Firm Profile > Collas Crill > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Collas Crill
Floor 2, Willow House Cricket Square
PO Box 709
Grand Cayman KY1-1107
Cayman Islands

Corporate and commercial Tier 3

Collas Crill fields 'particularly friendly and proactive team', which is regularly instructed on M&A deals involving stock exchange-listed companies; the Cayman office also has a strong technology and start-up practice, which includes notable fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency expertise. The group also assists with corporate governance issues, director duties and liabilities work, and shareholder meeting mandates. Cayman managing partner Alan de Saram is head of the corporate, finance and funds department, which also fields Stephen Nelson. Senior associate Natalie Bell recently joined the team from Harneys' BVI office, and Joss Morris left the firm.

Testimonials

Clients are left very pleased with the quality of services, and the team stands out for its always precise and timely advice‘.

Alan de Saram is well respected and responsive; he is also dependable, technically proficient and a pleasure to work with‘.

Stephen Nelson is friendly and helpful‘.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Collas Crill is 'approachable, commercial and has strength in depth'. The practice specialises in contentious insolvency and restructuring matters, fraud and asset tracing issues, trust litigation, fund disputes, financial services litigation, and contractual and shareholder issues. Stephen Leontsinis leads the team, which also fields Matthew Dors and of counsel Rocco Cecere, who recently joined from Mourant.

Testimonials

Stephen Leontsinis is a superb litigator and great leader of this growing team, which he has quickly established as a go-to litigation practice‘.

Matthew Dors is an excellent advocate with a strategic mind and incredible knowledge and understanding of the law‘.

Collas Crill is an up and coming presence in the dispute resolution area in the Cayman Islands and is increasingly featuring in significant cases. It is an enthusiastic and committed team.

Rocco Cecere is a talented litigator with a growing reputation particularly in relation to valuation and investment fund disputes.

Key clients

Joint official liquidators of Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage Fund

Official liquidator of ExS Fund

US counsel to Fountain Medical Development

Vietnam Holding Asset Management

Joint voluntary liquidators of Xanthos Investment Partners

Joint official liquidators of New Media Distribution Company SEZC

Joint official liquidators of New Media Programming

Trusts/private client Tier 3

Collas Crill fields 'a very strong team, which covers both contentious and non-contentious matters very well'. The international trust and private client department is led by Tom Mylott, who specialises in non-contentious private trust matters and wealth structuring issues for institutional trustees, family offices and high-net-worth individuals. Counsel Andrew Peedom and senior associate Sally Peedom joined from Mourant and Appleby, respectively.

Testimonials

The knowledgeable, experienced and capable legal team is well equipped to handle any situation, working in a timely and efficient manner. It works well together to provide high-quality advice and support to trustees‘.

Tom Mylott brings years of experience in international private client and wealth planning work, which give him a unique insight into what trustees are looking for‘.

Counsel Andrew Peedom is a very competent lawyer who thrives on taking on difficult situations, provides strong advice, and is not afraid to provide an opinion‘.

Senior associate Sally Peedom is a very knowledgeable lawyer with an approachable manner that makes her a pleasure to work with‘.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Collas Crill's department handles a variety of banking and finance matters and is regularly instructed on debt and equity financings. Stephen Nelson handles a range of Cayman matters including venture financing work, and crypto and blockchain financings; managing partner Alan de Saram is also highly regarded in the field. Former partner Joss Morris left the firm.

Investment funds Tier 4

Collas Crill is particularly active in the sub-$1bn fund range and advises on issues relating to emerging markets. The group also regularly assists institutional investors and has seen a notable increase in work involving the establishment and launch of funds investing in blockchain, fintech and cryptocurrency projects. Alan de Saram heads up the corporate, finance and funds department, which also counts Stephen Nelson as a key practitioner. Joss Morris left the firm.

Testimonials

The team works on highly sophisticated investment fund matters; clients like working with the team both on a personal level and because they get great advice without having to work through a tonne of conflicts of interest – this is important in time-sensitive matters‘.

Collas Crill has both deep technical expertise and the skills to convey advice in a pragmatic manner‘.

The team is very organised and smooth in communication, and it is always ahead of deadlines and proactively giving advice on points that are not directly within the scope but that may affect clients’ business‘.

Alan de Saram is a pleasure to work with because he is a technical expert without being overly academic. Clients respect him and value his advice‘.

Stephen Nelson is an expert in the financial and legal aspects of conducting asset management business and setting up funds in Cayman‘.

Collas Crill is an offshore firm with offices in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey, London and Singapore. With 34 partners and directors, and 85 other lawyers and legal professionals, Collas Crill deliver a comprehensive range of legal services to clients locally and around the globe.

Clients include some of the world’s leading financial institutions, international businesses, trusts and funds, as well as HNW individuals and families, alongside an established network of independent and trusted partners.

The firm takes pride in its roots and the local communities in which they operate, and continue to build a CSR programme to reflect this.

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance

Collas Crill’s well-established banking and finance team have worked with some of the best known transactions both internationally and locally. The firm was the first to manage public/private financing and has one of the largest portfolio of lending transactions within the commercial property market in the Channel Islands. The team also has expertise in Islamic finance structures and funds finance transactions.

Capital Markets

The firm’s capital markets team has substantial onshore as well as offshore capital markets experience, providing a depth understanding of all aspects of capital markets structures and the commercial drivers that underpin transactions. The team advise on the full range of equity and debt capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, structured finance and securitisations, bond issuance, and TISE and CSX listings.

Commercial and Residential Property

This full service property team in Guernsey, Jersey and the Cayman Islands is recognised by clients for its responsive, friendly and commercially aware approach. The firm’s property specialists have the local knowledge and expertise to not only offer top quality advice on all commercial and residential transactions, but to give meaningful opinions and anticipate challenges and opportunities at every stage of the process. The firm is consistently recognised as a leader across the Channels Islands, working on many of the major transactions with the largest property developers in Guernsey and Jersey.

Corporate and Commercial

With a depth of multi-jurisdictional experience across its offices in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey, London and Singapore, Collas Crill ensure that advice is provided in the context of other key global offshore centres and with a knowledge of the bigger, global picture. Corporate expertise includes listings duties and liabilities of directors, migrations and restructurings.

Dispute Resolution

One of the largest dispute resolution teams in the Channel Islands with a growing team in the Cayman Islands, the firm has unrivalled experience in heavyweight commercial and trusts disputes. The firm co-ordinates advice from its multi-jurisdictional teams, so clients benefit from a wealth of international knowledge and experience.

Investment Funds

Collas Crill’s fund specialists offer advice on all aspects relating to the establishment, authorisation and structuring of funds and related investment vehicles. The firm has particular expertise acting for emerging managers who are building their business and acting for institutional investors, including acting for private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds on joint venture and fund investments, as well as planning their internal corporate structures.

Private Client

Its award-winning team works closely with HNW clients cross the globe to ensure their wealth is protected, both now and for future generations.

Technology

Collas Crill’s technology team assists clients to take advantage of opportunities in the exciting and fast moving world of technology; including blockchain, digital assets, artificial intelligence, fintech/insure-tech/regtech, social media and online business. The firm has broad experience of advising clients from across the technology sector from start-ups to industry leading businesses and institutional investors.

Trust & Fiduciary

The firm has an extensive range of experience in terms of particular products or service lines, including pensions and Shariah, and many of the team have worked in other international off and onshore jurisdictions prominent in the world of wealth management. This award winning team has associated skills in dispute resolution, risk and regulatory, and image protection.

Wills and Estate Planning

The team can assist in all aspects of wills, estate planning and administration, succession planning, probate, guardianship and powers of attorney, they also regularly act on multi-party actions for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Other offices: BVI, Guernsey, Hong Kong (representative office), Jersey, London, Singapore

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner; Head of corporate and commercial; Funds Alan De Saram alan.desaram@collascrill.com +1 345 914 9604
Partner; Dispute resolution; Insolvency and restructuring Matthew Dors matthew.dors@collascrill.com +1 345 914 9631
Partner; Head of dispute resolution; Insolvency and restructuring Stephen Leontsinis Stephen.Leontsinis@collascrill.com +1 345 914 9605
Partner; Corporate and commercial; Technology Stephen Nelson stephen.nelson@collascrill.com +1 345 914 9606
Partner; Head of private client and trusts; Trust and fiducary Tom Mylott tom.mylott@collascrill.com +1 345 914 9620
Partners : 5
Other legal staff : 14