Mergers & Acquisitions – Lawyer of the Year – Jemima Fearnside 2014 Source: Lawyer Monthly
Jemima joined Wakefield Quin in March 2012, and soon established a niche role as the firm’s leading mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) and equity capital markets lawyer. With substantial experience of both public and private company M&A, private equity and venture capital investment work, and public offerings in Bermuda, the UK, Europe and the US, Jemima undertakes a wide range of corporate, commercial and corporate finance work. Jemima has worked with a number of natural resource companies, both listed and unlisted, helping clients structure their global presence through strategic acquisitions and formal alliances. Additionally, Jemima advises several listed asset-finance and debt management companies, who have chosen Bermuda for their parent company base to take advantage of the “safe” legal framework yet favourable tax regime offered in Bermuda. She has worked on a number of key amalgamations and mergers under Bermuda law, including several multi-billion dollar market capital insurance firms. Jemima has also been instrumental as lead counsel for various debt restructurings and refinancing, acting for global and multinational banks on a regular basis.
Jemima won the Finance Monthly award for Bermuda M&A lawyer of the year in 2013.
Before joining Wakefield Quin Limited, Jemima was a senior associate in the corporate team of leading London law firm Nabarro LLP where she spent over six years advising clients on a wide range of corporate mergers and acquisitions, corporate and debt restructurings, pre-IPO investments, capital markets listings and equity fundraisings. Prior to that, Jemima spent four years working for national UK firm Osborne Clarke LLP in their Thames Valley (UK) office (advising venture capital and private equity houses) and Palo Alto (USA) offices (specialising in multinational transactions and European expansion advice).
Jemima was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in early 2004 and qualified as a notary public in England and Wales in 2006. She was admitted to the Bermuda Bar as an attorney and barrister in May 2013, and continues to practise both Bermuda and English law.