Harneys: Best Offshore Law Firm Client Service

April 28, 2016

Leading international offshore law firm Harneys has been named Best Offshore Law Firm – Client Service at the HFM European Hedge Fund Services Awards announced on 21 April 2016. The awards recognise firms that have provided leading client service, innovation and expertise in financial services.

The awards follow a year of increased activity from Harneys’ Funds practice. The firm has acted on a number of ground-breaking deals which in Europe have included the launch of the first Cyprus hedge fund, which is also the first investing into Iran following UN sanctions lifting in 2016 and a thriving London funds practice which has seen the firm act for clients of all sizes, from start-up hedge funds and emerging managers to global multi-billion dollar investment institutions.

In Cayman, Harneys expanded with the hire of three funds specialists including Appleby’s global head of investment funds, Ian Gobin, whilst in Bermuda it, added insurance-linked securities specialist Michael Skrbic.

In Latin America it continues to be ranked as the only Tier 1 offshore firm and represents some of the region’s largest fund structures, and in Asia the firm has grown to be one of the largest offshore firms in Hong Kong, marking 2016 by opening a representative office in Shanghai.

Jonathan Culshaw, Harneys Global Head of Investment Funds and Regulatory, commented: “We are now one of the most dynamic, fastest growing offshore funds teams worldwide. As we grow we look to build lasting relationships with clients through clear and commercial advice, a friendly and unpretentious approach to doing business and flexible and transparent pricing, free of unreasonable assumptions.

“We treat our clients as our valued partners and are uncompromising in our firm-wide commitment to achieve excellence in client service on time all of the time. It gives me great pleasure to see the efforts of Sean and the London team recognised in this way on the basis of the objective feedback of happy clients.”

Michael Skrbic, Counsel in Harneys Bermuda office, commented: “This award recognises firms that have been particularly responsive and innovative in meeting customer need. In Bermuda, Harneys continues to grow in the key funds and ILS industry, and is committed to building a full service legal and fiduciary offering on the island.”

The HFMWeek European Hedge Fund Services Awards recognise offshore firms that demonstrate consistent, quality customer service and innovative product development. Award winners are selected annually based on feedback from clients, market participants and senior representatives across the funds industry in Europe.

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