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Bedell Cristin

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Managing Partner: Tim Pearce
Number of partners: 30
Number of fee-earners: 87
Laws practised: BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey

THE FIRM
Bedell Cristin is a leading offshore law firm, which gives BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey advice. It acts for a wide range of clients from financial institutions, multinationals, large corporates and high net-worth individuals, to regulatory bodies, government agencies and private investors.

Established in 1939, Bedell Cristin now has the size, international outlook and strategic positioning to provide legal advice for complex cross-jurisdictional transactions for clients based all over the world.

The firm specialises in banking, corporate and commercial, structured finance, international private client, investment funds, insurance, regulatory and compliance, commercial and trust litigation, restructuring and insolvency and real estate investment transactions. It also provides local legal services including property law, immigration and employment law.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Capital markets & Structured Finance:
The firm’s top class capital markets and structured finance team is highly experienced in securitisation, listing and other structured finance work. It advises on some of the most innovative transactions executed in the market. The team of specialist lawyers provides the highest quality service to blue chip clients and an extensive network of contacts at leading international law firms and other intermediaries worldwide.
investment Funds & Private equity: This group provides expert legal advice on the formation of funds and other investment structures (including investment syndicates, club deals, joint ventures and managed accounts), regulation and transactional and other ongoing advice. It acts for fund managers, administrators, banks and investors in all aspects of investment fund work.
Banking & Corporate: Legal opinions and advice are provided to banks, investment houses and multinationals globally. This group also advises on elements of international M&A transactions, joint venture arrangements, shareholders’ agreements/arrangements and acquisitions/disposals of Channel Island, BVI or Cayman Island companies.
Insurance: This group provides advice on all aspects of the Channel Islands and Cayman Islands insurance markets including insurance, reinsurance, captives, PCCs, ICCs and segregated cell companies. The group has some of the leading practitioners in the field and regularly contributes to publications on cutting edge changes to the law, as well as having considerable experience in advising leading companies in this sector.
International Private Client: The firm’s highly experienced team covers BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey legal advice and provides specialist trust and related corporate law advice to individual and institutional clients on wealth preservation and management, employee and executive share incentive schemes, bespoke trust drafting, the restructuring of assets held in trust and advice to fiduciaries.
Regulatory & Compliance: This group is focused on advising local and international clients on the regulatory and compliance issues arising from their operations in the Channel Islands, BVI or the Cayman Islands.
Litigation: Bedell Cristin has one of the largest and most highly regarded offshore litigation practices. Based in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey, it provides a full range of litigation and dispute resolution services. Particular growth has taken place in contentious trust and regulatory work, and other key work areas include banking, insolvency and asset tracing.
Commercial & Residential Property: The firm advises on a wide range of property/real estate and private client matters. This team’s expertise extends to matters relating to planning, regulation, licensing and construction law.
Relocation: Bedell Cristin has particular expertise in helping clients, their businesses and families with all aspects of relocation to the Cayman Islands or the Channel Islands.
Employment: The group practises all employment related fields including contentious and non-contentious employment, discrimination and regulatory law. It also advises on implementing cultural change.
Wills & Probate: This team offers comprehensive private client advice to individuals and their families and advises on the most effective legal structures available for managing wealth. Services include wills and estate planning, probate, executorship, inheritance and estates and elderly and vulnerable clients.