Rising Stars

Corporate and commercial in Bermuda


Recognised for its ‘responsiveness, commercial approach and dedication,’ Appleby is a trusted partner for FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies globally, providing support on strategic growth and restructuring initiatives spanning single jurisdiction deals and complex multi-disciplinary transactions. Under the leadership of Brad Adderley, the team handles multi-jurisdictional M&A deals and corporate transactions for clients across various sectors, including the IT, insurance, energy and natural resources spaces. Tim Faries adds depth to the team with his extensive experience in advising on capital raisings and M&A. David Clark, a seasoned expert in M&A, banking, and project finance work, navigates cross-border challenges for international banking clients, while Matthew Ebbs-Brewer is head of the funds and investment team. Jerome Wilson oversees the team’s digital assets practice, specialising in cross-jurisdictional telecoms and asset-based acquisitions, and counsel Josephine Noddings stands out for her broad commercial expertise spanning insurance law, M&A, and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Brad Adderley

Other key lawyers:

Tim Faries; David Clark; Matthew Ebbs-Brewer; Jerome Wilson; Josephine Noddings; Clive Langley; Carl Meyer


‘Responsiveness, commercial approach, dedication.’

‘Clive Langley, first-rate commercial lawyer, very responsive and dedicated, vast knowledge of our business.’

‘The team with David Clark and Carl Meyer assisted on Bermuda law issues on a cross border transaction. The team delivered corporate assistance that met our expectations in every way. The team members are highly qualified, work efficiently and deliver on time.’

‘The team individuals are highly competent and responsive.’

Key clients

Sumitovant Biopharma Ltd.

Brookfield Reinsurance Ltd.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Flow Traders N.V.

Thome Group Holding Ltd.

Blue Investment SPE Ltd.


Cirion Technologies, Ltd.

Wejo Group Limited


Work highlights

  • Acted as Bermuda counsel to Brookfield Corporation in respect of a new public listing and a spinoff of 25% of Brookfield’s asset management business through Brookfield Asset Management Ltd.
  • Advising a client in relation to a potential re-domiciliation of its holding company to Bermuda and listing on Nasdaq.
  • Advised on the Bermuda law elements of the $2.7bn cash sale by Lumen Technologies of its Latin American operations to Stonepeak.


Fielding a team of seasoned professionals, Conyers‘ corporate and finance practice provides counsel on a wide spectrum of IPOs, M&A, insurance issues, securitisations and high-profile restructurings, acting for a variety of multinational corporations. With comprehensive expertise encompassing all facets of corporate work, including a strong emphasis on public company deals and corporate relocations, Marcello Ausenda leads the practice. Jennifer Panchaud spearheads the firm’s corporate reorganisation and securitisation work, offering guidance on transactions for local and exempted companies, while Chiara Nannini further bolsters the practice with her proficiency in debt and equity offerings, IPOs and private placements. Other key contacts at the firm include Edward Rance, a specialist in insolvencies and restructurings, and counsel David Stubbs who handles a wide array of corporate affairs, including insolvencies and bond issuances, as well as private placements.

Practice head(s):

Marcello Ausenda

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Panchaud; Edward Rance; David Stubbs; Elizabeth Denman; Chiara Nannini


‘Elizabeth Denman has been professional, responsive and has delivered high quality work. It has been a pleasure working with her.’

Key clients

Carnival Corporation

Digicel Group

Seadrill Limited

Valaris Limited

Bacardi Limited

Aircastle Limited

Aecon Group Inc.

Liberty Global

Bunge Limited

Shelf Drilling (North Sea) Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised on the Bermuda law aspects of the sale of Goshawk Management Limited and its subsidiaries and associated assets from NWS Holdings Limited and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited to SMBC Aviation Capital Limited (SMBC AC) for an enterprise value of $6.7bn.
  • Advised Digicel Group Holdings Limited on its sale of Digicel Pacific Limited to Telstra Corp Ltd.
  • Advised Seadrill Limited on the Bermuda law aspects of its acquisition of Aquadrill LLC, formerly known as Seadrill Partners, which was affected by way of a Marshall Islands reverse triangular merger and resulted in Aquadrill becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Seadrill.

Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited

The expansive corporate practice at Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited provides comprehensive guidance across a diverse array of areas, encompassing restructurings, M&A, financings and digital assets-based matters, with extensive experience in high-value, cross-border commercial transactions. Gavin Woods, an expert in corporate finance and structuring work, co-leads the practice with a particular emphasis on insurance matters, including licensing and regulatory issues. Fellow co-head Steven Rees Davies lends his expertise as a fintech and digital assets specialist, having played a pivotal role alongside the Bermuda government in crafting its regulatory framework, while co-head Matthew Grigg handles the entire spectrum of corporate and finance transactions across the banking, funds, and insurance sectors. The firm also fields a cadre of other notable contacts, including Charissa Ball, Michelle Falcucci and Max Tetlow, who are all highly proficient in various aspects of commercial and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Woods; Steven Rees Davies; Matthew Grigg

Other key lawyers:

Charissa Ball; Michelle Falcucci; Max Tetlow

Key clients

Transocean Ltd.

Waterloo Investment Holdings Limited

Clarien Bank Limited

Bermuda Captive Network

Cactus Limited



Work highlights

  • Advised RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd on its $3bn acquisition of American International Group Inc.’s treaty reinsurance business.
  • Advised on the establishment of a joint venture between Transocean Inc., Perestroika A.S. and funds managed by Lime Rock Management L.P.
  • Advised a client on its acquisition by amalgamation of two independent and licensed Bermuda trust and fiduciary service companies with and into the client’s two existing trust and fiduciary service companies.

MJM Limited

Praised as ‘experts in the field of Bermuda corporate law,’ the team at MJM Limited provides assistance to a wide array of international clients in high-value cross-border transactions. Jeremy Leese, a specialist in M&A, leads the practice, adeptly managing significant deals spanning the banking, shipping and real estate sectors, both locally and globally. Counsel Brian Holdipp lends his extensive knowledge of corporate and commercial law to bolster the practice, with a particular focus on securities issues, restructurings and redomiciliations; while newly promoted counsel Mark Adams, who advises on structured assets, advisory services, and corporate finance work, further reinforces the team’s capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Leese

Other key lawyers:

Brian Holdipp; Mark Adams


‘MJM are experts in the practice of Bermuda corporate law and knowledgeable on aspects of international law and its crossovers with Bermuda. They are always prompt and concise in all deliverables and providing the upmost valuable input. They have shown their understanding of our business and how that integrates with Bermudan corporate law matters.’

‘We work with Brian Holdipp predominantly within MJM. He has outstanding knowledge when it comes to Bermudan corporate law.’

‘The MJM team has very good knowledge of local corporate law and is able to present its advice in a clear and straightforward manner. They are easy to work with, attentive and client friendly.’

Key clients

Avance Gas Holding Ltd.

Archer Limited

Borr Drilling Ltd.

Clarien Bank Limited

Flex LNG Ltd.

Frontline Plc

Golar LNG Limited

Golden Ocean Group Limited

Himalaya Shipping Ltd.


Northern Drilling Ltd.

Northern Ocean Ltd.

SFL Corporation Ltd. (previously Ship Finance International Limited)

2020 Bulkers Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Archer Limited on the refinancing and recapitalisation of its $600m term loan.
  • Acted as local counsel to Frontline on its proposed (but subsequently aborted) $4.2bn merger with Euronav.
  • Advising Eurazeo S.E. (listed on the Euronext Paris), the acquirer, on the legal and regulatory matters in a transaction with a total deal value in excess of £1bn.

Wakefield Quin

Wakefield Quin‘s corporate department delivers a comprehensive legal service, with a strong focus on advising on the acquisition, financing, and development of commercial real estate projects, and the acquisition and disposal of businesses within Bermuda’s electronic communications industry. Erik Gotfredsen co-leads the practice, frequently acting for leading international banks, financial institutions, public companies and onshore firms on various corporate mandates. Fellow co-head Ian Stone has expertise in IPOs, public company matters, and capital markets transactions, while also providing governance services.

Practice head(s):

Erik Gotfredsen; Ian Stone

Key clients

Accenture Group

Altamont Capital Partners

ATN International, Inc.

Bermuda Broadcasting Company Limited

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

National General Insurance Group

Nordic Trustee ASA

Seacrest Group

The Carlyle Group Inc.


Work highlights

  • Advised Seacrest on its IPO and listing of shares on the Oslo Børs market and connected secured debt financing.
  • Advised CC&L Bermuda Skyport Limited on its acquisition of a 49.9% interest in Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited (the owner of the Bermuda International Airport) from Aecon Group Inc.
  • Advised Aquadrill LLC on its sale to Seadrill Limited.


Walkers‘ corporate and finance team is particularly active in the fintech arena, providing counsel to corporations on matters related to digital asset establishments, licensings and transactions. Natalie Neto, an expert in the fintech sphere, has an impressive track record in handling multi-billion-dollar transactions spanning a broad swathe of industries, and acts as practice head. Other notable contacts include Sarah Demerling, who is head of the investment funds group with expertise in investment services, and newly promoted partner Rachel Nightingale, who is a fintech specialist described as ‘professional in every aspect.’

Practice head(s):

Natalie Neto

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Demerling; Rachel Nightingale; Shaela Rae


‘Walkers has shown deep knowledge of Bermuda’s legal practices and standards and tops it all with excellent relationships with the relevant players in the areas where it offers services and the possibility to contact them to help their clients.’

‘Both Natalie Neto and Rachel Nightingale, the partners with whom we worked the most, had a great attitude and disposition, and showed great availability to tend to our needs. They were both practical to resolve any issue and give advice and showed experience in their suggestions.’

‘The team at Walkers in Bermuda were very understanding to our needs as a client. They understood the structures and concept of our request and were able to execute in a timely manner. The communication between us was excellent and their ability to respond quickly and efficiently made the process very easy.’

‘Sarah Demerling is very knowledgeable and always on hand to answer any questions and be present in meetings to solve any issues. Shaela Rae worked very hard and efficiently on completing tasks and documentation. Her communication skills are superb and her ability to turn around requests in good time is outstanding.’

‘Their digital practice team is well versed on the regulations, flexible in scheduling, collaborative, and innovative in finding solutions in a rapidly changing space.’

‘Natalie Neto and Rachel Nightingale are two of the most impressive partners I have worked with. Professional in every aspect and will work tirelessly to ensure their clients are covered.’

Key clients

Apex Group Ltd

Apollo Global Management

Astorg Partners

Athene Holdings


Axalta Coating Systems Ltd.



Coinbase Global Inc.

Jewel Bank

JP Morgan Chase

McDermott International

Moneda Asset Management SpA

Montes Archimedes Acquisition Corp

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Revlon, Inc.

Saturn Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Thoma Bravo on acquiring QAD Inc in a take private acquisition for approximately $2bn.
  • Acted as Bermuda legal counsel to Aquarian Holdings on its acquisition, by way of merger, of Somerset Reinsurance Ltd, a Class E insurer.
  • Advised Coinbase Global Inc. on its successful Class F digital assets business license under the Digital Asset Business Act 2018 (as amended) from the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

ASW Law Limited

The corporate and finance practice at ASW Law Limited has extensive experience in advising on major corporate finance transactions. Group head Neil Horner is a specialist in general corporate, M&A, funds, and finance law, and has a track record in managing multi-billion-dollar corporate transactions, while head of insolvency Kehinde George possesses specialised expertise in corporate restructurings and insolvency matters. Kim Willey handles high-value, cross-jurisdictional deals within the insurance sector, while Hanno Tolhurst focuses on general corporate and commercial law, with a notable portfolio of high-value transactions. Additional key contacts at the firm include senior counsel Nikhil Lawton-Misra and senior associate Sangheetaa Phary.

Practice head(s):

Neil Horner

Other key lawyers:

Kehinde George; Kim Willey; Hanno Tolhurst; Nikhil Lawton-Misra; Sangheetaa Phary


‘The Corporate and Commercial team is bright, hungry and extremely knowledgeable. The partners are responsive, go the extra mile and are always available. They are very easy to work with and really work in partnership with their clients.’

‘Neil Horner (Partner)- Neil is bright and has sound knowledge and experience of the Bermuda corporate world. He’s incredibly responsive, focused and fosters a strong relationship with clients, investing in outcomes and ensuring that his team and the client are pulling together in shared common goals. Great to work with.’

‘Hanno Tolhurst (Partner)- Hanno is incredibly detail oriented. He pulls together advice on complex issues quickly, leaving no stone unturned. He makes time for his clients at any time of day.’

‘Neil Horner and his team stand out in their responsiveness and ability to deliver crisp and clear advice in the Bermuda Market.’

‘Independence, standards of client service, responsiveness.’

‘Strong degree of sectoral knowledge and expertise.’

Key clients

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd.

BF&M Limited

The Travelers Companies, Inc., Capital Z Partners & Further Global Capital Management

Nippon Life Insurance Company

Covéa Cooperations

Markel Corporation & Markel CATCo subsidiaries

Macquarie Bank Limited

Sagicor Financial Company Ltd.

American International Group, Inc.

DIFL Secured Ad Hoc Group

Work highlights

  • Advising specialty insurance underwriter, Argo Group, on all Bermuda legal aspects and the Bermuda regulatory process for its acquisition by Brookfield Reinsurance, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.1bn.
  • Advising BF&M Limited on all Bermuda legal aspects of its strategic review, including the potential sale of the company.
  • Advised on all Bermuda legal aspects of The Travelers Companies, Inc.’s strategic minority investment in Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited.