Appleby announced its merger with Dickinson Cruickshank, the largest law firm in the Isle of Man.

Appleby is the first global offshore law firm on the island and the move will allow Appleby to have the widest jurisdictional reach, and become the largest offshore law firm in terms of the number of partners.

The firm will now have 73 partners and 200 lawyers, and a total of over 800 staff in nine offices worldwide, including Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Mauritius, Hong Kong, London, Zurich and the Isle of Man.

The firm will continue to be known as Appleby and the merger is to be effective, once all conditions are met, on Oct. 1.

Dickinson Cruickshank is the largest and one of the longest established firms on the Isle of Man. Founded in 1899, it is now one of the two dominant law firms on the island with 11 partners, 27 other lawyers, 17 fiduciary service providers and a total staff of 119.

It is a full service firm practicing Isle of Man law with a specific focus on corporate and commercial, private client, dispute resolution, property and fiduciary services.

The merger follows Appleby’s opening in Mauritius in 2008, providing clients with greater access to the high growth Middle East, Asian, Indian and African markets, and in Zurich in 2009, offering access to a range of offshore centers to private bank and institutional clients in Switzerland.

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