Bermuda

Bermuda

For over 20 years, we have advised clients on some of the largest and most complex legal issues facing insurers, reinsurers, corporate organisations, and financial and professional service providers.

  • 3 partners
  • 2017 year established
  • 20+ years team experience

Our team of premier legal experts has in-depth international and local experience, having practiced 'onshore' and 'offshore', both as barristers and advocates, and as solicitors and attorneys. In addition, our global reach 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.

Insurance and reinsurance

We offer a “one stop” service for Bermuda-related arbitration work 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. 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.

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.

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.

Our team also offers unique specialist expertise advising and acting on Offshore Professional Risks, involving professional negligence claims in offshore jurisdictions.

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 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.

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.

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.

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