Corporate and commercial in Cayman Islands

Maples Group

Maples Group's team is 'spearheaded by senior industry figures with close knowledge of local and international initiatives'. The group advises on the full range of corporate and commercial matters including domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, formations and constitution work, general company administration issues, regulatory compliance, substance requirements, corporate governance practices, share capital issuances, directors' duties work and shareholders' rights. In a recent highlight, Suzanne Correy and Daniel Lee acted for Sedgwick Claims Management Services on KKR's sale of its stake in the company to Carlyle Group. Matthew Gardner heads up the Cayman corporate group, and Kieran Walsh and Simon Firth co-head the Latin America team. Other noteworthy practitioners include offshore investment fund expert Christopher Capewell, energy sector specialist Michael JohnsShari Seymour and newly promoted partner Finn O’Hegarty.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gardner

Testimonials

Definitely the leading law firm in Cayman; the team is extremely responsive with high levels of technical knowledge. The partners and associates are very engaged with world developments and discussions that can impact investments from and into other countries‘.

By hiring them, clients are not just getting knowledge of the law as it currently stands but also what it is likely to be. They have unrivalled experience and an ease of manner that cuts through the complexities and gives the client the appropriate explanation with well-rehearsed comfort‘.

Matthew Gardner is an exceptionally bright and knowledgeable lawyer, who can interpret and apply the voluminous areas of company law to practical situations with the ease of an expert and the grace of a surgeon‘.

Kieran Walsh has outstanding and comprehensive knowledge of legal and business matters‘.

Simon Firth is very knowledgeable and proactive‘.

Key clients

Banorte

Blackrock

CDH Fund

Francisco Partners

LGT Bank

LCM Asset Management

Lima Metro

Marfrig Global Foods

Nord Anglia Education

Odebrecht

Reebonz

SK Capital Partners

TermoCandelaria

Transocean

Work highlights

  • Advised Avista Healthcare Public Acquisition, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, on its definitive merger agreement with ORGO, a regenerative medicine company.
  • Acted for Ocean Rig UDW, an international contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services, on its sale to Transocean.
  • Assisted Reebonz Holding with its merger with US-based Draper Oakwood Technology Acquisition.

Walkers

Walkers fields 'an excellent team comprised of very capable attorneys who operate at the level needed by the Magic Circle and equivalent US firms'. The practice's expertise spans corporate and commercial law, M&A, restructuring work, regulatory issues and insurance law, with recent highlights including James Burch assisting Parkland Fuel with its acquisition of SOL Investments. Other key practitioners include Rob Jackson, who regularly acts for public and private companies on share acquisitions and disposals, joint venture and shareholder arrangements, and corporate restructurings; Philip Paschalides, newly promoted partner Paige Gaston-Thiery, and Hugh Anderson and Justin Hart, who were recently promoted to senior counsel. David Collins returned to the Cayman office from the BVI. Ramesh Maharaj and Alexandra Woodcock joined Mourant.

Appleby

Regularly acting for FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, Appleby fields a 'practical and commercial' offshore corporate practice, which advises on M&A, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, capital markets work and investment fund issues. In recent work, the team advised Zedra on its acquisition of JP Integra Group, a Cayman-based provider of fund, corporate and trustee services. Bryan Hunter leads the Cayman corporate practice and the investment funds team, and Simon Raftopoulos is private equity group head. Other names to note include Benjamin Woolf, banking and asset finance practice head Caroline Barton, and corporate finance expert Jacob MacAdamDavid Bulley, who leads the Cayman corporate restructuring, distressed debt and special situations team, made partner in 2019, and recently promoted counsel Peter Colegate is global co-head of the technology and innovation group.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Hunter; Simon Raftopoulos; Caroline Barton

Testimonials

Appley fields a responsive, commercial and friendly team‘.

Jacob Macadam is an excellent all rounder.

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

CBAM Partners

CIFC Asset Management

CHC Group

Cunningham Lindsey

Work highlights

  • Acted for a mid-market private equity firm on its acquisition of a global specialty materials company.
  • Advised a global food processing and commodities trading company on its acquisition of an animal feed company.
  • Assisted a US private equity firm with the sale of its shareholding in an independent insurance broker.

Conyers

Conyers' corporate team is 'always helpful' and advises on M&A, funds, private equity and venture capital transactions, insurance-related deals and corporate restructurings. The practice has also been active assisting Cayman companies engaged in blockchain engineering matters and fund raising through token sales; in a recent highlight, the team advised Thomson Reuters on the divestiture of its strategic division, Refinitiv, to Blackstone Group. Kevin Butler heads up the Cayman office, which also fields Richard Fear, Matthew Stocker and counsel Cora Miller. Gene DaCosta retired.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Butler

Testimonials

We use Conyers as Cayman counsel for our Cayman based clients and have always found them very responsive.

Richard Fear is very responseive and easy to deal with.

Key clients

Viking Cruises Group

Mobius

Crown BioScience International

Inotek Pharmaceuticals

Seadrill

Lindbland Expeditions

Harbour Energy

Chrysaor

Pagseguro Digital

Stonegate Pub Company Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Spectrum Brands on the $2bn sale of its global battery and portable lighting business to Energizer Holding.
  • Acted for Altran Technologies on its acquisition of Aricent.
  • Assisted Frontage Laboratories with a complex pre-IPO corporate reorganisation.

Mourant

Mourant's 'strong, well-led team' counts global financial institutions, corporations and private fund sponsors as clients, and recently expanded its offering through the recruitment of Alexandra Woodcock and Ramesh Maharaj from Walkers. Cayman managing partner Hayden Isbister leads the corporate practice, and Neal Lomax handles large corporate transactions involving Cayman structures and entities; Lomax recently advised US health insurer Centene on its merger with WellCare Health Plans. Also highly regarded is Alex Last, who specialises in private equity, investment funds and corporate and commercial work; Catherine Pham and counsel Nathaniel Luker.

Practice head(s):

Hayden Isbister

Testimonials

Neal Lomax is a trusted adviser with a calm demeanour and unimpeachable judgement, and he has the ability to see all angles of issues‘.

Counsel Nathaniel Luker is a steady hand and works well in high-pressure situations‘.

The Mourant team is perhaps the most responsive in Cayman.

Alex Last leads our relationship and has proven exceptional.

Key clients

Centene Corporation

The Simpson Group

Premier Gold Mines

CVC Credit Partners

Savills Investment Management

Morningstar

Pamplona Capital Management

Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherril & Co

Blackstone

Work highlights

  • Advised CVC Credit Partners on a complex group restructuring, which included the establishment of a bespoke management equity plan.
  • Assisted Savills Investment Management with its acquisition of a 25% stake in DRC Capital.
  • Advised SOL Investments, a subsidiary of The Simpson Group, on its business combination with Parkland Fuel.

Ogier

Ogier's 'extremely responsive and proactive’ department acts for banks, financial institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals on transactional and regulatory matters spanning the financial services, fintech, natural resources, energy, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing sectors. Recent highlights include advising Transocean and its parent company on the acquisition of Ocean Rig UDW, an operator of semi-submersible oil platforms and underwater drillships. Bradley Kruger heads up the firm's Caribbean and Asia corporate practice, James Heinicke is an experienced transactional lawyer, and Angus Davison previously led the corporate and commercial team globally. Mark Santangeli is also a key adviser and James Lydeard is the senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Bradley Kruger

Testimonials

Ogier provides an established and highly-regarded corporate practice that is very committed to its work and fully responsive to all key situations‘.

The attorneys are invaluable in bringing transactions to a successful close‘.

James Heinicke is highly skilled and experienced in the legalities of corporate structures‘.

Mark Santangeli provides actionable partner-level counsel throughout and is cool under fire‘.

Senior associate James Lydeard is simply fantastic‘.

Key clients

Centerbridge Partners

Silicon Valley Bank

BTG Pactual Group

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Deutsche Bank

Transocean

EMR Capital Advisors Pty

HSBC Bank

Starz Mortgage Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Cayman National Corporation on all aspects of its response to a tender offer by Republic Bank Trinidad & Tobago (Barbados) to acquire up to 75% of its issued share capital.
  • Acted for Deutsche Bank on the business sale and transfer of Deutsche Bank Cayman to Vistra Cayman.
  • Assisted BTG Pactual Reinsurance (Cayman) with its application to be licensed as a Class B(iii) insurer.

Campbells

Campbells' Cayman corporate and commercial practice regularly assists multinational corporations and financial services providers with complex cross-border transactions including M&A, reorganisations, joint ventures and mining and natural resource transactions. John Wolf is managing partner of the Cayman office and Alan Craig leads the corporate department, which also includes Richard Spencer.

Practice head(s):

Alan Craig; John Wolf

Other key lawyers:

Richard Spencer

Testimonials

The team is professional, accessible, responsive and knowledgeable‘.

Key clients

Barrick Gold Corporation

Netshoes

Phillips 66

Active-Semi International

Avon Cosmetics

Scotiabank

Nubank

Tech Data Corporation

China Advanced Construction Materials Group

United Therapeutics Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for Netshoes (Cayman) on its public-to-private sale by way of statutory merger under Cayman law.
  • Advised Active-Semi International on its statutory merger with Qorvo.
  • Handled China Advanced Construction Materials Group’s merger with its Cayman subsidiary.

Carey Olsen

Carey Olsen regularly handles large, complex M&A transactions and also has notable expertise in joint ventures, corporate regulation work, compliance issues and corporate structuring matters. Jarrod Farley and Nick Bullmore are managing partners of the Cayman office, which also fields Alistair Russell and corporate and finance partner Richard Munden; Munden recently joined the group from Walkers.

Practice head(s):

Nick Bullmore; Jarrod Farley

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Russell; Richard Munden

Testimonials

Very highly regarded team, both technically great lawyers but able to deliver commercially focused cost effective advice. My first port of call for any Cayman advice.

It has ben a pleasure working with all the Carey Olsen lawyers. Technically gifted lawyers but also very responsive and commercially attuned.

Key clients

Abraaj Holdings

Marsh & McLennan

Strategic Value Partners

CDW Corporation

Gympass

Work highlights

  • Acted for Marsh & McLennan Companies on its acquisition of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group.
  • Advised Strategic Value Partners on its acquisition of Vita Group from TPG.
  • Assisted CDW Corporation with its acquisition of Scalar Decisions, a technology solutions provider in Canada.

Collas Crill

Collas Crill fields 'particularly friendly and proactive team', which is regularly instructed on M&A deals involving stock exchange-listed companies; the Cayman office also has a strong technology and start-up practice, which includes notable fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency expertise. The group also assists with corporate governance issues, director duties and liabilities work, and shareholder meeting mandates. Cayman managing partner Alan de Saram is head of the corporate, finance and funds department, which also fields Stephen Nelson. Senior associate Natalie Bell recently joined the team from Harneys' BVI office, and Joss Morris left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Alan de Saram; Stephen Nelson

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Bell

Testimonials

Clients are left very pleased with the quality of services, and the team stands out for its always precise and timely advice‘.

Alan de Saram is well respected and responsive; he is also dependable, technically proficient and a pleasure to work with‘.

Stephen Nelson is friendly and helpful‘.

Bedell Cristin

Following its 2018 merger with long-established Cayman-based law firm Solomon Harris, Bedell Cristin has notable transactional insurance expertise alongside substantial general corporate and commercial experience, and counts financial institutions, public and private corporates, and high-net-worth individuals as clients. The principal advisers are managing partner Sophia Harris, inward and domestic investment practice leader Ian Jamieson and investment fund specialist Nick Reid. Richard Addlestone retired.

Harneys

Harneys acts for sellers, purchasers, investors and lenders on the full spectrum of M&A deals ranging from share purchases to takeovers of listed companies by statutory merger. The team is experienced in cross-border joint venture deals, and also provides specialist IP and commercial law advice relating to ancillary agreements. Cayman managing partner Marco Martins leads the Americas practice group; his expertise encompasses corporate, banking and finance-related disciplines, with a particular focus on the establishment of banks, investment funds and other financial vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Marco Martins

Key clients

Banco Do Brasil

StoneCo

Fosun Tourism Group

Bank of America

Wells Fargo Bank

Citibank

First Republic Bank

Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries

Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries' 'super-responsive team solves problems' thanks to expertise spanning M&A, private equity, start-ups and disposals, joint ventures, group reorganisations, the incorporation of corporate vehicles,  schemes of arrangement, and cryptocurrency and blockchain technology work. Managing director Chris Humphries heads up the corporate team and has a range of experience across private equity mandates, joint ventures, M&A and general corporate matters. Chairman Andrew Hersant is also highly regarded. Aaron Walker departed to Mourant Governance Services.

Practice head(s):

Chris Humphries

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hersant

Testimonials

Appreciated for ease of contacting partners and speed of the firm’s responsiveness‘.

Good business-focused guidance at reasonable charge-out rates‘.

Chris Humphries is incredibly responsive to all client matters, regardless of the size or perceived importance of an issue’.

Key clients

Citibank

MGG Investment Group

Banco Bradesco

Guggenheim

Bruin Sports Capital

Cerberus Business Finance

CTMH Holding

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas

Futourist

Jetstream Aviation Capital

Corcentric

Work highlights

  • Advised CTMH Holding and its group entities on the corporate issues surrounding the operation of the CTMH Doctors Hospital and associated businesses.
  • Acted for Sparkster on the proposed offering for the sale of cryptographic ERC-20 standard tokens on the Ethereum blockchain.
  • Advised Jetstream Aviation Capital on its acquisition of a Cayman special purpose vehicle, which owned an aircraft.