Bio

Simon Raftopoulos is the Local Corporate Practice Group Head in the Cayman Islands and a member of the Corporate Finance and Private Equity teams.

He represents clients in a wide variety of corporate finance transactions, including private equity and fund finance, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, initial and secondary public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities. Simon also represents clients on large private equity transactions and his team has a deep PE formation and transactional presence in Cayman.

For over a decade in the Cayman Islands, Simon has provided pro bono work to the community as a whole and is a recipient of the Lee Friedman Award for his unselfish dedication and time given to the Family Resource Centre, Legal Befrienders Service.

Recognition

Simon is currently recognised by Who´s Who Legal 2021 as one of the World´s leading banking and M&A lawyers and is named in the Asia Business Law Journal’s A-List of top 50 offshore lawyers. Since 2012, he has consistently been ranked and is highly rated globally across many leading legal directories. Chambers Global reported that clients laud him for his skills and describe him as “…extremely supportive, responsive and always provides sound guidance on all manner of things” as well as being “…practical and creative.” Past Chambers Global Directories have described him as a “brilliant lawyer, with excellent and creative ideas for complex issues.” He has earned his praise within the legal industry for his “precise and definitive advice” and as a “great banking lawyer who is extremely practical.” Legal 500 2015 reported him as being “a technically brilliant global private equity head.”

Coverage & Insights

Simon participates regularly at conferences and seminars, and provides commentary to international and local media. He has been a contributing author to the Global Legal Insights Fund Finance publication since its inception. He also participated in the MandA.TV Leaderboard Interviews at the 2013 Cross Border M&A Advisor Symposium and spoke on the subject of “Trends in Offshore M&A.” In 2014, Simon received the “Finance Deal Maker of the Year Award.”

Qualifications & Education

  • Blackhall Place (Ireland)
  • University of Johannesburg (South Africa)

“[Simon] is always very responsive and gets things done in an organised and efficient process, so working with him is a real pleasure.”

Chambers & Partners
Global

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