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The bedrock of Appleby's practice is international cross-border trust and estates advice and serving high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients and institutions globally. The team acted for the Trustee of the Poulton Family Trust in hostile proceedings brought before the Grand Court by the adult children of the settlor and beneficiaries, who were excluded from the trust by its settlor and protector; the matter raised legal issues concerning the validity of the exercise of the settlor and the protector's powers to exclude beneficiaries. In other matters, the practice was instructed to advise the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), as trustee of the Chamber’s pension plan for all Cayman-resident employees, which included drafting deeds of amendment and restatement for the master pension trust. Group private client and trusts head Carlos de Serpa Pimentel is 'a real leader'. His experience ranges from hostile beneficiary and trustee disputes to trustee directions applications, Beddoe applications and trust variation and restructuring proceedings; he is also regularly involved in contentious estate and probate matters. Associate Esmond Brown advises a broad range of institutional trustees, high-net-worth individuals and other office-holders on the establishment and administration of Cayman Islands (Cayman) trusts.

Harneys' Cayman trusts practice typically advises commercial clients such as trust companies and banks, as well as high-net-worth individuals and families, on estate and succession planning. Representative experience includes advising on the establishment and restructuring of trusts governed by Cayman law; the team also has extensive experience in advising on STAR trusts (a unique form of statutory trust), private trust companies, charitable trusts, unit trusts, and employee benefit and pension trusts. Henry Mander is recommended for both Cayman and BVI trusts work; he assists with the creation, administration and termination of complex international trusts, and advises on the mechanics for effective succession planning for high-net-worth individuals and families, particularly those in emerging markets. Jessica Williams is highly rated for advising on Cayman contentious trusts. Senior associate Charles Moore, who joined from Mourant Ozannes, has extensive contentious experience and has also advised high-net-worth individuals and families on the creation of complex international trusts.

Maples Group's international trust law experts advise global financial institutions, foreign governments and some of the world’s wealthiest individuals on Cayman private wealth structures; the team is also highly rated for trust litigation. Cayman trusts head Morven McMillan, whose expertise includes contentious and non-contentious international trusts and private client work, is 'undoubtedly one of the leading Caribbean private client practitioners; she is vastly experienced and combines charm with a killer instinct'. Colin McKie QC has extensive experience in trusts disputes, and associate Maxine Bodden advises on the establishment and ongoing administration of Cayman trusts, and is particularly noted for assisting with the use of private trust companies.

Ogier's Cayman private client and trusts team team is 'responsive, meticulous and knowledgeable'; it has extensive experience in establishing sophisticated structures for succession purposes, asset protection and family governance. Typical work includes advising on Cayman STAR Trusts, charitable and non-charitable purpose trusts, BVI VISTA Trusts and estate planning. Other areas of strength are foundation and private trust companies, offshore relocations and regulatory issues. Giorgio Subiotto heads the firm’s private client and trusts group in Cayman, and Anthony Partridge specialises in non-contentious private trust matters and wealth structuring for institutional trustees and high-net-worth individuals, together with all related regulatory work and cross-border succession matters. Partridge has particular expertise in resealing foreign grants in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. Rachael Reynolds' practice regularly involves trust disputes. Fraser Allister is a key senior associate; managing associate Jennifer Fox rejoined the Cayman office from Walkers BVI.

Conyers Dill & Pearman's client base includes individuals, families, and corporate clients (including trustees) and private trust companies, all of which the team advises on family trust structures and on the management and maintenance of those structures. Representative matters include inheritance structuring, private investment structures, inter-generational asset transfers, and regulatory laws; the practice also has a robust contentious trusts specialty. The team recently assisted with the establishment of a new pension fund for employees in Cayman, including assisting with the regulatory approvals and set-up of the pension plan. Counsel Robert Lindley is Cayman and BVI private client and trust head, Paul Smith is an experienced trust litigator and Bernadette Carey is another highly regarded counsel.

'Getting the job done without undue fuss and cost', Walkers' team has 'encyclopaedic knowledge; amazingly, the team remains completely down-to-earth on work and fees, as well as being very commercial'. It acts for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their advisers, as well as leading international trustees and other financial institutions, on the establishment, administration and termination of trusts, including associated regulatory requirements. The firm also advises on substantial and complex international trust disputes. Monique Bhullar, who is noted for unit trusts registered as mutual funds, commercial trusts used in structured finance transactions, and employee benefit trusts, and Lucy Diggle, who advises on both contentious and non-contentious international trusts and private client work, are key senior counsels. Associate Jo-Anne Stephens joined from Higgs & Johnson, but former global wealth structuring group head Andrew Miller went on gardening leave.

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