Offshore law firms, Appleby Spurling Hunter and Jersey-based Bailhache Labesse, have formally completed their merger.

First announced in May 2006, the combined group is now called Appleby Hunter Bailhache and is the only offshore provider of legal, fiduciary and administration services with a major presence in four of the world's leading offshore business centres - Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Jersey - as well as offices in London and Hong Kong. It boasts significant collective resources, including 45 partners and approximately 600 employees worldwide.

'Appleby Hunter Bailhache offers improved services to both existing and new clients. In particular, the new group's strength and depth across multiple jurisdictions enables Appleby Hunter Bailhache to give clients access to impartial offshore guidance and experience, as well as a talented pool of lawyers in any of its locations,' says Peter Bubenzer, Global Managing Partner. 'This ensures that the most appropriate jurisdiction and team are always available to meet a client's requirements.'

The new group's key strengths are in corporate and commercial advice, insurance, funds and investment services, asset finance, banking, capital markets, dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring, trusts and real property, telecommunications and technology. Complementing the firm's offshore legal services are trust, corporate administration and company accounting and management services.

'Our strategy is to be the leading provider of legal, fiduciary and administration services in the offshore world,' adds Bubenzer. 'We now have strength and depth across multiple jurisdictions which will help to position us as the first choice for clients in the offshore world.'

New group structure:
Group Managing Partner - Peter Bubenzer
Group Chief Executive Officer - James Jardine.

The Managing Partners of Appleby Hunter Bailhache's regional offices are:
Bermuda - Shaun Morris
Cayman and BVI  - Huw Moses
Hong Kong - Frances Woo
Jersey - Michael O'Connell
London - Warren Cabral.

The practice areas and affiliate companies are led by the following partners:
Corporate & Commercial - Group Head, Judith Collis (Bermuda office)
Litigation & Insolvency - Group Head, Andrew Bolton (Cayman office)
Property - Group Head, John Bisson (Jersey office)
Trusts - Group Head, Timothy Faries (Bermuda office)
Fiduciary & Administration Services- Farah Ballands (Jersey office


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