Ogier > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Firm Profile

Ogier
89 NEXUS WAY
CAMANA BAY
GRAND CAYMAN KY1-9007
Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands > Trusts/private client Tier 1

Dubbed by clients as ‘the private client office to beat in Cayman’, Ogier‘s sizeable team is regularly sought out for its capabilities in high-value, cross-jurisdictional contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice is jointly led by global trusts disputes head Rachael Reynolds KC – regarded as ‘one of the brightest fiduciary litigators in the offshore world’ – and the ‘fantastic’ Anthony Partridge, who spearheads the private wealth team. William Jones is an experienced trust litigator whose wide-ranging capabilities encompass contentious insolvencies, contractual disputes and insurance claims. Counsel Deborah Barker-Roye possesses decades of experience in contentious trust and estate matters, including international arbitral proceedings and applications before the Grand Court. Associates Samantha Conolly and Jordan Constable – who joined from Bedell Cristin in August 2021 – are also recommended.

Testimonials

‘The team led by Anthony Partridge are highly competent, focused and responsive.’

‘Extremely client focused, very practical, creative thinkers. Ogier has one of the top private client practices in Cayman. Combined with the strength of their other offshore offices, the Ogier practice is a true powerhouse.’

‘Anthony Partridge is very smart, practical, and works well with clients. Extremely responsive.’

‘Rachael Reynolds KC is a superstar – one of the brightest fiduciary litigators in the offshore world.’

‘It is now the private client office to beat in Cayman in 2022. Having an in-house private client KC in Rachael Reynolds, who sits on the advisory board of the trusts and estates litigation forum, also sets the team apart from the crowd.’

‘Rachael Reynolds KC is the best trust litigator in Cayman, and I would always want her on my team.’

‘Anthony Partridge is a fantastic lawyer. Approachable and always available to help.’

‘Jordan Constable hasn’t been in Cayman for long, but is already making a mark. He will have a highly successful career. I have been thoroughly impressed with him.’

Key clients

CIBC

CIMA

Work highlights

  • Acted for an institutional trustee, and working alongside the family office, in one of the largest known trust restructurings in the Cayman Islands.
  • Advising and representing CIMA in relation to various administrative appeals brought by a leading global corporate services provider against enforcement decisions made by CIMA for breaches of the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations and Banks and Trust Companies Act.

Cayman Islands > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Fielding a sizeable, cross-disciplinary team, the ‘incredibly astute and detail-orientedOgier is well-positioned to advise on the full scope of banking, finance, and capital markets work, ranging from loan facilities and note issuances to SPAC IPOs, where practice chair Angus Davison is a key contact. Global fund finance head James Heinicke works on a litany of matters for both lenders and borrowers, particularly those hailing from Latin American jurisdictions. Mark Santangeli‘s considerable focus encompasses fund finance, structured finance, and asset finance work, especially in the yacht and superyacht spaces. Bradley Kruger concentrates on capital markets matters, with recent highlights including private placements and debut NASDAQ listings for various SPACs. Dual-qualified (Cayman and Luxembourg) managing associate Catharina von Finckenhagen and counsel Chris Wall (a specialist in blockchain and fintech issues) are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The Ogier Cayman team has helped us in innumerable matters involving Banking, finance and capital markets practices including any necessary advisory assistance in respect to local transactions.’

‘This team is incredibly astute, detail-oriented, and understand the market very well. They are the most responsive Cayman counsel we have used.’

‘The team is incredibly responsive, and proactively moves matters forward so that Cayman law deliverables are rarely, if ever, a source of delay in our wide range of structured credit investments and financings (including securitisations).’

‘The commitment to client service we see from all of the individuals we work with at Ogier is second to none. As a manager often working on a number of high-value short-fuse transactions concurrently, the responsiveness and reliability that Mark Santangeli and his team exhibit is invaluable to us. I have yet to encounter a member of Ogier’s Cayman banking and finance practice that did not meet the standard of service we have become accustomed to from them.’

Key clients

Infinite Acquisition Corp

Investcorp India Acqusition Corp

The Growth for Good Acquisition Corp

Bit Digital Inc

ClimateRock

Work highlights

  • Advising on the incorporation, set-up and listing of Infinite Acquisition Corp. on NASDAQ.
  • Advised Bit Digital, Inc. on its private placement with institutional investors for the sale of ordinary shares.
  • Advising on the incorporation, set-up and listing of Investcorp India Acquisition Corp on NASDAQ.

Cayman Islands > Corporate and commercial Tier 2

Ogier‘s corporate and commercial practice is particularly strong in the start-up arena, where its engaged on a stellar array of technology, fintech and software M&A and de-SPAC transactions. The team is headed up by Bradley Kruger, a highly experienced adviser whose far-reaching corporate and commercial expertise encompasses PE-driven transactions and blockchain matters. Many of the firm’s key banking and investment fund clients turn to Angus Davison for his capabilities in the full gamut of corporate and finance work, ranging from SPAC IPOs and de-SPAC transactions to cross-border M&A. James Heinicke is noted for his experience in corporate restructurings and recovery work, while global Latam head Giorgio Subiotto‘s recent highlights include funding transactions in the crypto and private banking sectors. Cynthia Anandajayasekeram advises on a significant volume of public and private M&A, most recently for fast-growth clients in the cybersecurity and electronics spaces. Senior associate Michael Robinson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

ZeroFOX

Founder SPAC

ITHAX

ICONIQ

Aries I

The Ardonagh Group

Investcorp

Fazenda

Indonesia Energy Corporation

Infinite

RWA Foundation

EduDAO Foundation

Osmosis Grants Foundation

Nexo Capital Inc

Bit Digital Inc

Work highlights

  • Represented The Ardonagh Group Limited and its subsidiaries in respect of a group restructure and equity fundraise.
  • Assisting ITHAX with its business combination with Mondee, Inc., expected to have a pro forma equity value of approximately $1bn.
  • Advising ICONIQ Holdings Limited on its business combination with East Stone Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company incorporated in the BVI.

Cayman Islands > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Drawing on a robust network of offices across the world, Ogier fields a deep and experienced team which is routinely engaged on high-profile insolvencies, fraud cases, trust litigation, and fair value s.238 disputes. Arbitral award enforcement proceedings and contentious regulatory matters are further core workflows for the practice. The contentious group is jointly led by Cayman disputes head Jennifer Fox, trust disputes chair Rachael Reynolds KC, and global dispute resolution chief Marc Kish. William Jones maintains a robust restructuring and corporate recovery practice, where he handles matters ranging from schemes of arrangement and enforcement actions to contractual disputes and insurance claims. Newly promoted partner Christopher Levers focuses on insolvencies, while fellow counsel Deborah Barker Roye specialises in contentious trust and estate matters. Senior associate Nour Khaleq is also recommended.

Testimonials

‘Excellent quality work which comes from their broad, truly global reach.’

‘Rachael Reynolds KC – An exceptional litigator whose elevation to silk was both fitting and richly deserved. Despite being Global Senior Partner she remains committed to her cases, hands on, a joy to work with and a first class advocate.’

‘Marc Kish – a titan of the offshore insolvency world and thoroughly nice person, Marc also has the ability to turn his hand to other areas of litigation such as trusts.’

‘Deborah Barker Roye – encyclopaedic knowledge of Cayman law and a real team player.’

‘Jennifer Fox is a outstanding technical lawyer with a laser focus on her clients’ commercial interests. She is an astute tactician, who thinks several moves ahead to achieve the best outcome for her clients.’

‘Ogier are a top-class dispute resolution team, superbly led at partner level and with quality throughout the team. Their commercial approach to achieving the best outcome for their clients and impeccable judgement as to the key points in a case and how they will play before the Court mark them out from the competition.’

Key clients

Abraaj

Tianrui (China Shanshui)

Essar

KPA

Evergreen

Family Mart

Fenris

Grand State

CIMA

LATAM

Lekoil

Raiffeisen Bank International

VRG

Work highlights

  • Acting for Fund IV’s conflict director, Litigation Committee and the Investors’ Council, dealing with numerous contentious aspects of the fallout from the collapse of the Abraaj Group.
  • Acting for EGFL and ECL, companies incorporated in the Cayman Islands, defending proceedings brought by ArcelorMittal North America Holdings LLC for (a) Norwich Pharmacal relief; and (b) garnishee and freezing orders against EGFL relating to enforcement of a $1.5bn arbitral award obtained in the US against Essar Steel Limited, a Mauritian subsidiary of EGFL.
  • Acting as Cayman Islands counsel to KPA and PIFSS, advising on all relevant Cayman Islands law issues.

Cayman Islands > Investment funds Tier 2

A significant number of market-leading fund managers turn to Ogier for its expertise in a range of transactional and regulatory matters, including new formations, mergers, and AML compliance reviews. Practice chair James Bergstrom has decades of experience in the space, with recent highlights including a run of high-value private equity fund establishments. Nick Rogers is also noted for his expertise in private equity matters, where he coordinates the team’s efforts on a host of fund formations. Giorgio Subiotto spearheads the firm’s Latin American practice, while Bradley Kruger heads up the digital, blockchain and fintech desk. Joanne Huckle‘s regulatory expertise makes her a key port of call for clients seeking assistance with AML regime compliance, particularly in the private equity realm. Justin Savage specialises in corporate governance, whereas Emma Sutherland is best known for her experience in hedge and private equity structuring. Counsel Barry McEwan is noted for his Middle Eastern focus, and senior associate Gemma Cowan joined the team from Mourant in 2022. Dave Sherwin has left the practice.

Testimonials

‘Brad Kruger is intelligent, practical, responsive, and easy to work with.’

‘Giorgio Subiotto has been a valued partner for many years. He is always ready to attend our specific needs and find creative solutions. He is a loyal adviser and is more than happy to really jump onboard to solve our problems.’

‘Very skilled attorneys with innovative solutions and approach.’

‘The Ogier team led by Nick Rogers is truly first rate. Excellent communication, knowledge, and value.’

‘Each individual is a true expert in their field offering a very powerful, professional and detailed service.’

‘Joanne Huckle is attentive and stays on top of firm related matters, we are grateful to have her on the account.’

Key clients

Banco BTG Pactual S.A.

Maven 11 Capital B.V.

Van Eck Associates Corporation

Longitude (Cayman) Ltd.

Redwood Capital Management, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Banco BTG Pactual S.A on a range of transactions.
  • Advising Van Eck Associates on a range of fintech and crypto matters.
  • Advising Longitude on a range of investment fund transactions.

Cayman Islands > Regulatory and compliance Tier 2

A strong mix of international banks, crypto asset companies and regulators seek out Ogier for its wide-ranging contentious and non-contentious capabilities; recent areas of expertise include handling CIMA inspections, judicial reviews and administrative appeals regarding AML enforcement decisions. Key names to note within the firm include investment funds regulatory head Joanne Huckle; corporate and private client specialist Martin Byers; banking regulatory head James Heinicke; William Jones, who focuses on local matters; and Jennifer Fox, who spearheads the group’s contentious offering. Following her arrival from Bedell Cristin in April 2022, senior associate Megan Mcluskie has worked with various investment managers, funds, and administrators. Dave Sherwin has left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A lot of depth in the team from partner to associate level. Very responsive and efficient.’

‘Timely, practical and knowledgeable. They understand the regulatory space better than other firms and have senior level lawyers that work on the projects.’

‘We’re pleased to work with James Heinicke, an excellent professional who provides fast and clarifying insights in respect to regulatory and compliance matters.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a large number of investment funds, investment managers and advisors, fund administrators, and other service providers in the Cayman Islands in respect of cross-jurisdictional matters, issues and considerations relating to the impact of Russian Sanctions.

Cayman Islands > Real estate Tier 3

Ogier‘s ‘commercial and extremely collegiate‘ practice is especially strong in residential sector transactions, where the team works with a number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals on multi-million-dollar property deals; infrastructure projects and commercial developments are also key workflows. Practice head James Bergstrom is a veteran market presence whose expertise spans the full scope of transactional and regulatory real estate matters. Senior associate Cline Glidden anchors the team’s private individual practice, advising on both financing and transactional issues related to luxury properties. Associate Sophie Warburton is noted for her experience in commercial contract negotiations and development projects.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This is a tight-knit team that is actively growing globally. They like to collaborate with other like-minded professional service advisers.’

‘Commercial approach and extremely colleagiate.’

Work highlights

  • Advising vendors of large undeveloped residential sites in sought after areas throughout Grand Cayman.
  • Acting for numerous purchasers and developers in respect of the acquisition and development of a commercial development site in the Cayman Islands.
  • Acting for a variety of financiers, handling the drafting and registration of security documents for loans secured over several Cayman Islands properties.

Jersey > Banking and finance

Relied upon to provide sensible, pragmatic solutions to issues when they arise and to deliver on time‘, Ogier‘s team handles cross-border and local finance transactions, particularly pertaining to funds, leveraged and real estate finance, restructuring and corporate recovery. The group is jointly led by Katrina Edge , who also heads the firm’s global banking and finance practice and has driven a number of initiatives in the sustainable finance arena; and Simon Felton , whose financial institution practice combines banking knowledge with expertise in capital markets. Bruce MacNeil  is known for cross-jurisdictional banking and finance deals. Also of note are James Lydeard and 2022 partner Kate McCaffrey .

Practice head(s):

Simon Felton; Katrina Edge

Other key lawyers:

Bruce MacNeil; James Lydeard; Kate McCaffrey

Testimonials

‘Katrina Edge is my go to person in relation to all things Jersey related. Very knowledgeable and user friendly.’

‘Katrina Edge and Chris Jones are a safe pair of hands and deliver on time, on budget and with efficiency and professionalism. My “go to” firm for Jersey and Guernsey advice on Real Estate Finance transactions.’

‘Ogier provide excellent service time and again, they can be relied upon to provide sensible, pragmatic solutions to issues when they arise and to deliver on time.’

‘Katrina Edge is excellent. Her knowledge and expertise is very good and matched by her ability to deliver clear, concise advice and solutions.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

Silicon Valley Bank

Apollo Management International LLP

MetLife Investment Management

Caledonia Investments plc

Wren House Infrastructure Limited

International Oasis Holding Company KSCC

M&G Investment Management Limited

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

Hospital Topco Limited

Adeem Investment & Wealth Management

Hellman & Friedman

Northwood Investors LLC

Moorfield Group Limited

OZ Management LP

CPP Investments

KB Securities

Eurazeo Real Estate Lux Sarl

Pramerica Real Estate Capital IV S.à r.l.

Valor Real Estate Partners LLP

Bybrook Capital LLP

Pizza Express (Jersey) Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

The Portfolio Club

Pala Investments Limited

Crestline Direct Finance L.P.

Starwood Capital Group

Hilco Capital

Apollo

Work highlights

  • Advised Valor Real Estate Partners on its acquisition financing for Gemini Business Park in London, financed by Blackstone. The transaction represented a significant acquisition for Valor Real Estate Partners as it seeks to develop its industrial real estate footprint across core London submarkets.
  • Advised a global international banking and wealth management group in relation to the refinancing of the Millharbour Group through which the group’s lending was streamlined from an historic Senior/Mezzanine structure to a sole lender
  • Advised HSBC Bank plc on Project Wave, to refinance the existing indebtedness of the borrower group in connection with a portfolio of student housing properties in Scotland, England and Wales, consisting of 16 properties in total.

The firm: Ogier provides legal advice on BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Irish, Jersey and Luxembourg law. The firm’s network of locations also includes Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

Legal services for the corporate and financial sectors form the core of the business, principally in the areas of banking and finance, corporate, investment funds, dispute resolution, private equity and private wealth. Ogier has strong practices in the areas of restructuring, corporate recovery and insolvency, employee benefits and incentives, employment law, regulatory and property.

Ogier’s corporate administration business, Ogier Global, works closely with Ogier’s partner-led legal teams to incorporate and administer a wide variety of vehicles, offering clients integrated legal and corporate administration services.

Main areas of practice
Banking and finance: The banking and finance team advises on all areas of banking regulation, documentation, security, and the establishment and operation of banking institutions for borrowers and lenders.

Corporate: The firm’s corporate team has extensive experience in advising on the establishment of many forms of domestic and cross-border corporate vehicles, investment trusts and partnerships as well as advising on private placements, initial and other public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, joint ventures and disposals.

Dispute resolution: Ogier’s dispute resolution team advises on the technical, strategic and procedural aspects across the spectrum of problems and disputes which arise in the offshore environment. This includes advice in relation to trusts, companies, shareholder issues, directors’ duties, investment performance, banking and other financial transactions, as well as fraud and asset tracing claims and all aspects of regulatory advice.

Investment funds: The investment funds team advises on the full spectrum of fund structures and strategies, including: hedge, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, energy, credit, debt, venture capital, crypto currency, hybrid, impact and socially responsible investing. They provide clients with innovative solutions to all manner of legal requirements, to meet each client’s distinct set of regulatory and commercial demands. The team is backed by expertise across time zones throughout our offices in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey and Luxembourg. Ogier is a recognised listing agent for The International Stock Exchange (TISE) and the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange (CSX).

Private wealth: The private wealth team has extensive experience in advising on the establishment of private trusts, purpose trusts and other vehicles typically used by private clients, as well as advising trustees in relation to transactions undertaken by trusts.

Real estate: The team provides advice on the establishment and administration of real estate holding structures, including offshore and onshore vehicles used for real estate funds, one-off real estate transactions or acquisitions, joint ventures, property development and financing arrangements.

Regulatory: Ogier’s multi-disciplinary team helps clients navigate increasingly regulated environments through each stage in the business lifecycle: start up and relocation, operation, expansion and change. Prevention of issues is preferable but where things have gone wrong, Ogier provides effective solutions to clients including banks, major corporates, investment managers, fund administrators, trust companies and private clients.

Restructuring and corporate recovery: The firm’s restructuring and corporate recovery team has extensive cross-border and international experience, advising on contentious and non-contentious offshore restructuring and corporate recovery matters, often advising in conjunction with onshore counsel and other professional services providers in connection with company structures.

Structured finance: The firm’s structured finance team provides specialist offshore legal advice on all aspects of establishing and operating offshore SPVs, and listing agent services.

Clients: Ogier acts for a number of leading financial institutions including investment banks, legal and accountancy firms, corporations, trust companies, private equity houses, real estate investment houses, insurers and high net worth individuals.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and Finance Angus Davisonangus.davison@ogier.com+1 345 815 1788
Banking and Finance James Heinickejames.heinicke@ogier.com+1 345 815 1768
Banking and Finance Mark Santangellimark.santangelli@ogier.com+1 345 815 1766
Corporate James Bergstromjames.bergstrom@ogier.com+1 345 815 1855
Corporate Bradley Krugerbradley.kruger@ogier.com+1 345 815 1877
Dispute Resolution Rachael Reynoldsrachael.reynolds@ogier.com+1 345 815 1865
Dispute Resolution William Joneswilliam.jones@ogier.com+1 345 815 1873
Investment Funds Giorgio Subiottogiorgio.subiotto@ogier.com+1 345 815 1872
Investment Funds Joanne Hucklejoanne.huckle@ogier.com+1 345 815 1872
Investment Funds Justin Savagejustin.savage@ogier.com+1 345 815 1816
Investment Funds Nick Rogersnick.rogers@ogier.com+1 345 815 1844
Private Wealth Giorgio Subiottogiorgio.subiotto@ogier.com+1 345 815 1872
Private Wealth Rachael Reynoldsrachael.reynolds@ogier.com+1 345 815 1865
Property James Bergstromjames.bergstrom@ogier.com+1 345 815 1855
Local Legal Services James Bergstromjames.bergstrom@ogier.com+1 345 815 1855
Regulatory Bradley Krugerbradley.kruger@ogier.com+1 345 815 1877
Regulatory James Heinickejames.heinicke@ogier.com+1 345 815 1768
Restructuring and Corporate Recovery Marc Kishmarc.kish@ogier.com+1 345 815 1790
Restructuring and Corporate Recovery Rachael Reynoldsrachael.reynolds@ogier.com+1 345 815 1865
Structured Finance Angus Davisonangus.davison@ogier.com+1 345 815 1788
Structured Finance James Heinickejames.heinicke@ogier.com+1 345 815 1768
Listings James Bergstromjames.bergstrom@ogier.com+1 345 815 1855
Listings Angus Davisonangus.davison@ogier.com+1 345 815 1788
PhotoNamePositionProfile
James Bergstrom photo James BergstromJames is the pricipal architect of Ogier’s Cayman funds practice and has…
Tim Cone photo Tim ConePartner, Cayman Islands
Angus Davison photo Angus DavisonAngus has a particular focus on providing regulatory and other advice to…
Jennifer Fox photo Jennifer FoxJennifer has practised offshore since 2008 and specialises in complex and high…
Cline Glidden photo Cline GliddenSenior Associate
James Heinicke photo James HeinickeJames is a partner in our banking and finance team in the…
Joanne Huckle photo Joanne HuckleJoanne advises open-ended and closed-ended mutual funds and private equity funds, top…
William Jones photo William JonesWill advises on all aspects of commercial litigation, specialising in contractual disputes,…
Marc Kish photo Marc KishMarc head Ogier’s Insolvency team in the Caribbean and Asia, and specialises…
Bradley Kruger photo Bradley KrugerBradley Kruger is a partner in Ogier’s Cayman team, and heads the…
Gemma Lardner photo Gemma LardnerManaging Associate
James Lydeard photo James LydeardManaging Associate
Shaun Maloney photo Shaun MaloneyPartner
Barry McEwan photo Barry McEwanCounsel
Anthony Partridge photo Anthony PartridgeAnthony specialises in all aspects of non-contentious private trust matters, wealth structuring…
Ulrich Payne photo Ulrich PayneUlrich is a partner in the Cayman office’s dispute resolution team. His…
Jody Powery-Gilbert photo Jody Powery-GilbertJody specialises in Corporate and Commercial and Investments Funds. Clients value Jody’s…
Rachael Reynolds photo Rachael ReynoldsRachael leads Ogier’s Cayman Dispute Resolution team. She has particular expertise in…
Nick Rogers photo Nick RogersNick has been practising Cayman law since 2001 and specialises in investment…
Mark Santangeli photo Mark SantangeliMark specialises in all types of finance and has particular expertise in…
Justin Savage photo Justin SavageJustin is a partner in Ogier’s Investment Funds team and is based…
Dave Sherwin photo Dave SherwinCounsel, Cayman Islands
Giorgio Subiotto photo Giorgio SubiottoGiorgio is Head of Ogier’s Global Latin American practice, Head of Global…
Emma Sutherland photo Emma SutherlandPartner
Number of global partners : 100
Number of fee earners worldwide : 500+
Total number of staff worldwide : 900+