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Appleby's banking practice focuses on all aspects of banking law, ship and aircraft registration and finance, asset-backed finance and project and infrastructure finance, while in capital markets it fields experts in securities law, listing special purpose vehicles on international and offshore stock exchanges, IPOs, and debt and equity issuances. In corporate finance, the practice is particularly focused on clients from the financial services, insurance, technology and telecoms sectors as well as oil and gas, and natural resources, retail and manufacturing. Recent key work includes advising Marvell Technology Group on a revolving credit facility and the registration and issuance of securities to fund its $6bn acquisition of Cavium, and acting for Hiscox on a £275m note issuance, the firm's role including providing local legal and regulatory advice. The names to note are Bermuda managing partner Tim Faries, Tammy Richardson-Augustus, who is noted for capital markets and securities, secured and unsecured lending transactions, Clive Langley, who has particular expertise in advising on and structuring asset-financed transactions, Steven Rees Davies, and Tonesan Amissah. Sally Penrose, Matthew Ebbs-Brewer and Jerome Wilson were promoted to the partnership.

Conyers Dill & Pearman¬†has¬†significant experience advising on IPOs, securitisation and ship and aircraft financing. The practice advised joint venture vehicle Einn Volant Aircraft Leasing Holdings on the creation, by institutional asset manager Caisse de d√©p√īt et placement du Qu√©bec and GE Capital Aviation Services, of a $2bn global aircraft financing platform for the acquisition of modern aircraft from a set of global airlines, to be leased back under long-term leases. Capital market highlights included acting for Liberty Global on the incorporation and subsequent listing of Liberty Latin America on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and OTC Market, and advising Dufry and its subsidiary Hudson on the approximately $749m IPO of Hudson's class A common shares. David Cooke¬†has particular expertise in securities and asset financing,¬†Graham Collis¬†advises borrowers and lenders on cross-border financings, and¬†Jason Piney¬†is recommended for¬†international asset finance transactions, including debt and equity offerings. Other key directors include¬†Marcello Ausenda, Neil Henderson, Guy Cooper, Sophia Greaves, Niel Jones¬†and Chiara Nannini. Victor Richards¬†was appointed director; Edward Rance¬†is a key associate.

Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited's practice includes property financing transactions and asset financing deals. The team acted for George’s Bay Group, and its parent company Caroline Bay, on ongoing financing transactions that involved a large hotel and residential development project. Ernest Morrison is the recommended managing director; recently promoted senior associate Janice Gutteridge is noted for asset financing, particularly regarding aviation and shipping financing, and banking and finance transactions. Carol Clarke joined as counsel from Conyers Dill & Pearman, while former corporate and commercial head Natalie Neto left for Walkers Bermuda.

MJM Limited's practice stands out for its shipping finance credentials, particularly in relation to the Norwegian shipping and offshore drilling sector. The practice is also recognised for hotel, club and resort financing as well as asset finance, international banking, corporate borrowing and IPOs; an expanding practice area for the firm is regulatory work. It recently assisted Ship Finance International with its Norwegian bond issuance; the team also advised Danske Bank, as Bermuda counsel, on a debt financing facility for Hoegh LNG Holdings, a floating liquefied natural gas company. Peter Martin and senior associates Brian Holdipp and Jeremy Leese are the key contacts.

Wakefield Quin is highly rated for advising on the financing of commercial real estate projects in Bermuda; the firm also has a substantial regulatory practice. The team acted for Clearwater Development on its senior and subordinated debt financing for the redevelopment of a distressed hotel property, formerly known as Surfside, under the new name Azura Hotel and Residences. Erik Gotfredsen's practice covers complex finance and capital market transactions, with an emphasis on debt and equity offerings, banking and financial services, structured and project finance, and secured lending. Ian Stone's experience includes IPOs, project finance and banking transactions.

Walkers Bermuda's key areas of work include secured lending and capital markets financing; the firm fields lawyers with sector expertise in shipping, aviation and natural resources. The team advised, as Bermuda counsel, the co-lead arrangers and lenders on a $160m senior secured loan and a $30m revolving working capital loan, made available to Trevali Mining. Jonathan Betts and Natalie Neto are the principal contacts, the latter joining from Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited. Asset finance specialist Paul Nystrom was also hired, as senior counsel, from Conyers Dill & Pearman. Ariane West left the firm.

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