Appleby Law Firm Announce Promotions, Moves

December 3, 2015

Law firm Appleby has announced a number of promotions, which includes six partners and 11 lawyers to the position of Counsel effective 1 January 2016.

“The individuals are spread across some of Appleby’s offices with three partner appointments and one Counsel appointment in Bermuda,” the company said.

“The new partners are Michael Hanson, Clive Langley and Steven Rees Davies, with Gavin Woods appointed Counsel pending immigration approval.”

  • Michael Hanson is the Head of the Employment and Immigration team in Bermuda and specialises in contentious and non-contentious employment, immigrationand professional negligence issues. He is also the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission.
  • Clive Langley specialises in corporate law and international finance with particular expertise in structuring asset-financed transactions for the shipping and aviation sectors. He regularly advises both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of matters.
  • Steven Rees Davies specialises in corporate finance and capital markets projects with expertise in multinational, cross jurisdictional transactions. He has particular experience in the telecoms, pharmaceutical and energy sectors as well as the international regulatory environment.
  • Gavin Woods specialising in corporate finance, corporate structuring and insurance regulatory matters. He has particular experience in alternative risk financing vehicles [such as cat bonds and insurance-linked securities], securitisations and derivative transactions.

Tim Faries, Bermuda Managing Partner, Group Head of Corporate in Bermuda and Global Head of Insurance said, “I would like to congratulate Michael, Clive, Steven and Gavin on their well-deserved appointments.

“They are first-rate lawyers whom clients and colleagues admire and value. I look forward to working closely with each of them as we continue to provide leading-edge solutions to our clients’ ever-changing needs.”

Appleby said, “The appointments come at a time of renewed strategy for the legal services group, which recently announced the private equity-backed MBO of its fiduciary services business.

“As a result of the MBO, four Bermuda partners are moving to the new fiduciary business as Client Directors on completion of the MBO. The partners are James Bodi, Janita Burke, Sarah Demerling and Alison Dyer-Fagundo.”

  • James Bodi specialises in corporate finance and capital markets, with particular emphasis on the shipping, aviation and natural resource sectors.
  • Janita Burke specialises in regulation and financing of insurance companies, formation of captive insurance companies, public and private offerings of debt and equity securities and segregated account structures.
  • Sarah Demerling specialises in advising hedge fund and fund of funds managers in connection with structuring, formation and operations of investment vehicles, with particular emphasis on structures using fund vehicles to invest indirectly into insurance-linked securities products.
  • Alison Dyer-Fagundo specialises in private equity transactions, derivatives, public and private company M&A activity, equity and debt markets, and partnerships in relation to both their formation and on-going transactions.

Tim Faries added, “This is an exciting time for Appleby and the new fiduciary business with tremendous opportunities for both companies.

“I would like to thank James, Janita, Sarah and Alison for their dedication and excellent client service over the years. I wish them continued success in their careers as they move to the new fiduciary business.”

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  1. gagagoogoo says:

    So…when are we going to see Bermudian lawyers promoted?

    so many have been lost in the recent downturn yet expats being promoted left and right


    • justsayin.... says:

      Michael Hanson and Clive Langley are both Bermudian…..

  2. Bermudaisanotherworld says:

    agree – these are big employers who should be getting Bermudians to the top where possible

  3. umm says:

    Isn’t Hanson a Bermudian?

    Don’t you have to be Bermudian to be on the rights commission

  4. who cares most says:

    Janita Burke is Bermudian
    If you do your homework you will find out whos who

  5. Know your people says:

    Alison Dyer-Fagundo is also Bermudian and I want to wish her continued success and say very well done in a competitive field.

  6. Clare says:

    Very happy for Michael Hanson. Well deserved. But it’s a shame they’re losing three strong female partners in the MBO and promoting four men this time around.

    • soooo says:

      Appleby still have more female partners than anyone else.

  7. soooo says:

    So basically its 4 Bermudians and 4 non-Bermudians…..

    what’s the deal people?