Legal 500 2016

Insurance & Re-Insurance

Our highly experienced Guernsey team is a leader in the insurance and reinsurance market, advising regulatory authorities, governments, major corporates and ratings agencies. The team is ranked in the top tier by Legal 500 and works closely with clients, intermediaries and the insurance industry on the development of innovative and complex capital market transformer vehicles.

As Europe's premier captive insurance jurisdiction, Guernsey has demonstrated a long history of excellence in the field including the invention of the protected cell company in 1997, a segregated cell structure now used in other sectors, notably investment funds. Bedell Cristin is a leader in this field, having drafted cell company legislation for several foreign governments and being at the forefront of the provision of advice and services to the captive market.

Guernsey is also one of the world's leading destination for segregated cell captives, making local practitioners some of the most experienced in the use of such companies for risk management structuring. The island is increasingly a European jurisdiction of choice for transformer vehicles, reinsurance side-car deals and insurance securitisation. Bedell Cristin is also at the forefront of the developing market in insurance linked securities, the fastest growing financial services sector in Guernsey.

Like Guernsey, Jersey’s modern company law provides for both protected cell companies and incorporated cell companies. Our Jersey team, headed by Martin Paul, as well as our teams in other jurisdictions, advise on these and other matters including the migration of insurance companies, insurance business transfer schemes, the effects of English insurance business transfer schemes, and the establishment of business locally.

Bedell Cristin in Guernsey is a member of the Guernsey Insurance Industry Association. Bedell Cristin is a founder member of the Jersey International Insurance Association.

  • Praised for ‘appropriate advice' and ability to ‘get the deal done within challenging deadlines'.
    Legal 500 2014
  • Excellent.
    Legal 500 2016
Bedell Cristin shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year - Jersey and Guernsey
16 Aug 2017 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Jersey and Guernsey have been shortlisted for 'Law Firm of the Year' in the Citywealth IFC Awards 2018.

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Bedell Cristin finalist in two STEP categories
13 Jun 2017 BVI Guernsey Jersey London Singapore

Bedell Cristin is a finalist in two categories of the prestigious STEP Private Client Awards 2017/18.

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Bedell Cristin is shortlisted for Lawyer magazine award
11 May 2017 Jersey Guernsey London Singapore BVI

Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted for ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ in the prestigious annual awards organised by The Lawyer.

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Bedell Cristin's outstanding service secures European Award
10 Apr 2017 BVI Guernsey Jersey London Singapore

Bedell Cristin has been awarded the Offshore Client Service Award at the prestigious Chambers Europe Awards.

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Significant milestone for Bedell Cristin
20 Sep 2016 Jersey BVI Guernsey London Singapore

The management buyout of Bedell Trust has completed following regulatory approvals. As a result, Bedell Cristin is now a wholly separate business to Bedell Trust.

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Bedell Cristin appoints two partners in Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Guernsey has announced that two of its leading lawyers, Advocate Jon Barclay and Advocate Richard Sharp, have become partners in the firm.

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Bedell Cristin appoints new Managing Partner in Guernsey
22 Aug 2016 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin has appointed Advocate Kate Ovenden as the new Managing Partner of its award winning Guernsey office.

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey advise on award winning Life Transaction of the Year
Insurance & Re-Insurance 14 Jul 2016 Guernsey

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Amendments to Guernsey's company legislation

On 29 July 2015 a number of significant changes to Guernsey's company legislation, the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended), are expected to be approved by the States of Guernsey.

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Bedell Cristin named finalist in STEP Private Client Awards
28 Jun 2015 Jersey

Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted in the prestigious STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) Private Client Awards for 2015.

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Bedell Cristin is finalist in leading SE Asia Awards
06 May 2015 Singapore

Bedell has been shortlisted in the ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ category in the prestigious Asian Legal Business SE Asia Awards 2015 for the third consecutive year.

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Bedell Cristin shortlisted for a further award
12 Mar 2015 Jersey

Bedell Crsitin has been shortlisted for a further industry awards adding to the accolades achieved to date this year.

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Bedell Cristin acts in ground breaking longevity structure
Insurance & Re-Insurance 02 Mar 2015 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin has assisted Artex Risk Solutions and PwC in the creation of a new regulated insurance platform structured as an ICC (Iccaria Insurance ICC Limited).

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey wins top captive award for third year
28 Jan 2015 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named Offshore Law Firm of the Year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2015.

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Bedell Cristin provides pan Channel Island advice on Covéa's acquisition of Sterling Insurance Group

Bedell Cristin's Guernsey and Jersey offices have acted alongside each other as counsel to the French mutual Covéa in connection with its purchase of UK regulated life insurer Sterling Insurance Group.

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New Year begins with series of awards for Bedell Cristin
27 Jan 2015 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell has been recognised in a number of industry awards.

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Bedell Cristin joins the World Services Group
05 Sep 2014 Guernsey Jersey Singapore BVI London

We are pleased to announce our membership of the World Services Group (WSG) representing both Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. We are looking forward to working with other member firms and developing our membership.

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey advises on acquisition of Heritage Insurance Management Limited by Artex Risk Solutions
Corporate & Commercial Insurance & Re-Insurance 22 May 2014 Guernsey London

Bedell Cristin in Guernsey have acted for Artex Risk Solutions in relation to the acquisition of Heritage Insurance Management Limited, the specialist captive and insurance management arm of Guernsey headquartered Heritage Group.

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Chambers name Bedell Cristin ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’
30 Apr 2014 Jersey

Bedell Cristin has been named ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014.

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Bedell Cristin contribution to insurance and reinsurance cross border guide
Insurance & Re-Insurance 28 Feb 2014 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin’s Guernsey Managing Partner, Mark Helyar, is the only contributor from the Crown Dependencies included in the third edition of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Insurance and Reinsurance 2014, a practical cross border insight into ...

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Bedell Cristin Guernsey named Offshore Law Firm of the Year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2014
Insurance & Re-Insurance 25 Feb 2014 Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named offshore law firm of the year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2014.

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Islamic Finance Deal of the Year Accolade
Insurance & Re-Insurance 13 Jan 2014 Guernsey

An Islamic finance deal in which the firm’s Guernsey office acted, has won an award in the Islamic Finance Deals of the Year 2013 as chosen by the influential publication, Islamic Finance News.

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Brexit and Guernsey's captive insurance industry
Articles | 05 Jul 2017

The outcome of the UK referendum on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU was both shocking and unprecedented but Guernsey is well positioned to meet any challenges. Richard Sharp, partner explains. Published in Contact Magazine - July/August 2017 issue.

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A sturdy jurisdiction
Articles | 06 Jun 2017

Richard Sharp reflects on the potential advantages and position of Guernsey post-Brexit. Published in Captive Review - June 2017.

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Investing in Real Risk - Guernsey's Growing ILS Sector
Articles | 05 Apr 2016

Mark Helyar, Partner outlines the rationale for investing in real risk. Published in Captive Global - April 2016.

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Is Europe set for ILS growth?
Articles | 16 Mar 2015

Bedell Cristin partner Mark Helyar and Clive James of insurance captive manager Kane discuss whether there is room for European domiciles to gain a stronger foothold in the ILS market. Published in Insurance Day, 16 March 2015.

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Guernsey - Insurance and Reinsurance 2015
Articles | 27 Feb 2015

Mark Helyar discusses Guernsey - Insurance and Reinsurance 2015, published in ICLG 4th Edition. Please click here for full article.

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Collateralised reinsurance takes centre stage
Articles | 24 Feb 2015

Collateralised re is the fastest growing source of alternative capacity and the good news is that it looks like it’s here to stay. It is now the dominant source of alternative reinsurance capacity and investors and capacity providers are increasingly seekin...

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Insight into Guernsey's Captive Offering
Articles | 13 Feb 2015

Captive Review speaks to leading industry figures in Europe's biggest captive insurance domicile, Guernsey. Published in Captive Review Guernsey 2015. Please click here for full report.

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Insurance: Guernsey - Perfectly positioned for Insurance Linked Securities
Articles | 26 Nov 2013

Guernsey Finance discuss why Guernsey is the perfect jurisdiction for undertaking ILS.

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Insurance & Reinsurance 2013: Guernsey Chapter
Articles | 04 Mar 2013

Mark Helyar, Partner writes the Guernsey Chapter for Insurance & Reinsurance 2013. This article appeared in the 2nd edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.iclg.co.uk)

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