Firm Profile > Campbells > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
FLOOR 4, WILLOW HOUSE
GRAND CAYMAN KY1-9010
Campbells > The Legal 500 Rankings
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‘The Campbells team are responsive and very knowledgeable. I have always found the Campbells team to be reliable and a great resource, which is why I have no hesitation in working with them or recommending them.’
Willis Towers Watson
Cooper Gay / Ed Broking
ICWI (Insurance Company of the West Indies)
Global Captive Management
Artex Risk Solutions
Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility
Strategic Risk Solutions
Eastern Alliance Insurance Group
Crum & Forster
Cottingham & Butler
United Health Group
Innovative Captive Strategies
‘Campbells has impressive technical skills and a lot of experience coordinating demands from shareholders in different jurisdictions.’
‘I work more frequently with Charlie Pywell and Alan Craig. Alan is the relationship partner, always readily available to provide assistance. Charlie is a very good lawyer with impressive technical knowledge.’
‘The Corporate Team at Campbells is outstanding, response times are very good and the lawyers approach complex problems and transactions with sound advice.’
‘Richard Spencer is very good and tackles technical and complex issues well.’
‘My contact is Damien Magee. He is first-rate, approachable, with a great legal ability combined with significant market knowledge and awareness.’
Liberty Latin America / Cable and Wireless
L Brands Inc.
Northern Light Ventures
Monk’s Hill Ventures
Abraaj Investment Management
Scotiabank Asset Management
Cayman Islands > Real estate Tier 3Spearheaded by Lily Lee , the property group at Campbells advises large developers, realtors, financial institutions and commercial managers on the full spectrum of real estate matters, encompassing the purchase, sale and development of residential and commercial property in the Cayman Islands, in addition to its capabilities in the residential and commercial financing space. Security loan documentation, joint venture agreements for developers, sales and purchases, leases and sub-leases, and management agreements are specific strands of real estate work in which the group stands out.
FirstCaribbean International Bank (Cayman) Limited
Azul Development Ltd.
Scotiabank & Trust (Cayman) Ltd.
Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited
Grant Thornton Cayman
Downtown Reach/Sixtees Properties Development
Cayman National Bank Ltd.
‘The team are always available and make time to deal with matters as they arise. They set clear expectations from the outset with regards to when responses will be delivered and what form they will take. They ask incisive and relevant questions. They deliver on time.’
‘I deal primarily with James Austin-Smith from a regulatory advice perspective. He is pragmatic and incredibly knowledgeable. He makes himself available and always provides a timely response on urgent matters irrespective of how busy he already is. He very clearly enjoys his field and getting to grips with the matters on which we require assistance.’
‘Campbells has developed the reputation for not being intimidated by regulatory bodies — no matter how powerful or well-resourced. This invariably stems from the presence of James Austin-Smith as the backbone of this department. They are easily among the top firms in the regulatory and compliance space simply based upon the results they achieve for their clients.’
‘I had the pleasure of working with James Austin-Smith, who is simply an amazing litigator. James has the unique ability to truly take your problems and care about them as passionately as if they were his own. James is an incredibly talented and strategically-minded attorney whose advice is on-point and result-oriented.’
Willis Towers Watson
Premier Assurance Group SPC
‘Very efficient, cost effective and knowledgeable,’
Royal Bank of Canada
Bank of America
China Development Bank
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|
|Liam Faulkner||Partner||View Profile|
|Mark Goodman||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Paul Kennedy||Partner||View Profile|
|Lily Lee||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Damien Magee||Partner||View Profile|
|Guy Manning||Partner, Head of Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring||View Profile|
|Andrew Pullinger||Partner||View Profile|
|Charlie Pywell||Partner||View Profile|
|Richard Spencer||Partner||View Profile|
|Simon Thomas||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 2021
Authors: Brian Child Liam Faulkner
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: May 2021
Authors: Guy Manning Mark Goodman Guy Cowan
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Restructuring & Insolvency laws and regulations that may occur in Cayman Islands.