Applebys and Bailhache merge to create offshore powerhouse

Offshore law firms Appleby Spurling Hunter and Bailhache Labesse will merge on September 1 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.

Appleby Spurling Hunter’s managing partner, Peter Bubenzer, said: “Our strategic vision is to be the leading provider of legal, fiduciary and administrative services in the offshore world. By merging with Bailhache Labesse, we are 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’s management committee added: “The two groups are a natural fit. Both are already leaders in their respective jurisdictions and we share a common vision to provide outstanding offshore services to clients.”

Applebys, the larger of the two firms, has offices Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong and London and around 435 staff of which 100 are lawyers. It business includes legal and administrative services.

Jersey-based Bailhache Labesse has more than 130 employees and provides legal and fiduciary services.