Managing Partner: Robert Searle (Hong Kong), John Wolf (Cayman Islands), Brian Child (British Virgin Islands)
Number of global partners: 15
Number of global lawyers: 25
Campbells is a leading full service offshore law firm established nearly 50 years ago. With offices in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong the firm provides comprehensive corporate and litigation advice and services to clients worldwide in relation to Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law. The firm is regularly trusted to advise some of the most prominent names in finance, investment and insurance and are frequently involved in the largest and most complex transactions, disputes and insolvencies in both jurisdictions. Campbells’ legal team is internationally recognised for its expertise by leading directories and trade publications and it is 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.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
Campbells has extensive experience advising on banking and structured finance transactions, including commercial syndicated lending, Islamic finance, export credit agency financing, structured leasing, trade finance, distressed debt, security enforcement, derivatives, securitisations and other structured products. Clients include other law firms, global financial institutions, arrangers, security agents, trustees and leasing companies, with whom Campbells works across a multitude of jurisdictions on a wide range of projects. The firm has significant experience in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and frequently advises on cross-border products and structures involving Cayman and BVI vehicles and assets.
Corporate & Commercial:
Campbells has considerable experience in all areas of offshore corporate and commercial legal practice and has worked on some of the most important and innovative crossborder transactions undertaken. The firm has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and joint venture structuring. The firm has been involved in listings on exchanges worldwide and are a listing agent for the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange.
Insolvency & Restructuring:
Campbells’ litigation, insolvency and restructuring group is widely recognised as a market leader. The firm acts for insolvency professionals, creditors, investors, directors 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. The firm has extensive experience of coordinating cross-border appointments, obtaining injunctions, assisting with gathering evidence and obtaining recognition and assistance from overseas courts.
Campbells works with leading onshore lawyers and investment managers globally, from emerging managers to established institutional managers; in addition to advising sponsors and investors. The firm advises on fund formation, seed capital arrangements and their subsequent investment cycle, and on the restructuring of investment fund structures. The firm has extensive expertise in fund establishment including master-feeder structures; multi-class funds; hybrid funds; segregated portfolio company structures; exempted limited partnership structures; and unit trusts. The firm has a reputation for being at the forefront of emerging issues and working with advisors in other jurisdictions to devise cutting-edge responses; and have in-depth experience advising on AIFMD and FATCA/ CRS related matters.
Campbells is widely recognised for its litigation strength and has particular expertise in investment funds disputes. 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 and government agencies.
The firm’s regulatory practice group advises financial institutions on local and overseas regulatory investigations, fraud and money laundering-related issues.
Trusts & Private Client:
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 powers trusts; removal of trustees; rectification of trusts and the establishment of private trust companies. The firm also has extensive experience advising trust companies on licensing operation process and standard documentation.
Venture Capital & Private Equity:
The firm 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. In addition, the firm advises institutions considering investment in such funds and coinvestment opportunities. The firm is regularly involved in the establishment and maintenance of fund vehicles for numerous high profile investment managers and investment/financing transactions related to underlying entities.