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

Under the leadership of Angus Davison , Ogier’s overall banking and finance offering is underpinned by an active fund finance practice, epitomised by its CAYLUX offering – a cross-border fund finance collaboration between the firm’s Cayman and Luxembourg fund finance groups. The department also handles structured financing instructions, which are a bedrock of the practice of Mark Santangeli , who also regularly advises on CLOs, securitisations, risk retention structures, structured products, and derivative arrangements, among others. Capital markets work is another mainstay; the group is particularly active in debt and equity issuances, especially SPACs, control transactions and take-privates. Other names to note are managing associate Tommy Tuohy, who focuses on asset finance matters, and James Heinicke , who handles fund financing matters, including subscription and capital call financings and fund-of-fund facilities.

Cayman Islands > Regulatory and compliance

Ogier’s regulatory and compliance coverage is divided among core service line offerings, with practitioners who are praised as ‘exemplary, professional and down to earth‘ advising clients on the practical application of various regulatory and compliance requirements. Joanne Huckle  leads the investment fund regulatory group, guiding clients through the private funds law, engaging with legislators and the regulator, as well as industry bodies, through participation in technical committees. The corporate and private client regulatory sub-team is fronted by Dave Sherwin, who joined from Maples Group in late 2020 and advises clients on compliance with the anti-money laundering, tax information exchange, economic substance and country-by-country reporting for international tax disclosure regimes. The contentious regulatory team is led by Jennifer Fox , who acts for clients in financial crime and sanction issues as well as cross-border investigations. Banking regulatory lead James Heinicke  and local client regulatory head William Jones  are other names to note.

Cayman Islands > Corporate and commercial

The team at Ogier has the ‘ability to provide legal support across all areas of Cayman law and has proven to be proactive in the ever-evolving regulatory landscape‘. It frequently advises clients, most of which are present in the financial services sector, on high-value acquisitions and disposals involving Cayman structures or businesses. Practice head Bradley Kruger and Angus Davison  possess noteworthy downstream M&A practices, handling private equity transactions along with SPACs and transactions involving international public companies. Other standout names include global funds finance practice head James Heinicke , who is regularly instructed in corporate reorganisations and international M&A; structured financing expert Mark Santangeli ; and ‘very helpful and resourceful‘ senior associate Michael Robinson, who, alongside Kruger, sits as a member of the digital, blockchain and fintech group – a key sectoral area of growth for the firm.