Bedell Cristin > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Firm Profile

Bedell Cristin
Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands > Real estate Tier 2

Bedell Cristin fields a ‘very efficient and responsive real estate team’, which routinely advises major retail banks, high-net-worth investors and institutional lenders in Cayman on high-profile commercial and residential projects. Highly praised by clients for being a ‘fantastic attorney’, Ian Jamieson leads the real estate practice, handling multi-million dollar commercial and residential real estate deals with Michael Sharvin, whose focus spans commercial leasings, high-value residential and commercial acquisitions and disposals, and real estate financing work. Particularly active in property-related disputes, Richard Parry is also highly recommended. Immigration and residency specialist Daniel Altneu and associate Mellissa Thomas also add value to the team.

Practice head(s):

Ian Jamieson


‘The customer service is beyond fantastic, they are always there when you need them and they give excellent advice.’

‘Ian Jamieson – Ian is a fantastic attorney, has a wonderful manner and his clients love him.’

‘Very efficient and responsive real estate team.’

‘Michael Sharvin and Ian Jamieson are well regarded lawyers. Michael Sharvin is incredibly responsive and thorough and goes above and beyond for our clients.’

‘Daniel Altneu is outstanding, he goes above and beyond for his clients and should be recognised for his outstanding service.’

‘Very satisfied with Bedell and have not looked elsewhere. Very knowledgeable team and always on the ball. Value their advice and expertise in their field.’

‘Mostly work with Ian Jamieson. Outstanding individual and very happy to have him deal with our real estate matters. Very experienced and most importantly always available for us. Gives us the right advice to make sound decisions. Have now worked with him for over a decade and consider him one of the best in his field.’

‘Daniel Altneu is most affable and offers great attention to high-net-worth clients, he is familiar with all aspects of our small island and is a delight to talk to and work with. He goes above and beyond the scope of his work and is an ambassador for the Cayman Islands in every way.’

Key clients

Golden Foundation

Harbour Walk Ltd

RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited and Royal Bank House (Cayman) Limited

Morne Botes

Birch Tree Hill Properties

FirstCaribbean International Bank Cayman Limited

Cayman National Bank Limited

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Cayman Islands Bankers Association

Work highlights

  • Represented Cayman Islands Bankers Association in relation to its opposition of proposed new legislation that if adopted will dramatically alter the process for residential secured lending and enforcement in the Cayman Islands.
  • Acted for Harbour Walk Ltd in relation to the drafting of sale agreements, by-laws and closing documents.
  • Acted for Birch Tree Hill Limited & KY MEP LTD, drafting documents and coordinating sales for a new development on Grand Cayman.

Cayman Islands > Trusts/private client Tier 2

Bedell Cristin's 'incredibly responsive, clever and capable' practice regularly advises clients on non-contentious, high-value and complex trust matters. Praised for its ‘sensible and efficient approach’, the team is led by Andrew Miller, who is noted for his expertise in wealth structuring issues, advising individuals and financial institutions; he is regarded as the ‘go-to lawyer for any trust related legal matters under the laws of Cayman Islands’. Dual-qualified Fraser Allister focuses on STAR trusts and VISTA trusts, while newly promoted partner Daniel Altneu is highly regarded for his ‘tremendous understanding of Cayman law’, especially in the residency and high-net-worth immigration arena.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Miller

Other key lawyers:


‘Bedell Cristin is very responsive and able to quickly understand the needs of a client and provide the best route forward. They understand the value of customer service.’

‘The trust team is led by Andrew Miller who has an outstanding reputation both in the local market and internationally, his analysis and commentary on the trust industry is second to none. Fraser Allister is always available to us when we have a query, quick to respond and always clear with his analysis.’

‘Daniel Altneu is beyond responsive and has a tremendous understanding of Cayman law, allowing him to provide exceptional service and solutions to clients. He is very loved by his clients and industry partners.’

‘Andrew Miller and Fraser Allister are knowledgeable, experienced, responsive and user-friendly.’

‘Andrew Miller is second to none – he has excellent connections, amazing legal knowledge and ability to apply this practically and commerically to the advice provided. He is a genuinely wonderful individual who will go out of this way to help in any way.’

‘Fraser Allister provides succinct and incredibly practical advice and has been very helpful particularly on regulatory matters. He has a great personality as well.’

‘Andrew Miller is a first class legal practitioner, what he doesn’t know about Cayman trust law isn’t worth knowing. He is at the heart of all things trusts/private client, and an absolute delight to work with.’

‘Andrew Miller and Fraser Allister are clearly technically excellent but they both have a good dollop of commerciality about their advice. No standing on ceremony. needing to be professorial. no combative behaviour – just good, solid and commercial legal advice.’

Cayman Islands > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Bedell Cristin‘s team operates across a wide range of banking, financial and capital markets matters spanning fund financings, secured lending issues, debt financings, CSX listings and listings on international stock exchanges. Group head Joss Morris is noted for his expertise in investment funds and corporate matters, while Stephen Nelson navigates financings, restructurings and CSX-listing matters, with a focus on Islamic finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Joss Morris

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Yate Shopping Centre Unit Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted as Cayman counsel to Yate Shopping Centre Unit Trust (English Unit Trust) on an English law governed sterling term loan facility agreement (including English subordination security and finance documents), which was valued at $37.2m.

Cayman Islands > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Led by 'stand-out partner' Laura Hatfield, Bedell Cristin routinely represents clients in all aspects of contentious commercial and insolvency matters. The firm houses an experienced team of practitioners including Kai McGriele, who is noted for advising insolvency practitioners, lenders, investors and service providers on insolvency and restructuring proceedings involving hedge funds and other investment vehicles; McGriele is also active in a range of multi-jurisdictional litigation. Richard Parry is praised by clients for ‘working tirelessly’ on commercial litigation and insolvency and restructuring proceedings, while senior associate Jonathan Stroud is highly experienced in representing clients in cross-border insolvencies and other multi-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Laura Hatfield


‘A solid team with reliable practitioners.’

‘Laura Hatfield and Kai McGriele are stand-out partners. Both are super responsive and engaged on matters where I have instructed them.’

‘Jonathan Stroud is a super calm lawyer who shows great ability at managing the client experience whilst pushing the rest of the team on a case to achieve the best possible result. He is sanguine, practical and personable.’

‘Richard Parry, one of the best attorneys I have every worked with. He has a gift for cutting through the noise and finding the best solution for his client, and he works tirelessly to provide a white glove service and great client experience.’

‘Very responsive and engaged partners.’

‘Most of my experience with Bedell is with Kai McGriele who has an exceptional reputation in the Cayman Islands as a safe pair of hands and someone who really knows both the technical aspects of Cayman Islands law, but also is deeply plugged into the market.’

‘Bedell Cristin have deep litigation experience and have demonstrated an understanding of legal practice in other parts of the world that has been valuable. They also clearly have good relationships within the Cayman Court service which has been valuable.’

‘Kai McGriele is of particular note. Always on point with his advice.’

Key clients

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


Tyche Investment Holdings Limited


KPMG Cayman Islands

Meridian Trust Company Ltd.

Krys Global

Sjunde AP-Fonden and Louisiana Sheriffs Pension & Relief Fund

Inspire Risk Technologies Ltd

Cayman Islands Bankers Association

Minority Shareholders of Global Fixed Income Fund I Limited

Scotiabank and Trust (Cayman) Ltd.

FirstCaribbean International Bank

Quantum Leben


JG Gallagher/Artex Risk Solutions Inc.

Chris Johnson Associates Ltd.

Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants

Kalo Advisors

Citco Global Custody N.V

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB


Ernst & Young

Grant Thornton

Deloitte Cayman

FTI Consulting

Sterling Trust Cayman

FFP Cayman

Minority shareholders in Seahawk China Dynamic Fund

Singerman Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tyche Investment Holdings Limited in a large multi-jurisdictional claim involving allegations of misrepresentation and fraud.
  • Acted for Minority shareholders in Seahawk China Dynamic Fund, defending a winding up petition.

Cayman Islands > Investment funds Tier 5

Experienced duo Joss Morris and Stephen Nelson oversee the funds work at Bedell Cristin; both are experienced in advising on structuring and formation work, primary and secondary investments, as well as relevant transactional, financing and regulatory matters. The group is particularly well positioned to assist institutional investors with their own offshore and co-investment structures, and has built up a considerable client bank of Middle East-based fund managers.

Practice head(s):

Joss Morris

Other key lawyers:

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 Legal 500, Chambers Global, Global Counsel 3000 and IFLR 1000. 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution Laura Hatfield +1 345 814 0858
Property Ian Jamieson +1 345 814 0866
International Private Client Daniel Altneu +1 345 949 0488
Dispute Resolution Kai McGriele +1 345 925 6031
International Private Client Andrew Miller +1 345 814 0871
Funds, Corporate & Banking Joss Morris +1 345 814 0876
Funds, Corporate & Banking Stephen Nelson +1 345 814 0877
Dispute Resolution Richard Parry +1 345 814 0860
Photo Name Position Profile
Daniel Altneu photo Daniel Altneu Daniel offers a full private client service covering every aspect of immigration,…
Laura Hatfield photo Laura Hatfield Laura is head of the Litigation, Regulatory and Insolvency & Restructuring groups…
Ian Jamieson photo Ian Jamieson Ian joined Bedell Cristin (formerly Solomon Harris) in 2008 and became a…
Kai McGriele photo Kai McGriele Kai’s practice involves working with insolvency practitioners, lenders, investors and service providers…
Andrew Miller photo Andrew Miller Andrew specialises in all aspects of Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands…
Joss Morris photo Joss Morris Joss is a partner in our Cayman Islands office advising on a…
Stephen Nelson photo Stephen Nelson Steve works in the Cayman Islands office as a partner in the…
Richard Parry photo Richard Parry Richard trained in the UK at international law firm Eversheds LLP (now…