Managing Partner: John Wolf
Head of Corporate: Alan Craig
Head of Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring: Guy Manning
Number of global partners: 15
Number of other lawyers: 30
Languages: Cantonese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish
Campbells is a leading full service offshore law firm established nearly 50 years ago. From their offices in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong they provide 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 is 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. The firm’s 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 advise 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 cross-border 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 is 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 local and overseas 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 wide experience of coordinating cross-border appointments, obtaining injunctions, assisting with gathering evidence and obtaining recognition and assistance from overseas courts.
Campbells leads the market in both contentious and non-contentious insurance matters. Clients include the largest insurance carrier in the Caribbean, domestic and international insurers, Lloyds syndicates and Cayman Islands Government Agencies.
Campbells works with leading onshore attorneys 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. Members of the department appear before the Grand Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council and have been involved in numerous reported cases. 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 Cayman Islands Government Agencies. Litigators at the firm regularly appear as expert witnesses on Cayman Islands law and speak at local and international conferences.
Headed by Alistair Walters (past president of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association), 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 processes 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 co-investment 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.
Clients include household names, international financial and industrial groups, foreign governments, promoters of investment funds and top tier accounting and legal firms and participants in offshore trust structures, bankruptcy trustees and receivers. Much of the firm’s work, whether it is structuring complex financial transactions, commercial litigation or restructuring, involves working with clients and other professionals overseas.