James Bergstrom > Ogier > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Lawyer Profile

Cayman Islands

Work Department

Partner Funds


James is the pricipal architect of Ogier’s Cayman funds practice and has operated in this market since 1991, forging strong links with managers and with funds partners at leading law firms in key onshore financial centres. He also has extensive experienc ein all types of general corporate and commercial law including the laws relating to large infrastructure projects in the Cayman Islands.


James joined Ogier’s Cayman office in 1991 and became a partner in 1998. James has previously also worked in Ogier’s Hong Kong office. He has also held a number of senior positions including President of the Caymanian Bar Association, Council member of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and Chairman of the Cayman Islands Special Economic Zone Authority.




James is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple of England and Wales and a Notary Public in the Cayman Islands.


James recieved his Bachelor of Law, with Honours, from the University of London in 1990. He is also admitted in Cayman Islands (1992) and England and Wales (1991) and is also a Registered Foreign Lawyer regulated by the Law Society of Honk Kong.

Lawyer Rankings

Cayman Islands > Investment funds

(Leading individuals)

James BergstromOgier

Ogier fields a ‘deep bench of experts in Cayman funds law’, noted for their ‘keen sense of the need to balance legal and commercial concerns’. The investment funds team, which is led by James Bergstrom , advises on the whole gamut of fund structures and strategies, spanning hedge, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, energy, credit, debt, venture capital, cryptocurrency and hybrid funds. In addition to its North American fund connections, the firm also has a strong Latin America practice that is overseen by Giorgio Subiotto, who is ‘great in working with international deals due to language skills and knowledge’. Private equity and crypto funds expert Nick Rogers , regulatory expert Joanne Huckle , hedge fund specialist Justin Savage  and Angus Davison  are other key members of the group, which in February 2021 saw the promotions of Tim Cone and Emma Sutherland  to partner. At counsel level, Barry McEwan is a key name to note.

Cayman Islands > Real estate

At Ogier, the property and local legal services team ‘delivers top-notch customer service at every level and during every step of a transaction, including a tremendous amount of after-care‘, routinely assisting high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals with high-value residential real estate transactions. James Bergstrom  oversees the department, which also advises on commercial portfolio acquisitions and disposals, infrastructure projects, and real estate finance work, both for lenders and borrowers. Senior associate Cline Glidden also frequently handles relocations for high-net-worth individuals linked to the acquisition of high-value real estate.