Edward Allanby

Edward Allanby is our exclusively recommended Corporate Services expert in Bermuda on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Edward directly using the contact details listed above.

Edward is qualified as a Fellow Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), Chartered Director (Institute of Directors), Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda), and Trust and Estate Practitioner (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

Edward Allanby has extensive experience in financial accounting, financial budgeting, cash flow forecasts, investments, valuations, regulatory compliance reports, and trusts. Edward’s career experience includes appointments at Brunswick Group as Partner and Chief Financial Officer as well as at Leman Brothers Europe as Financial Controller (London), Director of Regulatory Accounting (London), and Director of Trading Services (Frankfurt).

Advisory Excellence Appoints Edward Allanby and Leman Management Limited in Bermuda (streetinsider.com)

Firm Overview:

Excellence Exemplified

My team and I work with high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients to comprehensively manage their private investing affairs by handling the implementation, execution and on-going requirements of private investments identified by the client. My team is internationally qualified and experienced in local and offshore corporate services and structures. We provide our clients with expertise in structuring and executing private investments; an experienced, responsive and trusted partner; a deal representative and point of contact; and pro-active management creation of ideas, options and benefits.

Recently, we’ve fulfilled these deal highlights: private investment holding companies (“container boxes”) – providing a holistic view of the investments of clients in an efficient way to perform execution, financial control, and active management; syndicate and segregated account structures – designing light structures which enable like-minded clients to gain exposure to high ticket value private market investments by combining invested amounts; and family trusts – serving as a trustee and managing private trust companies and associated entities by providing comprehensive control and oversight.

Erik Gotfredsen

Erik Gotfredsen is our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Bermuda on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Erik directly using the contact details listed above.

Erik is an equity shareholder of Wakefield Quin and has been internationally recognised by Chambers Global and The Legal 500 as one of Bermuda’s leading corporate lawyers.

His practice spans a broad range of sophisticated finance and capital market transactions with an emphasis on debt and equity offerings, banking and financial services, structured and project finance, secured lending, mergers and acquisitions and reorganisations.

Erik has significant experience advising on joint ventures, partnerships, asset and fund management and regulatory compliance.

In addition, he has an active general corporate practice, including advising on the establishment of companies in Bermuda, and is routinely instructed by a large number of leading international banks, financial institutions, public companies, private equity firms and onshore law firms.

Firm Overview:

Wakefield Quin is one of Bermuda’s leading law firms. Our professionals are dedicated to providing our clients with timely, sophisticated and solution-driven legal advice.

We are a full-service firm with a history of advising both local and international clients in the areas of banking, corporate and commercial, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, trusts, private client and litigation.

Wakefield Quin, through its affiliates, also provides a full range of fund and trust administration, corporate secretarial, accounting, directorship and management services.

John Rayner

John Rayner is our exclusively recommended Reinsurance Services expert in Bermuda on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact John directly using the contact details listed above.

After qualifying in the United Kingdom with the Prudential, John Rayner came to Bermuda in 1972 with AIG and gained six years of experience in the United States insurance and reinsurance fields.  For the next six years he worked for a Bermuda consulting operation formed by Conning of Hartford, Connecticut.  John has been the sole proprietor of Abbott Associates, an independent actuarial consulting firm since 1984.

In 1993 Abbott Associates signed a co-operation agreement with a Boston actuarial firm, retaining independence but acquiring access to international resources. During the past ten years, aside from his consulting activities, John took up the role of Chief Regional Actuary for Lucida Re Limited. This reinsurer was a start-up established to write new deals in block life and longevity business offered worldwide. More recently he has formed a strategic partnership with a small actuarial firm in Washington DC.

John is involved with a number of insurance and reinsurance companies and acts as Appointed Actuary and Loss Reserve Specialist for several of them. His clients include insurers, captive insurers and reinsurers, self-insured groups, health plans and trusts. His experience includes pricing, reserving, feasibility studies, profit testing, reinsurance, statutory / EBS and IFRS / GAAP valuations, asset valuations, capital models and most other aspects of insurance and benefits business.  He has acted as an actuarial expert in court cases involving injury claims.

In addition, John is a frequent adviser to governments in the region and sat on the Admissions Committee of the Bermuda Monetary Authority, the Bermuda regulator for more than 8 years. He was also a member of the Bermuda Hospital Commission for many years.

John Rayner has been actively involved with the development of modern insurance products and risk solutions and has spoken at actuarial conferences and is well known in Bermuda and to other insurance regulators.

He currently sits on the board of several Bermuda based companies and is a full member of the Institute of Directors in London.

Wendell Hollis

Wendell is from an old Bermuda family and has been a member of the Bermuda Bar for forty (40) years.

His principal areas of practice include private client representation involving corporate and commercial, immigration and real property matters. His local clients have included a number of Bermuda’s largest hotels, trading operations and property development companies, and his international clients include a number of global global figures with residential and business ties to Bermuda.

He incorporated Kloster Cruise Ltd which went on to become Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd and served as a Director and Vice President of NCL for over 20 years. NCL is ranked as the third largest cruise ship company in the world. He incorporated Roust Trading Ltd in 1995. RTL is now the largest entrepreneurial group in Russia, the second largest producer of vodka in the world and the largest exporter of Russian Vodka and the largest producer of Premium Vodka in Russia. Wendell has been a Director and Vice President of RTL since 1995.

Wendell was commissioned an officer in the Bermuda Regiment in 1976 where he served for twelve (12) years and recently retired as Chairman of Bermuda’s Defence Board and the Promotions Board for the Bermuda Regiment. Wendell has held a number of Government Board appointments. He served as the Chairman of the Permanent Arbitration Tribunal for six (6) years. He was the Chairman of the Gaming Task Force and served as Deputy Chairman of the Bermuda Hospitals Board for five (5) years. In 1992 Wendell was appointed a Government member to the Bermuda Senate and whilst in the Senate held the offices of Parliamentary Secretary for Finance and the Environment.

He is the author of numerous articles on Bermuda’s laws generally with specific emphasis on Bermuda’s Immigration laws.

He received his LL. B (Hons.) from Bristol University, England in 1974, and was called to the Bar in England in 1975.

He is admitted in England & Wales and Bermuda. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators with a specialty in mediation.


The HCS Group is a Bermuda based consulting and advisory group which provides corporate structuring and general legal services and advice to entities and individuals doing business in Bermuda.  The Group includes Hollis Corporate Services, a corporate administration company administering the corporate affairs of many of Bermuda’s leading businesses as well as a select group of international companies based in Bermuda.

The Group also includes HCS Law Limited, the principal of which is Wendell Hollis who has practised law in Bermuda for over 40 years and who has managed some of Bermuda’s leading law firms.   In addition, Mr. Hollis has had significant Government and public service experience having served as a Senator and Chairman of many of Government’s advisory boards.  Mr. Hollis chaired the Government appointed Task Force on Gaming, the Defence Board, the Bermuda Regiment Promotions Board and the Permanent Arbitration Tribunal.

The HCS Group acts generally for the largest entrepreneurial business in Russia.  Roust Trading Ltd. is a Bermuda Company upon which Mr. Hollis sits as a Director and Vice President, which is, amongst other things, the world’s second largest producer and distributor of vodka.  Mr. Hollis also acts for the Bermuda interests of a number of globally known individuals from both the entertainment and the global business community.

Mark Chudleigh

Mark Chudleigh is our exclusively recommended Private Client Law expert in Bermuda on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mark directly using the contact details listed above.

He maintains an international practice and frequently represents clients on multi-jurisdictional matters, particularly involving the United States, having been admitted as an attorney in the State of California in 1998. After practicing at two leading firms in London he established the Bermuda law firm, now known as Kennedys Chudleigh Ltd., in 2006.

Mark’s commercial litigation practice includes corporate, insolvency, trusts, professional liability, contract disputes and insurance matters.

Firm Overview:

At Kennedys we’re here to make a difference for our clients, and each other, every day.

We empower our people to deliver the very best work and reach their full potential. We do this by putting our values centre stage. They define the way that we behave and interact with one another, and they run through every strand of our firm.

Our culture and values are at the core of who we are and what make us a great firm to work with and for, and we take them very seriously. We make a difference by being approachable, straightforward, supportive and distinctive. We deeply value the relationships we build with our clients and we know that they value our warm, friendly human approach.

Neil Horner

Neil Horner is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Bermuda on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Neil directly using the contact details listed above.

Neil is Head of Corporate at ASW. He joined the firm in March 2003. Prior to joining the firm he worked in leading firms in London and New York and in Frankfurt.

He was called to the Bermuda Bar in 2004. Neil holds two first class honours degrees from Cambridge and an LLM from the University of Chicago Law School.

Neil specialises in corporate, insurance, funds and commercial law with extensive experience working on large commercial and corporate finance transactions with particular emphasis on the insurance and financial services sectors.

Firm Overview:

ASW Law is a leading, specialist, corporate and commercial, insurance, dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring law firm based in Bermuda.

Our barristers and attorneys bring many years of experience as lawyers in both Bermuda and a number of prominent foreign jurisdictions, including England, New York, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, the British Virgin Islands and Germany. Our lawyers are able to take instructions in English, French, Spanish, German, Hungarian and Afrikaans.

ASW Law is internationally renowned and respected and has extensive international ‘best friend’ links to other leading law firms in a multitude of onshore and offshore jurisdictions. We pride ourselves on the first class work we do for our clients both locally and internationally.

We apply a rigorous analytical approach to all our work, however complex, whilst keeping in mind at all times the commercial and market considerations of our clients’ businesses.