Cayman Islands


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Our dynamic Cayman law firm has expanded significantly since its launch in 2008 and today consists of nearly 22 lawyers including 11 partners. This team of professionals, many of whom are from top international law firms and finance centres, serves a client base that includes hedge fund managers, leading international law firms, major financial institutions and corporates.

Overview

As the fifth-largest banking centre in the world, the Cayman Islands remains one of the world’s leading international financial centres. This highly regulated and politically stable jurisdiction offers a wide array of services including mutual funds, company management, structured financing, shipping registration, insurance, and securities listings on the stock exchange. Since the introduction of the Mutual Funds Law in 1993, which has been copied by jurisdictions around the world, the Cayman Islands have grown to be the world’s leading offshore investment funds jurisdiction.
 
Harneys’ Cayman Islands office provides a full range of commercial legal services in the broad areas of investment funds, private equity, corporate and M&A, finance and banking, trusts and private wealth, and litigation and insolvency. We also provide a full range of corporate and fiduciary services including incorporation, registered agent services, corporate secretary, compliance consultancy and registration and transfer agency.
 
While our Cayman office is the cornerstone of the practice, we also have partner-led Cayman teams in our London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Montevideo offices. In 2014 our global Cayman coverage expanded to North America with a new presence in Vancouver, Canada, allowing clients across the globe to easily access our results-driven approach in regards to Cayman law.

Our Cayman Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance 
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Investment Funds
  • Shipping & Aircraft
  • Insurance
  • Trusts & Private Wealth
  • Corporate and Fiduciary Services

 

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Cayman Banking & Finance

As an established global leader in offshore legal matters, clients trust Harneys’ Cayman for complex and challenging finance and banking work.Read More

Cayman Corporate & Commercial

Our team of Cayman corporate lawyers combines unmatched technical skill with a practical, commercial approach resulting in continued client satisfaction. We are regularly instructed by the world’s leading law firms on behalf of household names in...Read More

Cayman Insurance

Harneys’ insurance law practice provides highly responsive advice on a broad range of insurance-related entities and services while minimising legal costs in Cayman.Read More

Cayman Investment Funds

Harneys’ highly skilled investment funds team has earned the trust of significant clients across the world while working on complex, ground-breaking transactions. We have built a reputation for delivering top-quality advice in a timely,...Read More

Cayman Litigation & Insolvency

Harneys has the fastest growing litigation and insolvency practice in the Cayman Islands.  We are regularly instructed in some of the most high profile and complex matters before the Cayman Islands courts.Read More

Cayman Restructuring & Insolvency

Harneys has been at the forefront of the development of offshore jurisprudence in the field of restructuring and insolvency for decades and our Cayman restructuring and insolvency group leads the offshore market in both global reach and expertise.Read More

Cayman Shipping & Aircraft

Harneys’ shipping and aircraft practice acts for some of the world’s leading financial institutions, law firms, ship builders, yacht brokers, ship and aircraft owners and charterers. We have gained an international reputation for...Read More

Cayman Trust & Private Wealth

Our trusts and private wealth law practice specialises in the creation of all types of trusts to maximise the benefits of Cayman law for both commercial and individual clients.Read More

Contacts

Marco Martins
Marco Martins

Managing Partner
Cayman Islands
Jonathan Culshaw
Jonathan Culshaw

Managing Partner
Hong Kong
Colin Riegels
Colin Riegels

Managing Partner
British Virgin Islands
Lewis Chong
Lewis Chong

Partner
Vancouver
Monica Chu
Monica Chu

Partner
Hong Kong
Patrick Colegrave
Patrick Colegrave

Partner
Cayman Islands
Ian Gobin
Ian Gobin

Partner
Cayman Islands
Louise Groom
Louise Groom

Partner
Cayman Islands
Nick Hoffman
Nick Hoffman

Partner
Cayman Islands
Henry Mander
Henry Mander

Partner
Cayman Islands
Raymond Ng
Raymond Ng

Partner
Hong Kong
William  Peake
William Peake

Partner
London
Lisa Pearce
Lisa Pearce

Partner
Singapore
Matt Taber
Matt Taber

Partner
Cayman Islands
Jessica  Williams
Jessica Williams

Partner
Cayman Islands
Simon Hudd
Simon Hudd

Head of Corporate
Bermuda
Fiona Chandler
Fiona Chandler

Counsel
London
Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths

Counsel
Singapore
Shari Hawke
Shari Hawke

Counsel
Singapore
Bronwyn King
Bronwyn King

Counsel
Hong Kong
Zitian  Ng
Zitian Ng

Counsel
Singapore
Lisa Akiri
Lisa Akiri

Senior Associate
London
 Jonathan  Bernstein
Jonathan Bernstein

Senior Associate
Cayman Islands
Henno Boshoff
Henno Boshoff

Senior Associate
Singapore
Jayesh Chatlani
Jayesh Chatlani

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
James Elliott
James Elliott

Senior Associate
Cayman Islands
Paula Kay
Paula Kay

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Grainne King
Grainne King

Senior Associate
Cayman Islands
Cristine Lam
Cristine Lam

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Deirdre  MacNamara
Deirdre MacNamara

Senior Associate
London
Paul Madden
Paul Madden

Senior Associate
Cayman Islands
Marcia McFarlane
Marcia McFarlane

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
James  McKnight
James McKnight

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Jon McLean
Jon McLean

Senior Associate
Cayman Islands
Katie Pearson
Katie Pearson

Senior Associate
Cayman Islands
Daniella Skotnicki
Daniella Skotnicki

Senior Associate
Cayman Islands
Carolynn Vivian
Carolynn Vivian

Senior Associate
Cayman Islands
Janeen Al-Jadir
Janeen Al-Jadir

Associate
Cayman Islands
Aleisha  Brown
Aleisha Brown

Associate
Cayman Islands
Laura De Heer
Laura De Heer

Associate
Hong Kong
Tom  De Vecchi
Tom De Vecchi

Associate
Cayman Islands
Shelley do Vale
Shelley do Vale

Associate
Cayman Islands
Lachlan  Greig
Lachlan Greig

Associate
Cayman Islands
Gemma Lardner
Gemma Lardner

Associate
Cayman Islands
Natalie Lee
Natalie Lee

Associate
Hong Kong
Elkie Rose
Elkie Rose

Associate
Cayman Islands
Dhanshuklal Vekaria
Dhanshuklal Vekaria

Associate
Cayman Islands
Catharina von Finckenhagen
Catharina von Finckenhagen

Associate
Cayman Islands
Rebecca King
Rebecca King

Professional Support Lawyer
Hong Kong
Horacio Woycik
Horacio Woycik

Consultant
Montevideo
Jaron Leslie
Jaron Leslie

Articled Clerk
Cayman Islands
Publications

Webinars

Webinar: maximising the benefits of offshore companies in your transactions 
Dissenting Shareholder Claims in Cayman 

Articles & Updates

Does your Bermuda, BVI or Cayman Company need to complete a W8 form? We can help 
Cayman Islands enact Foundation Companies Law 
New AML regulations come into force 
Structuring an ICO through the Cayman Islands 
Cayman Islands: new intellectual property regime 
Cayman Islands AEOI – reporting deadline extended to 31 August 2017 

Guides

The Cayman Islands beneficial ownership regime 
Introduction to automatic exchange of information for Cayman Islands investment funds 
Guide to Cayman Islands Exempted Companies 
Limited Liability Companies in the Cayman Islands 
Guide to continuing obligations of a Cayman Islands exempted limited partnership closed-ended fund 
Guide to Continuing Obligations of a Cayman Islands Registered Mutual Fund 

Recent Experience

Harneys advises on restructuring of Synot Group  
Harneys advises on Studio City's Senior Secured Notes Offering and Super Senior Revolving Credit Facility 
Harneys advises Aluminum Corporation of China Overseas Holdings Limited in relation to its proposed privatisation of Chinalco Mining Corporation International 
Harneys advises on US$2.5 billion Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd restructuring 
Harneys acts for Virgin Group 
Harneys advises on Burkina Faso gold project