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Bedell Cristin

With expertise spread across markets in the UK and the Asia Pacific region, Bedell Cristin‘s Caribbean-focused practitioners take a one-team approach and cover the full spectrum of mandates, ranging from corporate and finance work to commercial litigation to private client issues and trust and estate matters. The group fields multiple names admitted to practise in both Cayman and the BVI and leverages their experience practising on the ground in the Caribbean.For more information on specific regions, please click on the tabs below

Individuals in both Bedell Cristin‘s Guernsey and Jersey offices contribute to the firm’s international Caribbean expertise, regularly gaining instructions from London-based clients and law firms. Global managing partner Tim Pearce in Jersey assists a range of multinational companies and banks as well as high-net-worth individuals with BVI-related banking, finance, corporate and fund work. In the firm’s Guernsey office, Alasdair Davidson leads the litigation team and acts in a range of BVI claims encompassing contentious trust work, fraud issues, insolvencies and cross-border litigation. At associate level, the Jersey team benefits from the expertise of Philip Kendall, James Peart and senior associate Louise Hassell.
Bedell Cristin‘s office in Singapore saw notable expansion in mid-2021 with the recruitment of Joanne Verbiesen from an in-house role. Verbiesen, who is admitted in both the BVI and Cayman, adds notable contentious expertise to the office and is also a highly regarded private client expert, assisting with the establishment and management of offshore trusts and estate planning work. Kristian Wilson is also a key name in Singapore for BVI-related matters and excels in corporate and financial mandates; he counts a number of offshore finance bodies as clients.

Practice head(s):

Tim Pearce

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Davidson; Joanne Verbiesen; Kristian Wilson; Philip Kendall; Louise Hassell; James Peart

Key clients

Blue Ocean Structure Investment Company Limited / Ying Peng Hui Kang Fund

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

Gopher Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Blue Ocean Structure Investment Company Limited (a subsidiary of Ying Peng Hui Kang Fund) in its capacity as 65.4% shareholder in Global Cord Blood Corporation on a winding up petition and injunctive relief to terminate a transaction entered into by the Board.
  • Advising an independent director in relation to his appointment to the Board of Fang Holdings pursuant to an Order of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands in the context of a winding up petition filed by a shareholder of the company.
  • Worked on Gopher Investment’s bid for Playtech, an AIM listed online gaming company, and its subsequent acquisition of Finalto, the financial trading division of Playtech.

Carey Olsen

Standing out as a hallmark of quality in every jurisdiction in which it operates‘, Carey Olsen has ‘a compelling balance between legal excellence, commercial understanding and top-notch service‘. With practitioners spread across the UK and the Asia Pacific region, the firm’s ‘absolutely amazing global coverage‘ encompasses the full spectrum of BVI and Cayman-related work with notable expertise in corporate, finance and contentious mandates.For more information on specific regions, please click on the tabs below

From Carey Olsen LLP‘s London office, ‘very responsive‘ office managing partner Jasmine Amaria advises a broad range of clients on BVI and Cayman issues with a particular focus on corporate, fund and finance work, acting for clients based throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Richard Brown is the key contact for contentious work and insolvency-related matters connected to the BVI; he works closely with Jan Golaszewski, who recently relocated from the firm’s Cayman office to London and is an expert in multijurisdictional litigation, arbitration and insolvencies. Counsel Sheba Raza also attracts praise from clients.
With a ‘dominant position‘ across Asia Pacific, Carey Olsen Hong Kong LLP‘s managing partner Michael Padarin handles BVI, Cayman and Bermuda-related work with a notable focus on the formation, operation and restructuring of a range of funds. Also in Hong Kong, Jeremy Lightfoot leads the dispute resolution practice and leverages his previous on-island experience in the BVI to handle high-profile commercial litigation, while James Webb focuses on debt transactions, and Henry Tucker regularly appears before the Bermuda Supreme Court. In Carey Olsen Singapore LLP, James Noble leads the litigation practice in Asia and is the only Cayman and BVI admitted litigator in Singapore, while office managing partner Anthony McKenzie handles a variety of corporate and commercial work. Tom Katsaros leads the funds team in Singapore and is also admitted to practice in Cayman.

Practice head(s):

Jasmine Amaria; Michael Padarin; Anthony McKenzie

Other key lawyers:

Richard Brown; Jan Golaszewski; Sheba Raza; Jeremy Lightfoot; James Webb; James Noble; Tom Katsaros; Henry Tucker

Testimonials

‘The Carey Olsen brand stands out as a hallmark of quality in every jurisdiction in which it operates. It is a firm which attracts lawyers of the highest calibre. It has developed a dominant position in Hong Kong and Singapore, providing a gateway for litigation in the Cayman Islands, the BVI and Bermuda for clients from East Asia, particularly the PRC. Its global network, including an office in London, enables it to provide a truly 24/7 service, giving it the edge for time-critical case preparation.’

‘A compelling balance between legal excellence, commercial understanding, competitive and transparent pricing, and top-notch service.’

‘Absolutely amazing global coverage. First-rate firm.’

‘James Noble – head of litigation in Singapore – hugely knowledgeable and experienced, he provides clients who generally have previously not encountered Caribbean litigation with the reassurance that their cases are in the best possible hands.’

‘Richard Brown – in the London office, his extensive knowledge and experience of Caribbean litigation enables him to co-ordinate the most complex of cases to provide a seamless 24/7 service which is second to none.’

‘Jeremy Lightfoot – head of litigation in Hong Kong, an intellectual heavyweight whose urbane charm makes him a firm favourite with clients.’

‘Michael Padarin is technically excellent but also a very commercial lawyer. He is responsive and takes a no-nonsense approach to any matter – leading to useful practical results that are cost effective.’

‘I worked with Sheba Raza who is based in London but dual qualified and has helped us with BVI work. She is responsive and comes back very promptly.’

Key clients

Ad Hoc Group of bondholders in Luckin Coffee Inc.

Global Cord Blood Corporation

Great Simplicity Investment Corporation

Virgin Active group of companies

Stoneway Capital Corporation

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

InterEnergy Group

SuperSeed Capital Limited

Tencent Holdings Limited

Block.one

Bullish Global

Carbon Growth Partners

Fullgoal Asset Management (HK) Limited

Huaxing Growth Capital

IDEG Investment Management Limited

Permira

AXA Investment Managers

Caldicott Worldwide Ltd

China Merchant Bank

CN Energy

Fintonia Group

Formation Group

G Medical Corporation Limited

Global Cord Blood Corporation

Landing Point Limited

Philip Street Partners

Red Wolf Resources Limited

Smarter Electronics

The Bank of East Asia, Limited

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Acting as Cayman legal counsel on a significant de-SPAC transaction for Bullish, a blockchain software developer and virtual asset exchange operator.
  • Acting as offshore (Cayman/BVI) counsel to Permira in respect of its divestment of the Tricor Group of companies by way of sale to funds affiliated with Baring Private Equity Asia.
  • Acted as Cayman and BVI legal counsel in connection with the STAR market listing of Jinko Solar Co Ltd.

Maples Group

Maples Group‘s ‘good depth of knowledge and solution-focused pragmatic advice‘ extends across the UK, Asia Pacific and the Middle East with practitioners in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai contributing the firm’s Caribbean expertise. The team acts for a broad range of global clients on corporate, banking, finance and fund work involving Cayman and BVI law.For more information on specific regions, please click on the tabs below

Maples Group‘s London office is led by managing partner Heidi de Vries, who handles Cayman and BVI work relating to the structuring, formation and maintenance of hedge funds and private equity funds. Clients also single out ‘expert partnerHarjit Kaur, who specialises in the establishment and maintenance of Cayman-based alternative investment funds; Jonathan Caulton, who leads the London finance practice and is admitted to practise in Cayman; Matthew Gilbert, who heads up the London-based BVI team and real estate finance group; and corporate team head Jack Marriott, who focuses on BVI-related work.
In Maples Group‘s Singapore office, regional managing partner Michael Gagie also acts as the firm’s global head of its BVI practice; he is also a key contact for banking and structured finance work, acting for both lenders and borrowers. Matt Roberts splits his time between the Singapore and Hong Kong offices and is Asia head of the corporate practice, specialising in M&A, private equity issues, governance work and capital markets mandates. Also in the Hong Kong office are fund partner Ann Ng and John Trehey, who leads the dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring practice across Asia; both are admitted to practise in the BVI.
From the Maples Group office in Dubai, joint managing partners Manuela Belmontes and Philip Ireland are the key contacts for Caribbean-related work. Belmontes is active in the corporate and finance spaces, particularly focusing on international capital markets and financing mandates relating to Cayman. Ireland is a go-to name for Cayman investment funds work, specialising in collective investment schemes.

Practice head(s):

Heidi de Vries; Michael Gagie; Manuela Belmontes; Philip Ireland

Other key lawyers:

Harjit Kaur; Jonathan Caulton; Matthew Gilbert; Jack Marriott; Matt Roberts; Ann Ng; John Trehey

Testimonials

‘Good depth of knowledge and solution-focused pragmatic advice.’

‘Excellent service across Cayman fund-related legal issues.’

‘Harjit Kaur is fantastic – her knowledge is unparalleled and her delivery of advice is efficient and succinct. The team is very knowledgeable and they deal with issues smartly and commercially.’

‘Manuela Belmontes is outstanding and put in the time to know our business.’

‘Harjit Kaur is an expert partner.’

Key clients

Aquila Acquisition Corporation

Amber Group

Angelalign Technology Inc.

ARA Asset Management

Baidu, Inc.

Bain Capital

Belite Bio Inc

BOCOM International Blossom Limited

BigBox Tech Ltd

Bridgetown 2 Holdings Ltd

CARSgen Therapeutics Holdings Limited

CICC Hong Kong Finance 2016 MTN Limited

CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd.

Citigroup First Investment Management Limited

CK Property Finance (MTN) Limited

CMBI

Dingdong (Cayman) Limited

eHi Car Services Limited

Far East Consortium International Limited

Li Auto Inc.

Medlive Technology Co., Ltd.

Missfresh Limited

New Frontier Health Corporation

NH Investment & Securities

NIO Inc.

NWD (MTN) Limited

Powerlong Real Estate Holdings Limited

Sino-Ocean Land Treasure IV Limited

Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp. I/II/III/IV

The Hongkong Land Finance (Cayman Islands) Company Limited

Towngas

Tuanbaopin Technology Co., Ltd

Vertex Technology Acquisition Corporation

Weibo Corporation

Weimob Inc.

Xiaomi Corporation

Zhihu Inc.