Jo Hossack

Jo Hossack 

Senior Associate | Cayman

Financial Services and Regulatory


Jo has a wide range of experience in several jurisdictions, focused on banking and finance transactions, with a particular interest in ESG and sustainable finance.

She is admitted to practise in England and Wales and the Cayman Islands.

"I am never afraid to explore a new area of law or a new client sector. I am particularly passionate about sustainability, and look forward to building a practice that reflects this. "


Jo has 13 years of experience advising corporates, financial institutions, issuers and sponsors on the financing aspects of all manner of transactions. She trained and qualified as an English solicitor before moving offshore, where she worked with two top ten firms before returning to English practice with Foot Anstey.

Her experience is varied, ranging from advising the project company on the financing of a deep geothermal well in the UK, to acting on the financing of one of the early cryptocurrency start-ups.

Work highlights include:

  • Advised the project company in the financing of a deep geothermal well in Cornwall, UK.
  • Advised the sponsor in relation to the simultaneous establishment of a US$2 billion note issuance programme and US$2 billion Sukuk programme by two Caymanian SPVs, in relation to developments in Dubai (including the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa).
  • Advised two Chinese property investment groups on Cayman and BVI elements of various note issuances, including the variation and release of security over numerous entities.
  • Advised a Ukrainian investment fund on various intra-group lending transactions, involving the negotiation of transaction documents, the grant, amendment and release of security interests and the hedging of risk.
  • Advised the founders of a leading blockchain technology company on a loan facility secured by data centres and mining hardware (as well as a subsequent refinancing).
  • Advised a major Gulf-based Islamic bank on a dual Murabaha financing to BVI companies that own large UK property portfolios.
  • Advised a well-known superyacht manufacturer on its senior facilities.


Jo trained and qualified with Norton Rose Fulbright, spending five years in its Middle East practice before making the move offshore. She spent a year in Jersey but soon missed the sunshine and made her way to the Caribbean, where she worked in the Cayman and BVI offices of a well-known firm.

In 2019 she moved back to the UK with Foot Anstey, where she regrouped, gained useful experience and developed her professional network further. Jo is listed as a recommended lawyer in Legal 500 2024.


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My services
Acquisition finance

Advising on acquisition finance is a key part of our services when acting on merger and acquisition transactions. We work with our corporate teams to provide solutions which may include conventional loans, leveraging the target, accessing capital markets, or typically, a combination of these. We act for lenders, corporates and corporate advisors.

Asset finance

We work both lender and borrower side in funding the acquisition of aircraft, ships, containers, art and other high value assets and advise on finance and operating leases, sale and leaseback transactions, jurisdiction specific transactions such as JOLCOs and the securitisation of asset receivables.

Banking and finance

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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Corporate advisory

Successfully navigating the modern global business environment, taking advantage of opportunities as they arise while avoiding legal and regulatory pitfalls, is a challenge for any entrepreneur, business or corporation.

As commercially minded lawyers committed to providing a high quality and cost-effective service we understand those challenges and, more importantly, seek to turn them into opportunities.

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Fund finance

Fund financing covers a range of financing possibilities but most commonly involves capital call or subscription facilities. It is a specialist area that requires an understanding of fund structuring, the risks involved in lending to funds and specific security requirements. Underlying relationships between investors, borrowers and lenders are key to the success of the industry. We work with lenders and borrowers to maintain these relationships at every stage of the process, with our commercial, efficient and pragmatic approach to managing transactions.

Islamic finance and structuring

Demand continues to rise for legal professionals with a strong knowledge and understanding of Shariah law concepts continues, a reflection of the growth in Islamic finance products and services for institutions and private clients. Our team of experienced finance lawyers regularly works with onshore law firms, banks, managers and service providers to assist clients in the UK, the Middle East and Asia, as well as trust and corporate service providers servicing clients in this area.

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Project finance

Our teams have been involved in some of the most innovative finance structures, including the first public-private finance initiative in Guernsey, a care home. We regularly advise housing associations on funding their projects. Internationally we work with clients on key infrastructure projects, including power stations and railway links.

Real estate finance

Real estate continues to dominate as an asset class for many investors. We have a strong track record in financing commercial real estate acquisitions, mainly in New York and the UK and the London prime market. We act for some of the key lenders in this area. Our clients include banks, funds, alternative lenders, private equity houses, private investors, hotel consortiums and family offices. Locally, we have worked on the funding of some of the most prestigious buildings in our jurisdictions.

25 Jun 2024

Podcast: On the sofa with... Ellie Crespi, Jo Hossack and Eli Han

In the first episode of their Banking & Finance podcast series, Local Managing Partner Ellie Crespi (BVI) and Senior Associate Jo Hossack (Cayman Islands) are joined on the Collas Crill sofa by Eli Han, Partner at King & Wood Mallesons (KWM, NYC)...

29 Nov 2023

Fifty billion trees in the Middle East (and what it has to do with us)

This week, the eyes of many of us around the world will be trained on Dubai as it hosts COP28. In September, the UAE Sustainable Finance Working Group put forward for consultation its proposed Principles for Sustainability-Related Disclosures for Reporti...

11 May 2023

The Caribbean Turquoise Bond

Imagine the scene. You're breathing in the clean air through the window of an electric tram on your short, subsidised morning commute from home to the centre of the city. Or perhaps you're cycling on a newly-constructed path, sheltered from the sun by a ...

15 Nov 2022

Collas Crill - ESG in Cayman

Collas Crill is working with The Chancery Lane Project to spearhead a new initiative to encourage lawyers in Cayman to incorporate climate-focused drafting in their transaction documents. The project is being led by Senior Associate in the Corporate Fin...

14 Nov 2022

Collas Crill: Legal 500 Caribbean

Collas Crill's teams in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands have received another strong set of results in the Legal 500 directory. This year the firm has moved up a tier in one practice area and maintained its position across all others. Clai...

10 Jun 2022

Green bonds: For us it's personal

A green bond is a debt finance instrument used to raise funds specifically for a "green" purpose such as a renewable energy project, a conservation program or a climate change mitigation/adaptation measure. As BVI and Cayman finance lawyers, we are keen ...

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Event 16 Nov 2022

Cayman ESG round table

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