Hayden IsbisterManaging Partner, Cayman Islands

Hayden Isbister

'I feel very confident asking Hayden for advice on any aspect of funds. I get a really good sense of the Cayman market speaking with him'

Overview

I'm the Managing Partner of our Cayman Islands office and Head of Mourant's Corporate practice in the Cayman Islands. I specialise in corporate and finance work, with an emphasis on investment funds.

I have significant experience advising a broad range of clients on the formation of all variations of investment funds as well as advising on private equity fund downstream transactions.

My corporate and commercial experience includes advising on joint venture arrangements, secondary transactions, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. I also have experience in structured finance transactions, including CLOs, and advising on fund finance, acquisition finance and general lending matters.

Prior to moving to the Cayman Islands, I worked at Minter Ellison in Australia.

Professional qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business, University of Queensland

Memberships

  • An Alternate Director of Cayman Finance

What the directories say

Sources report that Hayden is "responsive and knowledgeable," further praising his "fantastic client relationship skills.", Chambers and Partners Global, 2021. 

Sources report: "Hayden is a very knowledgeable and practical lawyer.", Chambers and Partners Global, 2021. 

"Hayden Isbister is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and personable- any client referred to him will be in good hands.", Legal 500, 2020. 

One market insider commented that he is "tremendous, extremely responsive, knowledgeable and a fund formation expert.", Chambers and Partners, 2020.

Clients laud him for being "great to work with. He is extremely personable, smart and friendly.", Chambers and Partners, 2020. 

Hayden Isbister is described as "a fantastic lawyer" who is "very good when dealing with hedge fund matters". Market commentators further note that "he has great technical ability and a very keen business sense," Chambers Global, 2019.

Legal 500, 2018, lists Hayden as a 'Leading Individual' in the Investment Funds and Corporate and Commercial categories.

Chambers and Partners Global, 2017, described Hayden as "someone who goes out of his way to make clients comfortable. He inspires confidence in clients."

'One client said "I feel very confident asking for his advice on any aspect of funds. I get a really good sense of the Cayman market by speaking with him",' Chambers and Partners Global, 2017.

'Hayden is "tireless and knowledgeable",' Legal 500 Caribbean, 2016.

'Hayden Isbister has substantial experience relating to all elements of investment fund formation, structuring and restructuring. One client said: "I feel very confident asking for his advice on any aspect of funds. I get a really good sense of the Cayman market by speaking with him",' Chambers Global, 2016.

Hayden is listed as Recommended in Legal 500 Caribbean, 2015, and is described as "outstanding – he follows up on a very timely basis and has vast knowledge of specific corporate laws".

Hayden is "highly responsive" and gives "top-notch legal advice", IFLR1000, 2015.

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Chambers & Partners

 

Recent publication | 9 February 2021

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Recent publication | 4 February 2021

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