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

Cayman Islands

Work Department

Partner Banking and Finance


James is a partner in our banking and finance team in the Cayman Islands. He is the global head of Ogier’s Fund Finance practise ad has extensive experience on a wide range of finance and corporate matters. James is also a member of Ogier’s Latin American team and frequently acts for clients located in the region.
James is an experience transactional lawyer who manages a broad range of finance and corporate matters.
In his role as global head of Ogier’s fund finance practice, he regularly advises lenders and borrowers on all types of fund financing matters and, in particular, has significant experience on subscription and capital call financings and fund-of-fund facilities.
He also has very active Latin American practice and he regularly advises banks, funds and corporates located in the region on a wide range of finance, regulatory, corporate and restructuring matters.


James frequently represents international banks and other clients on licensing appications to the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority and ongoing regulatory requirements and has extensive experience acting in connection with the acquisition and disposal of regulated entities in the Cayman Islands.


James is a member of the Cayman Islands Law Society and the Law Society of England and Wales.


James received his Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Warwick in 2001, his Post-graduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Law School in 2002 and his Diploma in Legal Practice from Nottingham Law School in 2003.
James was admitted in Cayman Islands in 2009 and also England and Wales in 2005 (non practising).

Lawyer Rankings

Cayman Islands > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Next Generation Partners)

James Heinicke  – Ogier

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.

Cayman Islands > Regulatory and compliance

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.

Cayman Islands > Corporate and commercial

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.