Erik Gotfredsen

Erik Gotfredsen is an equity shareholder of Wakefield Quin and has been internationally recognized by Chambers Global and The Legal 500 as one of Bermuda’s leading corporate lawyers.  Erik’s 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 reorganizations.  Erik has significant experience advising on joint ventures, partnerships, asset and fund management and regulatory compliance.  In addition, Erik 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.

Before joining Wakefield Quin Limited in May 2014, Erik worked in the Corporate Department of Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited in Bermuda from 2008 to 2014.  Prior to arriving in Bermuda in 2008, Erik worked in the Real Estate Finance Group at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Tokyo, Japan and, before relocating to Tokyo, worked in the Corporate and Commercial Group at DLA Piper (Canada) in Vancouver, Canada.

Erik is admitted as a solicitor in British Columbia, England and Wales, Ontario and Bermuda and has received his B.Com. and J.D. from the University of Victoria, Canada and his LL.M. from Kyushu University, Japan after being awarded a prestigious Monbukagakusho Scholarship by the Japanese government to study in Japan.

Erik is an active member of the Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association of Bermuda.

Publications:

Erik has written extensively on various corporate finance matters including contributing the Bermuda Chapter for Lending & Secured Finance in the International Comparative Legal Guide.

Wakefield Quin Limited:

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 W. Rayner

Nationality: British/Bermudian

Professional Qualifications: Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (UK), Associate of the Society of Actuaries (USA), Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, Member of the International Actuarial Association, Member of the Caribbean Actuarial Association.

Range of Experience: After qualifying in the UK with the Prudential, John came to Bermuda in 1972 with AIG and gained six years of experience in the US 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 (Bermuda) Limited. This reinsurer was a startup 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 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.

Professional History:

  • 1966 to 1972 – Prudential Assurance Company Limited (UK)
  • 1972 to 1978 – American International Reinsurance Inc. (then 62% of AIG)
  • 1978 to 1984 – Argus Conning (Bermuda and Hartford CT)
  • 1984 to present – Abbott Associates (Bermuda)

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.

Practice:

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 maintains an international practice that focuses on commercial litigation involving the financial services, insurance and private client sectors. After practicing at leading firms in London for 18 years, including as managing partner of Sedgwick London, he moved to Bermuda in 2008 to head Sedgwick Chudleigh, Sedgwick’s Bermuda office.

Mr Chudleigh’s commercial litigation practice includes corporate, insolvency, trusts and insurance matters involving commercial entities in Bermuda, other British Overseas Territories, the United States, Europe and Asia, including financial institutions, hedge funds, fund managers and administrators, captive managers, trust companies, accountants and law firms.

His insurance/reinsurance practice has covered most classes of business, including general liability (particularly the “Bermuda Form”), professional liability, directors and officers liability, financial institutions,  products liability, ILWs and financial reinsurance, property (including property catastrophe reinsurance), environmental liability, construction, marine, cargo, satellites and space, motor, personal accident and workers compensation. He is Chair of Sedgwick’s firm-wide Reinsurance Practice Group, Educational Director of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (Bermuda branch) and is listed as an expert in insurance/reinsurance in the leading directories.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr Chudleigh provides counseling on complex insurance and reinsurance claims. He also advises on regulatory issues affecting the insurance industry, particularly in relation to the Bermuda market. Mr Chudleigh has acted as an expert witness on issues of Bermuda law in the context of U.S. court and arbitration proceedings.

Admissions:

Bermuda, Barrister and Attorney; California; England and Wales, Solicitor

Education:

J.D. (1990) Inns of Court School of Law
B.A. (1989) University of Kent at Canterbury, with honors

Neil Horner

Neil Horner 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 (Neil is qualified in both jurisdictions) 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, (re)insurance, funds and commercial law with extensive experience working on large commercial and corporate finance transactions with particular emphasis on the (re)insurance and financial services sectors. He was heavily involved in advising investors participating in the Class of 2005 start-ups and also recently acted on the acquisition by a large US private corporation of an NYSE-listed corporation. Neil has written extensively and contributed the chapters on Bermuda Insurance regulation and segregated account companies to the 2nd edition of O’Neill & Woloniecki’s “The Law of Reinsurance”.

Publications & Presentations:

Neil has written extensively and contributed the chapters on Bermuda Insurance regulation and segregated account companies to the 2nd edition of O’Neill & Woloniecki’s “The Law of Reinsurance”. He has also written extensively on the convergence between the hedge funds and insurance industries.

Additional Information:

Neil is individually ranked Chambers Global (“leading individual”) and internationally recognised in IFLR 1000, Legal 500 and Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer?

Fozeia Rana-Fahy

Fozeia acts for both international and local clients in a wide range of complex disputes including corporate, banking, insurance, employment/immigration, insolvency and high-value trust litigation cases. She routinely advises and gives presentations on topical issues for the banking, insurance, trust and private client sectors in Bermuda. She also has a successful mediation practice and is the leader of the Bermuda Business Development Agency Trust & Private Client Group Executive.

Practice:

MJM is one of Bermuda’s leading law firms. We have a broad ranging practice with a reputation for excellence in our core practice areas.

MJM is regularly retained by leading international law firms. We offer practical, common sense advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in Bermuda. We also offer a high degree of Director involvement in the work that we do. Each practice area is led by a Director who is recognised as a leading practitioner in Bermuda in their respective field of specialisation. Our collaborative approach across practice areas enables us to offer a comprehensive and thorough service to our clients.

MJM attorneys are regularly listed in international guides to legal practitioners in Bermuda, including Chambers Global — The World’s Leading Lawyers, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500.

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