• Praised for his ability to summarise the law in a very succinct manner
    Chambers and Partners 2017
  • In two or three sentences he'll tell you what you can and cannot do.
    Chambers and Partners 2017
  • Very pleasant to deal with
    Legal 500 2018
  • Provides advice that is good, timely and comprehensive
    Legal 500 2018
  • Very knowledgeable and responsive
    Legal 500 2018
  • He is very accessible and always very quick to respond with helpful answers. He then follows this up with very detailed and substantive advice
    Chambers & Partners Global Guide 2018
  • He always has the information ready and available for us
    Chambers & Partners Global Guide 2018
  • Stephen Nelson is a trusted adviser on M&A, financing and regulatory compliance.
    Chambers & Partners Global Guide 2019
  • Sources highlight him as "very responsive and helpful," as well as "commercially minded and practical."
    Chambers & Partners Global Guide 2019

Steve is a partner practising in the investment funds and corporate & commercial departments. His practice is concentrated in investment funds and corporate finance. His clients include funds, investment managers, fund administrators, family offices, banks and financial houses, digital asset founders and digital asset funds, and early stage companies.

Steve regularly advises investment managers on fund formation, registration with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, and listing on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange. He also has extensive experience in the financing of early stage technology companies including China-based VIEs, as well as in relation to the establishment and administration of investment funds structured as unit trusts, employee benefit trusts, pension trusts and securitisation trusts.

Prior to joining Collas Crill, Steve practiced in Canada with Blake Cassels & Graydon, and before that in the State of Kuwait with Al Sarraf & Al Ruwayeh (in association with Stephenson Harwood).

Chambers and Partners, in its 2019 Global Guide, has designated Steve as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" for Cayman in the field of Corporate & Finance Law.

Admitted in:
Cayman Islands, 2007
Province of Manitoba, Canada, 2003 (not practising)
Province of Alberta, Canada, 2006 (not practising)

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With a depth of multi-jurisdictional experience our offices in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey, London and Singapore, we ensure that advice is provided in the context of other key global offshore centres and with a knowledge of the bigger, global picture. Our clients appreciate our pro-active attitude to providing sensible user-friendly advice, our accuracy and honesty in our approach to pricing matters, and our senior level involvement in all matters to ensure smooth progress and client satisfaction. In an increasingly complex, competitive and more tightly regulated market, we'll make sure your business or commercial venture reaches its full potential.

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News 22 Jan 2020

Private Funds Bill 2020

On 8 January 2020 the Cayman Islands published draft legislation named the Private Funds Bill (the 'Bill'). The Bill sets out requirements for the registration of closed...

News 19 Nov 2019

Caribbean legal directories

Collas Crill has had its BVI and Cayman offices recognised in Legal 500's Caribbean directories for 2019. The BVI office is recognised in Tier 3 for its Corporate and...

News 30 Sep 2019

Cayman Islands Data Protection Law

Overview The Data Protection Law (2017) (the 'DPL') comes into force in the Cayman Islands on 30 September 2019. The DPL will implement established data protection...

News 23 Jul 2019

SIBL Update - Cayman Islands

Entities which have been operating as "excluded persons" under the Securities Investment Business Law (SIBL) need to be aware of recent changes to SIBL requiring them to...

News 28 Jun 2019

The Financial Technology Law Review

Collas Crill's team of FinTech specialists have collaborated with several major international law firms to produce the second edition of The Financial Technology Law...

Insight 7 Jun 2019

Cayman Substance Update

New legislation came into effect on 1 January 2019 in the Cayman Islands which requires certain Cayman Islands entities ("Relevant Entities") carrying on certain activities...