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Appleby's recent work involved significant hotel and resort developments, sophisticated secured lending transactions and major property developments in the Cayman Islands (Cayman). Examples include advising NCB Group on the development of a luxury wellness and business boutique hotel and spa. Property head Norman Klein has particular expertise in the areas of hotels, condominiums and commercial development, as well as in financing and restructuring; counsel Adam Johnson and senior associate Donald Miller are also key members of the team. Johnson recently joined from Solomon Harris and is 'very smart, and extremely commercial in his advice'.

Ritch & Conolly 'always make clients feel like they are a priority through the highly personal care and attention given to them; the trust that the team builds up is invaluable'. The practice handles a significant number of high-value purchases and sales on behalf of private clients, counts a major developer as its client, and advises statutory authorities on leasing matters and related activities. It acted for Double K Bird Nest on the purchase of a luxury oceanfront condominium on Seven Mile Beach. Senior partner David Ritch JP is a strata titles law expert who 'has a very nuanced understanding of the legal, cultural, business and political landscape, which is the basis for practical and reasoned solutions'. The recommended senior associates are Angus Charlton, who is 'intimately aware of all the intricacies of developments, and ensures successful outcomes'; and Jacqueline Conolly, who is 'approachable, knowledgeable and very good at what she does'.

Bodden & Bodden is 'an exceptional firm'. The practice is strongly focused on real estate, conveyancing, financing, leasing, construction, development and local licensing. It acted for the purchaser of vacant land in relation to the acquisition and construction of a five-star oceanfront hotel. Senior partner Sherri Bodden and managing partner Lynn Bodden are the key contacts, along with senior counsel Paul Simon, who  specialises in real estate development, stratification, financing, securitisation and structuring. Ben Eagleson and Lisa Parsons are experienced associates.

Campbells' 'service is exemplary'; its real estate practice handles all aspects of purchasing, selling and developing residential and commercial property in Cayman, alongside related residential and commercial financing for both individuals and corporations. The litigation department advises on high- profile, contentious real estate matters. The group acted for Butler Group as developer on a luxury property development that will comprise 20 luxury condominium residences. The 'thorough' Lily Lee 'can always be relied upon to make herself available for clients, provides quality advice, and always follows up'. Kirsten Houghton is an experienced senior associate.

Maples Group's 'excellent team is at the top of its game'; it advises on the development of properties, residential land, strata title, commercial buildings, shopping centres, golf courses and hotels. The practice advises Kimpton Hotel Group on the management of the Kimpton Seafire Resort, including licensing, IP and real estate issues. Associate George Loutas heads the property and construction group in the Cayman office.

Solomon Harris recently merged with the Channel Islands-based Bedell Cristin. The team regularly advises major developers, investors and retail banks in Cayman on real estate matters, including financing. It advised Dart Enterprises on the purchase of Grand Cayman's Ritz-Carlton hotel from Five Mile Capital. Real estate finance expert and inward investment group head Ian Jamieson is 'responsive, sensible and pragmatic in his advice as well as being very strong on industry knowledge'; managing partner Sophia Harris is another key contact. Adam Johnson joined Appleby.

Forbes Hare regularly acts for banks and financial institutions on large project finance deals in Cayman; the team also assists private investors, hoteliers, property developers and landlords and tenants on commercial and residential sales and purchases, leasing and licensing, bank financing, planning issues, construction and development, and strata title issues. Sonia Starvis and Barry Smith are the names to note.

Higgs & Johnson 'stands out for its immediate responsiveness and user-friendly, solution-oriented personal approach, while delivering the highest-quality legal work under strict deadlines'. The firm fields specialists in financing and restructuring; hotels, condominiums, timeshare resorts and commercial developments; landlord and tenant matters; planning issues; structuring restrictive covenants and strata by-laws; and setting up appropriate corporate structures. Country managing partner Gina Berry's 'ability to design and explain very complex legal structures to non-legally trained individuals instils immediate confidence in clients, and confirms her stellar reputation'.

Walkers advises on Cayman law advice in relation to real estate acquisitions, financing, disposals, development, management and leasing. The team acted for an investor on acquiring fifty condominium units in a Cayman hotel resort. Senior counsel Stuart Rowe leads the Cayman real estate group.

Priestleys' practice covers sales and purchases, development, planning and urban development, leases and licences, management issues and enforcement. Daniel Priestley is recommended for his 'expertise, commercial sensibility and responsiveness'.

Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries is noted for handling all aspects of Cayman real estate law, including the purchase, sale and development of commercial and residential properties in Cayman. Local business head Buck Grizzel is the principal contact.

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