Firm Profile > Carey Olsen > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Carey Olsen
Cayman Islands

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Leveraging the firm's ‘effortless international coordination’, Carey Olsen’s team has a particular restructuring and insolvency focus; the department is also instructed in shareholder disputes, and other general commercial litigation. Leading the dispute resolution team in Cayman, Jan Golaszewski also acts in multi-jurisdictional arbitration proceedings and regulatory matters. Sam Dawson, who has a particular focus on the financial services sector, attracts praise for being ‘very affable, contactable and practicable in his solutions-based approach’. Peter Sherwood and contentious trusts specialist Bernadette Carey are also highly regarded.

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‘Sam Dawson is an excellent strategist and litigator.’

‘Effortless international capabilities/coordination and timeous in their response given their presence in multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Sam Dawson is one of the best. Sam is very affable, contactable and practicable in his solutions-approach, making him easy to work with whilst having a sense of true partnership in navigating solutions.’

‘Carey Olsen has a great team with some of the strongest advocates in the Cayman Islands in their respective fields. They have excellent strength in commercial litigation, trusts disputes and insolvency. An excellent top drawer firm.’

‘Bernadette Carey is one of my favourite private client lawyers anywhere. She is charming and immensely knowledgeable. She gives lay clients and instructing foreign lawyers confidence that she is able to deal with even the most complicated and cutting edge trust disputes. An unassuming but powerful star of the Cayman legal profession.’

‘Sam Dawson is street smart and canny with great presence in the court room. He has been around forever and knows the Cayman courts better than anyone. His tremendous skill as a lawyer is perhaps owing to his considerable charm and personal nature been underestimated but he is a formidable lawyer both within and without the court room. He is a formidable opponent and an excellent ally.’

‘Very commercial approach, with restructuring / insolvency focus, the team has grown substantially in the past few years and I would rate as one of the best offshore.’

‘Peter Sherwood – very experienced and practical operator.’

‘Carey Olsen has a very strong Cayman commercial resolution practice. Very commercially focused but also with great technical know how. They are very good at delivering on the client’s commercial goals.’

‘Jan Golaszewski – very commercial and experience operator. Great at dealing with clients.’

‘Peter Sherwood – very strong technical know how and expertise.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton




Liongate Multi-Strategy Fund



EFG Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Rawlinson & Hunter

Genesis Trust & Corporate Services Ltd

Ritchie Capital Management LLC

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited

FTI Consulting

Investors in Capital World Markets

Founders of Weride Inc.


Trusts/private client Tier 2

Fielding 'an excellent team with an excellent grasp of both contentious and non-contentious private client work', Carey Olsen advises high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families and trustees on a range of trust issues. With a focus on contentious matters, practice head Bernadette Carey assists trustees and executors with administration issues including multi-party court applications, estates and succession planning work. Another name to note is counsel Graham Stoute, who is a non-contentious wealth structuring specialist who advises private and institutional clients on the establishment, reorganisation and administration of trusts and trust structures.

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‘They have a good team with extensive knowledge.’

‘I have mainly worked with Graham Stoute who has a excellent mind who thinks hard about the issues of the clients and finds the right solutions. He is very personable and works well with all clients and intermediaries.’

‘Bernadette Carey is a leader in her field and brings a wealth of knowledge to the table.’

‘I am delighted with Carey Olsen’s bench strength in trusts and private client. Bernadette Carey and Graeme Stoute are an excellent team with an excellent grasp of both contentious and non-contentious private client work. They are a pleasure to deal with and excellent lawyers.’

‘Bernadette Carey is an unassuming and likeable star of the Cayman Islands private wealth world. An excellent lawyer with a firm grasp of the law and the practical aspects of private client work. Clients and foreign lawyers know they are in excellent hands with Bernadette.’

‘Graeme Stoute has an unassuming academic air about him. His legal knowledge of the field and Caribbean law generally is encyclopaedic and he is hugely likeable.’

‘Bernadette Carey is a very commercial lawyer, someone who breaks things down simply.’

‘Although a large global firm, the Cayman practice has a more boutique feel, with personnel always on hand and easily accessible to assist as required, including quick no-charge discussions prior to potential formal engagement. Very personal touch including regular face to face business development and training opportunities.’

‘Very commercially focused, looking for efficient and economic solutions rather than theoretical crusades. If only one lawyer needs to be on a call, that’s what you’ll get, rather than three (triple charging) that you often experience with other firms. Staff are personable, knowledgeable and practical and always willing to go the extra mile, even at short notice.’

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

As part of the firm’s broad corporate and commercial department, the banking and finance team at Carey Olsen is highly adept at handling acquisition finance, aviation finance, corporate lending and fund finance matters. Within the team, Richard Munden is noted for his 'depth of expertise' in aviation finance and other asset finance matters, namely asset-backed securitisations. Alistair Russell is highly regarded for his fund financing specialism. Further names to note include structured finance expert Nick Bullmore, investment fund specialist Jarrod Farley and counsel Dylan Wiltermuth, who is particularly active in the capital markets arena.

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‘The Cayman team is responsive and very knowledgeable on the issues of Cayman law affecting aircraft finance.’

‘Richard Munden’s depth of expertise in aviation finance and the Cayman registry are invaluable to an in-house counsel.’

‘Carey Olsen has developed a team of specialists that provide focused and responsive advice. They see their clients as their business partners and constantly work with us to demonstrate that we are important to them.’

‘Nick Bullmore remains one of the go to practitioners for Cayman matters. He is responsive, knowledgeable and engaged and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Terrific team, Richard Munden is one of the best in the region.’

‘Richard Munden is a terrific technical lawyer and a very personable individual – easy to work with.’

‘Carey Olsen is a top law firm who can provide the same quality services as the other local providers. I have always found them to be very responsive, timely, knowledgeable and professional.’

‘Carey Olsen differs from other firms in their ability to provide practical legal advice on complex matters in a timely manner.’

Investment funds Tier 3

Focused on ‘building a long-term relationship with clients and putting the clients’ needs first always’, Carey Olsen’s investment fund group comprises managing partners Nick Bullmore and Jarrod Farley, both of whom have growing practices in this area. Experienced with fund establishment and fund financing matters, Bullmore displays an ‘in-depth knowledge of the law’, while Farley also has experience of advising investment funds and other vehicles on transactional and compliance matters.

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‘Team is excellent technically on the law as well as being commercial which makes them a pleasure to deal with. Team has consistent quality throughout and is also very responsive.’

‘Nick Bullmore is an excellent partner with a very good commercial awareness and in depth knowledge of the law and the market in general. He is very accessible, his advice is also succinct and on point making him a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The Carey Olsen practice is unique due to the entrepreneurial spirt and long term vision of the client relationship. There is excellent leadership, technical knowledge and client service. Carey Olsen is a firm that deals with its clients with a great deal of perspective taking and common sense. It is by far the best law firm I have dealt with in my over 20+ years as a financial services professional.’

‘The lawyers at Carey Olsen have strong technical knowledge and excellent leadership skills. However, where they really stand out is in the way they deal with clients. At their core, the lawyers at Carey Olsen care about the client and provide excellent client service. They take time to understand the clients needs and provide quality legal advice that meets those needs. The fees are fair and they do what is right for the client at all times. The lawyers are truly into building a long term relationship with clients and put the clients needs first always.’

Regulatory and compliance Tier 3

The ‘extremely knowledgeable and customer-oriented’ group at Carey Olsen advises on a wide range of regulatory and compliance issues in the Cayman Islands. The team's regulatory and compliance expertise primarily lies in advising financial services clients including banks, corporations, investment managers, family offices, fund administrators and trust companies. The department has experience assisting clients with anti-money laundering and sanctions issues, data protection law, M&A due diligence, Economic Substance work, beneficial ownership mandates and licence applications. Jarrod Farley is ‘extremely responsive and efficient’ and is the key lawyer operating in the regulatory space. Managing partner Nick Bullmore also contributes his funds expertise.

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‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and customer oriented. All work is done efficiently and professionally. They are able to assist in all matters from regulatory to corporate.’

‘Jarrod Farley is a pleasure to work with; his clients are in good hands. He is extremely responsive and efficient. Have never encountered an issue he could not resolve quickly and professionally.’

Key clients

Harmonic Fund Services

Tzur Capital Management

Corporate and commercial Tier 4

Carey Olsen has ‘assembled a team of experienced practitioners who seek direct engagement with their clients’, which includes many London Stock Exchange-listed corporations. Jointly led by managing partners Jarrod Farley and the ‘tremendously knowledgeable and approachableNick Bullmore, the corporate department focuses on public and private M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, private equity transactions and specialist shareholder advice. Finance specialists Alistair Russell and Richard Munden are other names to note.

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‘Carey Olsen has assembled a team of experienced practitioners who seek direct engagement with their clients and really work hard to understand their needs. They are approachable and adaptable and routinely provide cost efficient advice and solutions.’

‘Nick Bullmore – tremendously knowledgeable and approachable; his approach puts the client first and he’s keen to find the best solution.’

‘Richard Munden – technically excellent and very hard working.’

Key clients

Frontier Smart Technologies

London Stock Exchange

Ray Lab

Evonik Industries



The firm

With a heritage that dates back to 1898, Carey Olsen is one of the most established and distinguished offshore law firms, advising on Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law across a global network of nine international offices.

The Cayman Islands practice is managed by partner Nick Bullmore, supported by senior lawyers with significant Cayman Islands and international experience. The team has been hand-picked to bring together leading specialists in investment funds, corporate and commercial, finance, insolvency, dispute resolution, real estate, trusts and local business licensing.

The office has grown rapidly since its launch in 2012, quickly establishing its credentials with leading onshore law firms and with both institutional and non-institutional clients in the Cayman Islands and internationally.

We work with an extensive range of clients including directors, global financial institutions, investment funds, multi-lateral lending agencies, private equity houses and private individuals, including entrepreneurs and trustees.

Our clients have become accustomed to a responsive, partner-led service that provides timely and high-quality legal advice, grounded in commercial reality.

We also have Cayman Islands-qualified lawyers in our Hong Kong and Singapore offices ensuring we are able to provide legal advice to our clients in Asia in their own time zones.

Areas of practice

The firm offers a comprehensive range of legal services for all aspects of corporate/transactional, dispute resolution and private client work.

The firm’s dispute resolution and litigation group represents clients on the full spectrum of contentious and advisory work. Together with commercial litigation services, its practice offers focused advice on banking and finance, corporate disputes, contentious trusts and regulatory matters.

The firm’s private clients rely upon it for services that include estate planning, residential property, relocation, wills and inheritance.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Nick Bullmore +1 345 749 2012
Corporate and commercial Nick Bullmore +1 345 749 2012
Investment funds Nick Bullmore +1 345 749 2012
Trusts and private wealth Bernadette Carey +1 345 749 2025
Dispute resolution and litigation Sam Dawson +1 345 749 2035
Restructuring and insolvency Sam Dawson +1 345 749 2035
Corporate and commercial Jarrod Farley +1 345 749 2004
Investment funds Jarrod Farley +1 345 749 2004
Dispute resolution and litigation Jan Golaszewski +1 345 749 2018
Restructuring and insolvency Jan Golaszewski +1 345 749 2018
Banking and finance Alistair Russell +1 345 749 2013
Corporate and commercial Alistair Russell +1 345 749 2013
Investment funds Alistair Russell +1 345 749 2013
Corporate and commercial Richard Munden +1 345 749 2026
Restructuring and insolvency Peter Sherwood +1 345 749 2002
Dispute resolution and litigation Peter Sherwood +1 345 749 2002
Private Client Bernadette Carey +1 345 749 2025
Property Law Bernadette Carey +1 345 749 2025
Relocation Bernadette Carey +1 345 749 2025
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 Jarrod Farley  photo Jarrod Farley Jarrod is a partner in Carey Olsen’s Cayman Islands office. He advises…
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 Monique Hansen  photo Monique Hansen Monique is an associate in the dispute resolution and insolvency team. She…
 Henry Harford  photo Henry Harford Henry joined Carey Olsen as a consultant in January 2016. Henry is…
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 Thomas Marriott  photo Thomas Marriott Thomas is an associate in the corporate group of Carey Olsen in…
 Trevor McCabe  photo Trevor McCabe Trevor is an associate in the corporate group in Carey Olsen’s Cayman…
 Richard Munden  photo Richard Munden Richard advises on a wide range of corporate and finance transactions with…
 Denis Olarou  photo Denis Olarou Denis is counsel in the firm’s dispute resolution, litigation and insolvency practice.…
 Michael Padarin  photo Michael Padarin Michael’s practice concentrates on the formation, operation and restructuring of private investment…
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 Peter Sherwood  photo Peter Sherwood Peter is a partner in the dispute resolution and litigation team in…
 Nigel Smith  photo Nigel Smith Nigel is an associate in the dispute resolution and litigation team in…
 Graham Stoute  photo Graham Stoute Graham is based in Carey Olsen’s Cayman Islands office and advises private…
 Shane Westin  photo Shane Westin Shane is an associate in Carey Olsen’s corporate, commercial and property law…
 Jenna Willis  photo Jenna Willis Jenna is an associate in the Cayman Island office. Jenna advises on…
 Dylan Wiltermuth  photo Dylan Wiltermuth Dylan is counsel in Carey Olsen’s banking and finance practice. His practice focuses…