Ogier has announced that James Heinicke, an expert in fund financing and financial services regulation, has been named a partner in the firm’s Cayman office today.
Also strengthening the team are newly promoted corporate and funds specialists Jo Huckle and Piers Dryden, and commercial litigator Jennifer Colegate, a specialist in cross-border insolvency and restructuring, who has joined Ogier in Cayman.
James Heinicke has extensive experience in a broad variety of banking, finance and corporate matters and he regularly advises banks, financial institutions, investment funds and large corporate multinationals. He is an expert in all aspects of fund financing, with a particular emphasis on subscription line and capital call facilities acting for both lenders and fund borrowers. James also has substantial experience in Cayman Islands financial services regulation and regularly advises international banks and other financial services providers in respect of their Cayman operations. James’ practice also includes structured finance, international mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings. James was named as a “Notable Practitioner” in Chambers Global 2016 and he is often praised by clients for his commerciality and his responsiveness. He joined Ogier in 2008.
Partner and head of Ogier’s Corporate & Finance practice in Cayman Angus Davison said: “I am delighted that James will be joining the Ogier partnership in the Cayman Islands. James has been responsible for much of the growth and diversification of our fund finance and bank regulatory practices over the past two years. James’ appointment, and the addition of Tommy Touhy as an associate, is further recognition of the strong growth in our banking and finance practice in Cayman.”
Named in Chambers Global 2016 as an “Associate to Watch” and a “Notable Practitioner”, Joanne Huckle has been promoted to Managing Associate. Jo is part of Ogier’s investment funds and corporate team in the Cayman Islands. Jo advises some of the team’s most prestigious investment funds clients with regards to both open-ended and closed-ended mutual fund and private equity fund structures. Jo also has extensive experience advising on a broad range of international corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, rights issues and restructurings; notably she advised Goldman Sachs as arranger and lead manager on the issue of its first ever sukuk, which raised $500 million. Corporate clients say that Jo is “effective and responsive in the face of tight timelines, changing plans and unusual issues”. Jo joined Ogier in 2012.
Piers Dryden is a member of Ogier’s corporate and investment funds team in the Cayman Islands. Piers has extensive experience advising on corporate matters, including with respect to public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and rights issues. Piers advises local clients in the broadcasting, media and hospitality sectors and international clients, on a broad range of corporate matters. Piers also advises a number of Ogier’s investment funds clients with respect to the establishment, operation, restructuring, regulation and listing of both open-ended and private equity funds. One onshore Partner notes that Piers is “really excellent and a pleasure to work with” whilst his corporate clients consider him to be “always available, responsive and helpful”. Piers joined Ogier in 2013.
Regional Partner James Bergstrom said: “Sincere congratulations to our two new Managing Associates. Jo has been with Ogier since 2012 and Piers has been with us since 2013. Both boast a track record of excellence and dedication and have contributed to the success of our funds team. I am proud of their continued commitment to Ogier and look forward to their continued growth with us.”
Jennifer Colegate has joined the team as a Senior Associate from the Contentious Insolvency and Restructuring team at Mayer Brown Hong Kong. She has extensive experience advising on various issues arising in complex cross-border insolvencies, most notably arising from her engagement by the provisional liquidators to a number of Lehman Brothers entities in the Asia-Pacific region. Outside of Lehman Brothers, Jennifer has assisted in advising on restructurings of SIVs, RMBS vehicles and other structured products adversely affected by the financial and liquidity crises touching on a range of jurisdictions. Related to her insolvency work, Jennifer has regularly advised on matters concerning asset-tracing and recovery.
Rachael Reynolds, Ogier’s Head of Dispute Resolution in the Caribbean, said: “We are delighted to announce Jennifer’s appointment – she joins us with a strong track record in insolvency practice, as well as asset-tracing and recovery. Her arrival follows the recruitment of senior associate Paul Murphy earlier this year, and the promotion of Oliver Payne as a partner earlier this year, and demonstrates our commitment to growth in Cayman.”