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Campbells
FLOOR 4, WILLOW HOUSE
CRICKET SQUARE
GRAND CAYMAN KY1-9010
Cayman Islands

Insurance/reinsurance Tier 1

Campbells 'very knowledgeable team' is led by Alan Craig and advises insurance managers on the formation, licensing and ongoing operation of captive insurance entities that are established in Cayman. The practice also has extensive experience advising Cayman-domiciled reinsurers on formations, IPOs and day-to-day matters, assisting life insurers with overseas presences, and handling catastrophe risk mandates. In a recent highlight, the team advised Automobile Dealers Mutual Insurance Company on the re-domestication of AMIC Holdings from Cayman to the US. Alistair Walters is an insurance litigation specialist.

Practice head(s):

Alan Craig

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Appreciated for its length of service within the sector, in-depth knowledge of Cayman law and good commercial sense‘.

The strength of Campbells is the years of experience that its attorneys have, especially in dealing with insurance matters‘.

Alan Craig is a go-to lawyer for legal guidance in Cayman‘.

Key clients

Marsh

Willis

Island Heritage

Pan-American Life Insurance

Investors Trust

Guardian Life

Global Captive Management

Artex Risk Solutions

Caribbean Catastrophe Risk  Insurance Facility

Guardian Insurance

Strategic Risk Solutions

Beecher Carlson

Fidelity Insurance

Eastern Alliance Insurance Group

Crum & Forster

Cottingham & Butler

Guy Carpenter & Co

Innovative Captive Strategies

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Campbells' 'dispute resolution team has real strength in depth' and regularly acts in significant Cayman insolvency and restructuring cases alongside experience handling the full range of commercial litigation and regulatory investigations. Guy Manning heads up the Cayman litigation, insolvency and restructuring group, which also includes Andrew Pullinger, Mark Goodman and Alistair Walters. Liam Faulkner was recently made partner and Hamid Khanbhai is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Guy Manning

Testimonials

Able and experienced partners who are supported by a number of talented associates of varying seniority, which enables effective teams to be formed and for large teams to be assembled for the big-ticket cases. The team is also a pleasure to work with‘.

Guy Manning is a calm and thoughtful leader, who gives clear strategic guidance‘.

Mark Goodman is very strategic and astute, and he understands clients’ business extremely well. He meets issues and strong personalities head on and holds his ground, and his advice is always pragmatic‘.

Andrew Pullinger is first-rate litigator, who has an excellent legal brain married with strategic nous. He is also approachable, client-focused and has a keen sense of humour‘.

Liam Faulkner is a go-to choice for Cayman disputes when clients need someone who is both good legally but will also focus on and get into a case, master the facts and help get a result‘.

Key clients

Deloitte

XIO Group

HSBC

Maso Capital Investment

Liquidation Committee of Saad Investments Company

Borrelli Walsh

Duff & Phelps

BDO

RH Restructuring

Real estate Tier 2

Acting for a range of individuals and corporations, Campbells 'works hard to find solutions'. The team handles all aspects of the purchase, sale and development of residential and commercial property in Cayman, and also assists with the related residential and commercial financing elements. Lily Lee is highly rated.

Practice head(s):

Lily Lee

Testimonials

Lily Lee is very efficient and can be totally relied upon; she is also proactive in advising of any issues likely to arise‘.

Key clients

RBS Royal Bank (Cayman)

Scotiabank & Trust (Cayman)

FirstCaribbean International (Cayman)

Cornerstone Development

Cornerstone Properties

REMAX Cayman Islands

Butterfield Bank (Cayman)

CIREBA

BCQS Property Management

Cayman National Bank

Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

In banking, finance and secured lending, Campbells handles a range of transactions for lenders and corporate borrower clients, regularly assisting with equity financing mandates. The team also works with technology companies on venture capital fundraisings and debt financing arrangements. Managing partner John Wolf is particularly noted for his shipping and aircraft  financing expertise; other key contacts are corporate team head Alan Craig and Richard Spencer, who counts hedge funds and private equity companies as clients.

Practice head(s):

John Wolf; Alan Craig

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Appreciated for responsiveness and fair pricing‘.

Key clients

Scotiabank

Royal Bank of Canada

Bank of America

Credit Suisse

DVB Bank

ICBC

Wells Fargo

China Merchants Bank Financial Leasing

Radius Bank

HSBC

Hiroshima Bank

Corporate and commercial Tier 3

Campbells' Cayman corporate and commercial practice regularly assists multinational corporations and financial services providers with complex cross-border transactions including M&A, reorganisations, joint ventures and mining and natural resource transactions. John Wolf is managing partner of the Cayman office and Alan Craig leads the corporate department, which also includes Richard Spencer.

Practice head(s):

Alan Craig; John Wolf

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is professional, accessible, responsive and knowledgeable‘.

Key clients

Barrick Gold Corporation

Netshoes

Phillips 66

Active-Semi International

Avon Cosmetics

Scotiabank

Nubank

Tech Data Corporation

China Advanced Construction Materials Group

United Therapeutics Corporation

Investment funds Tier 4

Campbells' 'incredibly efficient practice' assists with the structuring, formation and launch of a wide range of investment funds including hedge, venture capital, private equity and hybrid funds. Alan Craig regularly advises large fund managers on capital raisings, and assists investment funds and managers with debt structuring and financing issues. Simon Thomas and Richard Spencer are also experienced practitioners, while Aoife Tuohy is the senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Alan Craig

Testimonials

The funds practice provides excellent technical advice while remaining commercial on all fronts‘.

Richard Spencer has excellent technical and commercial skills – he knows the sector inside out and clients love his approach, manner of advice and problem solving‘.

Key clients

Genbridge Capital Management

H Capital

Northern Light Ventures

GSR Ventures

DST Global

Abraaj Investment Management

Shunwei Capital Management

Ribbit Capital

Nautilus Venture Partners

DCM Capital Management

The firm

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Alan Craig acraig@campbellslegal.com +1 345 914 5864
Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring Guy Manning gmanning@campbellslegal.com +1 345 914 5868
Photo Name Position Profile
 Alan Craig  photo Alan Craig Partner, Head of Corporate
 Mark Goodman  photo Mark Goodman Partner
 Lily Lee  photo Lily Lee Partner
 Guy Manning  photo Guy Manning Partner, Head of Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring
 Andrew Pullinger  photo Andrew Pullinger Partner
 Richard Spencer  photo Richard Spencer Partner
 Simon Thomas  photo Simon Thomas Partner
 Alistair Walters  photo Alistair Walters Partner
 John Wolf  photo John Wolf Managing Partner
Number of partners : 15
Number of fee earners : 27
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