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Conyers Dill & Pearman's Bermuda litigation and restructuring practice 'has excellent knowledge of the law in relation to all aspects of dispute resolution; its lawyers possess first-class judgment and a commitment to the interests of their clients'. The team is recommended for international commercial litigation, insurance and reinsurance claims, trust disputes and restructuring and insolvency matters. The team advised Seadrill on its group restructuring, including the commencement of winding-up proceedings in Bermuda that were parallel with chapter 11 proceedings under the US Bankruptcy Code; it also handled the successful defence of a shareholder's challenge to the restructuring. Christian Luthi heads the litigation and restructuring department in Bermuda; Jeffrey Elkinson has acted in several leading trust cases in Bermuda; Ben Adamson is recommended for high-value, cross-border commercial and trust disputes; and Scott Pearman is noted for disputes involving business, employment law and trusts as well as insurance and reinsurance, and media and information law. Rhys Williams is a key associate; new associate joiners include Jonathan O’Mahony from London's Three Stone and Karol Ann Randles from JW O'Donovan Solicitors in Ireland. Meanwhile, former Bermuda litigation and restructuring head Narinder Hargun left to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Robin Mayor retired, and former associate Stephanie Hanson took an in-house counsel role.

Appleby's practice handles minority shareholder oppression cases and frequently advises on director liabilities and corporate governance issues for boards of large Bermuda companies; the team also assists with large restructuring and insolvency matters as well as fund disputes. In other areas, Bermuda dispute resolution group head John Wasty represents reinsurers and insurers, policyholders, captives and brokers in arbitration, litigation and mediation matters. In a very high-value restructuring highlight, the team advised the Coordinating Committee, on behalf of the lenders of Seadrill Group's 13 senior secured facilities, on their rights in bankruptcy proceedings, a reorganisation plan and recognition proceedings in Bermuda. Counsel Steven White, who joined from Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited, handles trust disputes and advises on employment-related contractual disputes, employee reorganisations and executive terminations. Senior counsel John Riihiluoma is a retired partner whose practice includes reinsurance disputes, directors’ and officers’ liability actions, and shareholder and corporate disputes. Senior associate Hannah Tildesley was hired from London's St Philips Stone Chambers, while Keith Robinson and Michael Hanson left to join Carey Olsen Bermuda.

Carey Olsen Bermuda was opened in late 2017 by Michael Hanson, who is known for his expertise in multi-jurisdictional crisis management, corporate, employment and regulatory investigations, and complex executive disputes; he was soon followed by 'very able lawyer and litigator' Keith Robinson, who specialises in ultra-high-value trust disputes; counsel Henry Tucker; and senior associates Cheri Minors, Jennifer Woods and Kyle Masters. Hanson, Robinson and Woods joined from Appleby, while Tucker, Minors and Masters were hired from H J Tucker & Co, Colonial Group International and Digicel Group, respectively. The team acted for Hiscox in proceedings before the Supreme Court of Bermuda against its former chief financial officer, which involved a Mareva freezing injunction, with complementary orders in London and South Africa and discovery proceedings in New York.

Cox Hallett Wilkinson Limited's team 'provides very attentive service and is quick to get up to speed; it also focuses on the wider commercial aspects of cases in order to provide the most appropriate advice'. The practice's experience includes large commercial, trust and estate cases, insolvency, shareholder disputes and insurance claims, along with professional negligence, banking issues, and construction and property disputes. It acted for Sturgeon Central Asia Balanced Fund in proceedings that were brought by a Japanese shareholder and securities company, including a winding-up petition and share rectification proceedings. Craig Rothwell is litigation head; Kim White is well known for civil and commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, and  governmental and regulatory matters; and senior counsel David Kessaram is 'a very steady and calm adviser who is on top of the detail and provides clear, thoughtful and pragmatic advice'. Matthew Watson and Shuvra Deb are the senior associates to note; Deb recently joined from Harneys' BVI office. Former senior associate Steven White left for Appleby.

MJM Limited is particularly well known for banking-related matters such as fraud, constructive trust and asset tracing; the firm also fields lawyers experienced in complex, high-value trust litigation as well as in high-value international insolvencies. A new panel win for the firm, Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority instructed the team on a contentious contractual dispute against CCS Group. Alan Dunch is responsible for the firm’s litigation practice group, Fozeia Rana-Fahy leads the contentious private client and employment and immigration team, and Andrew Martin's practice includes complex corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration, insolvency, corporate restructuring and trust litigation. Jennifer Haworth is a notable senior associate. Former senior associate Louise Charleston left to become legal head at Bermuda Commercial Bank.

Walkers Bermuda has been active in both insolvency and restructuring work as well general commercial dispute work; the team also has industry sector expertise in banking and financial services, private client and trust litigation, and insurance-related matters. It acted for Athene Holding in proceedings brought against former directors and officers of the company, which related to a hostile bid for the acquisition of an issuer of fixed index annuities. Kevin Taylor heads the insolvency and dispute resolution practice and is 'responsive, sensible, capable and good value for money'; Nicole Tovey is also highly rated. Senior associate Benjamin McCosker, who joined from Walkers' Hong Kong office, is 'a good addition to the team'; Kai Musson is a notable associate.

ASW Law Limited's disputes practice covers insurance and reinsurance, banking and hedge funds, fraud and public law, as well as matters involving shipping and admiralty, telecoms, trusts and international arbitration. The practice acted for Ernst & Young on the Bermudian aspects of Seadrill Group's restructuring and related applications in the Bermuda Court. Jan Woloniecki is litigation head; Rod Attride-Stirling regularly acts as lead counsel in major arbitrations and litigation; and Kehinde George has particular experience in corporate restructuring and insolvency. Nathaniel Turner is another key name along with senior counsel Peter Dunlop. Former senior consultants Mark Cran QC and Anne Foster both left the firm, the former remaining associated with Brick Court Chambers and Foster joining Travers Smith LLP in London.

Global law firm Kennedys Law LLP and Sedgwick Chudleigh Ltd merged in 2017 to become Kennedys Chudleigh Ltd. The team's service, especially in terms of responsiveness, is high, and its industry knowledge is ,'excellent'. The practice covers commercial, trust-related, insurance and reinsurance litigation, professional negligence and contentious insolvencies, as well as international insurance arbitration. It acted for CBC entities, as managers, developers, and long-term leaseholders of a prestigious club and resorts, in Supreme Court litigation against the freeholder over redevelopment terms. 'Excellent on his feet', Alex Potts QC is 'particularly good and always well prepared and focused on the important issues'; in 2018 he became the first Bermuda-based barrister ever to be appointed QC of England and Wales. Mark Chudleigh is managing partner; Nick Miles is another key contact.

Zuill & Co has an exclusive association with BVI-based firm Harneys. The practice is best known for its insolvency and restructuring expertise. It advised Z-Obee Holdings and its provisional liquidators on effecting a restructuring of the company’s $78m debt. Managing partner Lilla Zuill advises on fund disputes, contentious trust matters and insolvencies, and Jayson Wood heads the litigation and insolvency practice in Bermuda. Mark Burrows is a key associate.

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