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Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited
Rosebank Centre, 5th Floor
11 Bermudiana Road
Pembroke HM 08

Work Department

Insurance; Corporate; Regulatory; Restructuring and Insolvency


Kent is counsel in the corporate team based in Bermuda. A specialist in corporate law, Kent’s practice has a particular emphasis on insurance/reinsurance regulatory and transactional matters, segregated accounts, private equity investments, acquisitions, structured finance, securitisations, special purpose vehicle and owner-remote structures, corporate reorganisations, re-domestications, and other general corporate and commercial matters in local and cross-border multi-jurisdictional contexts.


Kent joined Carey Olsen in February 2021 following 15 years at another offshore law firm in Bermuda.

Prior to pursuing law, Kent spent eighteen years in the insurance industry in various capacities involving all aspects of insurance, reinsurance and captive company operations with a primary emphasis on claims and underwriting.

Lawyer Rankings

Bermuda > Insurance/reinsurance

Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited continues to grow in the Bermudan market, advising a strong roster of insurers and reinsurers on high-value corporate deals, insurtech implementation matters and multi-million-dollar company formations. The team is jointly led by the ‘excellent’ Mary Ward, an experienced insurance M&A lawyer who also advises on incorporations and regulatory requirements, and Gavin Woods, a ‘go-to’ figure for insurance-linked securities and the licensing of new insurance entities. Counsel Kent Smith has expertise in advising on big-ticket acquisitions and commercial reviews.

Bermuda > Banking, finance and capital markets

Carey Olsen‘s multidisciplinary team advises major financial institutions on a diverse spectrum of high-profile matters, including leveraged debt financing, securities enforcements and digital asset transactions. The practice is jointly led by securities expert Mary Ward and corporate finance specialist Gavin Woods, whose recent work includes multi-billion dollar, cross-border deals in the insurance sector. TMT specialist Steven Rees Davies provides expertise in fintech and digital assets, while counsel Kent Smith‘s focus encompasses insurance, private equity and structured finance deals. Derivatives expert Matthew Grigg joined the practice from Clifford Chance LLP in June 2022.