Simon Thomas - Partner, Campbells Grand Cayman - Private Equity


Simon is a partner in our Corporate Department. He specialises in the establishment of private equity funds and related investment vehicles.

Simon has significant experience representing institutional investors on their alternative investments and private equity sponsors on the formation, capital raising process and ongoing operation of investment funds including private equity buyout funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, funds of funds, separate managed accounts and hedge funds. Simon joined Campbells in 2015.


  • Private equity funds
  • Hedge funds
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures

Qualifications and Admissions

  • Attorney at Law Cayman Islands, 2011
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court (England & Wales), 2005 (non-practising)
  • BPP Law School, London, Legal Practice Course, 2003
  • University of Cambridge, Law, 2002

Prior Career History

  • Travers Smith
  • Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Proskauer Rose
  • Mourant Ozannes

Recognition and Awards

Simon is ranked in Chambers and Partners as well as Legal 500.

Publications and News


  • Campbells Regulatory Update - Q4 2022.
    This quarter's Update provides an overview of the main legal developments in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands from 1 October to 31 December 2022. 
  • Campbells Regulatory Update - Q3 2022.
    This update provides an overview of the main legal developments in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands over the last quarter.


Client Advisories

  • New deregistration rules for Cayman Islands regulated funds.
    CIMA has recently issued an updated rule and regulatory procedure in respect of the cancellation of licenses or certificates of registration for regulated mutual funds and registered private funds respectively.
  • Cayman Islands and BVI Economic Substance requirements extended to Partnerships.
    In line with ongoing commitments given by the Cayman Islands, regulations came into force in the Cayman Islands on 30 June 2021, expanding the categories of entities that are now in scope for the purposes of the Economic Substance regime to all types of partnerships (including general partnerships, exempted limited partnerships and foreign limited partnerships).