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Chris Duncan



"Chris Duncan is phenomenal as the key lawyer on our matters. He gives tailored, business-oriented advice without compromising on what the law actually says or requires. Rare to get business executable advice from external counsel, but Chris always provides it."

Legal 500 Caribbean

"Chris Duncan has an excellent reputation, and is a pleasure to deal with. He has forged a niche within the crypto sphere. He is a future leader. Responsive, available, helpful."

Legal 500 Caribbean

"Chris is very familiar with the blockchain/Web3 space and developments in Cayman law. He provides excellent service."

Chambers FinTech

"Very responsive, great with clients and has an impressive ability to deal with complex issues"

Chambers and Partners HNW

"Chris has become a leader in trusts and crypto, which shows his ability to adapt his practice to new and complex matters."

Chambers and Partners HNW



Chris Duncan is a partner in the corporate team, based in the Cayman Islands. He leads our fintech and digital assets group across both the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, being one of the few Cayman and BVI dual qualified advisors in the fintech space.

Chris advises clients on the full spectrum of fintech, crypto and digital assets matters, including, structuring and regulatory advice in connection with decentralised autonomous organisations (or DAOs), token issuances and early stage fundraising, centralised and decentralised exchanges, wallet providers and VC funds, NFT and gaming platforms and mining staking operations. In addition, Chris advises clients in the regulated sector in connection with applications under both the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands VASP regimes.  With a background in regulatory and tax investigations, Chris also regularly helps clients navigate requests and investigations from local and foreign regulators and authorities, leaning on his regulatory investigations background.  Chris has published numerous articles and regularly speaks on panels, webinars and podcasts on all things fintech, crypto and web3.

Chris is ranked in the Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide and ranked in band 1 by Chambers and Partners FinTech. He also features in the 2024 Private Client Global Elite Directory.


Prior to joining Carey Olsen, Chris was with Mourant in Guernsey from 2012 to 2019, working in both the Litigation and International Trusts and Private Client teams. Before that Chris worked at a large New Zealand firm focusing on commercial and transactional matters.

Chris graduated from the University of Otago, obtaining degrees in both Law and Chemistry.

Chris was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2008, as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2019, as a Cayman Islands attorney in 2019 and as a British Virgin Islands attorney in 2021. Chris is also a full member of STEP, holding the official TEP designation.

Relevant experience

Chris regularly works on the most innovative and highest profile projects including:

  • The formation of Cayman Islands foundation companies used in conjunction with decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) and decentralised projects.
  • Advising institutional stablecoin provider on non-custodial wallet offering under Cayman and BVI law
  • Providing structuring and regulatory advice across the Cayman Islands and the BVI in relation the full spectrum of fintech and digital assets matters, from to private and public token sales and protocol launches to centralised and decentralised exchanges.
  • Advising clients on the implications of the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands Virtual Assets Service Providers Acts and providing assistance with applications for registration under the same, including in connection with novel decentralised finance applications.
  • Assisting Jambo on their significant Series A financing round.
  • Advising clients subject to information requests and enforcement notices and assisting with compliance connected to the same.
  • Advising on a significant pre-IPO restructuring of various Cayman Islands trusts and BVI companies in advance of multi-billion dollar IPO.
  • The creation of a variety of private wealth structures to hold and invest crypto and digital assets.



Awards and accolades


Chris is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners FinTech and is noted as being "very familiar with the blockchain/Web3 space and developments in Cayman law" and "a very sophisticated and responsive lawyer". Chris was also recently recognised in the Citywealth Top 100 Crypto Advisors for 2022 as a highly accredited advisor. Chris is a registered Trusts and Estates practitioner, and has been recognised  in the Citywealth Future Leaders List in 2021, the Top 100 Private Client Lawyers in 2020 and was shortlisted for the Citywealth Lawyer of the Year (IFC) – Senior/Managing Associate category for 2020. Chris is ranked in the Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide with sources noting "he can navigate through matters seamlessly" and that he is "very commercial in his thinking". He also features in the 2024 Private Clients Global Elite Directory.

Chambers High Net Worth 2023 - Chris Duncan
Chambers Fintech 2024