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Laura Oseland

Laura Oseland 

Associate | Cayman

Corporate, Finance & Funds

  • Laura has been confident on the negotiations and I have particularly been impressed by her ability to explain some of the more complicated clauses in the LLP agreement.
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  • It has been really helpful to have Laura's specialist advice for the LLP agreement, she has taken the time to understand our project and ensuring her advice aligns with the other documents.
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Overview

Laura is as Associate in the Corporate, Finance and Funds team in Cayman. She assists clients in developing their business when it comes to transactions or projects involving investment funds, joint ventures and corporate acquisitions and disposals.

Laura regularly works with fund managers and investors advising on a variety of corporate and funds matters, including joint ventures, fund launches, reorganisations, and the day to day operation of a fund.

"I pride myself on clear communication, strategic direction and sound commercial advice regarding corporate and funds matters."

Experience

Before moving to Cayman, Laura was a Senior Associate at Gowling WLG practicing corporate funds law working with institutional investors in the pension, real estate and insurance sectors. Working with structures that involve offshore vehicles provided Laura with the skill set to join the practice at Collas Crill in the Corporate, Finance and Funds team.

Recent fund and corporate experience includes:

  • Formation of a $20 million offshore feeder fund structured as an exempted limited partnership and registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) as a private fund with the master fund as a Delaware limited partnership. Laura's role involved the creation of the limited partnership agreement, advising on the subscription booklet from a Cayman perspective, drafting launch resolutions and preparing the private fund application to CIMA.
  • Advising several investors including a large sovereign wealth entity in relation to their investment in funds such a private equity, crypto and other digital assets by producing a red flag report with analysis of the fund documents – PPM, subscription document and proxies.
  • Lead corporate advisor on a £90m complex limited liability partnership arrangement between a council and registered social housing provider (RP) for a regeneration project in London. 

Recent governance experience includes:

  • Providing training to UK government departments on a newly created fund regarding its governance obligations.
  • Working with one of the largest pension funds in the UK (circa. £80 billion in assets under management) in respect of its trustee duties regarding the pension scheme's carbon footprint and its approach towards climate change and responsible investment strategies.
  • Regulatory advice in relation to Cayman Islands mutual funds and private funds, formation of investment advisor vehicles with registration under the Securities Investment Business Act, and day to day governance and economic substance advice relating to various Cayman Islands entities.

Background

Laura studied a degree in Law and Business Management at Keele University before undertaking the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Law. Following completion of the LPC, Laura trained at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors to obtain her qualification as a solicitor.

Laura qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2016.

Memberships

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association
  • Rotary International
  • Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Committee for Collas Crill, Cayman Islands

 

My services
Commercial Structuring & Contracts
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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 and limited liability partnerships. Our experienced team also provides commercial contracts for clients whether bespoke documents to effect specific transactions or suites of precedent documents for company service providers or offshore groups.

Corporate Advisory
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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.

Corporate Governance & Shareholder Relations
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Good corporate governance and a sound understanding of directors duties is important to companies. Regardless of size, establishing a best practice approach should be fundamental to all boards. The board of directors are responsible for ensuring the company achieves its objectives and the corporate governance framework they adhere to should underpin their accountability to the company and its members. We advise company boards in relation to both the non-contentious and contentious aspects of shareholder relations with a focus on corporate governance to prevent contentious issues arising. We have also advised both boards and activist shareholders in relation to highly contentious general meetings and associated issues arising out of investor actions.

Due-Diligence
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Our experienced team will handle the due diligence process, from initial requests for information and documentation, transitioning to the review phase, making further requisitions as necessary and producing a comprehensive due diligence report setting out key issues and areas for risk mitigation.

Investment Fund Formation
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Our uniquely diverse practice regularly assists with the establishment of both open and closed-ended fund structures. In addition to traditional private equity and real estate structures we have advised on a number of alternative and esoteric classes. We provide bespoke structuring solutions to allow our clients to build the fund they want as opposed to a generic template of the market standard. We advise clients at every step of the process, including preparing offer documents, investor negotiations, the preparation of agreements, and in the closing of transactions.

Investment Funds, Private Equity & Venture Capital
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Our fund specialists offer advice on all aspects relating to the establishment, authorisation and structuring of funds and related investment vehicles. We have particular expertise acting for emerging managers who are building their business and acting for institutional investors, including acting for private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds on joint venture and fund investments, as well as planning their internal corporate structures. We provide a highly personalised service working with our clients and their onshore counsel to build in depth relationships over the long term.

Investor-side Advisory Services
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In a world of ever-increasing accountability, we are increasingly instructed by sovereign wealth funds, ultra high net worth individuals and funds of funds to review potential investments and negotiate side-letters. We offer our clients a fast, efficient service with minimum fuss. This aspect of our practice gives us unparalleled insight of what is and is not the 'market standard'; something our clients highly appreciate.

Management and Advisory Contracts
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In addition to advising on the establishment of investment structures we advise on the drafting and interpretation of investment management and advisory mandates including performance fees and remuneration packages. Our practical yet precise approach in this highly technical area is driven by significant onshore experience. Performance related fee structures and incentives need to consider and capture the widest range of potential scenarios - our depth of expertise enables us to achieve that.

Mergers & Acquisitions
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Trustee Duties
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The duties of a trustee plays in managing the trust assets and dealing with beneficiaries not only vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but are dictated by trust agreement and its nuances, the type of trust and its specific purpose. Advising on trustee duties is a rapidly growing area given the increasingly complex legal and regulatory framework to which trustees must adhere. Importantly, trustees are becoming increasingly aware of the advantages of acting early and seeking advice on their duties – particularly in situations of potential conflict or stress. Trustees are also making more use of the courts in asking for directions or in having "momentous decisions" blessed.

Trusts & Fiduciary
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We work closely with trust and fiduciary businesses and their clients to build strong relationships based on trust, confidence and a deep understanding of their priorities and needs. We have an extensive range of experience in terms of particular products or service lines, including pensions and Shariah, and many of the team have worked in the other international off and onshore jurisdictions prominent in the world of wealth management. We have associated skills in dispute resolution, risk and regulatory, and image protection. We ensure that thought has been given to the composition of the team on every piece of work we do, and use our mix of skill and experience effectively.

Unregulated and Private Investment Structures
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Our investment practice is not simply limited to regulated investment funds. We also advise clients on a range of unregulated and private structures allowing new promoters to build a track record or investment clubs to access particular investments without incurring the time or financial cost of entering the regulatory regime. Our team's experience in this often overlooked area of the investment sector can help our clients manage regulation and plan their structures for future growth without unnecessary limitations.

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