For the last three years Carey Olsen has executed a significant programme of expansion that has underlined its status as an offshore powerhouse. In 2015 it opened in Singapore, in 2016 in Hong Kong and in 2017 the firm launched in its fifth legal jurisdiction with an office in Bermuda. Eschewing merger, Carey Olsen has opened new offices with targeted hires and subsequent growth. With Caribbean jurisdictions of increasing interest for Asian clients, the launch in Bermuda underpins the firm’s continued growth across the Asia region. Meanwhile work in the Channel Islands, the firm’s home base, continues to be strong in both contentious and non-contentious work. Carey Olsen was the leading listing agent for The International Stock Exchange in 2017, advises over 1,200 funds across the Channel Islands and nine of the world’ top ten private equity clients – and is now targeting fintech. A strong year from a confident partnership. ‘Real market leadership, innovative initiatives and impressive expertise,’ said the judges, praising the firm’s international growth strategy.
Commended: Bedell Cristin
Bedell Cristin’s strong run of deals in Jersey, Guernsey and BVI were noted by the judges, who commended its ‘substantial’ work and its ‘great ambitions’.