Bedell Cristin in Guernsey has appointed Vanessa Lawlor as an associate to strengthen the team and to meet the demands of business growth.
Vanessa has joined from the BVI where she gained extensive experience advising on a wide range of matters including capital markets and structured finance, acquisitions, private equity, insurance and reinsurance and listing services.
She is instructed regularly by major financial institutions, public and private corporations, shipping agents and high net worth individuals on sales and acquisitions, aircraft and shipping finance, IPOs, liquidations, company restructures and other legal matters. She advised on significant financing projects in the BVI, and regularly advises investment funds, trust companies and others on regulatory and compliance requirements. Her earlier legal career until 2009 was in Ireland where she qualified as an Irish solicitor. Vanessa is also admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland* and in the BVI.
Mark Helyar, managing partner, commented:
‘It has been a sustained period of growth for the firm, including securing an increasingly large share of the insurance market, a rise in banking, funds and corporate instructions and advising on a wide range of innovative corporate and commercial deals. Vanessa’s appointment brings further strength and depth to our Guernsey offering and will help us meet the requirements of an increasingly diverse range of blue chip clients worldwide. Her substantial experience in matters of BVI law also adds to our capabilities in Guernsey and will support the wider Group’s BVI offering in Singapore, the BVI and Jersey.’
Named Offshore Law Firm of the Year in the UK Captive Service Awards 2014 for the second year in succession, Bedell Cristin in Guernsey has been pioneering developments in the use of offshore captives and ILS structures and it earned further recognition for its capabilities this year in winning the ‘Deal of the Year’ in the European category of the Islamic Finance News awards. The firm, as a whole, has been named ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ in the prestigious new Legal 500 UK Awards and ‘Offshore Law firm of the Year’ in Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014.