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'Extremely practical firm' Maples and Calder is 'simply superb at helping to address the issues'. It recently bolstered its practice by raiding Walkers for partners Philip Millward, Heidi De Vries, Julian Ashworth, David Marshall, Sheryl Dean and Gwyneth Rees. Highlights included acting for C12 Capital Management on the formation and launch of C12 Helix Liquid Opportunities, which was the fifth largest hedge fund that was launched in North America in 2011. Jon Fowler is team head, and Jonathan Green 'knows Cayman law issues'. Henry Smith, David Brooks, Iain McMurdo, Nicholas Butcher, Paul Lumsden and Tim Frawley are also rated practitioners.
Ogier provides legal advice on fund formation, structuring, regulation, restructuring, termination, and on-going advice to investment funds, administrators and managers. The team advised Prosperity Russia Domestic Fund in relation to its transfer by way of continuation to the Cayman Islands. Peter Cockhill 'understands the need for practicality and efficiency'; Angus Davison is 'knowledgeable regarding the details and mechanics of hedge funds'; Andrew Morehouse, Nick Rogers, Giorgio Subiotto and Colin Berryman are recommended.
Walkers' suffered numerous losses to Maples and Calder, but promoted Tim Ludford-Thomas, Caroline Heal, Ben Benson and Ramesh Maharaj to partner. In addition, global funds partner Rod Palmer now splits his time between Cayman and Hong Kong; Dubai managing partner Tim Buckley divides his time between Cayman and the Dubai; Singapore managing partner Ashley Gunning splits his time between Cayman and Singapore; and Michael Padarin relocated to Cayman from Hong Kong. The team acted for Vinci Capital Gestora de Recursos on the formation of Vinci Capital Partners II, together with its parallel investment vehicles. Cayman funds head and global managing partner Ingrid Pierce, managing partner Mark Lewis and Rolf Lindsay are key contacts.
Appleby's Bryan Hunter is Cayman practice group head. The team acted for Next Capital Partners on the formation of the Kojimachi/Hanzomon fund structure, a private equity fund investing in private equity opportunities in Japan. Richard Addlestone is an experienced lawyer.
Mourant Ozannes 'knowledge of law is broad and its advice practical'. The team acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Franklin Templeton Investments, one of the largest global investment management organisations in the world, in connection with the establishment of several new funds. Cayman managing partner Neal Lomax is 'just the best; he is extremely smart, experienced, practical, and customer-service savvy'; James Wauchope, Julian Fletcher, Robert Duggan and Simon Palmer are also key contacts.
Campbells has experience of master feeder structures, multi-class funds and segregated portfolio company structures; and advises on investment fund financing, the use of derivative products and related matters. The firm also acts on the formation of venture capital/funds, early stage investments by such funds, and listing and M&A transactions in respect of investment entities; and is involved in the establishment of fund vehicles for venture capital firms and investment transactions related to underlying entities. It has a particular focus on investments in information and environmental technology, and investments into Brazil, China and India. Funds head Ian Dillon is recommended; and Alan Craig is involved in high-profile, private equity fund establishments.
Conyers Dill & Pearman recently worked on a variety of hedge fund structures and has seen a steady increase in private equity and venture capital work. The team advised Neuberger Berman on the setting up of five new Cayman funds in 2011. Group head Richard Finlay, Gene DaCosta and Kevin Butler are key contacts.
Solomon Harris' team head Paul Scrivener, managing partner Sophia Harris, Jonathan Fitzgibbons and Nick Reid are experienced advisers. The team acted on the establishment of several entrepreneurial start-up funds, including certain funds that invested in currencies.
Stuarts, Walker Hersant Attorneys-At-Law is experienced in advising on the formation, structuring, regulation, de-registration and liquidation of investment funds in the Cayman Islands; and provides ongoing legal advice to investment funds and fund managers. The team has particular experience in advising on investment platforms, and is heavily involved in providing distressed funds services. Recent experience includes assisting Galt Global Capital in establishing a fund to facilitate the purchase of privately held shares in Facebook. Team head Chris Humphries and Andrew Hersant are praised.