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Appleby is one of the world's leading providers of offshore services, with offices around the world. Its Guernsey office focuses on corporate and commercial work, as well as litigation, insolvency and a range of private client and trusts work.

The firm: Appleby opened its Guernsey office in April 2010 with three staff and has since increased ten-fold.

The quality of work undertaken by Appleby is reflected by its client base, which includes international financial institutions, trust companies, multinational businesses, FTSE and AIM-listed companies and high-net-worth individuals.

The Guernsey office can draw on support from Appleby's unparalleled global presence, with offices in eight key offshore jurisdictions as well as a presence in the key offshore international financial centres of Hong Kong and Shanghai. Appleby is also the only offshore provider with a presence in the three British Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey. This dominant presence in key jurisdictions provides greater resources and wider choice for clients.

Types of work undertaken: Banking and asset finance: advising on the full spectrum of banking and asset finance, including project finance structures, joint ventures, security arrangements, asset sales, financing and registration for shipping and aircraft.

Corporate finance: advising on all issues relating to offshore finance and corporate transactions, including capital markets transactions involving debt and equity, as well as corporate restructurings, financings, and mergers and acquisitions of both public and private companies. The firm also provides sponsorship and listing services in connection with The International Stock Exchange.

Funds and investment services: advising on the establishment and restructuring of retail, private equity, venture capital, infrastructure, debt, property and hedge funds, including advice on the establishment and operation of limited liability partnerships, as well as on derivative structures and ISDA Master Agreements entered into with counterparties.

Islamic and structured finance: advising on a wide range of structured finance matters, including securitisations, repackaging, CDOs and other structured products, bond issues and Islamic financing, and capital market sukuks, securitisations and bank debt financings of all types, whether Shari'ah-compliant or conventional.

Insurance: advising insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance managers and brokers, as well as companies seeking to do business with insurers, on a broad array of insurance issues including regulatory, compliance, SPV formations, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, cell structures, re-domiciliation, insurance business transfers, policies and procedures.

Private client and trusts: advising on the establishment, restructuring and winding-up of private, charitable, purpose and commercial trusts for individuals, families and businesses. This includes corporate trust administration, international estate planning, pension and other employee benefit programmes. Advice also includes regulatory matters and foundations.

Dispute resolution: handling a wide variety of disputes and complex cross-border cases, including major commercial litigation, fund disputes, insurance/reinsurance issues, banking, trust and shareholder disputes, money laundering, intellectual property issues, and property disputes. Work often includes carrying out judicial review, the enforcement of overseas judgments and arbitration awards, as well as urgent interlocutory relief.

Insolvency and restructuring: specialising in insolvency work, asset recovery and constructive trust proceedings, with experience in liquidating all types of companies and partnerships, both on conventional insolvency grounds and as a consequence of governmental or regulatory action.

Other offices: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius, Seychelles, Shanghai.

  • Number of partners: 5
  • Number of other fee-earners: 9

Above material supplied by Appleby.

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