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Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Wakefield Quin

Wakefield Quin has a well-known banking and structured finance practice, and the team regularly assists with public and private offerings of debt and equity securities; it also acts in the financing of high-profile commercial real estate projects. Directors Ian Stone and Rod Forrest, and shareholder Erik Gotfredsen, are the key contacts.

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Wakefield Quin

Wakefield Quin recently merged with HCS Law Ltd, a boutique Bermuda law firm, and Hollis Corporate Services, a corporate administration company. The practice is highly rated for its expertise in the acquisition and development of commercial real estate projects in Bermuda and on the acquisition and disposal of companies within Bermuda’s telecoms industry. Other areas of strength include cross-border reorganisations and restructuring, and the establishment of investment funds. Director Ian Stone advised Gencom Real Estate Services Corporation on its acquisition of Tuckers Point Hotel and Spa, a Bermudian multi-purpose facility that includes a real estate development and one of Bermuda’s leading golf courses. Department head Nicholas Hoskins, director Rod Forrest, and shareholder Erik Gotfredsen are also key advisers.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 5

Wakefield Quin

Wakefield Quin has considerable experience in commercial disputes; insurance and reinsurance litigation, trust and property litigation, and fund litigation. The practice also assists with insolvency and restructuring, contentious employment and immigration matters, and debt collection. Jai Pachai and Richard Horseman are the key contacts.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Wakefield Quin

Wakefield Quin regularly acts for commercial and investment banks, finance companies, developers and equity investors in major real estate matters, including office, commercial, industrial, multi-family, and hospitality projects. The firm’s lawyers have extensive experience in acquisitions, developments, and managing and selling real estate, as well as leases, sale-leasebacks, complex financings, and restructuring. Michelle Stone heads up the firm’s property department; she is particularly focused on property developments; high-end residential property; bank security; and the hotel sector.

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