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James Heinicke


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James is a partner in our banking and finance team in the Cayman Islands. He is the head of Ogier’s Fund Finance practice and has extensive experience on a wide range of finance and corporate matters acting for financial institutions, private equity sponsors, hedge funds and corporates. James is also a member of Ogier's Latin American team and frequently acts for clients located in the region.

Background and experience

James is an experienced transactional lawyer who manages a broad range of finance and corporate matters.

James is head of Ogier’s Fund Finance practice and part of Ogier's multi-disciplinary Private Equity team. He regularly advises lenders and borrowers on all types of fund financing matters and, in particular, has significant experience on subscription and capital call financings and fund-of-fund facilities.

James also has a very active Latin American practice and he regularly advises banks, funds and corporates located in the region on a wide range of finance, regulatory, corporate and restructuring matters. 

He frequently represents international banks and other clients on licensing applications to the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority and ongoing regulatory requirements and has extensive experience acting in connection with the acquisition, disposal and restructuring of regulated entities in the Cayman Islands.

James is also part of Ogier's multi-disciplinary Restructuring & Corporate Recovery team. He specialises in refinancing and corporate reorganisation. With a focus on non-contentious restructuring his experience includes advising stakeholders on debt to equity swaps, corporate restructuring, distressed transactions and security enforcement.

He received his Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Warwick in 2001, his Post-graduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Law School in 2002 and his Diploma in Legal Practice from Nottingham Law School in 2003.

James is a member of the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association and the Law Society of England and Wales.

Admitted in:
2009 - Cayman Islands
2005 - England and Wales (non practising)

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"The team is composed of very dedicated, experienced, and professional people, including James Heinicke and Cornelia Zhu. They always give us the best support along with the most diligent attention to our needs. The team is very well prepared to handle any situation that comes their way."

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"James Heinicke is super-easy to work with. He is professional, knowledgeable and responsive"

Chambers Global, 2024

"An excellent professional who provides fast and clarifying insights in respect to regulatory and compliance matters"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2023

"Next Generation Partner"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2023

"Very knowledgeable on legal issues and very practical in his approach"

Chambers Global, 2021

"Key Lawyer"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2023

"Next Generation Partner"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2022

"A very good communicator"

Chambers Global, 2021

"Deeply experienced corporate-finance specialist James Heinicke is one of the partners at Ogier and is very responsive to our requests, did very good work and had a clear understanding of the Cayman law issues"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2021

"Very responsive to our requests, did very good work and had a clear understanding of the Cayman law issues underpinning our transaction"

Chambers Global, 2020

"Highly skilled and experienced in the legalities of corporate structures"

Chambers Global, 2019

"Combines a masterful knowledge of his areas of expertise with the ability to break down the issues clearly for clients"

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2019

"Noted individual"

Latin Lawyer 250, 2018


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