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



Client Advisories

  • Amendments to the Cayman Islands Companies Act.
    The purposes of the Amendment Act is to make innovative commercial enhancements to the Companies Act; however, it has been gazetted, but is not yet in force.
  • Removal of the Cayman Islands from EU and UK AML Lists.
    Effective early February, the Cayman Islands will be removed from the Financial Action Task Force's Grey List of jurisdictions.
  • Cayman Islands removed from FATF “grey list”.
    On 27 October 2023, the Financial Action Task Force announced at its plenary in Paris that the Cayman Islands would be removed from its anti-money laundering “grey list” as the FATF has determined that the Cayman Islands AML regime now meets the international standard.
  • The Beneficial Ownership Transparency Bill, 2023.
    On 30 August 2023 the Beneficial Ownership Transparency Bill, 2023 was gazetted. The Bill has been the subject of extensive consultation with industry stakeholders, members of the public, government partners, and international entities, particularly to ensure that the existing beneficial ownership regime in the Cayman Islands is aligned with current international standards.