Mr Hayden Isbister > Mourant > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Lawyer Profile

Cayman Islands

Work Department

Hayden is the Managing Partner in our Cayman Islands office and Head of Mourant's Corporate practice in the Cayman Islands. He specialises in corporate and finance work, with an emphasis on investment funds.


Hayden has significant experience advising a broad range of clients on the formation of all variations of investment funds as well as advising on private equity fund downstream transactions.

Hayden’s corporate and commercial experience includes advising on joint venture arrangements and other corporate deals, such as SPACs. He also has experience in structured finance transactions, including CLOs, and advising on fund finance, acquisition finance and general lending matters.


Prior to moving to the Cayman Islands, Hayden worked at Minter Ellison in Australia.


An Alternate Director of Cayman Finance


  • Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business, University of Queensland

Lawyer Rankings

Cayman Islands > Corporate and commercial

(Leading individuals)

Hayden IsbisterMourant

Reputed for its ‘responsive and user-friendly’ manner, Mourant is regularly instructed by a sterling roster of commercial banks, financial services providers, and technology companies on high-value acquisitions, divestitures, and de-SPAC combinations. Corporate and finance head Hayden Isbister‘s ‘calm and measured‘ approach underpins the team’s strong reputation among clients, particularly on private equity downstream and financing transactions. Neal Lomax is a key port of call for the firm’s multinational corporate and international banking clientele, which turn to him for his capabilities in multi-billion-dollar corporate deals, most recently in the industrials space. The ‘hugely experienced‘ Ramesh Maharaj is praised by clients for his wide-ranging expertise, encompassing PE transactions, combinations and restructurings. Catherine Pham anchors the Cayman office’s Canadian desk and fintech group, while Alex Last is recommended for his knowledge of fund finance deals.

Cayman Islands > Investment funds

(Leading individuals)

Hayden IsbisterMourant

Working closely with the firm’s finance and regulatory teams, Mourant‘s cross-disciplinary investment practice handles a steady stream of high-value formations and secondary transactions. Newly appointed funds head Catherine Pham is praised by clients for her capabilities in downstream transactions and fund structuring across a range of asset classes. Hayden Isbister, who regularly partners with onshore firms on matters involving private equity and hedge funds, is a key contact for US clients. Global investment fund co-chair Alex Last is well-versed in fund finance matters, while Neal Lomax‘s recent engagements include a number of multi-billion-dollar establishments and restructurings. Counsels Chris Nixon and Rhiannon Williams are also recommended. Gemma Cowan has left the practice.

Cayman Islands > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Hayden IsbisterMourant

Mourant works with a stellar lineup of leading asset managers and investment banks on a range of high-value fund finance and structured finance transactions, securitisations, and warehousings. Practice co-chair Hayden Isbister is a seasoned corporate and finance lawyer whose capabilities are most keenly concentrated on bankruptcies, CLOs, and private equity downstream transactions. Fellow co-chair Alexandra Woodcock is routinely sought out by numerous institutional lenders and fund sponsors for assistance with both financing and restructuring-based matters. Alex Last and Ramesh Maharaj are noted for their respective expertise in fund financing transactions and financial services M&A, while counsel Finn Howie is recommended for his capabilities in distressed debt restructurings.