Appleby appoints five partners

Appleby appoints five partners

Appleby, a provider of offshore legal, fiduciary and administration services, has appointed five partners.

Richard Addlestone has joined the funds and investment services team and is based in the Cayman Islands office. He has over 16 years experience and was previously a partner with Walkers in Cayman. He specialises in private equity and hedge funds, and also advises on captive insurance, reinsurance and general corporate issues.

Julian Black joins the banking and asset finance team in the Cayman Islands office. He was also formerly a partner at Walkers, and specialises in debt and equity financings as well as advising on bank lending and taking security, bond issues, repackagings, project finance, securitisation, IPOs, Nasdaq listings and rights issues.

Matthew Stocker joins the Hong Kong office in April as a member of the banking and asset finance team. He was previously a partner at Maples and Calder in the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong and specialises in finance, banking, asset finance, structured finance, debt and equity financings and capital markets.

Matthew Feargrieve joins the Zurich office in May in the funds and investment services team to focus on Cayman funds and private equity. He was previously a partner at Mourant in London, specialising in investment funds and corporate finance.

James Gaudin joins the Jersey office in August. He was previously a partner and head of Jersey corporate at Walkers and advises on corporate and commercial issues, with an emphasis on finance, capital markets and funds.

In addition to the new partner appointments, partner Gray Smith, who joined Appleby in April 2009, has now moved back to the London office where he will lead the funds and investment services team. Prior to joining Appleby, Smith was London managing partner at Ogier and previously a partner at Maples and Calder.

Group managing partner Peter Bubenzer (pictured) says: “The strategic hire of these leading practitioners represents a significant addition to the firm’s strong corporate and commercial practice group, further enhancing our offering in Cayman and Jersey.

“One of our key strategic goals for 2010 is to continue our substantial investment in the right partners to underscore our market leading position and our ability to offer clients a range of jurisdictions and services unequalled by any other offshore firm.”

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