Martin Byers

Counsel Cayman Islands
Martin Byers
Key Lawyer Legal 500 Caribbean, 2023


Martin advises financial institutions, multinational corporations, governments, public authorities, funds, sponsors, investment managers, administrators and other service providers on regulatory and compliance matters, including all regulatory aspects of the formation, management, operation and termination of companies and investment vehicles in the Cayman Islands.
  • Background & experience

    Martin is a regulatory specialist with extensive experience advising on a wide range of matters including licensing, registration and approval requirements, reporting and information exchange obligations (including those deriving from FATCA, the Common Reporting Standard and CbCR), economic substance, beneficial ownership, sanctions, on-site compliance inspections and matters relating to anti-money laundering and combatting the financing of terrorism.

    Whilst Martin's practice focuses on the Cayman Islands, he also routinely acts on regulatory matters in the British Virgin Islands.

    Martin joined Ogier in 2021 from the regulatory practice of another leading offshore law firm. Prior to this, having trained and qualified as a UK solicitor at Slaughter and May and worked in the leveraged finance practices of two leading US law firms in London, Martin worked as a lawyer in the General Counsel's Division of the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

    Before qualifying as a lawyer, Martin worked as an analyst in the derivatives and structured finance group at Goldman Sachs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Law and Sociology from the University of Warwick, a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of London and a Master of Studies (MSt) from the University of Cambridge.

    Co-Head of the Education and Research Committee of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) in the Cayman Islands

    Admitted in:
    2019 - Cayman Islands
    2019 - British Virgin Islands
    2015 - England and Wales (non-practising)

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  • Recognition

    Key Lawyer Legal 500 Caribbean, 2023
    Key Lawyer Legal 500 Caribbean, 2022