Campbells Law Firm

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Campbells Law Firm
HeadquartersGeorge Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Major practice areasBanking & Structured Finance, Insolvency & Restructuring, Compliance & Regulatory, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mediation & Arbitration
Date founded1970
Company typePartnership

Campbells is a leading full service offshore law firm established in 1970. From our offices in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong we provide comprehensive corporate and litigation advice and services to clients worldwide in relation to Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law☃☃. Campbells is regularly trusted to advise some of the most prominent names in finance, investment and insurance and are frequently involved in the largest and most complex transactions, disputes and insolvencies in both jurisdictions.s.[1] The firm’s legal expertise includes Insolvency & Restructuring, Investment Funds, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Venture Capital, Mediation & Arbitration, Compliance & Regulatory, Banking & Structured Finance, Trusts, Shipping & Aviation, Real Estate, and Private Client.[2]


Campbells was formed in 1970, previously, the firm was known as Bruce Campbell & Co before it expanded and was renamed to Campbells Attorneys-at-Law in 2001. The firm employs a number of attorneys for overseas jurisdiction, patent and taxation. It is a member of the international legal networks Meritas and World Law Group.

In 2012, Campbells opens an office in the British Virgin Islands. The company expands and opens a new office in Hong Kong in January 2016.

Product & Services[edit]

Campbells provides legal expertise in the following areas:

  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Banking & Structured Finance
  • Blockchain & FinTech
  • Compliance & Regulatory
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring[3]
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Investment Funds
  • Litigation
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Real Estate & Local Practice
  • Shipping & Aviation
  • Support Services
  • Trusts

Notable clients and cases[edit]

  • ABRAAJ Investment Management Limited– acting as Cayman counsel for the joint official liquidators of AIML, the investment manager to more than 40 private equity funds forming part of the Abraaj group. At its peak AIML had US$14 billion of assets under management and was the leading private equity firm operating in emerging markets. It is considered to be the largest insolvency ever of a private equity group. Campbells are advising the JOLs on complex asset sales, the alleged misappropriation of hundreds of millions of capital contributed by investors to certain funds, claims commenced by the United States Department of Justice and the SEC as well as investors and creditors and claims that AIML has against third parties.
  • Saad Investments Company Limited – acting for the liquidation committee of SICL to advise in connection with matters arising during the liquidation of that company, including in relation to the conduct of the well-known Cayman Islands litigation brought against SICL by Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi and Brothers Company. Additionally, the liquidation encompasses litigation and claims in multiple other jurisdictions, including the United States, England & Wales, Australia and the Middle East.[4]
  • China Medical Technologies, Inc – acting for the Cayman joint official liquidators of CMED in connection with their worldwide efforts for the benefit of noteholders to recover US$630 million of which the company appears to have been defrauded.
  • Ocean Rig – acting for a significant group of noteholders in one of the world’s largest ever restructurings (and the largest judicially approved restructuring to date in the Cayman Islands). Ocean Rig UDW Inc is an international contractor of offshore deep-water drilling services. Together with three of its subsidiaries, Ocean Rig successfully sought and obtained the sanction of the Cayman Islands Grand Court for four inter-related schemes of arrangement which restructured over US$3.69 billion of New York law governed debt.
  • LDK Solar Co., Ltd – acting for the holding company and its Cayman joint provisional liquidators in respect of the successful global restructuring of the group’s US$1 billion of offshore debt involving schemes of arrangement in the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong and multiple Chapter 11 proceedings and Chapter 15 proceedings in the United States. The LDK Solar group was then one of the world’s largest manufacturers of photovoltaic products.
  • Bona Film Group Limited – acting for the joint provisional liquidators of the company, a leading film group distributor in the PRC.
  • OAS SA – acting for the OAS Group of companies in relation to two of its BVI subsidiaries in what was the largest cross-border restructuring matter in the BVI in 2015-16, involving a debtor-in-possession bankruptcy process in Brazil and a Chapter 15 process in the United States, as well as strategic litigation in the BVI. Campbells continues to advise the group in the implementation of its restructuring plan in the BVI and the Cayman Islands.
  • Arcapita Investment Holdings Limited – acting for the Cayman joint provisional liquidators of AIHL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Arcapita Bank B.S.C., a leading sharia compliant international investment bank incorporated in Bahrain, in respect of the successful cross-border restructuring of the group’s debt of US$1.3 billion through parallel provisional liquidation proceedings in the Cayman Islands and Chapter 11 proceedings in New York.
  • Palm Beach Offshore Funds and Lancelot Investors Fund – acting for the Cayman joint official liquidators of funds which had suffered total losses of their investments
  • XIO Group – acting for the private equity group XIO in a multi-billion US dollar ownership dispute with a prominent Chinese businessman which has resulted in legal proceedings in the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and the PRC and in three sets of arbitration proceedings in Hong Kong.
  • Primeo Fund – acting for HSBC and Bank of Bermuda (Cayman) Limited in a complex multi-jurisdictional claim for damages exceeding US$2 billion brought by liquidators of the Primeo Fund, a Madoff feeder fund. The claim relates to services provided by the defendants to the Primeo Fund prior to its liquidation.
  • Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund Limited (in liquidation) v. Stefan Peterson and Hans Ekstrom – acting for the former directors of the Weavering fund in successfully appealing against an order by which they had been held liable, in a landmark decision, for damages of US$111 million said to have been suffered by the fund as a result of their alleged wilful default.
  • Culross Global SPC Ltd. v. Strategic Turnaround Master Partnership Ltd – acting for the successful petitioning creditor in obtaining a winding up order against a fund in the first case in which the Privy Council considered the status of redeemed investors.


  • 2019- Asian Legal Business Offshore Client Choice List 2019.
  • 2019- Best of Brand award
  • 2019- Litigation Law Firm of the Year, Cayman Islands
  • 2019- Insolvency & Restructuring Law Firm of the Year, Cayman Islands
  • 2019- Hedge Funds Law Firm of the Year
  • 2019- Hedge Funds Law Firm, Cayman Islands
  • 2018- Top 30 Offshore Law Firms[5]
  • 2018 - Best Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year, Cayman Islands
  • 2018- GRR Top 100 Global Law Firm
  • 2017 - Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year, Cayman Islands
  • 2017 - Insolvency Law Firm of the Year, Cayman Islands

External links[edit]


  1. "Offshore Legal Experts in Cayman and BVI Law | Campbells Legal". Campbells. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  2. "Campbells Advises Abraaj Investment Management Limited On Sale To Colony Capital - - Cayman Islands". Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  3. "Insolvency 2019 Second Edition - Cayman Islands | Global Practice Guides | Chambers and Partners". Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  4. "Cayman Court Allows Interim Distributions In Saad Liquidation - Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration - Cayman Islands". Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  5. Harris, Joanne (2018-04-30). "The top 30 offshore law firms 2018: troubles in paradise". The Lawyer | Legal insight, benchmarking data and jobs. Retrieved 2019-12-10.