Appleby merger creates offshore giant

The combined firm has 74 partners, 200 lawyers and offices in 11 countries including Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Seychelles, Bahrain, Mauritius, Hong Kong, London and the Isle of Man.

The merger was first mooted in June, when the two firms reached an agreement about a ­potential tie-up. Group managing partner Peter ­Bubenzer said: “Our entry into the Isle of Man market further builds our strength and depth across multiple jurisdictions, providing greater resources and greater choice to all of our clients and their advisers.”