Firm Profile > Campbells > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
FLOOR 4, WILLOW HOUSE
GRAND CAYMAN KY1-9010
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Insurance/reinsurance Tier 1
Campbells’ insurance and reinsurance team is spearheaded by Alan Craig, who is actively involved in advising leading insurance managers on the formation, licensing and operation of a large proportion of the captive insurance entities established in the Cayman Islands. He also advises reinsurers established in and re-domesticating to Cayman, as well as foreign insurers participating in the domestic market, particularly in relation to M&A and insurance-related capital market products. The group is advising the owners of Global Captive Management on the sale of the company to Holmes Murphy. Another key practitioner to note is insurance litigation specialist Alistair Walters, who specialises in acting for major insurance carriers in commercial litigation and other disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Insurance team at Campbells is unmatched in their knowledge and application of the Cayman Islands Insurance Laws and Regulations to all matters (advisory, drafting of statutory and insurance documents, etc..). Always attentive and very professional in their service.’
‘Heading up the Insurance practice I have found Alan Craig the go to person on all insurance related matters in the Cayman Islands. His study and knowledge of Insurance Laws and Regulations puts him at the forefront of the industry in Cayman. Applying the law very effectively across all different types of corporate entities in a bespoke manner for each company is a highly valued attribute.’
Cooper Gay / Ed Broking
ICWI (Insurance Company of the West Indies)
Pan-American Life Insurance
Global Captive Management
Artex Risk Solutions
Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility
Strategic Risk Solutions
Eastern Alliance Insurance Group
Crum & Forster
Cottingham & Butler
Guy Carpenter & Co
Innovative Captive Strategies
Dispute resolution Tier 2Under the leadership of Guy Manning, Campbells' team is praised for its involvement in some of Cayman’s largest insolvency and restructuring cases. Most prominently, the group acted as lead counsel to the liquidators of ABRAAJ Investment Management Ltd. In addition to high-end insolvency and restructuring work, the group deals with the full gamut of commercial litigation for international and domestic clients. While the firm has considerable experience acting in investment fund litigation and shareholder disputes, 'outstanding litigator' Andrew Pullinger is noted for his arbitration and fraud expertise, while the highly regarded Mark Goodman handles high-profile multijurisdictional asset tracing and trust cases. Liam Faulkner and senior associate Hamid Khanbhai, who is particularly active in appraisal rights litigation, are other names to note.
‘Campbells’ dispute resolution team in Cayman has grown to be one of the leading players in the Cayman market. They have a good breath of character and experience among the partners and that is really helpful when dealing with large cases and multiple clients. They have a non-nonsense approach and are focused on getting the job done efficiently and effectively.’
‘Mark Goodman is an exceptional lawyer and has become one of the go to lawyers in insolvency, restructuring and dispute resolution.’
‘Liam Falkner is a very smart and strategic lawyer. As with all of the Campbells’ team, he is great to work with and forms part of the team when involved on larger matters.’
‘Extremely responsive, very commercial outlook and tireless in the face of any difficulty.’
‘Andrew Pullinger – very creative thinker, great eye for detail, very user friendly. A pleasure to work with.’
‘Campbells litigation team provides far greater intellectual input into the analysis of litigation issues than any other team on the island. That shows itself in the results they achieve.’
‘Andrew Pullinger (a partner in Campbells) is an outstanding litigator. Clear, decisive and engaged in the detail of issues in a way that few other partners on Cayman would be. A huge intellect and destined to be the stand-out litigator on Cayman.’
‘Shaun Tracey (a senior associate with Campbells) has vast experience of fund litigation which he utilises to find advantages solutions for clients in difficult situations.’
‘Hamid Khanbhai is a brilliant lawyer for any serious litigation. Clever, quick, creative, dedicated, versatile and imaginative. I would always want him on my side.’
‘Campbells have the best all round Cayman litigation practice, capable of dealing with the largest, most complicated cases. They are all very easy to deal with, work hard, and are very knowledgeable of the law, but also of the Cayman courts.’
‘Campbells has a unique strength in depth in its litigation team that is unmatched in Cayman. As a result, it is capable of taking on the largest disputes and resource them appropriately and to handle multiple disputes at the same time.’
‘Andrew Pullinger is a star litigator. Calm, assured and with a brilliant legal mind he is also a keen strategist. He is approachable and user-friendly. Shaun Tracey is a thinking litigator who leaves no stone unturned in his analysis and approach.’
Joint Official Liquidators of ABRAAJ Investment Management Limited (Deloitte)
LOPAG Trust Reg. and Admintrust Verwaltungsanstalt as trustees of the Lake Cauma Trust (a Liechtenstein family trust)
Maso Capital Investment Limited
Joint Official Liquidators of China Medical Technologies, Inc (Borrelli Walsh)
Official Liquidator of Lancelot Investors Fund Ltd (Duff & Phelps)
Official Liquidator of Soundview Elite Ltd (RH Restructuring)
Valley Health System
Real estate Tier 2
At Campbells, the real estate group's expertise spans the purchase, sale and development of high-value residential and commercial property in the Cayman Islands, as well as financing mandates for both individuals and corporations. The practice acts for an assortment of developers, realtors, financial institutions and commercial managers on all aspects of mandates from the initial stages of purchasing undeveloped land to financing major projects. The key name to note is Lily Lee, who clients single out as an ‘excellent communicator’ who ‘handles transactions with common sense’; counsel Stuart Rowe is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent communication and creative thinking to get deals completed.’
‘Lily Lee is an excellent communicator, handles transactions with common sense, and is very competent at closing the transaction with a sense of urgency.’
‘Lily Lee has always provided personal service from the beginning of our relationship in 2013 and still does so. This and her professional manner make her a stand out lawyer.’
RBS Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited
Scotiabank & Trust (Cayman) Limited
First Caribbean International (Cayman) Limited
Timber Dunes South, LLC
REMAX Cayman Islands
Azul Development Ltd.
Sixties Properties Developments Limited/Downtown Reach
Cayman National Bank, Ltd.
Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty
Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank and Trust
Investment funds Tier 3
The team at Campbells ‘provides keen insight in respect of establishing fund structures’, particularly venture capital fund formations for fintech clients. Headed up by Alan Craig, who regularly assists investment funds and managers with debt structuring and financing issues, the group also advises clients on the structuring, formation and launch of hedge, private equity and hybrid funds. Richard Spencer and Robert Searle ‘both have expertise in the regulation of the investment management industry’, while Simon Thomas is vastly experienced in the fund space due to his previous work for fund managers at leading US onshore private equity fund formation practices. Another name to note is senior associate Aoife Tuohy, who frequently advises cryptocurrency fund managers.
‘We have worked with Campbells since 2016 and many of us have worked with the team prior to this. We were drawn to Campbells as a favoured partner since, as something of an investment funds boutique, they offer an alternative to the larger firms in Cayman with their team often more price competitive, commercial and responsive than those larger firms.’
‘The team provides keen insight in respect of establishing fund structures.’
‘The partners, Richard Spencer and Robert Searle, are always prompt to respond to inquiries. They both have expertise in regulation of the investment management industry and take a practical approach to finding the best solution for their clients.’
Northern Light Ventures
Abraaj Investment Management
Shunwei Capital Management
DCM Capital Management
Cayman managing partner John Wolf and corporate practice head Alan Craig jointly lead Campbells’ banking, finance, and capital markets group, which has a particular focus on equity financing matters, as well as venture capital fundraisings for technology companies. Handling transactions for lenders and corporate borrowers, the team is also capable of assisting clients with debt financing arrangements, typically in the form of convertible loan notes. Other key names include senior associate Charlie Pywell and Richard Spencer; the latter specialises in capital markets transactions, including stock market listings, downstream transactions and fund financing matters.
Corporate and commercial Tier 4
At Campbells, the corporate team has a notable track record in complex corporate reorganisations and international M&A transactions. Regularly instructed by multinational corporations and financial services providers, the group provides advice that is 'nuanced and commercial'. Managing partner John Wolf has extensive experience in the financial services sector, while corporate practice head Alan Craig receives instructions on a broad range of transactions. Richard Spencer regularly advises start-ups and established technology companies with corporate structuring and fundraising matters. Joint ventures and mining and natural resource transactions are further areas of focus for the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘The quality of Campbells’ advice is excellent, in my experience, and so one has complete confidence in what they are telling you. Their advice is nuanced and commercial. They are very responsive.’
‘My main contact is John Wolf. He involves his partners and other members of the team as he feels appropriate. I have known John for many years and I feel I can rely on him. He is a pleasure to deal with.’
Barrick Gold Corporation
Campbells > Firm Profile
Campbells is a leading full service offshore law firm established in 1970. From our offices in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong we provide comprehensive corporate and litigation advice and services to clients worldwide in relation to Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law. We are regularly trusted to advise some of the most prominent names in finance, investment and insurance and we are frequently involved in the largest and most complex transactions, disputes and insolvencies in both jurisdictions.
Our legal team is internationally recognised for its expertise by leading directories and trade publications and we are also proud to be actively involved in the development of legislation, sitting on critical government legislative committees. Campbells is a member of the international legal networks Meritas and World Law Group.
Areas of practice
Arbitration & Mediation: Campbells is at the forefront of arbitration and mediation in both the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. They have a number of attorneys with highly specialised international arbitration and mediation experience gained onshore in major arbitration and mediation centres.
Banking & Structured Finance: Campbells has extensive experience advising on debt, equity, credit-linked and asset backed securities, derivatives and other structured products, working with professional advisors and leading financial institutions worldwide; in addition to advising on syndicated lending and related security structures and advising on the establishment and licensing of financial institutions in the Cayman Islands and their on-going legal and regulatory requirements.
Blockchain & FinTech: Campbells’ blockchain and fintech practice is recognised as holding a leading position in the market. They have advised many high profile and innovative international businesses in this space, including crypto exchanges, token issuers and investment funds.
Compliance & Regulatory: Campbells advises both local and international banks, insurers, company managers, trust companies, investment managers, administrators and directors on regulatory and compliance matters.
Corporate & Commercial: Campbells has considerable experience in all areas of offshore corporate and commercial law and has worked on some of the most important and innovative cross-border transactions undertaken in the Cayman Islands. They have a strong reputation and particular expertise in the following areas: M&A; restructuring; joint ventures; investment funds; insurance and reinsurance, including captives and insurance-linked securities; capital markets; debt and equity listings; banking and structured finance; asset acquisition and finance, including shipping and aircraft finance; vessel and aircraft registration and mining and resources.
Fraud Litigation & Asset Recovery: Campbells’ specialist fraud and asset recovery team is a market leader in bringing and defending fraud claims and has a wealth of experience in taking urgent steps to identify, preserve and recover assets located within and outside the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Marshall Islands. They also have extensive experience in claims and issues arising out of financial fraud, white collar crime, economic sanctions and government corruption involving offshore entities and assets.
Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring: Campbells acts for local and overseas insolvency and restructuring professionals, creditors, investors, minority shareholders, directors, investment managers and other professional service providers in connection with all aspects of the restructuring and winding up of companies, investment funds, limited partnerships and structured finance entities.
Insurance & Reinsurance: Campbells is recognised as holding a leading position among law firms in the insurance/reinsurance sector in the Cayman Islands and heads the market in both contentious and non-contentious insurance matters. Their practice includes corporate and regulatory work for insurers and reinsurers, whether captive or otherwise; advising local insurers on domestic insurance law matters; assisting in dispute resolution; and advising special purpose insurance companies, such as catastrophe bond issuers and finite risk vehicles.
Investment Funds: Campbells’ investment funds practice works with many of the leading onshore attorneys and investment managers on both hedge fund and private equity/venture capital matters, ranging from start-up manager to managers in the >US$1 billion AUM category. They have extensive expertise of all key structures, including master-feeder structures, multi-class funds and segregated portfolio company structures, as well as experience advising on investment fund financing, the use of derivate products and related matters. They have a reputation for being at the forefront of emerging issues and working with advisors in other jurisdictions to devise cutting-edge responses. They are also recognised for their excellent advisory capacity, particularly for fund corporate governance and distress scenarios.
Litigation: Campbells is widely recognised for the strength of its litigation practice. They have one of the largest specialist litigation teams, and routinely act in the most significant, high-value and complex disputes in both the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. They provide a full suite of litigation and dispute resolution services to a diverse, international client bases from their offices in Cayman, BVI and Hong Kong. Campbells has a wealth of experience spanning a broad range of disputes, with particular expertise in investment fund disputes, trust litigation, asset tracing, shareholder disputes and dissenting shareholder fair value petitions. Their clients range from large international, financial and trading organisations to liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy of international and local entities, participants in investment and trust structures, family offices and government agencies. Litigators at the firm regularly appear before the Grand Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council.
Private Equity & Venture Capital: Campbells has extensive experience advising on the formation of private equity and venture capital funds and all stages of the life-cycle of investments made by such funds, including implementing the investment structures utilised for underlying investments and listing and M&A transactions in respect of portfolio investments. They are regularly involved in the establishment and maintenance of fund vehicles for numerous high profile investment managers and investment/financing transactions related to underlying entities, with a particular focus on investments in information and environmental technology and investment into Brazil, China and India.
Real Estate & Local Practice: Campbells handles all aspects of property transactional work from sales and purchase to conveyance and related residential and commercial financing both for individuals and corporations. They work with developers, financial institutions, relators and property managers from initial stages of purchase, planning, development, financing projects (either for lending institution(s) or developer) to the ultimate completion of the transaction.
Shipping & Aviation: Campbells advises some of the world’s principal shipping companies, airlines, financial institutions and lessors. They have considerable expertise in all areas of asset finance, specialising in securitisation transactions and ship and aircraft financing (involving the establishment of special purpose offshore companies and other vehicles, such as exempted limited partnerships).
Support Services: Campbells Corporate Services Limited (CCSL) holds a trust licence issued by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority and provides a full suite of entity administration, regulatory and trustee services.
Trusts: Campbells has wide ranging experience in all aspects of commercial and private trusts including: trust formation and advising on the regulatory requirements and operational requirements related thereto; trust structures for the purposes of taking security or securitisation; pension trusts; STAR trusts; fixed interest and discretionary trusts; reversed power trusts; removal of trustees; recertification of trusts and the establishment of private trust companies.
|Alan Craig||Partner, Head of Corporate||View Profile|
|Mark Goodman||Partner||View Profile|
|Lily Lee||Partner||View Profile|
|Guy Manning||Partner, Head of Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring||View Profile|
|Andrew Pullinger||Partner||View Profile|
|Richard Spencer||Partner||View Profile|
|Simon Thomas||Partner||View Profile|
|Alistair Walters||Partner||View Profile|
|John Wolf||Managing Partner||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of partners : 15 Number of fee earners : 27
LanguagesAfrikaans Cantonese Dutch English French German Italian Mandarin Spanish
MembershipsMeritas World Law Group (WLG)
British Virgin Islands: Restructuring & Insolvency
Published: June 2020
Authors: Brian Child Matthew Freeman Rachael Stitt
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Restructuring & Insolvency laws and regulations that may occur in British Virgin Islands.
Cayman Islands: Restructuring & Insolvency
Published: June 2020
Authors: Mark Goodman Guy Manning Guy Cowan
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Restructuring & Insolvency laws and regulations that may occur in Cayman Islands.