Gina Berry

Gina Berry 

Partner | Cayman

Real Estate

  • Her expertise is really invaluable and readily available.
    Chambers and Partners
  • Her integrity is of high repute and she is highly regarded in the legal fraternity and financial services sector. Her professionalism is never in question.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Very skilled attorney who gets results for her clients.
    Legal 500
  • Gina Berry is fantastic and everyone in my industry loves to work with her.
    Chambers Global 2023
  • Really friendly and takes the time to explain the nuances of all legal matters.
    Chambers and Partners
  • Gina Berry is known as an excellent lawyer in the space of property conveyancing and one of the top lawyers locally in this area.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Gina Berry and Alistair Wade are the most responsive attorneys we have ever worked with.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Gina is exceptional in her ability to understand clients’ needs and possesses a consistent commitment to delivering on their expectations.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Gina has an outstanding track record in this space.
    Legal 500 2024
  • I have always found her very knowledgeable and easy to work with.
    Chambers Global 2023
  • Her knowledge and approach to clients is perfect.
    Chambers and Partners
  • She provides stellar service in all the transactions we have been involved with together. I cannot recommend her and her team highly enough.
    Chambers Global 2023
  • Highly professional and dependable.
    Legal 500
  • Gina Berry has a wealth of knowledge and always looks out for the best interest of the client. Her calm demeanour serves well to manage difficult situations.
    Chambers Global 2023
  • Gina is fantastic. Her in-depth knowledge and experience of the local market continues to prove a massive contribution to the success of our operation.
    Chambers Global 2024
  • Gina is a consummate professional who goes above and beyond to ensure her clients are aware of all the intricacies and details of a transaction.
    Chambers Global 2024
  • The attorney of choice for real estate matters.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Gina is very pleasant to deal with and knows her stuff.
  • The combination of local experience and relationships, along with attention to detail, proactive advice and expertise is exceptional.
    Legal 500 2024

Overview

Gina joined Collas Crill in 2020 to head the Cayman Real Estate team, bringing with her a wealth of experience.

Her name in the legal community is synonymous with the highest quality in client care. Gina’s brand of excellence is well known especially in the Cayman Islands, which she has called home for more than 20 years. She maintains an unblemished reputation for accurately getting the job done, listening to and caring for her clients, seamlessly navigating tight timelines, bringing additional value to transactions and exceeding clients’ expectations.

Experience

Gina’s breadth of experience includes conveyancing and real property law, probate and estate administration, planning and development law, corporate and commercial law. She represents many of Cayman’s “Class A” banks and also conducts a full real estate practice servicing a wide range of international and local clients.

Background

Gina believes in community involvement and is former Chair of the Human Tissue Transplant Council, a Director of the Civil Aviation Authority, a member of the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association, a past president and life member of the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens. She is also a Notary Public.

Gina is ranked in Band 2 in Chambers and Partners and recognised as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 2024.

 

 

Senior Legal Secretary/Cayman Property Specialist
Delia Bunce  
My services
Cayman real estate
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Whatever your property goals, you want personalised advice that is right for you.

We take the time to get to know you and offer discreet, practical advice that’s tailored to your needs. Our friendly, experienced team can help you with a range of property services, whether you're relocating to the Cayman Islands, moving house on island, planning to develop your property or seeking other residential or commercial property advice.

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Banking and finance
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The importance of managing risk across all types of banking and financial transactions has never been more apparent. International and multi-jurisdictional activity, particularly in emerging markets and with alternative credit providers, is driving creativity in structuring and transactions which requires a team of lawyers who know how to get the optimal results from each deal.  

At Collas Crill, our credentials are clear: with our well-established banking and finance team and some of the best known transactions both internationally and locally, there isn’t much we have not encountered.

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Structuring
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Offshore vehicles are used for a huge range of purposes either standing alone or as part of large multi-jurisdictional structures. Our highly commercial team specialises in advising clients on the most effective uses of such vehicles and their on-going operation, including normal and cellular companies as well as foundations, unit trusts, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, segregated portfolio and restricted purpose companies.  We are able to advise what jurisdiction among the "Big Four" that we advise on will best suit our client's needs and regularly advise on solvent restructuring by way of merger, consolidation, continuation or balance sheet optimisation as well as court based corporate procedures such as schemes and plans of arrangement.

Probate and estate administration
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When executors, family or friends of a deceased need to get access to assets held by their loved one, they may be asked to produce a document commonly referred to as a 'grant of probate'. A grant of probate means that an individual is given the right, by the relevant court, to deal with a deceased's estate. The deceased may have left a will or may have died intestate (without a will). It might be the case that probate has already been obtained in another jurisdiction and that a separate grant of probate needs to be obtained in Guernsey or Jersey. This can be an unfamiliar and stressful process. At Collas Crill we have many years' experience in making these types of applications. We are able to assist in simply obtaining the grant of probate, can arrange release and payment of the Channel Island assets to the relevant person, or deal with the full administration of an estate depending on your requirements.

Commercial real estate
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Our commercial property team includes some of the most highly regarded offshore commercial property lawyers. We are recognised and cited for our experience, commercial approach, exceptional service standards and ability to deliver in a fast and efficient manner. Across Guernsey, Jersey and the Cayman Islands we have been involved in many of the most significant commercial property transactions of the last decade. We handle all aspects of commercial freehold and leasehold real estate, acting for both landlord and tenant, buyer and seller. We have the experience to guide you through every stage of a transaction with absolute confidence.

Residential real estate
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Property law can be a complex, daunting and emotional experience for many individual buyers and sellers. Feeling an emotional tie to your new or prospective property, your 'home', is inevitable. When buying or selling property you need a strong, dependable team that knows the market inside and out. We offer top quality advice and successfully anticipate the unique challenges and opportunities you are likely to face. We believe that communication and responsiveness is the key to a stress-free experience which is why we're always on hand to listen, offer assistance and pick up the phone to keep you informed at every stage of a transaction.

Personal relocation
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When considering a move offshore, it's essential to seek advice from experienced advisers who know the market inside out. Our property teams regularly help newcomers to the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey in acquiring new homes and/or business premises and guiding them through the relocation process. We act for many high-net-worth individuals and high-value residents.

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Wills and estates
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Managing wealth, asset preservation, planning for succession and inheritance, and writing wills can be a complex and difficult experience. It's important to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes and that your family and/or successors are taken care of.

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11 Apr 2024

Demystifying Cayman real estate law: Off-plan property purchases

Understanding the risks involved with off-plan property purchases  Off-plan purchases can be a rewarding way to invest in real estate as the value of the property could increase between the date you agree to purchase and the date of closing. However...

28 Feb 2024

2023: Cayman property overview

2023 was another big year in the Cayman Islands for Real Estate, with figures revealing that while the number of transactions were lower than previous years, the value of transactions have increased year-on-year, explains Senior Associate Alistair Wade.&...

19 Feb 2024

Chambers Global 2024 Guide: Collas Crill's growing reputation the Caribbean is recognised

Collas Crill's rankings in the Chambers & Partners Global 2024 Guide underpin its focus on client service.The directory and client testimonials highlight the firm's growing reputation in in the Caribbean.In the Chambers dispute resolution category, t...

14 Nov 2023

Legal 500 Caribbean 2024 guide

Collas Crill's teams in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands have received a solid set of results in the latest Legal 500 directory. In the BVI the dispute resolution team has moved up to tier 3, with the Cayman corporate team being listed by Le...

18 Oct 2023

Changes to stamp duty in Cayman

In this new series of articles, Alistair Wade aims to demystify Cayman real estate law. Here he explains important changes to Stamp Duty for Caymanian buyers. Stamp Duty is a government imposed tax applicable to real estate transactions. In the context o...

12 Oct 2023

Collas Crill supports charity

Collas Crill in Cayman has had a busy Breast Cancer Awareness month so far. From Pilates, walks and runs, to Monte Carlo nights, the firm has helped to raise money for, and awareness of, breast cancer charities. On 28 September the firm's dispute resol...

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