Mary Ward > Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited > Hamilton, Bermuda > Lawyer Profile

Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited

Work Department

Corporate; Banking and Finance; Taxation and Economic Substance Requirements


Mary is a partner in Carey Olsen’s corporate team and advises on all aspects of commercial and corporate law, with extensive experience in securities law, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring of private and public companies and private equity. She has also advised on insurance matters, including incorporation and ongoing regulatory requirements of commercial insurers, equity and debt financings of insurers and insurance groups including private placements, listed debt offerings and IPOs.


Mary joined Carey Olsen Bermuda after 15 years at Conyers Dill & Pearman. Prior to her arrival in Bermuda, she worked for international law firms Linklaters in New York and Slaughter and May in London. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994 and the Bermuda Bar in 2004.

Lawyer Rankings

Bermuda > Regulatory and compliance

At Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited, a multidisciplinary team of corporate, finance, private client and dispute resolution lawyers handle the full spectrum of regulatory and compliance issues. Recently, the department has specialised in providing advice to financial services clients on economic substance and anti-money laundering issues, sanctions and anti-bribery work, data protection and privacy matters, M&A due diligence and general regulatory compliance issues, particularly in the insurance sector. Bermuda managing partner Michael Hanson has extensive experience in advising on reputational risk matters, sensitive investigations and crisis management scenarios, while senior associate Kyle Masters (who worked at the Bermuda Regulatory Authority prior to joining the firm) regularly advises clients in the finance, energy, telecoms and health sectors on their interactions with statutory bodies and regulators. Other names to note include Mary Ward, Gavin Woods and senior counsel Michael Frith, who joined the firm from Conyers in 2020.

Bermuda > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Mary WardCarey Olsen Bermuda Limited

The team at Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited, which attracts praise for being ‘dedicated, knowledgeable, and hardworking’, is jointly led by Mary Ward and Gavin Woods, who both have a significant focus on the insurance and financial sectors. Ward is noted for her expertise in securities law and equity and debt financings for insurers and insurance groups, while Woods has extensive experience in alternative risk financings, capital markets and derivatives matters, insurance-linked securities work, investment fund issues and catastrophe bond structures. Senior counsel Michael Frith, who was previously at Conyers, joined the team in early 2020, whilst Adam Bathgate departed for Walkers.

Bermuda > Insurance/reinsurance

Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited advises large international insurers and prominent domestic insurance companies on a variety of corporate and regulatory matters in the insurance and reinsurance sector. Mary Ward has extensive experience in establishing commercial reinsurers and assisting with regulatory requirements, and is particularly adept at handling insurance M&A transactions. Another name to note is Gavin Woods, who has additional expertise in alternative risk financings and derivatives transactions. The team also advises on the licensing of various insurance companies including captives, special purpose insurers and commercial carriers.

Bermuda > Corporate and commercial

Founded in 2018, the Bermuda corporate and commercial team at Carey Olsen Bermuda Limited has notably expanded its capabilities; recent work ranges from corporate finance and corporate structuring issues to insurance and reinsurance matters. Consolidating its presence in the Bermudan market, the team has built on its insurance sector focus and is increasingly sought out by financial services clients. Key areas of strength include M&A and general insurance mandates, including advising on incorporation issues and regulatory requirements. M&A expert Mary Ward and Gavin Woods, who is particularly active in insurance and reinsurance mandates, are the primary names to note.