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

(Leading individuals)

James Heinicke  – Ogier

Ogier‘s banking, finance and capital markets practice fields an experienced cross-disciplinary team which regularly guides clients through the full scope of banking, finance, and capital markets work, ranging from debt and equity issues, to loan facilities, note issuances and SPAC IPOs. The firm’s fund finance practice is also recommended for a varied lender-side client base. The fund finance team is led by James Heinicke, who specialises in matters stemming from Latin American jurisdictions, while Bradley Kruger concentrates on capital markets work and advises on IPOs, SPACs, M&A transactions and joint ventures. Alongside his specialism in asset finance, aviation and shipping matters, Mark Santangeli represents borrowers and lenders alike in all types of fund financing products; and Angus Davison is a key name for corporate finance work. Cynthia Anandajayasekeram operates across several areas and is a member of the private equity team.

Cayman Islands > Corporate and commercial

Ogier‘s corporate and commercial practice is well known for routinely advising banks, financial institutions, corporates and high-net-worth individuals on M&A and SPAC transactions, IPOs and joint ventures. Team head Bradley Kruger specialises in private equity acquisitions and disposals, while Angus Davison advises key banking clients and investment funds on the full gamut of corporate and finance work, including SPAC IPOs, de-SPAC transactions, M&A and securitisations. As a part of the firm’s Latin American team, James Heinicke routinely acts for clients located in the region focusing on corporate restructurings and recovery work, while Cynthia Anandajayasekeram‘s extensive experience ranges from advising on public and private M&A transactions, private equity work and joint ventures, to equity capital markets issues, corporate advisory work and restructuring matters. Corporate and investment funds expert Giorgio Subiotto is also recommended for Latin America-focused work.

Cayman Islands > Regulatory and compliance

Ogier fields an experienced practice, which handles contentious and non-contentious regulatory matters, including CIMA inspections and AML enforcement decisions. Investment funds regulatory head Joanne Huckle specialises in anti-money laundering and emerging private equity regulatory regimes, while James Heinicke leads the banking regulatory group, advising banks and financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory and compliance matters. Other key names include regulatory enforcement and investigations expert Jennifer Fox, who leads the contentious regulatory team, and corporate regulatory head Martin Byers.