Bermuda: Leading Offshore Law Firms Appleby Spurling Hunter And Bailhache Labesse Complete Merger
Last Updated: 5 September 2006

Offshore law firms, Appleby Spurling Hunter and Jersey-based Bailhache Labesse, have today - 1st September 2006 - 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. This ensures that the most appropriate jurisdiction and team are always available to meet a client’s requirements," states Peter Bubenzer, Global Managing Partner.

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.

Peter Bubenzer, Global Managing Partner concludes: "Our strategy is to be the leading provider of legal, fiduciary and administration services in the offshore world. 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)

For further information please contact:

Nicola Stokes, Myddleton Communications – London on + 44 207 689 5545 or email or Vicki Cummings, Director of Marketing, Appleby Hunter Bailhache – Bermuda on +1 441 298 3294 or email

Sarah Madel, Head of Marketing- Jersey, Appleby Hunter Bailhache- Jersey on +44 (0)1534 818360 or email



Appleby Hunter Bailhache is a leading provider of sophisticated offshore legal services. The firm has approximately 600 staff with offices in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Hong Kong and London. Appleby Hunter Bailhache has represented two thirds of the companies on the Fortune 500 list and almost one half of those on the FTSE 100 list, as well and many private companies and high net worth individuals.

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