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Bedell Cristin

Singapore > Offshore Tier 2

Bedell Cristin is a long-established offshore firm in Singapore, having been in the city for the past ten years advising on private client, corporate, financial services and dispute resolution matters. Kristian Wilson has been practising offshore for sixteen years, and advises on all aspects of corporate and financial law, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investment funds and regulatory work. Joanne Verbiesen joined in June 2021, bringing a wealth of offshore knowledge from areas such as Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands. Philip Kendall is noted for his ability to support on a number of deals, ranging from large multi-jurisdictional M&A matters, corporate deals, finance and lending transactions.

Practice head(s):

Kristian Wilson; Joanne Verbiesen

Other key lawyers:


‘Beddell Cristin has deep knowledge and expertise in BVI, Cayman and Jersey law in particular on the law of trusts.’

‘Joanne Verbiesen is highly recommended. Not only is she qualified in multiple jurisdictions, which gives her the edge in quickly identifying and solving cross-border issues, her sharp intellect coupled with her vast experience is her biggest asset in helping clients with their contentious and complex trust and probate matters. Joanne is also prompt in her responses and in her responses, she offers detailed and practical insights that are invaluable to clients.’

‘Very responsive and great understanding of business context/issues. Thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the law and consistent added value in terms of advice. Able to cover various aspects of BVI law including deal/M&A related as well as governance, structuring and joint ventures.’

‘Kristian Wilson, Partner, has been our main contact and has gained our trust as an advisor. He is also commercial in the approach to billing and scoping assignments and available when additional advice or information is needed even on short notice. His good sense of humor makes it also a pleasure to work with him.’

‘The team is very commercially oriented and strategic in providing their legal advice to our client.’

‘Joanne Verbiesen, the leading partner, is very commercial minded and understands the business objective of the client very well and is able to deliver timely advice to facilitate the client’s goals.’

‘The team has been providing very responsive and strategic advice to our client’s litigation need.’

‘The lead partner, Joanne Verbiesen, is very commercial and understands the client’s commercial goals in providing her legal advice.’

Key clients

Gopher Investments

Blue Ocean Structure Investment Company Limited (Blue Ocean)

Foreign-based expertise > Leading firms

With expertise spread across markets in the UK and the Asia Pacific region, Bedell Cristin‘s Caribbean-focused practitioners take a one-team approach and cover the full spectrum of mandates, ranging from corporate and finance work to commercial litigation to private client issues and trust and estate matters. The group fields multiple names admitted to practise in both Cayman and the BVI and leverages their experience practising on the ground in the Caribbean. For more information on specific regions, please click on the tabs below
Individuals in both Bedell Cristin‘s Guernsey and Jersey offices contribute to the firm’s international Caribbean expertise, regularly gaining instructions from London-based clients and law firms. Global managing partner Tim Pearce in Jersey assists a range of multinational companies and banks as well as high-net-worth individuals with BVI-related banking, finance, corporate and fund work. In the firm’s Guernsey office, Alasdair Davidson leads the litigation team and acts in a range of BVI claims encompassing contentious trust work, fraud issues, insolvencies and cross-border litigation. At associate level, the Jersey team benefits from the expertise of Philip Kendall, James Peart and senior associate Louise Hassell.
Bedell Cristin‘s office in Singapore saw notable expansion in mid-2021 with the recruitment of Joanne Verbiesen from an in-house role. Verbiesen, who is admitted in both the BVI and Cayman, adds notable contentious expertise to the office and is also a highly regarded private client expert, assisting with the establishment and management of offshore trusts and estate planning work. Kristian Wilson is also a key name in Singapore for BVI-related matters and excels in corporate and financial mandates; he counts a number of offshore finance bodies as clients.

Practice head(s):

Tim Pearce

Key clients

Blue Ocean Structure Investment Company Limited / Ying Peng Hui Kang Fund

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

Gopher Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Blue Ocean Structure Investment Company Limited (a subsidiary of Ying Peng Hui Kang Fund) in its capacity as 65.4% shareholder in Global Cord Blood Corporation on a winding up petition and injunctive relief to terminate a transaction entered into by the Board.
  • Advising an independent director in relation to his appointment to the Board of Fang Holdings pursuant to an Order of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands in the context of a winding up petition filed by a shareholder of the company.
  • Worked on Gopher Investment’s bid for Playtech, an AIM listed online gaming company, and its subsequent acquisition of Finalto, the financial trading division of Playtech.