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At Kennedys Bermuda, we simplify the complex.

Kennedys Bermuda is a premier legal practice in Bermuda. The partners have over twenty years’ experience advising clients on some of the largest and most complex legal issues facing insurers, reinsurers, corporate organisations, and financial and professional service providers.

The expert team has an unparalleled history in providing counsel on insurance and reinsurance matters involving coverage, policy drafting, claims, litigation, arbitration, mediation, and regulatory compliance.

The team also specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, trusts disputes, and insolvency and restructuring assignments.

Members of the team provide corporate legal services, including commercial contract drafting, legal opinions, corporate structuring advice, corporate finance and regulatory advice for Bermudian companies and international organisations involved in insurance and offshore finance.

Members of the team have also been involved in some of the most significant public law disputes and regulatory investigations involving Bermuda.

Our global reach, local and international experience, and deep sector knowledge empower our Bermuda-based lawyers with an extensive understanding of the global and local issues facing our clients, so we can offer them rich and diverse perspectives.

Our expertise

Our Bermudian 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.

Insurance and Reinsurance
 
We offer a “one stop” service for Bermuda-related arbitration work, including arbitrations venued 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.

The specialist insurance and reinsurance practice 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.

In addition to our arbitration experience, we have particular experience of making applications to the Supreme Court of Bermuda for the Court's assistance and supervision of Bermuda arbitrations, including anti-suit injunctions, stays, interim relief, enforcement of awards and appointment of arbitrators.

Our team has over twenty years’ experience working in the London Market and the Bermuda Market, as well as acting on offshore insurance-related disputes involving Bermuda, Hong Kong, Singapore, and other jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, the Turks & Caicos Islands, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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 are able to offer onshore assistance to Bermuda insurers with claims management and auditing from our United States and other global offices, and our London office can assist Bermuda-based reinsurers in relation to reviews of London market ceding insurers. Kennedys Bermuda also acts as a third party claims agent for various insurers, handling entire programmes of business.

Dispute Resolution

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 team has particular experience of commercial disputes involving the offshore financial services and professional services industry, involving banks, investment managers, hedge funds, trusts, exempt companies and partnerships, insurance companies, segregated accounts companies, and professional service providers.

Our Bermuda-based lawyers have appeared as Counsel in some of the largest and most complex pieces of commercial and trusts litigation before the Supreme Court of Bermuda in the past 10 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. 

Our team regularly participates in commercial arbitrations (both international and domestic), as well as in mediations and settlement negotiations.

Members of our team are also frequently instructed in high-profile matters before the Bermuda Courts involving issues of public, administrative, regulatory, constitutional, and environmental law. Our lawyers have considerable experience of dispute resolution before a variety of statutory tribunals and regulatory bodies in Bermuda and internationally.

Members of our team frequently act as local Bermuda counsel for US, UK and Asian law firms in connection with Bermuda-related matters, and we have strong international connections with Kennedys Law LLP, other international law firms, and the London Bar.

A number of our lawyers also provide expert advice and opinion evidence on issues of Bermuda law in foreign Court proceedings, in jurisdictions such as the USA, the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Corporate and Commercial

Our team has considerable experience advising clients on corporate transactions and commercial matters involving Bermuda, including:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Partnership agreements
  • Shareholders' agreements
  • Trust deeds
  • Corporate governance
  • Regulatory and compliance matters
  • Public and private offers of securities
  • Loan and credit facilities
  • The giving and taking of security
  • Corporate structuring and corporate legal opinions
  • Schemes of Arrangement (solvent and insolvent)
  • Statutory transfers of Long-Term Insurance Business
  • Transfers of business by novation
  • Amalgamations and Mergers
  • Continuance and discontinuance of companies
  • Corporate Acquisitions and disposals
  • International insolvency and restructuring, including cross-border recognition and enforcement
  • Loss Portfolio Transfers
  • Longevity Swaps
  • Financial reinsurance
  • Secured reinsurance
  • Insurance Linked Securities

We also provide advice, contract drafting and litigation support on all aspects of employment law.

News

6 November 2017
Wildfires are rarely out of the news at the moment and their frequency, and intensity, is increasing. Whilst North America and Mediterranean Europe have suffered the most recent devastating losses, the risk of UK wildfires exists and this risk is growing.
23 October 2017
We are pleased to announce the establishment of a Bermuda office, with local law firm Sedgwick Chudleigh Ltd joining our global network. The Bermuda law firm was previously associated with US law firm Sedgwick LLP.
5 October 2017
We are pleased to announce that Eric Scheiner, former Managing Partner of Sedgwick’s Chicago office, has joined as a partner and will be based in our Chicago office. Joining Eric in the move from Sedgwick are partners Dick Geddes and Jennifer Quinn Broda.
 

*People marked with * are not admitted to practice in the State of Florida or any jurisdiction in the United States.