Company and Corporate

Professional advice with a personal touch

Trott & Duncan’s corporate department is highly experienced and specialises in providing expert advice on corporate and commercial matters, for local and international clients in the private and public sector.

Communicative, approachable and accountable, we aim to ensure that each client receives personal attention with a responsive and efficient service which is sensitive to their commercial and practical needs.

With a proven track-record in a broad range of corporate law matters, our experience, attention to detail and willingness to take on a wide range of cases from small business owners to large corporates, sets us apart. When you engage our services, we become a trusted partner in achieving the best possible outcome for your business.

Our corporate and company law services

Trott & Duncan can assist with all professional matters relating to Corporate and Company law including:

Company and partnership structures

We regularly advise new start-ups on appropriate corporate and partnership structures, as well as advising established exempted and local companies, in relation to matters of corporate governance and directors’ duties, amalgamations, continuation and discontinuation of companies into and out of Bermuda. We also advise on group reorganisations, and the raising of additional finance by way of private placement or public note offerings on a recognised stock exchange.

Shareholders agreements and joint ventures

Shareholder/investor protection measures all too often can be overlooked until there is a dispute. We advise on and draft shareholders agreements, investment agreements and joint venture agreements so that issues such as differential share rights, minority protection and exit strategies/provisions can be established at the beginning of a venture.

Mergers and acquisitions

A merger or acquisition is a pivotal point in any business’ lifecycle and growth strategy and needs a detailed and considered approach. We have extensive experience in advising on structuring the transaction working with clients’ financial advisers, carrying out the due diligence process as well as drafting and negotiating the transaction documents.

Commercial agreements

The Health Care Directive allows you to name someone to make decisions about your health care including decisions about life-sustaining treatment if you can no longer speak for yourself. We take instructions from clients to ascertain what their wishes are in the event that they are no longer capable of making decisions concerning their care. We also liaise with the hospital and their medical provider to ensure that this document is retained on their files for future requirements.

Banking and asset finance

We provide advice and assistance on secured commercial lending within Bermuda and cross-border financing. Our services include drafting and reviewing facility and security documents, negotiating priority/subordination documents as well as registering security and issuing legal opinions. We assist clients in identifying suitable financial solutions and designing tailored financial structures.

Aviation and shipping registration and finance

We have extensive experience acting for banks, airlines, aircraft manufacturers and purchasers advising on the financing structures, security and agreements for the purchase, sale, operation and registration of aircraft and ships including leases, sale and leaseback arrangements and other ownership structures.

Funds, fintech and insurance

We can advise on the applicable legislation and requirements in these regulated areas and guide clients through the registration and licensing process liaising with the relevant regulators. We have experience in assisting with the various types of investment funds, fund managers, ICO and digital asset related applications and all types of insurance companies including captives and ILS’s.

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We help clients with

  • Advising on Companies Act and other specific regulated sector legislation e.g. Investment Funds Act, Digital Assets Business Act, Digital Issuance Act
  • Reviewing and advising upon legal documents received
  • Carrying out due diligence in relation to sales and purchases
  • Drafting and negotiating transactional documents
  • Assisting and submitting registration and licensing applications
  • Liaising with Governmental and Regulatory Authorities e.g. Registrar of Companies, Bermuda Monetary Authority, Bermuda Stock Exchange, Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority.
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