Nine Appleby offices recognised in IFLR1000 Guide

13 October2017


Nine of Appleby’s offices have achieved Tier 1 and Tier 2 status in the latest IFLR1000 rankings.

Appleby’s offices in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius and the Seychelles, have all achieved Tier 1 and 2 in the rankings published on 13 October.

The IFLR1000 is the guide to the world’s leading financial law firms. The rankings year-on-year are compiled by a team of dedicated specialist legal journalists and is the only publication of its kind to focus on the leading law firms for corporate finance worldwide.

One client described Appleby as providing “Great attentive service provided by a number of lawyers. Willing to go the extra mile able to offer common sense approach and practical timely advice”. Another client told IFLR1000 that the firm is “Very dedicated and hardworking, always helpful, take care of all the requirements.”

The guide also noted “One of Appleby's key strengths is the working across its own jurisdictions and how they embed the relationships with law firms in England, without cutting across each other."

In addition, several of Appleby’s lawyers in each of its jurisdictions were recognised across different practice areas including Energy and Infrastructure, Financial & Corporate, and Investment Funds.

Appleby received the following commentary in the 2018 IFLR1000 guide:


“Among the most recognisable firms in Bermuda, Appleby places in the top tier across financial and corporate.”


“Pragmatic, business-driven, and solution-orientated approach.”

“Clear legal advice, to the point. Agreeable to work with.”


“I always use this firm as they are as far as I am concerned, the market leaders in Guernsey in fund finance. They have a deep bench of experience, are very commercial, responsive and competitive from a pricing perspective. Our clients ask for them to be involved in transactions with a Guernsey element as they appreciate their commercially-focussed approach and the experience they bring to these transactions.”

“Jeremy Berchem who leads the team is an outstanding lawyer technically but balances that with being an incredibly commercial and solution-focussed lawyer.”

“Kate (Storey) is technically strong, very responsive (working all hours where necessary) and commercially savvy – I’d recommend her for any Guernsey fundraising.”

Hong Kong

“I have worked with Appleby Hong Kong's corporate and finance team for more than five years, and I find them to not only be price-competitive, but also efficient, commercial and willing and able to take on at-times urgent and challenging deadlines.”

“Fiona (Chan) is responsive and knowledgeable. She always provides practical solutions.”

“Eliot (Simpson) is a commercially minded lawyer and provides solutions to complicated issues.”

“She’s very professional and knowledgeable. I appreciate her attention to detail and efficient execution capability.” – Maggie Kwok.

Isle of Man

“Extremely pleased with their work, they are always my first port of call for Isle of Man matters now. Able to explain issues clearly and deliver work promptly and to an excellent level of quality."

“Tom (Brook) is the epitome of what Appleby is in the market, he is extremely responsive and commercial, and is an extension of our team when providing advice to our lending bank and financial institution clients. He knows the market, doesn't point score and has good technical skills with the ability to pick out what really matters on a deal.”


“We have a long-standing relationship with Appleby as they offer a courteous, professional, efficient and informed service. We have confidence that they possess the very latest information in an increasingly complex and fast-changing world, and are therefore able to offer appropriate advice in respect of any requirements that we have.”

“They were key in helping to get this project off the ground. They are friendly and personable which allowed good working relationships to form. They understood our need to manage costs and were able to work with us within our constraints.”


"Very dedicated and hardworking, always helpful, take care of all the requirements."


“Appleby Seychelles provides corporate and financial legal services and is commonly asked to assist with international investment into African and Asian markets”.


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