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Appleby

Corporate & Finance

4 ranked lawyersBand 2Cayman IslandsGlobal 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Appleby has a well-regarded finance practice acting for an impressive list of financial institutions. The firm regularly represents underwriters in structured finance transactions, including CLOs. It possesses further strengths in fund finance and derivatives, with the firm's finance expertise complemented by a sound understanding of M&A issues.

Strengths

One interviewee said: "They are consistently at the top of their game in terms of being proactive and alerting us to any changes to regulations in the Cayman Islands." The source continued: "Not only are they well rounded when it comes to legal reasoning, they are also very practical." 

Another source remarked: "The team always seems to be well staffed, with a clear focus on client care. They are very clear communicators."

Work highlights

Benjamin Woolf and Liesl Richter led an Appleby team advising Harriman Park CLO on the Cayman aspects of an approximately USD500 million CLO issuance.

Notable practitioners

Benjamin Woolf comes highly recommended for his strengths advising on Cayman structured finance mandates, particularly CLOs, as well as handling securitisation and M&A transactions.
"Ben is on top of everything." "He is best in class in terms of knowledge, expertise, professionalism and responsiveness."

Head of Appleby's banking and asset finance group, Caroline Barton handles a wide range of Cayman Islands finance mandates, as well as private equity and M&A transactions.
"She understands local regulations and is good with structuring." "Working with Caroline has been smooth and efficient."

Liesl Richter is highly proficient in subscription and asset finance mandates. She frequently assists clients with CLOs, as well as M&A and both debt and equity capital markets issuances.
"Liesl is very knowledgeable about the structured finance market and very commercially oriented." "Liesl responds to every request within minutes."

Simon Raftopoulos assists clients with an array of M&A, fund finance and private equity matters. He leads the corporate team in Appleby's Cayman Islands office.
"He is extremely supportive, responsive and provides sound guidance on all manner of things. He is practical and creative." "He has a good sense of judgement for what we need to get the deal done."

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Overview

In the corporate finance space, our team advise on a full spectrum of acquisition and leveraged financing, loan financing and bespoke structures, including mergers and acquisitions, public to private deals, corporate finance and restructurings. Clients include all major banks, public companies and financial institutions. We also continue to dominate the fund finance lending space, particularly in subscription finance. In the structured finance market, our practice includes over a third of the CLO market handling not only a large number of new issuance CLOS but also refinancing and re-set transactions; representing premier managers and all the major underwriters. Our corporate restructuring team act as both company counsel and for creditors and creditor committees, applying expert knowledge and experience and assisting clients with situations involving financially distressed companies; using both Cayman and US restructuring tools. Our teams also has an in-depth knowledge and are leaders in Cayman cross-border mergers and acquisitions and has a market leading equity capital markets practice, handling many of the biggest and complex transactions in recent years. We also advise our clients with regard to regulatory matters including compliance.
Alerts to clients on the introduction of new regulations and changes to the law which affect their business are delivered regularly by our team.

Corporate & Finance

Appleby

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Location

Clifton House

75 Fort Street

PO Box 190 GT

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman

Cayman Islands

KY1-1104

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Cayman Islands

Corporate & Finance


Benjamin Woolf
Band 2
Caroline Barton
Band 4
Liesl Richter
Up and Coming
Simon Raftopoulos
Band 2