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.

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

No.1

the leading domicile for hedge funds

No.2

the second largest captive insurance centre

40/50

of the world's 50 largest banks have a presence

50%+

over 50% of companies listed on the HKEX domiciled in Cayman

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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