• very responsive and helpful
    Chambers & Partners Global Guide 2019
  • commercially minded and practical
    Chambers & Partners Global Guide 2019
  • Stephen Nelson is a trusted adviser on M&A, financing and regulatory compliance.
    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.

"I value every interaction with clients and I get satisfaction from collaborating to process complexity into business success."

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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News 2 Apr 2020

Cayman Islands Entities – COVID-19

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the various Cayman Islands government agencies have clarified the existing position with regards certain filings, granted deadline...

Insight 3 Apr 2020

Economic Substance

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Insight 13 Mar 2020

COVID-19 – impact on economic

As Coronavirus has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, many companies and other entities globally will be concerned on whether any restrictions or...

Insight 25 Feb 2020

Cayman EU Blacklist

What has happened? The Cayman Islands was added to the EU blacklist of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes (EU Blacklist) on 18 February 2020. Why has this...

Insight 31 Mar 2020

Mutual Funds Law 2020

Background The Cayman Islands has made changes to its Mutual Funds Law which came into law on 7 February 2020. These changes, implemented by the Mutual Funds (Amendment)...

Insight 31 Mar 2020

Private Funds Law 2020

We previously published an article detailing draft legislation named the Private Funds Bill which was published on 8 January 2020 (the "Bill"). The Bill was approved by the...

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