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Virus concern leads to overseas office closure

  • Appleby has temporarily closed its office in Hong Kong due to concerns related about the coronavirus (File photograph)

The Hong Kong office of international law firm Appleby has closed due to concerns related to the coronavirus.

The virus has killed more than 1,100 people worldwide since emerging as a health threat in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.

A statement on Appleby’s website reads: “Due to the coronavirus, our Hong Kong office is closed until further notice as we prioritise the health and wellbeing of our colleagues in Asia.

“We will continue to provide uninterrupted legal and fiduciary services to our clients either via our Hong Kong personnel who will work remotely or via our worldwide network of offices. Please e-mail your usual contact in the Hong Kong office of Appleby and they will respond as soon as they can.”

The firm declined further comment.

Bermudian lawyer Cameron Adderley, who formerly worked in the firm’s office on-island, is managing partner of Appleby’s Hong Kong operation.