Cayman Islands: Forbes Hare Opens In London And Secures Ex-Maples Hire
Last Updated: 8 February 2013

Offshore law firm, Forbes Hare, has opened in London and recruited an experienced corporate lawyer to its expanding team.

Forbes Hare has launched its new London office, following an announcement in The Lawyer in September 2012, where it unveiled plans to add a City office to its existing BVI and Cayman operations.

Managing partner, William Hare, told The Lawyer last year that "Forbes Hare's growth is a by-product of the service it offers clients.  A significant number of those clients are either in London or in places better served from London, so we see this as a logical development."

Forbes Hare's London office is headed by former Walkers partner Catherine Ross, who has now been joined by ex-Maples and Calder lawyer Karen Gilbert as a senior associate in the firm's Corporate and Funds practice.

Karen previously practised for almost five years in the corporate department of Maples and Calder's BVI office, where she worked alongside current Forbes Hare partner and global head of corporate, Jose Santos, before he left Maples to set up the corporate practice at Forbes Hare in 2010.

Jose Santos commented on her appointment: "Karen has an exemplary track-record advising international clients on corporate and financial transactions.  In addition to strengthening relations with our clients in Europe, I am confident that Karen will be an asset to our growing public equity practice, having already worked with us on the IPO of the first Russian IPAC just before year end, and in our Latin American practice.  She is a great addition to the team."

Karen said: "I'm pleased to have joined Forbes Hare at an exciting time in the firm's development.It is great to be working with Jose again and I look forward to working with Catherine and the other partners to build on Forbes Hare's reputation with our onshore colleagues in London. Forbes Hare prides itself on its strong team of technical lawyers. This expertise, combined with a smaller firm environment, allows us to offer the essentials in exceptional client service namely quality, accessibility, and responsiveness in a more flexible way."

Forbes Hare plans to make further additions to its London team in the next few months as it builds its presence in the City.


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Photo caption:   Karen Gilbert, senior corporate associate at Forbes Hare with London-based partner and global head of investment funds Catherine Ross.

Notes to editors: Forbes Hare was established in 2005 in the BVI, and opened in the Cayman Islands in early 2010.  The firm provides Cayman and BVI legal advice to an international client base and has a corporate practice, an investment funds practice and a renowned litigation and insolvency practice – specialising in offshore companies, trusts, funds and financial services.

The Forbes Hare group also offers company and trust services through its subsidiary businesses – Forbes Hare Corporate Services in the BVI and Forbes Hare Trust Company in the Cayman Islands.

Forbes Hare currently employs seven partners and 35 staff in its three offices and is now the second largest firm (by fee earner numbers) in the BVI. 

The firm's new London office is located at 288 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QP.

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