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Solomon Harris
Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands > Real estate Tier 2

Steered by inward investment head Ian Jamieson, Bedell Cristin‘s ‘professional and responsive‘ team acts for a litany of high-net-worth investors and institutional lenders on multi-million-dollar residential and commercial projects. Richard Parry is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious work, including property disputes and real estate financing deals. Senior associate Michael Sharvin‘s recent highlights include sale and leaseback transactions for clients in the financial services sector. Associate Mellissa Thomas is noted for her capabilities in both property and disputes law.

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‘Ian Jamieson is the standout member of the team. His experience and reputation for excellent client relationship management over an extended period are impressive.’

‘Very professional and responsive.’

‘Thorough real estate practice, from commercial to residential.’

‘The lawyers are not only technically sound, but have the soft skills required for building trust.’

‘All lawyers provide a faultless, high-level service to shared clients, with constant and clear communication.’

Key clients

IQEQ (Switzerland) Limited

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

Birch Tree Hill Properties

FirstCaribbean International Bank Cayman Limited

Cayman National Bank Limited

Scotiabank & Trust Cayman Limited

Cayman Islands Bankers Association

Work highlights

  • Undertaking the majority of lending work for FCIB, both residential and commercial.
  • Acting for the South Bay Group of companies in relation to four separate developments on island.
  • Acted for RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited on the sale of its HQ in Grand Cayman for $19m.

Cayman Islands > Trusts/private client Tier 2

Bedell Cristin‘s ‘serious bench of legal talent‘ is regularly engaged on a mix of high-value matters, ranging from new formations to multi-office relocations and international estate probates. Regarded by some as the ‘dean of the Cayman private client community‘, practice chair Andrew Miller is a highly experienced global wealth structuring adviser, working with a number of clients in both Cayman and the BVI. ‘Remarkable‘ managing associate Daniel Altneu is especially highly regarded for his expertise in residency and high-net-worth immigration law. Fellow managing associate Fraser Allister is recommended for his knowledge of intergenerational wealth transfer issues.

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‘Andrew Miller and Fraser Allister combine to provide a well-thought-out and practical solution to what has been presented.’

‘A serious bench of legal talent. They are building a private client powerhouse.’

‘Andrew Miller is the dean of the Cayman private client community. A true superstar. Clients love him. Very good at focusing clients on the true issues.’

‘Fraser Allister is going to be a force to reckon with for years to come. Great lawyer. Extremely practical and business savvy.’

‘The private client team are a class act – knowledgeable, user-friendly, responsive and adept at coordinating input from other parts of the firm when it’s needed.’

‘Incredible care and attention to clients. Daniel Altneu is possibly the most professional Residency Attorney in the Cayman Islands. I recommend him to all of my high-net-worth clients due to the fact his approach is first class, and he goes above and beyond the call of duty. He cares deeply about each individual. His expertise is phenomenal but it’s his willingness to ensure every aspect of their relocation is worked through. Daniel is truly a remarkable attorney.’

‘Pure heart coupled with first-class service and professionalism.’

Cayman Islands > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Noted for its conflict-free business model, Bedell Cristin’s ‘capable and collaborative‘ disputes practice regularly advises a range of professional directors and trustee clients on winding-up petitions, liquidations and fraud claims. Practice head Laura Hatfield is a veteran practitioner with significant experience in representing clients in cross-border disputes, including before the Privy Council. The ‘go-toKai McGriele specialises in insolvency and restructuring proceedings, particularly with respect to Cayman-based hedge funds and other investment vehicles. US-qualified Richard Parry, who was promoted to partner in October 2021, is noted for his capabilities in multi-jurisdictional matters. Associate Jamie McGee is also recommended.

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‘A full suite of expertise, very capable and collaborative.’

‘Kai McGriele is our go-to partner. He has a wealth of experience, is knowledgeable concerning complex issues of Cayman law, and is a very reliable and collaborative colleague when the firms are working together. Importantly, Kai is a capable and well organised opponent and someone we always know will perform well on behalf of his clients.’

‘Jamie McGee is an excellent performer and has all the characteristic hallmarks of an associate who will go far.’

Key clients


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

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 (and predecessor entities)

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

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tyche Investment Holdings Limited in a large multi-jurisdictional claim involving allegations of misrepresentation and fraud.
  • Acting for the minority shareholders in Seahawk China Dynamic Fund, defending a winding up petition.
  • Advising KPMG Cayman Islands in an external General Counsel capacity.

Cayman Islands > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

A varied roster of banks and financial services companies turn to Bedell Cristin for assistance with financing transactions, secured lending matters, and CSX listings. Practice chair Joss Morris is a seasoned Cayman and BVI-qualified adviser noted for his capabilities in investment rounds and fund financings. Stephen Nelson‘s broad focus encompasses restructurings and Islamic finance transactions.

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Work highlights

  • Acted for WellTower in connection with the Cayman aspects of a lending and security transaction to a group of UK care home providers.

Cayman Islands > Corporate and commercial Tier 4

A broad spectrum of corporate clients turn to Bedell Cristin‘s cross-disciplinary practice for assistance in various corporate and commercial matters. Joss Morris is a seasoned adviser whose recent engagements include transactions in the pharmaceuticals, energy and crypto sectors. Stephen Nelson is noted for his capabilities in a wide range of corporate transactions and CIMA negotiations, while associate Kimberly Wood, who joined from Maples Group in November 2021, is also recommended.

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Other key lawyers:

Stephen Nelson; Kimberley Wood

Key clients

KPMG Cayman Islands

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

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel in the KPMG Cayman Islands sale of restructuring services business, which was valued at $25m.
  • Advised Blue Ocean Structure Investment Company Limited in its capacity as 65.4% shareholder in Global Cord Blood Corporation on the filing of stop notices, a winding up petition and injunctive relief to terminate a transaction entered into by the Board.

Cayman Islands > Investment funds Tier 5

Bedell Cristin‘s cross-disciplinary financial services practice acts for a varied roster of institutional investors on high-value fund formations, often with unique considerations, such as Shariah-compliant financing. Joss Morris is an experienced adviser who regularly advises on the launch of pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and family office structures, among others. Stephen Nelson is a key port of call for private equity and digital asset fund managers seeking assistance with CIMA registration and licensing issues. Associate Kimberly Wood, who joined the team from Maples Group in November 2021, is also recommended.

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Foreign-based expertise > Leading firms

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

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.

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.