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Bedell Cristin
Cayman Islands

Real estate Tier 2

Bedell Cristin advises a diverse range of Cayman-based developers, investors and retail banks on real estate matters in the commercial and residential sectors. Real estate finance specialist Ian Jamieson, who leads the practice, handles conveyancing matters, development work and commercial and residential leasings, with particular expertise in the hotel sector. Additionally, Jamieson and his team specialise in advising international banks and high-net-worth individuals on the secured lending for real estate acquisitions, developments and portfolio reorganisations. Another name to note is managing associate Richard Parry, who has additional experience representing clients in disputes arising out of real estate transactions.

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FirstCaribbean International Bank

Scotiabank & Trust

B and B Properties/Hon Development Corporation

Cayman National Bank

Butterfield Bank

Fidelity Bank

RBC Royal Bank

Grand Harbour Properties

Trusts/private client Tier 2

Headed up by Andrew Miller, Bedell Cristin's BVI and Cayman international private client group specialises in non-contentious international wealth structuring mandates. Key areas of strength in Cayman include international trust, foundation and private holding company issues, as well as succession planning and probate work for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients. Another name to note in Cayman is Kai McGriele, who has extensive contentious trust experience.

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Dispute resolution Tier 3

Laura Hatfield heads up Bedell Cristin’s litigation and corporate insolvency and restructuring practice in Cayman, which also includes Kai McGriele. Noted for its bankruptcy and restructuring expertise, it also handles investor rights, corporate governance and professional negligence matters. Recent areas of growth include regulatory enforcement matters dealing primarily with data protection and anti-money laundering regulations, trust-related mandates, and liquidations resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Another key practitioner operating within the team is managing associate Richard Parry.

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Citco Global Custody N.V

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB


Ernst & Young

Deloitte Cayman

KPMG Cayman Islands

Duff & Phelps

Grant Thornton

Krys Global

Kalo Advisors (and predecessor entities)

FTI Consulting

Scotiabank and Trust (Cayman) Ltd.

FirstCaribbean International Bank

Mayer Brown

SMP Partners

JG Gallagher/ Artex Risk Solutions Inc.

Chris Johnson Associates Ltd.

Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 5

Bedell Cristin covers the full spectrum of banking matters, ranging from lending to high-net-worth individuals, through to complex structured finance transactions secured through real estate and other assets. The group regularly acts for local branches of international banks on secured lending matters relating to real estate acquisitions, developments and portfolio reorganisations. Ian Jamieson and Joss Morris, who joined in 2019 from Collas Crill, jointly lead the department, which is involved in an assortment of financing transactions.

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Advantage International Holdings Ltd

CDC Corporation

Eversheds LLP

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Ironshore Pharmaceuticals & Development, Inc

KPMG (Cayman)

McDermott Will & Emery

Marsh Management (Cayman) Limited

Policy Selection Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers (Cayman)

TMF Group

Daemon Investment Fund

Corporate and commercial Tier 5

Instructed both by local corporations and international group subsidiaries based in Cayman, Bedell Cristin’s workload encompasses acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations, mergers and joint ventures across a range of sectors. Joss Morris, who recently joined from Collas Crill, is the corporate transactional lawyer to note in the jurisdiction.

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A full service commercial law firm specialising in international offshore work with a number of niche specialisms. Standing among the leading law firms in the Cayman Islands, its mission statement is to provide effective offshore legal solutions, promptly and efficiently. Clients include international financial institutions, public and private companies, high net worth individuals, major onshore law firms, accountancy firms and other advisory firms. The firm has been consistently recommended in <i>Legal 500, Chambers Global, Global Counsel 3000 and IFLR 1000</i>.</p><p>Main practice areas are: banking, capital markets and SPV’s, captive insurance, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, e-commerce, investment funds including hedge funds, private equity funds and real estate funds, local licensing, mergers and acquisitions, real estate (including construction law, leases, development, timeshares and financing), regulatory compliance, restructuring/insolvency, structured finance (including securitisation), wealth management (including trusts), wills, probate/estate matters.