Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are recognised as one of the leading international financial centres in the world, combining advanced, flexible and business-friendly laws with a balanced regulatory regime and a sophisticated professional infrastructure.

Cayman Islands companies, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and trust structures are the vehicles of choice for international managers, (re)insurers, family offices, banks and other large financial institutions. In particular, the Cayman Islands are one of the leading domiciles in which to structure international capital flows and to establish offshore investment vehicles, both hedge funds and private equity funds. In addition, the Cayman Islands are increasingly a popular jurisdiction for startups, with founders and investors alike benefitting from both the United States venture capital industry's familiarity with the Cayman Islands as well as the ease with which a Cayman holding company can facilitate international investment.

As a British Overseas Territory, the Cayman Islands enjoy political and economic stability. The jurisdiction’s legal system is based on established English common law principles. Corporate and commercial statutes are continually being revised and improved in response to the demands of international commerce. The courts function effectively and smoothly and employ an investor-friendly and creditor-friendly approach. The final court of appeal is the Privy Council in London. The Grand Court in the Cayman Islands also has a specialist division, the Financial Services Division, which is designed to focus on complex financial services matters and commercial litigation.

Statistics about the Cayman Islands


of non-US domiciled alternative investment funds managed by US SEC-registered advisors are domiciled in the Cayman Islands.


the second largest captive insurance centre


international banks


of companies listed on the HKEX are domiciled in the Cayman Islands

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Carey Olsen
PO Box 10008
Willow House
Cricket Square
Grand Cayman KY1-1001
Cayman Islands

T +1 345 749 2000
F +1 345 749 2100

Carey Olsen in the Cayman Islands

Our lawyers combine a global perspective with deep local knowledge, drawing upon their individual experiences as attorneys at top onshore law firms and decades of collective expertise practising Cayman Islands law.

The team has been hand-picked to bring together leading specialists in investment funds, corporate and commercial, finance, insolvency, dispute resolution, trusts and local business licensing.

The office has grown rapidly since its launch in 2012, quickly establishing its credentials with leading onshore law firms and with both institutional and non-institutional clients in the Cayman Islands and internationally. 

Our clients have become accustomed to a responsive, partner-led service that provides timely and high-quality legal advice, grounded in commercial reality.

We also have Cayman Islands-qualified lawyers in our Hong Kong and Singapore offices ensuring we are able to provide legal advice to our clients in Asia in their own time zones. 

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