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Appleby a www.lawyer-monthly.com


European uncertainty and chinese growth concerns reflected in offshore M&a


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gives us the lowdown on its latest Offshore M&A Q1 2012 report


Appleby, the world’s largest provider of offshore legal, fiduciary and administration services, recently released the inaugural edition of Offshore-i, which provides quarterly data and insight on merger and acquisition activity in major offshore financial centres. This in-depth report looks at M&A activity for the first quarter of 2012, providing sector analysis and expert insight on deal types and geographic trends. To find out more about the report, Lawyer Monthly speaks exclusively to Peter Bubenzer, Appleby’s Bermuda-based group chairman, about the challenges that lie ahead for the Offshore M&A market, why the market is changing as it is, and why offshore jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands prove popular for foreign investment.


Peter Bubenzer


from the previous quarter's USD 23.2bn to USD 30.9bn, and that the most popular destinations for investors doing deals involving offshore targets are Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands. The report also shows that the number of transactions in the offshore sector in Q1 2012 amounted to 412 and while deal volumes were lower than the same period a year ago, there is still a reasonable amount of activity going on across the offshore world.


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he latest edition of Appleby’s Offshore-i report shows some interesting facts, the highlights of which include the fact that deal values in Q1 2012 increased by 25%


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