Matthew Ebbs-Brewer

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Matthew Ebbs-Brewer is a partner in the Corporate department of Appleby´s Bermuda office and leads the funds and investment services team in Bermuda. He is also a member of Appleby’s global Technology & Innovation group, providing comprehensive advice in connection with all aspects of digital asset issuances and the carrying on of digital asset business. Matthew has advised corporations, funds and high-net-worth individuals on a range of both contentious and non-contentious matters with notable experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as the establishment and development of multinational group structures, joint ventures and both standalone and master/feeder fund structures (including those investing in insurance-linked securities).

Prior to joining Appleby, Matthew trained and then worked as an associate in the London office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP. Matthew has also worked in the Cayman office of another leading international law firm.

Matthew graduated from the University of Durham in 2006, with a Bachelor of Laws degree, and completed his legal practice course in 2007, at the College of Law (now University of Law), in London. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2009 (non-practising) and called to the Bermuda Bar in 2015. Matthew became a Notary Public of Bermuda in 2016 and an Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands (non-practising). He is also a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Matthew is recognised as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ in the Corporate and Commercial category by Legal 500 Caribbean. He is also ranked as a ‘notable practitioner’ by IFLR1000.

Matthew has been an author of, and contributed to, a number of articles and legal publications addressing questions of Bermuda law. He has also co-hosted a table on structuring offshore investment funds at Hedge Connection’s Table Talks in New York City.

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  • STABLEHOUSE LTD., Acted as Bermuda counsel to Stablehouse Ltd. in connection with its US$12million seed funding and associated regulatory clearances;
  • S&P GLOBAL, Advised S&P Global in its USD 140 billion merger with IHS Markit;
  • INTEGRAL ILS LTD., Appleby acted as Bermuda counsel to Integral ILS in relation to its USD 1.4 billion in total investor commitments;
  • ST ENERGY TRANSITION I LTD., Appleby acted as Bermuda counsel to ST Energy Transition I Ltd. (the “Company”) on its USD250 million ESG-related SPAC IPO on the New York Stock Exchange targeting energy transition and clean energy technology;
  • Acted for the UK’s largest special motor insurer and Lloyds’s underwriter ERS Insurance (now rebranded IQUW) in developing a significant presence in Bermuda including the establishment of a Class 3B reinsurer;
  • SANTACRUZ SILVER MINING LTD., Appleby acted as Bermuda counsel to Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. (“Santacruz”), a Canadian mining company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, in connection with its acquisition of a portfolio of Bolivian silver mining assets (“Assets”) from Glencore by way of a share purchase agreement (“Agreement”);
  • NANOROCK FUND LTD., Provided full service Bermuda law advice regarding the formation and launch of the Nanorock fund including under Bermuda’s insurance and investment fund regulatory regimes;
  • ETELEQUOTE LTD., Acted as Bermuda counsel to e-TeleQuote in connection with the sale of its operating subsidiaries to Primerica, a well established provider of financial services to middle-income families throughout the United States and Canada. This deal gives an enterprise value of $600 million;
  • GASLOG LTD., Acting as Bermuda counsel to the Special Committee of Gaslog Ltd. in relation to its entry into an agreement and plan of merger, resulting in the sale of common shares to BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure team;
  • INTEGRAL ILS LTD., Advised Integral ILS Ltd., in connection with a significant cornerstone investment from alternative investment manager New Holland Capital (NHC), bringing secured commitments up to $600 million;
  • STABLE GROUP, Acted as Bermuda counsel for the Stable Group in the structuring, establishing and licensing of its subsidiaries: Stable Corporation and Stable Bermuda;
  • INTEGRAL ILS LTD., Advised Integral ILS Ltd., an independent alternative fund manager focused on insurance-linked strategies in connection with a significant cornerstone investment;
  • BITTREX GLOBAL, Advised Bittrex Global on their successful application for a Class F Digital Asset Business License which represents the third such license issued by the Bermuda Monetary Authority;
  • GLOBAL CLOUD EXCHANGE (GCX), Advised and represented an ad hoc group of bondholders holding $350 million of bond debt in respect of Bermuda winding up proceedings and the debt restructuring of GCX and its affiliates in a US Chapter 11 Plan;
  • ACCORINVEST GROUP, Acted as Bermuda counsel to AccorInvest Group in connection with the sale of its Fairmont Southampton property. Fairmont Southampton which features 593-rooms, 10 restaurants, a spa, the 18-hole, par-three Turtle Hill Golf Club, the Mid-Ocean Amphitheatre and more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space is Bermuda’s largest tourism property;
  • HORSESHOE INSURANCE SERVICES HOLDINGS LTD., Acted as counsel to the sellers of Horseshoe Insurance Services Holdings Ltd. in connection with the sale of the Horseshoe group to Artex Risk Solutions (Holdings) Limited, a subsidiary of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co;
  • AKINOVA, Acted as Bermuda counsel in relation to the launch of the AkinovA Marketplace, an electronic trading platform for insurance and reinsurance industry participants (Market Participants);
  • REWIRE BERMUDA FEEDER FUND, Acted as Bermuda counsel to Rewire and Vida in connection with the launch of new ILS manager Merion Square;
  • STABLEHOUSE, Acted as counsel to Stablehouse in connection with its application for a Class M Licence;
  • XBTO, Advised on the successful application for a Digital Asset Business (DABA) Licence as a Digital Asset Service Vendor (Market maker for digital assets) under the Digital Asset Business Act which represented the third DABA licence to have been issued by the Bermuda Monetary Authority;
  • LONGTAIL AVIATION, Advised Fabian Bello on the purchase of a majority interest in Longtail Aviation, a Bermudian-based charter jet operator and the only holder of a Bermuda air operators certificate;
  • ASPEN INSURANCE HOLDINGS LIMITED, Acted for Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited during a competitive sale process (valued at c. $2.6 billion) which was won by private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC;
  • VALIDUS HOLDINGS LTD., Advised Validus on its $5.6 billion acquisition by American International Group, Inc.  Appleby demonstrated the strength and depth of its corporate team on this transaction with a combination of specialist M&A and regulatory lawyers forming the deal team;
  • MARVELL TECHNOLOGY GROUP LTD., (MARVELL), Advised on the acquisition of Cavium for USD 6 billion.  Advice included the preparation of a presentation to be delivered to the directors of Marvell, outlining the fiduciary duties arising under Bermudian law in the context of the transaction;
  • HYATT HOTELS CORPORATION, Advised on the Bermuda aspects of its acquisition of Exhale, the wellness resort and spa company;
  • GLOBAL BANKERS INSURANCE GROUP, LLC, Acted as lead counsel to Global Banker Insurance Group, LLC in connection with their acquisition of certain entities within the Beechwood Group which was a family of reinsurance and asset management companies;
  • SAÏD HOLDINGS LIMITED, Principal investment vehicle for the Saïd family, acted as Bermuda counsel to Saïd Holdings in connection with the sale of 5 Churchill Place, a Canary Wharf office building, for £270m to Hong Kong billionaire Chen Hongtian acting through his private real estate vehicle, Cheung Kei Group;
  • SOMPO CANOPIUS AG, Acted in connection with the sale of the excess casualty book of business to Bermuda’s Hamilton Re;
  • HORSESHOE GROUP, Advised as lead counsel on the acquisition of IKONIC Fund Services, allowing Horseshoe Group to solidify its stance as the largest independent insurance manager for the ILS market;
  • ONE COMMUNICATIONS LTD., Advised One, a publicly traded investment holding company (BSX:ONE.BH) in a cross border refinancing transaction with HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited and the adjudication of claims;
  • B LAB, Provided Bermuda law advice to B Lab on the potential availability of B Lab certification to Bermuda organisations. B Lab is a non-profit organization which has created a certification which it awards to for profit organisations that are committed to the creation of value for society and not just for the traditional stakeholders of an organisation such as its shareholders;
  • KISKADEE INVESTMENT MANAGERS LTD. (subsidiary of Hiscox), Acted in connection with its establishment of a “fund of one” structure for an institutional investor, that included an excluded fund and a special purpose insurer;
  • GENSTAR CAPITAL, Acted as Bermuda counsel to Genstar Capital (Genstar) in its entry into definitive agreements to recapitalize independent fund administrator Apex Fund Services (“Apex”) and simultaneously acquire Equinoxe Alternative Investment Services (“Equinoxe”). With the addition of Equinoxe, Apex will increase its suite of middle office solutions and will administer close to $80 billion in assets;
  • MONTPELIER RE HOLDINGS LTD., Acted as Bermuda counsel in relation to its sale to the Endurance Specialty Group for a purchase price satisfied by a mixture of shares and cash valued at USD 1.83 billion and structured by way of merger with an Endurance subsidiary;
  • ONE COMMUNICATIONS LTD., (formerly known as KeyTech Limited), Advised in connection with a multi-layered transaction that included the acquisition of the remainder of Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd. (CellOne) and the acquisition by Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc., of a controlling interest in Keytech;
  • PARTNERRE LTD., Acted in connection with the acquisition by Exor (the investment group of Italy’s Agnelli family) of all of the outstanding common shares of PartnerRe. The total transaction was valued at c.USD 6.9 billion;
  • VIRGIN GROUP INVESTMENTS LTD., Advised the investment arm of billionaire Richard Branson’s family, in connection with new cruise industry venture by designing and constructing two new world class cruise ships. The lead co-investor in the deal was Bain Capital, one of the world’s leading private equity firms;
  • KEYTECH LIMITED., Advising in connection with a multi-layered transaction that included the acquisition of the remainder of Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd. (CellOne) and the acquisition by Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc., of a controlling interest in Keytech.

Education:

Durham University (England)

University of Law (England)

“Matthew Ebbs-Brewer possesses excellent technical skills and is highly responsive and dedicated.”

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Updates

10 Nov 2022 | News

Appleby Top Ranked in Bermuda Across Six Practice Categories

Appleby is the only law firm ranked Tier 1 in: Banking, Finance & Capital Markets; Corporate &am...

10 Nov 2022 | News

Appleby adds to total of top tier rankings in Legal 500 Caribbean 2023

Legal 500 Caribbean has ranked Appleby Tier 1 for nine practice areas and recognised 53 lawyers from...

25 Oct 2022 | News

Appleby leads on six jurisdictional chapters for Legal 500’s latest Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) guide

Appleby has authored the chapters for Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guern...

11 Aug 2022 | News

Over 30 Appleby lawyers and nine offices recognised in 2022 IFLR1000

36 Appleby lawyers across nine jurisdictions have been recognised in this year’s IFLR1000 rankings...

4 Aug 2022 | News

Bermuda Expands Applicability Of Its Investment Business Regime

Amendments to the Investment Business Act 2003 (Current IBA, as amended by the IBA Amendments, the A...

4 Mar 2022 | Deals

Appleby Bermuda advised S&P Global in its USD 140 billion merger with IHS Markit

Appleby acted as Bermuda counsel to S&P Global, the world's foremost provider of credit ratings,...

2 Feb 2022 | Deals

Appleby acted as Bermuda counsel to Integral ILS in relation to its USD 1.4 billion in total investor commitments

Appleby acted as Bermuda counsel to Integral ILS Ltd., the independent Insurance-Linked Securities (...

5 Jan 2022 | News

Bermuda Economic Substance Regulatory Update

In response to work conducted by the European Union’s Code of Conduct Group regarding the tax poli...

10 Dec 2021 | Deals

Appleby Bermuda advised ST Energy Transition on its USD250 million ESG-related SPAC IPO

Appleby acted as Bermuda counsel to ST Energy Transition I Ltd. (the “Company”) on its USD250 mi...

15 Nov 2021

Appleby’s Team Shines In Legal 500 Caribbean 2022

Fifty-one Appleby lawyers have been recognised in the Legal 500 Caribbean directory rankings across ...

Publications

25 Oct 2022

Bermuda: Mergers & Acquisitions Comparative Guide 2022

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulati...

Contributors: Katie Blundy
25 Oct 2022

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Guide 2022 – Bermuda

This country-specific guide provides an overview of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) laws and regulation...

Contributors: Katie Blundy
25 Aug 2022

Welcome to the ‘Bermuda Shorts’ Podcast

The Appleby ‘Bermuda Shorts’ podcast features short talks on all things business and Bermuda wit...

27 Jun 2022

Insurtech ILS and the New Normal

As Bermuda and the global markets with which the Island transacts move towards the so-called  ‘ne...

Contributors: Josephine Noddings
25 May 2022

Podcast: Why Bermuda and Digital Assets

Bermuda is another world – literally a 20-square mile jewel in the Atlantic ocean that has become ...

Contributors: Matthew Ebbs-Brewer
25 Jan 2022

Appleby contributes four chapters to Global Legal Insights – Fund Finance 2022

Appleby provided four chapters to the Global Legal Insights - Fund Finance 2022 Guide. The publicati...

13 May 2021

Bermuda: Mergers & Acquisitions Comparative Guide 2021

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulati...

12 Mar 2021

Material adverse change clauses in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

Experts from each of our key global offices provide jurisdiction specific advice and answer question...

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