Offshore law firms Appleby Spurling Hunter and Bailhache Labesse are to merge on 1 September, creating a firm with six offices and more than 600 employees.
The new firm will be known as Appleby Hunter Bailhache and will offer legal, fiduciary and administrative services, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (1 June).
Applebys managing partner Peter Bubenzer said: “By merging with Bailhache Labesse we’re strengthening and extending our reach into another key jurisdiction and positioning ourselves as the first choice for clients in the offshore world.”
Mike O’Connell, chairman of the Bailhache Labesse group management committee, added: “The groups are a natural fit. Both are leaders in their respective jurisdictions and we share a common vision to provide outstanding offshore services to clients.”
Applebys, the larger of the firms, has offices Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and London and around 435 staff, of which 100 are lawyers. It provides legal and administrative services. Jersey’s Bailhache Labesse has more than 130 employees and provides legal and fiduciary services.