Spencer West’s Cayman office has specialist expertise across corporate law, funds, trusts and private wealth.

The practice has longstanding expertise in funds (hedge funds, private funds, alternative investment funds), regulatory compliance (AML and US FATCA / CRS) and company formations. This includes fund and private equity launches and ongoing general and corporate legal advice.

The practice also undertakes company formation and trust and corporate administration.

Our Cayman practitioners are also able to provide a multi-jurisdictional private wealth service across wills and trusts, estate administration and succession planning, working with our lawyers in other jurisdictions.

Specialist Expertise
Hedge and private equity funds and investment managers

Spencer West provides legal advice to hedge funds, private equity funds and investment managers. We assist with the launch of hedge and private equity funds, legal advice on compliance and registration with CIMA, and ongoing legal support. This includes company, partnership, LLC and trust formation, winding up (strike-offs and liquidations), company restorations and transfer by way of continuation into and out of the Cayman Islands.


Spencer West are involved in every aspect of the legal life of a business from inception and constitutional documentation, development, to strategic exit planning and disposal of assets. We advise businesses of all sizes from start-ups through to listed international corporations.

Regulatory compliance

Spencer West assists clients with drafting and updating their policies and procedures in order to address applicable obligations in respect of Anti-Money Laundering Regulations as well as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Common Reporting Standards (CRS) Regulations which are given effect in the Cayman Islands through the Tax Information Authority (TIA). We advise clients on their classification for the purpose of addressing obligations under the TIA Law. We assist clients which are regulated entities with their regulatory obligations to CIMA by preparing clients for CIMA inspections and reviewing client due diligence and corporate governance policies and procedures.

Wills and trusts, estate administration and succession planning

Spencer West has considerable expertise in establishing wills and trusts, including consideration of assets and interests held in multiple jurisdictions. The firm’s lawyers are experienced in succession planning including considerations of wealth planning, working with lawyers within Spencer West and in other jurisdictions as required. The team is also experienced in matters of trust and estate administration.

Company formation, domiciliation services through our licensed corporate administration provider.

Our licensed company, is able to address all your company and corporate administration requirements. This includes:

Company, partnership, LLC and trust formation agent

Domiciliation services (registered office and registered agent)

Filing statutory forms, resolutions, returns and notices

Acting as your agent to accept service of process or notices on your behalf

Filing of Annual Declarations and Returns and payment of annual fees to the Registrar of Companies

Certifications, notarisations, legalisations and apostilles

Meet our team

Stephen Abletshauser
Partner - Corporate, Private Client & Estate Planning
Hilesh Chavda
Partner - Private Client
Robert Foote
Partner - Corporate/Commercial Disputes, Restructuring and Insolvency
Daniel Russell, Spencer West corporate lawyer
Daniel Russell
Partner - Corporate, Investment Funds, Finance
Peter Vas
Partner - Banking & Finance, Corporate