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Law firm Appleby opens office in the Seychelles

Appleby, an offshore legal, fiduciary and administration service provider, has opened an office in the Republic of Seychelles. 

Appleby, an offshore legal, fiduciary and administration service provider, has opened an office in the Republic of Seychelles. 

Appleby is the first international law firm to open in the country and the new office provides clients with greater access to the fast-growing emerging markets in Africa, Asia and India. The office is located in the Seychelles’ capital Victoria.

Appleby recently announced its merger with law firm Dickinson Cruickshank in the Isle of Man, which will create the world’s largest offshore law firm by partner numbers. The firm will have ten offices in key offshore and major financial centres worldwide and a total staff of over 800 including 73 partners.

Malcolm Moller, managing partner of Appleby’s Mauritius office, will serve as the managing partner in the Seychelles. The firm’s incorporated entity in the Seychelles, Appleby Corporate Services (Seychelles) Limited, will offer corporate and trust administration services. 

Conrad Benoiton, chairman of the Seychelles International Business Authority, will become managing director of Appleby Corporate Services (Seychelles). Benoiton is credited with the creation of the Seychelles first regulatory body, SIBA, in 1994.

The office will focus on investment into the emerging African, Asian and Indian markets.

Moller says: ‘This is a significant opportunity for both Appleby and the Seychelles as we will offer world-class legal, fiduciary and administration services from the Seychelles to international clients and to businesses based in the islands. We believe our presence in this fast growing jurisdiction will complement our Mauritius office and, as the first international law firm to open here, we will be well positioned to offer our clients sophisticated offshore services for investment in the African, Asian and Indian markets. In addition, our global resources and reputation will further assist the growth of international business in the Seychelles.’

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