Offshore law firms Appleby Spurling Hunter and Jersey-based Bailhache Labesse formally completed their merger on Sept. 1.

The law firms first announced their intention to join forces under the name Appleby Hunter Bailhache in May 2006. The combined entity is now the only offshore provider of legal, fiduciary and administration services with a major presence in four of the leading offshore business centers - Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Jersey. There are also offices located in London and Hong Kong.

The new group's key strengths are in corporate and commercial advice, insurance, funds and investment services, asset finance, banking, capital markets, dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring, trusts and real property, telecommunications and technology.

Under the new group structure, Peter Bubenzer has been appointed as group managing partner and James Jardine as group chief executive officer. Shaun Morris is managing partner of the Bermuda office while Huw Moses is managing partner of the Cayman office. For the Hong Kong location, Francis Woo serves as managing partner. Meanwhile, Michael O'Connell is managing partner of the Jersey office and Warren Cabral is managing partner of the London office.

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