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Group Managing Partner: Michael O’Connell Bermuda
Managing Partner: Tim Faries
Number of partners worldwide: 60
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 196

Firm Overview:
Appleby is a leading offshore law firm with around 470 people, including 60 partners, operating from ten offices around the globe. The firm advises global public and private companies, financial institutions, and high net worth individuals, working with them and their advisers to achieve practical solutions, whether in a single location or across multiple jurisdictions.

Appleby represents combined ingenuity and talent taken from all of the most significant international offshore financial centres, and is focused on the development of new products and the provision of effective service to its many international clients.

Appleby today is one of the world’s leading offshore law firms. The Group has offices in the key offshore jurisdictions of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius, and the Seychelles, as well as a presence in the international financial centres of Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Main Areas of Practice:

The corporate group at Appleby is among the largest and most widely recognised in the offshore world. Multidisciplinary teams advise a large number of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies on all aspects of corporate and commercial law, across sectors including banking and finance, eGaming, energy and natural resources, funds and investment services, insurance and reinsurance, privacy and data protection, private equity, technology and innovation and transport and logistics.

Banking & Asset Finance:
The group advises on the full spectrum of banking and asset finance, including project finance, security takings and the establishment, sale and restructuring of banks. Transactions include asset sales, securitisations, financing structures for ship owning companies, the registration of vessels, financing of aircraft, acquisitions (including cross border tax-based leasing structures) and the registration of aircraft.

Funds & Investment Services:
The group has leading expertise in the establishment and restructuring of retail, private equity, property and hedge funds. Advice is provided on the establishment and operations of limited and general partnerships; the structuring of securitisation transactions; and structured finance transactions, including derivatives and ISDA Master Agreements entered into with counterparties.

Capital Markets:
The group provides legal advice on the full spectrum of issues relating to capital markets. This includes public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, bond issues and derivative transactions, commercial paper programmes, repackagings, collateralised debt obligations (CDOs), Medium Term Notes (MTNs); securitisations and other structured products.

Structured Finance:
Advising private and listed companies, domestic and international banks and other financial institutions, the group focuses on a wide range of structured finance matters, such as ship and aircraft leasing, securitisations, repackaging, collateralised loan obligations (CLOs), other structured products and bond issues.

The group advises insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance managers and brokers, as well as companies seeking to do business with insurers, on a broad array of insurance issues. These include regulatory compliance, captive formations, capital raising, segregated cell structures, re-domiciliation, policies and procedures.

Covering the key areas of business and financial services regulation in the major offshore jurisdictions, the team advises on AML, anti-bribery, competition law, data protection, sanctions and export controls. The firm also advises on specialist sectors including insurance and reinsurance, eGaming, technology and innovation and financial services.

Technology & Innovation:
The multi-disciplinary global technology and innovation group comprises experts from each of Appleby’s ten offices to help businesses meet the new challenges and support clients across a broad range of emerging technologies, including Blockchain, virtual currencies, token sales and initial coin offerings, financial technologies, digital technology and E-commerce, intellectual property, unmanned aircraft systems, IT and communications and data protection and information management.

Dispute Resolution:
The dispute resolution team acts on a full range of legal issues and high-level cases including arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, employment and immigration, fraud and asset tracing, fund disputes, insolvency and restructuring, insurance disputes, merger disputes, professional negligence, regulatory disputes and trust disputes.

Employment & Immigration:
The employment and immigration lawyers inform leading international companies based in Appleby’s offshore jurisdictions of the changes in order to prevent litigation and minimise immigration delays or issues. This includes drafting employment contracts, policies and procedures, as well as unfair dismissal and redundancy.

Insolvency & Restructuring:
Specialising in insolvency work, asset recovery and constructive trust proceedings, the group has experience in liquidating all types of companies and partnerships, both on conventional insolvency grounds and as a consequence of governmental or regulatory action.

Private Client & Trusts:
The highly regarded private client and trusts group provides trust and foundation services to high net worth individuals, families, and fiduciary companies. Appleby advises on all aspects of trust law, including the establishment, administration restructuring and termination of private, charitable, purpose commercial trusts and foundations. Members of the team act in a personal capacity as protector, enforcer and director (of PTCs) for a number of discretionary trusts and is frequently instructed by blue-chip trust institutions.

The global property team advises on all areas of commercial and residential property, including sales and purchases, leasing, development and property finance transactions. Clients include developers, investors, business occupiers, banking institutions and private individuals.