Adam Johnson

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Adam is a Partner in the Corporate and Property practice groups at Appleby.

He has a wealth of experience across multiple disciplines, including: all aspects of commercial and residential real estate acquisition, finance, development, leasing and disposal; corporate banking; whole loan portfolio transactions; project finance; M&A; outsourcing; and other major commercial transactions.

Prior to joining Appleby, Adam was a partner at another law firm where he built a strong reputation for advising on the real estate, finance and corporate aspects of investment into and within the Cayman Islands, particularly in the hotel and tourism sector. Notably, in 2017 Adam led the legal team advising the purchaser on the largest real estate deal in the jurisdiction.

In 2021 Chambers Global ranked Adam as a Band 1 real estate lawyer, with sources praising his “outstanding reputation” and referring to him as “honestly one of the most efficient, proactive and supportive lawyers I have come across,” adding that he is “incredibly well versed in real estate law”. In previous years the directory has commended him for being “practical, insightful and creative”, an “excellent technical lawyer” and “extremely resourceful and thorough at what he does.”

In 2020, Legal 500 ranked Adam as a “Next-Generation Partner”, being described in the directory as “extremely knowledgeable, pragmatic and reassuring to deal with.” Adam is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the Cayman Islands Law Society, having been admitted as solicitor to the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 2008 (non-practicing) and as an Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands in 2015.

In addition to his legal practice, Adam leads the real estate module of the Truman Bodden Law School Professional Practice Course, gives seminars on business development strategy on behalf of the Caymanian Bar Association, and serves on the education subcommittee of the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association.

Prior to moving to the Cayman Islands, Adam practiced at Eversheds Sutherland in the UK and was senior in-house counsel at a leading financial services group.



  • University of South Wales (LLB (Hons), PgDip Legal Practice)


26 Jan 2022 | Media Statements

Appleby Real Estate team continue to dominate legal rankings in the Cayman Islands

The Appleby Cayman Real Estate team continue to prove themselves as leaders of the industry, remaini...

Contributors: Adam Johnson, Tim Swallow
4 Jun 2020 | News

Two Appleby lawyers promoted

Appleby is delighted to announce promotions in two of its practice groups. Andrew Jackson was promot...

Contributors: Andrew Jackson
1 Jun 2020

Appleby announces 2020 Senior Promotions

Leading offshore law firm Appleby has announced seven senior promotions across its BVI, Cayman Islan...

30 May 2019 | Deals

Appleby instrumental in new legal structure for real estate projects

Appleby Cayman has played a key role in obtaining planning approval for the first ever volumetric su...

Contributors: Adam Johnson


1 Jun 2022

The 2022 Cayman Islands Real Estate Guide

The Real Estate 2022 guide provides the latest legal information on the impact of disruptive technol...

Contributors: Norman Klein
13 May 2021

The 2021 Cayman Islands Real Estate Guide

The Real Estate 2021 guide provides the latest legal information on the impact of disruptive technol...

Contributors: Norman Klein
4 Sep 2020

Safe havens: Temporary relocation and residency by investment in Appleby’s jurisdictions

In this article, we examine how the digital nomad culture is evolving in our jurisdictions.

14 Jul 2020

Commercial Real Estate in the Cayman Islands: An Overview

First published by Practical Law: Corporate Real Estate Global Guide - Cayman Islands update 2020. ...

5 May 2020

The 2020 Cayman Islands Real Estate guide

This country-specific Q&A provides features information on the impact of disruptive technologies...

6 Aug 2019

Commercial Real Estate in the Cayman Islands

This Q&A published by Practical Law Real Estate Guide, gives a high level overview of the corporate ...

Contributors: Adam Johnson
13 Jun 2019

Appleby contributes Cayman Islands Real Estate chapter to Law and Practice Guide 2019

Our Cayman Islands team have contributed the Cayman Islands chapter to the Law and Practice Real Est...

Contributors: Adam Johnson

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