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Appleby is one of the world's leading offshore law firms.

The firm: The group has offices in the key jurisdictions of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius and Seychelles, as well as a presence in the financial centres of Hong Kong and Shanghai. Its clients are diverse, ranging from global public and private companies to financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. The Appleby team of dedicated and skilled professionals approaches each client with seasoned expertise and is known for delivering responsive and unparalleled personal service, tailored to clients' needs.

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is one of the world’s leading international financial centres, and Appleby is one of the leading law firms in this jurisdiction. Appleby has 32 BVI lawyers, with eight resident in the BVI. Appleby's BVI office provides corporate, private client and trust, and dispute resolution services, and continues to grow to meet the considerable interest from North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

The Cayman Islands office has been providing clients with the full range of corporate administration services since 1977. The Cayman Islands client base includes international companies requiring complex structures, as well as individuals requiring a holding company for personal specific investments, such as real estate, yachts, ships and aircraft ownership.

Appleby's Bermuda office traces its history back to 1897. It is widely recognised for providing first class corporate and commercial legal services, as well as dispute resolution and private client and trust advice. As one of the world's leading insurance/reinsurance and financial centres, Bermuda is also a jurisdiction of choice for funds, asset finance and for incorporating global companies seeking to list on internationally recognised stock exchanges.

Types of work undertaken: With around 470 staff, including 180 qualified lawyers and professional specialists, across the group, Appleby delivers sophisticated, specialised services, primarily in the areas of bank restructuring, corporate, capital market transactions, dispute resolution, insurance, private client and trusts, property and structured finance.

Corporate: Appleby's corporate lawyers are part of a global practice operating from offices in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jersey, London, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Shanghai and Zurich. Its network enables it to service clients all over the world, including the key developing regions and, in particular, the BRIC economies. The corporate group at Appleby is among the largest and most widely recognised in the offshore world. Its multi-disciplinary teams advise a large number of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies on all aspects of corporate and commercial law, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, capital markets and investment funds.

Dispute resolution: the Appleby dispute resolution team acts on a full range of legal issues and high-level cases including but not limited to: commercial litigation, fund disputes, trust litigation, insolvencies and restructurings, regulatory matters, professional negligence and insurance disputes. Many of these cases have a multi-jurisdictional component to them, involving lawyers in Appleby's various offices working together on issues that arise in an offshore environment.

Private client and trusts: Appleby's highly regarded private client and trusts group provides trust services to high-net-worth individuals, families, international private banks and trust companies. It advises on all aspects of trust law, including the establishment, restructuring and winding up of private, charitable, purpose and commercial trusts. The team acts as trustee for a number of discretionary trusts and is frequently instructed by blue-chip trust institutions.

Property: Appleby is a leading provider of property law services in Bermuda, the Isle of Man and Jersey. With an experienced team of lawyers and conveyancers, Appleby brings a practical and focused approach to both commercial and residential transactions. It advises on all areas of commercial and residential property, including sales and purchases, leasing, development and property finance transactions. Clients include developers, investors, business occupiers, banking institutions and private individuals.

Other offices: Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius, Seychelles, Shanghai.

  • Number of global partners/directors: 60
  • Number of global fee-earners: 228

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