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Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Carey Olsen launched its Bermuda office in late 2017, with the banking and finance department established in 2018 when practice head Mary Ward joined from Conyers Dill & Pearman and Gavin Woods was recruited from Appleby. Ward is experienced in securities law and equity and debt financings for insurers and insurance groups (including private placements, listed debt offerings and IPOs), while Woods is recognised for high-profile insurance-linked securities work, investment fund issues and catastrophe bond structures. Adam Bathgate, who relocated to Bermuda from the firm's Cayman Islands office, is the key counsel to note.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Carey Olsen's Bermuda office was opened in late 2017 and 'has taken the market somewhat by surprise, with nobody expecting the quality of the firm to be so high so quickly'. The dispute resolution department has been particularly active in high-profile litigation for global businesses and ultra-high-net-worth individuals including multi-jurisdictional freezing injunctions, asset tracing matters and cross-border restructurings. Michael Hanson has particular expertise in crisis management, corporate cases, employment and regulatory investigations, and executive disputes, while Keith Robinson is highly rated for trust litigation. Other key contacts are counsels Henry Tucker and Sam Stevens and senior associate Cheri Minors; Stevens recently joined from DLA Piper's Singapore office.


The practice has depth of talent throughout the team but the key difference between it and other firms is its strategic thinking and work product‘.

The team has a client-focused approach and is extremely responsive, with hiring focused on client needs‘.

Michael Hanson has become the gold standard in Bermuda with regard to employment law matters – he is a very insightful adviser and always keen to help‘.

Keith Robinson is the best commercial litigator in Bermuda. Despite his academic presence and intellect, it is his responsiveness and commercial pragmatism that put him on the top of the pile‘.

Senior associate Kyle Masters provides excellent advice‘.

Key clients

VMS Investment Group

Butterfield Trust (Bermuda)

Hiscox Group

JetBlue Airways


KRyS Global

Argo Group International Holdings

Fidelity National Title Insurance Company

Third Point Reinsurance

Bermuda Electric Light Company

Arch Capital Group

Trusts/private client Tier 2

Carey Olsen's trusts and private wealth team is led by Keith Robinson, who is 'an exceptional lawyer, combining the abilities of a barrister with detailed knowledge of trust law'. In addition to his contentious trusts practice, Robinson advises trustees, beneficiaries, settlors and protectors on a wide range of non-contentious Bermuda trust matters. Trust litigation and regulatory lawyer Henry Tucker and offshore trust expert Ashley Fife, who joined from Appleby, are the key names at counsel level, while Cheri Minors is the senior associate to note.


The team’s strength lies in its technical support for trustees‘.

This is a small, but highly effective team with excellent legal and client care skills. They have some first-rate lawyers, in particular Keith Robinson, who is academically very strong and probably the best private client lawyer with contentious expertise that I have come across in Bermuda. They also have strong non-contentious lawyers, especially Ashley Fife.

Keith Robinson is extremely clever, user-friendly and good on his feet – he is a true expert and highly professional‘.

Keith Robinson is an exceptional lawyer, combining the abilities of a barrister with detailed knowledge of trust law.

Keith Robinson is an extremely effective advocate, as well as being intellectually head and shoulders above his peers. His background at the bar means he brings a wealth of experience to the work he does. He is also a clear communicator and very easy to work with.

Ashley Fife is a solid non-contentious lawyer, with a good grasp of trust issues.

Key clients

Butterfield Trust (Bermuda)


Corporate and commercial Tier 3

Carey Olsen's Bermuda corporate and commercial department was formally established in 2018 with the recruitment of commercial and corporate law expert Mary Ward from Conyers Dill & Pearman; Ward also advises on insurance matters including the incorporation and ongoing regulatory requirements of commercial insurers. The practice also saw Gavin Woods join from Appleby, who specialises in corporate finance, corporate structuring and insurance and reinsurance matters. The team has a significant insurance and financial sector focus, and advises on creating new structures for commercial growth as well as public and private M&A; it also acts for boards and shareholders.

Key clients

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Apex Group

Hamilton Insurance Group

Rothesay Life

Insurance/reinsurance Tier 3

Carey Olsen's recently launched Bermuda office hired Mary Ward from Conyers Dill & Pearman to lead the group; she handles a variety of insurance matters including the incorporation of commercial insurers and the related regulatory requirements. Previously at ApplebyGavin Woods, who also assists with insurance and reinsurance matters, also joined the team.


Extensive specialist experience with regulated insurance entities. Experienced senior leaders supported by strong bench of associates. Can have confidence in the advice provided. Very responsive. Great balance between technical yet commercial adviser.

Mary Ward is a very experienced corporate partner, a commercial thinker and trusted adviser. Highly responsive to clients and good follow-up. A no-nonsense type!

Key clients

Rothesay Life

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Hamilton Insurance Group

The firm

With a heritage that dates back to 1898, Carey Olsen is one of the most established and distinguished offshore law firms, advising on Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law across a global network of nine international offices.

Carey Olsen Bermuda was established in 2017 by managing partner and highly-regarded Bermudian attorney Michael Hanson. The team has a deep local knowledge of Bermuda law and regulation coupled with a global perspective, and has quickly established itself as a leading player in the Bermuda legal market.

Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited’s lawyers work alongside major international law firms and their clients include a number of the largest Bermuda-based global insurance and reinsurance businesses and insurance intermediaries, as well as other global financial institutions with offices in the jurisdiction such as banks, trust companies, accountancy firms and hedge funds.

Carey Olsen is a leading offshore law firm advising financial institutions, corporations and private clients on Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law from a network of nine international offices.

Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited is a limited liability company incorporated in Bermuda and approved and recognised under the Bermuda Bar (Professional Companies) Rules 2009. The use of the title “Partner” is merely to denote seniority. Services are provided on the basis of our current terms of business.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Michael Hanson
Corporate Mary Ward
Dispute resolution and litigation Michael Hanson
Dispute resolution and litigation Keith Robinson
Employment Michael Hanson
Regulatory Michael Hanson
Regulatory Keith Robinson
Restructuring and insolvency Keith Robinson
Trusts and private wealth Keith Robinson
Insurance Gavin Woods
Corporate Gavin Woods
Insurance Mary Ward
Photo Name Position Profile
 Adam Collieson  photo Adam Collieson
 Michelle Falcucci  photo Michelle Falcucci
 Ashley Fife  photo Ashley Fife
 Michael Hanson  photo Michael Hanson
 Kyle Masters  photo Kyle Masters
 Cheri Minors  photo Cheri Minors
 Keith Robinson  photo Keith Robinson
 Keivon Simons  photo Keivon Simons
 Sam Stevens  photo Sam Stevens
 Mary Ward  photo Mary Ward
 Jay Webster  photo Jay Webster
 Jennifer Woods  photo Jennifer Woods
 Gavin Woods  photo Gavin Woods