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Michael Hanson

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Carey Olsen

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Corporate; Dispute resolution and litigation; Regulatory; Employment; Insurance


Michael Hanson is the managing partner of Carey Olsen Bermuda. His core practice is centred on human capital and regulatory law where he advises the largest insurance and reinsurance, banks and professional services businesses on the island.

Michael has particular and significant expertise in multijurisdictional crisis management, corporate, employment and regulatory investigations, complex executive disputes and executive benefit and incentive programs. Michael also has a more general practice advising clients on commercial contract claims, reinsurance and coverage disputes and shareholder disputes.


Prior to joining Carey Olsen in 2017, Michael was partner and head of the employment and immigration practice at another offshore law firm in Bermuda.

In 2013, Michael was appointed as Chairman of the Human Rights Commission in Bermuda under the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1981.

Michael is also on the board of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, which is the Island’s oldest and largest trade organisation.


Corporate and commercial

Within: Corporate and commercial

Carey Olsen Bermuda opened in late 2017, with the corporate department established in early 2018. The practice advises on public and private M&A and on completing exchange-based listings; it also acts for boards and shareholders. Mary Ward, whose practice includes M&A, restructuring private and public companies, and private equity, joined from Conyers to head up the corporate practice; corporate partner Gavin Woods and Bermuda managing partner and employment law specialist Michael Hanson joined from Appleby.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

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.

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