Firm Profile > Mourant > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Mourant
PO BOX 1348, 94 SOLARIS AVENUE
CAMANA BAY
GRAND CAYMAN KY1-1108
Cayman Islands

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Led by Hector Robinson QC, who is ‘highly regarded as a strategic, brilliant and calculated thinker and decision-maker’, the team at Mourant ‘draws on international resources’ to handle large, long-running Cayman disputes. Regularly instructed in some of the region’s most high-profile cases, Peter Hayden acts for Kalo Advisors, the liquidators of Primeo Fund, in multiple litigation matters against Herald; in January 2020, the team won a hearing in the Privy Council, having previously won in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. Alongside the group's restructuring and insolvency expertise, the department also has an enviable track record in banking, finance and securities litigation, fund and trust claims, and fraud and asset tracing mandates. Other names to note include the experienced Simon Dickson, restructuring expert Christopher Harlowe, Nicholas Fox and counsel Christopher Levers.

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Testimonials

‘Superb client care, top legal capabilities. Exceptionally thorough and top of their game in the private equity and finance litigation field. And fantastic to work with.’

‘Simon Dickson: sees every point often before it has evolved. A very sensitive and nuanced lawyer, as well as an excellent leader. Bags of experience, locally and internationally, and a really lovely team-player too.’

‘Chris Harlowe: very clear thinking and an excellent sense of strategy.’

‘Jessica Vickers: brilliant and immensely hardworking junior team member; a rising star. Hugely thorough and a delight to work with.’

‘Harry Rasmussen: up and coming star. Hard-working and often terrier-like. Great attention to detail.’

‘The practice has a wide array of practitioners that enables them to draw on diverse experience to best meet their clients.’

‘My main contact is the firm’s Partner, Hector Robinson QC. He is renowned and highly regarded as a strategic, brilliant and calculated thinker and decision-maker. He knows when to up the ante and when to temper expectations. He is always focused on serving in the client’s interest and achieving the best result for the client.’

Key clients

Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company (AHAB)

Kalo Advisors

Libya Investment Authority / Upper Brook companies

T Rowe Price, Burford Capital, Stockbridge Investors and DE Shaw

DART

Lynn Tilton

Millinium Asset Services

Nickel Resources International Holdings Company Limited

General Electric Company

OneTRADEx

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Strengthening its client roster and expanding its offering in 2019, Mourant advises leading financial institutions, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and multinational and domestic corporations on financing transactions across a wide range of sectors. Recent highlights include complex financing transactions and advice relating to real estate, acquisition, asset, fund and structured finance mandates, leveraged finance work, debt capital markets matters and derivatives issues. Managing partner Hayden Isbister heads up the practice alongside Alexandra Woodcock, who was recruited from Walkers in 2019 to lead the finance and banking group; she advises an array of financial institutions and fund sponsors on downstream private equity financing and handles secured lending work for hedge funds and private equity funds. Ramesh Maharaj, private equity specialist Alex Last and funds expert Neal Lomax are key names to note alongside counsel Nathaniel Luker and senior associate Finn Howie.

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive and commercially minded. They work well and understand the complexities of cross-border transactions.’

‘I regularly work with Alex Woodcock who is able to integrate seamlessly into a multi jurisdiction team and provides concise proactive advice. She not only identifies issues but comes up with solutions.’

‘Mourant’s experience is world class, so can support our large international deals from our local Cayman office. Further, the team can lead M&A and transaction projects from end to end, with continuity on the working group despite the always-changing project requirements. I have also been very impressed with the high-quality referrals outside the firm for specific subject matters or local country expertise where we do business. Our Mourant team deeply understands our motivations and objectives, so we feel as if it is an extension of our own team.’

‘Neal Lomax – Aside from the exceptional client service and technical expertise that is Neal’s baseline, one of his most notable skills is the ability to break down, interpret, and respond to a counterparty’s underlying motivations and objectives. His tact and perspicacity in diffusing overly aggressive or irrational players in negotiations is invaluable and critical in representing our interests. Further, his poise and polished confidence is infectious and drives conviction in highly tense situations.’

‘Finn Howie – He is always available when we have urgent inquiries. His turnaround time is very quick, and his work is quite thorough.’

Key clients

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Strategic Value Partners, LLC

HSBC

Citibank, N.A.

KKR Credit Advisors

Greystone

CBRE Global Investment Partners

Capital Dynamics

CVC Capital Partners

Corporate and commercial Tier 2

With global financial institutions, corporations and private fund sponsors on its client roster, Mourant’s corporate team is ‘always very responsive on short notice, turns around documents quickly, and manages processes and requirements very tightly’. Led by managing partner Hayden Isbister, the department provides advice to clients on major M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, equity capital matters, joint ventures and regulatory issues. Neal Lomax has extensive experience advising on corporate transactions involving Cayman structures, while Alex Last specialises in work for private equity fund sponsors; he recently acted as Cayman counsel for CBRE Global Investment Partners on its acquisition of 25% of the interests in Cityhold Office Partnership from TIAA-CREF. Alexandra Woodcock and Ramesh Maharaj joined the team from Walkers in mid-2019. Catherine Pham and counsel Nathaniel Luker are further names to note.

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Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable team of professionals. They are really commercially oriented, practical and great negotiators.’

‘I have really enjoyed working with Neal Lomax and Nathaniel Luker on an M&A deal in Cayman. I have really appreciated their commercially oriented mindset and their advice coming from previous experience on similar deals. They would timely provide comments and always go the extra mile to help us achieve our goal.’

‘Ramesh Maharaj is highly responsive and thoughtful.’

‘Mourant is always very responsive on short notice, turns around documents quickly, and manages processes and requirements very tightly. Their advice is always in our best/fiduciary interests, and we have no doubts on the recommendations and positions taken at their advice. Further they have an extensive network of high quality firms for niche expertise or subject matters is required.’

‘All of the individuals are extremely high quality. They are quick to understand asks and apply the correct team member to the task.’

‘Personable approach based on a long term relationship. Responsiveness to inquiries and proactive approach to identify issues in real time, or even before they emerge.’

‘Definitely the personable approach to a relationship, the care that is put into knowing me as their client beyond just the work arena, which creates a high degree of trust that facilitates a sense that we are working together to create success for both Mourant and the client.’

Key clients

CBRE Global Investment Partners

L Catterton Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Bruckman, Rosser, Sherrill & Co, LLC

The Simpson Group Inc.

Pamplona Capital Management LLP

Credit Agricole

Capital Dynamics

KKR

Greystone

Investment funds Tier 2

Mourant has a strong track record in investment fund launches, structuring mandates and fund restructurings in the Cayman Islands. Regularly instructed by large fund managers and sponsors, the team is skilled at handling matters for distressed funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and real estate funds. Singled out for his ‘technical excellence with great client handling skills’, Alex Last advised CBRE Global Investment Partners on the establishment of a second real estate fund under its mandate with the Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan, the largest pension fund in the world. The department is headed up by Hayden Isbister, is praised for being ‘great with clients and very knowledgeable and responsive’. Elsewhere within the team, Neal Lomax is ‘seasoned in fund structures’, particularly Cayman hedge funds and private equity funds. Catherine Pham and senior associate Gemma Cowan are other names to note.

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Testimonials

‘In a market environment that is changing by the minute, having a team of offshore advisors that can provide cutting edge resources, market views and solve complex structural issues is what makes Mourant stand out. The ability to tap into the firms diverse base of experts across jurisdictions and asset classes is what differentiates Mourant from its peers.’

‘Neal Lomax is a partner who is seasoned in fund structures and transactional matters that provides us with the needed resources in Cayman Counsel. He has the ability to attack the issue head-on and in an efficient way.’

‘Hayden Isbister is very commercial, knowledgeable.’

‘Small but sophisticated team that can handle all fund matters effectively.’

‘Hayden Isbister is great with clients and very knowledgeable and responsive. Very positive experience also with Catherine Pham and Gemma Cowan.’

‘This team provides excellent legal advice and client service.’

‘The most talented lawyer in this strong team in undoubtedly Alex Last, who combines technical excellence with great client handling skills.’

Key clients

CBRE

L Catterton

Knighthead Capital Management, LLC

CVC Credit Partners

Apollo

Blackstone

Capital Dynamics

JP Morgan

Goldman Sachs

Wells Fargo

Regulatory and compliance Tier 2

The regulatory practice at Mourant is spearheaded by Sara Galletly, who, in close collaboration with the firm’s corporate department, primarily focuses on regulatory developments impacting financial services, insurance and banking clients. In addition to its expertise in contentious regulatory issues including investigations and financial crime proceedings, the team also advises on non-contentious matters including anti-money laundering work, sanctions, beneficial ownership issues, economic substance matters, funds regulations, data protection law and licensing applications. The team was also heavily involved in the classification and registration of fund structures and associated entities following the introduction of legislation which provided a six-month transition period for the registration of vehicles classified as private funds or limited investor funds.

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Testimonials

‘Professionalism, competence, practical approach to solving problems. Personable and responsive.’

‘The Regulatory and Compliance practice offered us the opportunity to use their experience and expertise to implement new regulatory requirements in an efficient and cost-effective way.’

‘Sara Galletly has been pragmatic and pro-active in her approach and instantly understood what we needed to achieve and the time-frame.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and responsive to all of the questions/comments. It is very easy to work/interact with the Mourant team. They have a very strong understanding of the laws/regulations and in areas where the regulation are not clear cut provide a pragmatic approach and interpretation with the follow up with the appropriate regulatory bodies. They have a very strong team that they can rely on to work through any issues.’

‘I work closely with Sara Galletly and she provides constant updates and spends the time to understand the nature of the business and the application of the statutory laws and regulations.’

‘The Mourant team is incredibly helpful and approachable.’

‘Sara Galletly has been a pleasure to work with. She has provided us with very timely advice that was very clear and concise and which allowed me to move forward totally clear on the actions I needed to take.’

‘This team is accessible, practical and pragmatic. They are also prepared for scheduled calls and stay on top of the issues.’

The firm: Mourant is a leading global offshore law firm with expertise in BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law. Through Mourant Governance Services we deliver a complementary range of fiduciary, administration and governance services.

Our clients include many of the world’s leading financial institutions, corporations, public organisations, private equity houses and investment funds, as well as ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family offices. We routinely work in partnership with the most prestigious international legal and accountancy firms.

Types of work undertaken: Our Cayman Islands practice specialises in:

Banking and finance:The partners in our Banking & Finance team are highly respected experts in their field, and their practices span the full range of offshore banking and finance work. Our team regularly acts for lenders, borrowers, arrangers, issuers, managers, trustees and other finance parties, and advises 90 per cent of the world’s top 50 banks.

We’re renowned for our structured finance and securitisation work, and have a reputation for excelling in the most complex transactions involving offshore law.

We’re also regularly appointed as listing sponsor to securities listed on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and The International Stock Exchange.

Corporate: We’re best known for our work on the most complex and demanding transactions – where clients tell us that the strength in depth and hands-on approach of our multi-jurisdictional partner team make all the difference.

Regulatory and governance: We provide highly commercial and focused legal advice in relation to the full range of offshore governance and regulatory requirements and issues.

Regulatory investigations often span the numerous jurisdictions in which our clients operate. We either manage and co-ordinate our clients’ issues ourselves, seamlessly across those jurisdictions, or we work alongside leading legal and accounting firms to manage matters through to conclusion. We also regularly advise on competition law and data protection law.

Funds: Mourant has an international reputation as one of the leading investment funds practices in the Cayman Islands. Our market-leading international team spans time-zones, and is known for the quality and quantity of complex work it handles globally across a wide range of alternative fund asset classes – traditionally real estate, private equity, credit and hedge funds.

We’re increasingly called upon to help launch offshore funds for investment in diverse technological areas including digital technology, cryptocurrencies, fintech, renewable energy, medical tech and bio-venture companies.

Insolvency and restructuring: Our insolvency and restructuring practice draws together banking, corporate, insolvency, investment funds, litigation, regulatory and restructuring expertise. It deploys carefully integrated, multi-disciplinary teams to work closely with leading professionals in the US, the UK and elsewhere. Mourant plays a leading role in the largest and most high-profile insolvency-related cases in the Cayman Islands, usually cross-border in practice requiring rapid and efficient coordinated advice. It advises on all aspects of complex corporate restructurings, providing pragmatic and workable solutions for its clients.

International trusts and private client: We provide exceptional trusts and private client services covering both contentious and non-contentious matters in all our jurisdictions. Our highly regarded International Trusts & Private Client team includes some of the most renowned litigators and legal advisers in the offshore world. With this distinctive global perspective, we’re able to advise neutrally on the most appropriate jurisdiction in which to establish and administer wealth management structures. We work together without jurisdictional boundaries in our clients’ interests.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Our litigation team play a leading role in the largest and most high-profile disputes in the Cayman Islands and in international cross-border cases requiring rapid and efficient coordinated advice. Our litigation partners all have considerable experience and are highly regarded for their work. Our clients include major financial institutions, trust companies, regulators, public authorities, prosecutors and high-net-worth individuals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Jonathan Rigby
Managing Partner, Cayman Hayden Isbister
Number of Partners: : 9
Other offices : BVI
Other offices : Guernsey
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Jersey
Other offices : London