Editor's Letter

Offshore jurisdictions play a key role in the global economy, from providing neutral territory for international investment, and secure structures where personal and collective wealth from across the world can grow with the global economy but protected from domestic politics, and often deployed in ways that creates returns and security for investors and real social impact.

The offshore world has responded to public challenges and the blurring of the offshore and onshore worlds. In this, fivehundred’s first special regional supplement, we deep dive into the offshore world to reveal the latest news, trends, and best practice developments, stepping outside the hall of mirrors to see how these jurisdictions add real value for global law firms and their clients.

We begin from a global perspective, with Appleby’s Jeffrey Kirk explaining legal innovation from an offshore firm angle; Ogier’s Katrina Edge on why a strategy of ‘getting to the point’ is a must to service the modern client; while Carey Olsen’s Michael Padarin in Hong Kong explains why you should think quality over quantity when it comes to client interactions.

From Jersey, Maples partners Paul Burton and Simon Hopwood highlight the features of Jersey holding companies that are attractive, from a global private equity acquisition and structuring point of view, and Jersey Finance’s CEO, Joe Moynihan, talks about the evolution of family offices.

Will Tolcher

Deputy editor, Offshore

Climate finance – can demand come quickly enough?

Briefing

Dr Andy Sloan, Chair of Guernsey Green Finance, outlines Guernsey’s role in tackling climate change through the breadth of financial services

It is difficult to ignore the issue of climate change today. Climate finance the issue of how the global population will make the changes required to limit global warning and give the planet a sustainable future tends to be a step away from the Extinction Rebellion protests taking place in London. However, climate finance is …

Family Offices for a New Generation

Briefing

What used to be a private office set up to deal with a wealthy family’s investments is now more complex and exciting than ever before, says Joe Moynihan, Chief Executive Officer, Jersey Finance

Family offices have been through a period of evolution in recent years. What used to simply be a private office set up to deal with a wealthy family’s investments, usually fairly safe and traditional in nature and decided by one single family leader, is now more complex and much more exciting than ever before. Over …

Regulatory Pressures Afoot

Briefing

There must be mutual confidence and respect between industry and the regulator to achieve good compliance across the board, says Vicki Unsworth, head of the commercial and regulatory litigation team at Advocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth Ltd

The Isle of Man is widely considered to be a well-regulated jurisdiction with a robust regulatory framework overseen by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Businesses across a variety of fields are licensed, regulated, and overseen to undertake business by the FSA or alternatively are, since the introduction and implementation of the Designated Businesses (Registration and …

Law’s a beach, in the Caribbean

Offshore

Editor Amy Ulliott deep dives into the last five years of The Legal 500’s Caribbean rankings to discover which firms come out ahead across some of the world’s most lucrative offshore jurisdictions, and highlights some key market trends

The Caribbean legal market is unlike most others in the world. The lucrative offshore jurisdiction remains a draw for international companies and foreign individuals looking to benefit from the region’s business-friendly regulations, and local markets are increasingly dedicated to moving away from the region’s reputation for secrecy following the increased scrutiny of the offshore world. …

Jersey and Guernsey: A friendly rivalry

Offshore

Will Tolcher explores the history of the Channel Islands’ legal market and highlights which offshore firms come out ahead in The Legal 500’s decade worth of rankings

Although sharing elements of a common history, Jersey and Guernsey are two distinct jurisdictions, separated by 28km of water, with different legal systems and bar admissions. Due to their separate legal history – with a strong infusion of historic Norman law creating a few unique points compared to the law of England and Wales – …

Isle of Man picks up speed

Offshore

Will Tolcher looks at a decade of The Legal 500’s rankings to reveal key trends in the Manx market and which offshore law firms are moving up the grid

A crown dependency, the Isle of Man has two unique calling cards other than its finance industry. The first is its world-famous TT motorcycle races. Running since 1907, competitors now whizz around closed public roads at speeds of up to 320 km/h. The other, perhaps secondary, clichéd image of Manx is the significantly more sedate …

Focus on…Appleby

Offshore

Appleby is one of the world’s leading international law firms. Their global teams of legal specialists advise public and private companies, financial institutions and private individuals

Appleby is one of the world’s leading international law firms. Their global teams of legal specialists advise public and private companies, financial institutions and private individuals. They are a full service law firm providing comprehensive, expert advice and services across corporate, dispute resolution, property, regulatory and private client and trusts practice areas. They work with …

Jeffrey Kirk

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Jeffrey Kirk: We are consistently innovative in our thinking

What do you do differently from other offshore firms? Our clients have always been at the core of our business and we believe that our global model helps support them, when they need us the most. Our ability, where required, to draw on specialist expertise from our wider local and global network of practices to …

Katrina Edge: Our focus on innovation, collaboration and flexibility is a key differentiator

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Katrina Edge, head of Ogier’s banking and finance practice in Europe and Jersey, on why offshore firms need a global approach

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients? Our focus is on delivering market-leading client service by being the most advanced offshore firm in digital service delivery and innovation. We have rolled out an award-winning, cross-jurisdictional initiative to streamline our transaction processes, promote a culture of continuous improvement and ultimately …

Michael Padarin: There’s creativity in law

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The Hong Kong-based head of Carey Olsen’s corporate practice on why lawyers must continuously think outside of the square, why there is more to the offshore world than sun, sea, and palm trees, and why you should think quality over quantity when it comes to client interactions

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients? We’ve made two major changes recently, both of which will be of great benefit to our clients. The first main change has been the launch of our Hong Kong corporate practice. We were previously an insolvency, restructuring, and litigation practice only from …