purchase of Grand Cayman's Ritz-Carlton hotel from Five Mile Capital. Real estate finance expert and inward investment group head Ian Jamieson is 'responsive, sensible and pragmatic in his advice as well as being very strong on industry knowledge'; managing partner Sophia Harris is another key contact. Adam Johnson joined Appleby.

Leading individuals

Ian Jamieson - Solomon Harris

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