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Appleby’s banking practice regularly advises on syndicated loan facilities, facility and security documentation, ship and aircraft registrations and finance, as well as financing for power projects, telecoms ventures, and oil and gas projects worldwide. On the capital markets side, the team is highly rated for public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, admission of companies to AIM, listing offshore companies on internationally recognised stock exchanges, and listings of investment funds on the Bermuda Stock Exchange. In a matter involving valuable finance agreements that extend across jurisdictions, Steven Rees Davies advised a major UK-listed bank (the Bank), as arranger, original lender, agent and security agent, on a $150m amendment and restatement agreement made between the Bank and a major Bermuda-based insurance group. On the equity capital markets side, Tammy Richardson-Augustus assisted Global SC Finance IV, a subsidiary of marine container leasing company Seaco, with all the Bermuda aspects of its private placement of $294m of fixed rate asset-backed notes. Bermuda managing partner Tim Faries is ‘a truly excellent lawyer’, and Alan Bossin, Tonesan Amissah and Clive Langley are also highly rated. Notable counsels include Gavin Woods, Sally Penrose and Jennifer Eve.

Conyers Dill & Pearman is well known for acting as issuer’s counsel on Bermuda company IPOs on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), but also fields lawyers with expertise in securitisation as well as in shipping and aircraft financing. Team head David Cooke, who ‘provides both legal and commercial advice to solve obstacles’, has particular expertise in securities work and asset financing, advising borrowers and lenders, including Bermuda-incorporated companies, on financings and restructurings. Cooke led advice to The Bank of N.T Butterfield & Son, Bermuda’s largest independent bank and a specialist provider of international financial services, on its $287.5m IPO on the NYSE, and Jason Piney advised Aircastle on a new $400.5m term facility that was secured by 17 aircraft. Other notable directors include Graham Collis, Marcello Ausenda, Neil Henderson, Guy Cooper, Sophia Greaves, the ‘calm and collectedNiel Jones, ‘whose attention to detail is a strength’, and recently appointed director Chiara Nannini. Victor Richards and Edward Rance are well-regarded associates.

Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited handles listings on all major stock exchanges, public offerings and private placements, corporate finance, secured lending and other financial transactions. Key contacts include Ernest Morrison, who acts in private and public offerings of debt and capital, as well as corporate and commercial head Natalie Neto.

Always going the extra mile’, MJM Limited’s key practice areas include aviation and ship finance, corporate borrowing and bank lending, global equity offerings and listings, international real estate finance, and regulatory compliance. Peter Martin is ‘savvy and flexible’.

Taylors in association with Walkers advises on asset finance - including secured loan financing - capital markets financing, on and off-balance sheet transactions, as well as Bermuda aircraft, ship and yacht registrations. In banking, the team assists with leveraged and acquisition financing, bi-lateral, syndicated and structured loans, letters of credit facilities, and collateral arrangements. Other areas of strength include IPOs, debt and equity secondary offerings, derivative and hedging transactions; and fund financing. Highlights included Jonathan Betts advising Continental Gold on the Bermuda law aspects of a $250m secured debt facility that was provided by RK Mine Finance. Ariane West is experienced in structured risk products.

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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