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Bedell & Cristin Services We are an award-winning law firm with expertise in BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law and the agility to drive success for our clients in a fast moving world. We provide legal advice shaped around the needs of corporate and private clients, financial institutions and intermediaries worldwide. The capabilities and talent of our lawyers have earned us industry recognition for identifying all the steps necessary to meet our clients' goals, however diverse or complex the requirement.

Working in multi disciplinary teams, we marry thought leadership with a proactive approach to solving issues holistically - without a client needing to raise them - across geographies and practice areas in the most efficient and seamless way. Through this approach - delivering reliability and stability with flair - we combine commercial acumen with service excellence that helps our clients achieve their objectives.

They are pragmatic, commercially aware - absolutely outstanding performance, focused, efficient and successful.
Highlights

read more › Our globally recognised banking practice provides BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey legal advice to leading banks and financial institutions located worldwide. We act for global banks and financial institutions as well as borrowers, such as special purpose vehicles, unit trusts and limited partnerships. Our capabilities cover the full spectrum of banking matters, from lending to individuals through to highly complex structured finance transactions secured on real estate or other assets. We are appointed to the panels of the major lenders and are frequently involved in high profile financing transactions including acquisition finance, real estate finance, Islamic finance, project finance as well as sophisticated derivative financing transactions.

read more › Our corporate and commercial practice is a core component of our global business. Renowned for its pragmatic and solution oriented approach, the team advises on BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law on a range of high profile, international, cross border and local corporate transactions. The team's work encompasses acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations, mergers and joint ventures involving local trading businesses or local entities within international groups, across a variety of industries.

read more › Economic substance laws have been adopted by the BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey, requiring certain entities which are tax resident in one of the islands to be directed and managed and to carry out income generating activities in that island. The laws apply to a wide range of activities, including fund management, banking, insurance and certain arrangements between group companies. Whatever your business, we have experts in each of our jurisdictions who can help assess whether you are affected and, if so, ensure that you are compliant.

read more › Our employment practice provides specialist legal advice in BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. Our client-base ranges from large and medium sized organisations, including the offshore operations of many global financial institutions, to senior employees, directors and entrepreneurs. Often the employment and regulatory advice sought is one of a number of considerations in larger transactions (e.g. during M&A deals) and, where required, our employment team works closely with expert lawyers from our other practice areas such as our corporate teams during such projects.

read more › Our globally recognised funds and investment structures practice provides BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey legal advice to asset managers and funds investing in private equity, venture capital, real estate, debt and infrastructure. Across all our locations, our specialist teams enjoy proactive relationships with the regulatory authorities and industry bodies ensuring we are at the forefront in shaping best practice and assisting our clients with the latest industry developments. We provide legal advice covering the entire life cycle of funds and investment structures, from the structuring, operation and regulation of vehicles, to acquisitions, reorganisations, investments and exits.

read more › Our dedicated insolvency practice advises on BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law. Working with leading legal and accountancy practices, we have extensive expertise in insolvencies with an international element and have advised on many significant cross-border insolvency cases, both contentious and non-contentious, as well as security enforcement, asset tracking, disclosure and freezing orders. Our highly experienced team has for a number of years been at the cutting edge of developing the law on assisting foreign office holders and from seeking assistance from the courts in other jurisdictions.

read more › We have experts in each of our jurisdictions in the insurance and reinsurance market who have a comprehensive knowledge of all legal and regulatory matters affecting the formation and operation of insurance and reinsurance structures. Across our jurisdictions, we advise on captive insurance vehicles, insurance linked securities (ILS), pension longevity risk transfers, insurance business transfer schemes and migration of insurance companies. Our clients include regulatory authorities, governments, major corporates and ratings agencies.

read more › Our international private client team provides specialist BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey trust, foundation and related corporate law advice to individual and institutional clients. We are highly regarded for the quality of our work and have earned over many years an excellent reputation for our client service. Major international law firms and accountancy practices consistently choose to work with us on cross-border projects because of our outstanding legal expertise across the jurisdictions in which we operate.

read more › Bedell Channel Islands Limited (BCIL) is a category 1, 2 and 3 listing member of The International Stock Exchange (TISE) and is authorised to act as a sponsor on all categories of listings. Our team has considerable experience of acting as sponsor and/or adviser to a significant number of TISE-listed debt securities and investment funds - particularly asset-backed securities, high yield bonds, convertible bonds, PIK notes and loan notes and fund securities. Recent clients have included major UK corporates and private equity firms taking advantage of the quoted Eurobond exemption, and we have also acted on several UK REITs listings.

read more › Our global litigation team is recognised around the world, is respected for its rigorous approach to high-quality work and enjoys top tier status with both the Chambers and Legal 500 directories. We are instructed frequently to act in the highest-profile disputes in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey and have been at the forefront of litigation for many years. We are leaders in law making and have a long history of creating legal precedents in groundbreaking cases. Similarly, we are involved actively in drafting and professional advisory committees to help to develop and shape legislation across our jurisdictions.

read more › Our highly experienced pensions and employee incentives team advises on all aspects of pensions and employee incentive arrangements. We pride ourselves on providing practical, commercial and easy to understand advice to trustees, beneficiaries and employers. Where contentious issues arise, we work closely with our litigation team to ensure that our service is seamless. Our specialist pensions legal team have experience in advising employers, trustees, administrators and other pension professionals across a wide range of pension related matters.

read more › Our property teams provide an independent and professional approach to all aspects of commercial, residential and development property in all our jurisdictions. Whether a client is acquiring a commercial investment or simply their next home, the Bedell Cristin property team's first class experience and broad span of expertise will ensure a pragmatic, prompt and proactive service in respect of all your property transactions. Our Guernsey and Jersey teams often form an integrated pan-island team to advise on significant property transactions occurring simultaneously across both islands.

read more › As the world becomes ever more interconnected, obtaining residence and in some cases citizenship rights in one or more countries, and an ability to leave one country and settle in another, is becoming increasingly important, both economically and politically. Individuals, families, family offices and businesses are facing a growing number of global personal, commercial and political risks which are driving their desire to use the BVI, Cayman Islands and Channel Islands residency programmes as tools to manage those risks.

read more › Our team offers comprehensive advice to individuals and their families and has built lasting relationships over many years. The team has considerable experience advising clients on the most effective legal structures available for managing their wealth and its safe transfer to the next generation. A professionally drafted Will is the cornerstone of estate planning. It ensures that a client's wishes will be dealt with in the best possible manner with careful consideration to family and financial circumstances.

read more › Bedell Cristin's experts advise on all aspects of BVI law and local practical issues from our locations across the globe. With extensive knowledge and experience of international transactions, our law team ensure the offshore component meets our clients' overall objectives. The BVI has taken great steps to build the strength and credibility of its regulatory regime, and its GFSI ranking reinforces its position as a leading jurisdiction for international finance services. Increasing numbers of new corporate, mutual fund and trust company businesses are attracted by the BVI's respected body of law, high standards of regulation, skilled workforce and favourable commercial environment.

read more › Bedell Cristin's Cayman practice is built upon its responsiveness to client needs and its straightforward, commercially focused and cost-effective advice. Our clients include major financial institutions, public and private companies, high net worth individuals and major onshore law firms and accounting practices. It is the world's leading domicile for offshore hedge funds, the second largest captive insurance centre and world-renowned in banking and structured finance.

read more › Our hand-picked team of legal experts provides comprehensive advice relating to Guernsey law and has a thorough understanding of cross-jurisdictional issues. Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named 'Offshore law firm of the year' in the UK Captive Services Awards every year since 2013. Guernsey has been one of the world's most sophisticated international finance centres for over 50 years, and is a pivotal jurisdiction for offshore business. Independent in outlook, it is well regulated, with a robust legislative framework, a compliant and transparent tax regime and a strong, positive relationship with the UK.

read more › Bedell Cristin has provided a full range of legal services with a strong commercial bias since it was first established in Jersey in 1939. Our lawyers offer comprehensive advice relating to Jersey law, and we also support the Bedell Cristin BVI practice from our Jersey headquarters. Jersey is consistently recognised as one of the world's leading offshore financial centres, and has been rated as the top Offshore Jurisdiction for seven consecutive editions of the Global Financial Centres Index. With its tax neutral environment and proximity to major financial centres in the UK and Europe, it delivers the ideal business conditions for international finance.

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