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 Jersey and Guernsey have been shortlisted for 'Law Firm of the Year' in the Citywealth IFC Awards 2018.
Bedell Cristin is a finalist in two categories of the prestigious STEP Private Client Awards 2017/18.
Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted for ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ in the prestigious annual awards organised by The Lawyer.
Bedell Cristin has been awarded the Offshore Client Service Award at the prestigious Chambers Europe Awards.
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.
Bedell Cristin Guernsey has announced that two of its leading lawyers, Advocate Jon Barclay and Advocate Richard Sharp, have become partners in the firm.
Bedell Cristin has appointed Advocate Kate Ovenden as the new Managing Partner of its award winning Guernsey office.
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.
Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted in the prestigious STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) Private Client Awards for 2015.
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.
Bedell Crsitin has been shortlisted for a further industry awards adding to the accolades achieved to date this year.
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).
Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named Offshore Law Firm of the Year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2015.
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.
Bedell has been recognised in a number of industry awards.
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.
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.
Bedell Cristin has been named ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014.
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 ...
Bedell Cristin Guernsey has been named offshore law firm of the year in the UK Captive Services Awards 2014.
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.
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.
Richard Sharp reflects on the potential advantages and position of Guernsey post-Brexit. Published in Captive Review - June 2017.
Mark Helyar, Partner outlines the rationale for investing in real risk. Published in Captive Global - April 2016.
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.
Mark Helyar discusses Guernsey - Insurance and Reinsurance 2015, published in ICLG 4th Edition. Please click here for full article.
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...
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.
Guernsey Finance discuss why Guernsey is the perfect jurisdiction for undertaking ILS.
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)