Part of the global law firm Kennedys (with 38 offices in 22 countries), the Bermuda office is one of the leading law firms in Bermuda. Our partners have extensive experience advising clients on some of the largest and most complex legal issues facing insurers, financial institutions, corporate organisations, trust structures and financial and professional service providers. Members of our Bermuda-based team have in-depth international and local experience, having practiced both 'onshore' and 'offshore' for many years, both as barristers and advocates, and as solicitors and attorneys.
Our global reach, local and international experience, and deep sector knowledge provide our Bermuda-based lawyers with an extensive understanding of the global and local issues facing our clients. Areas of expertise include insurance, commercial and corporate litigation, trusts, insolvency and restructuring and corporate and regulatory advice.
Our specialist insurance and reinsurance practice assists insurers and their investors with licensing, M&A and capital-raising exercises and advises clients on all classes of business, including general liability (particularly the “Bermuda Form”), professional liability, directors' and officers' liability, financial institutions, product liability, Industry Loss Warranties, Insurance Linked Securities, captive insurance programmes, property, life insurance and other classes of long-term business, environmental liability, construction, marine and cargo, personal accident, life insurance, workers compensation, and motor liability.
We have helped clients establish collateralised insurance structures in Bermuda for use in ILS transactions.
Our team is expert in all aspects of Bermuda regulation of insurers carrying on general and long-term business. We frequently advise clients on capital treatment, acquisition of and investment in subsidiaries and the use of reinsurance to provide capital relief. We also advise insurer clients on a range of compliance matters such as AML, economic substance, personal information protection, ABAC and code of conduct issues.
We are experienced in the insolvency and restructuring of insurer companies. Our team spearheaded work on the reform of Bermuda insurance law applicable to insurers, resulting in the implementation of a statutory policyholder protection regime in 2018.
We offer a “one stop” service for Bermuda-related arbitration work, including arbitrations seated or held in Bermuda, London, Toronto and elsewhere, and we are in a unique position to offer clients access to our global network and highly specialist insurance teams in London, New York, and in every other Kennedys office throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Our team also offers unique specialist expertise advising and acting on offshore professional risks, involving professional negligence claims in offshore jurisdictions relating to directors, officers, trustees, fiduciaries, corporate service providers, lawyers, accountants, fund administrators, auditors, insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, custodians, investment managers, insurance brokers, architects, building professionals, and medical professionals.
We advise and represent corporate clients on a wide range of commercial disputes, both in litigation and in arbitration, as well as on insolvency and restructuring matters, trusts disputes, and regulatory issues.
Our Bermuda-based lawyers have appeared as Leading Counsel or Counsel in some of the largest and most complex pieces of commercial and trusts litigation before the Supreme Court of Bermuda in the past fifteen years, as well as conducting appeals before the Court of Appeal for Bermuda and the Privy Council in London.
We have particular experience of dealing with urgent applications for injunctive relief, including freezing injunctions, anti-suit injunctions, and provisional liquidation appointments. We are also regularly involved in asset tracing and asset recovery proceedings, contested winding up petitions, minority shareholder petitions and corporate governance disputes, as well as applications for the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards, and for the production of evidence for use in foreign proceedings.
20 Brunswick Street
Hamilton HM 10, Bermuda