Simon Raftopoulos

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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.

Simon is currently recognised by Who´s Who Legal 2021 as one of the world´s leading banking and M&A lawyers and named in the Asia Business Law Journal’s A-List of top 50 offshore lawyers.  He has consistently been ranked since 2012 and is highly rated globally across the leading legal directories, currently a ´market leader´ in IFLR1000’s 2021 rankings as well as a 2021 ‘leading individual’ in Legal 500. Chambers Global reported that clients laud him for his skills and describe him as “..extremely supportive, responsive and provides sound guidance on all manner of things” as well as “..practical and creative.” Past Chambers Global directories have described him as a “brilliant lawyer, with excellent and creative ideas for complex issues” earning his praise within the legal industry for his “precise and definitive” advice and a “great banking lawyer who is extremely practical”. Legal 500 2015 reports that he is the “technically brilliant” global private equity head.

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´. Simon also received the ´Finance Deal Maker of the year´ award in 2014.

In the Cayman Islands, Simon has also undertaken pro bono work for over a decade and is a recipient of the Lee Friedman award for his service to the Family Crisis Centre and the community.

EXPERTISE:

Recent transactional highlights include:

Advising Fosun International in connection with the successful USD2.billion acquisition of Ironshore Insurance.

Advising Riverstone in connection with an initial public offering of the shares of Riverstone Energy Limited on the London Stock Exchange.

A leading upstream oil and gas focused private equity firm in successfully closing its US$3.5 billion fund.

The seller, as Cayman counsel, in connection with a US$1.9 billion acquisition of Central American banking firm BAC-Credomatic by Colombian banking conglomerate Grupo Aval (subject to regulatory approval and conditions).

The investors on the US$7.6 billion restructuring of the Education Media and Publishing group which was one of the largest of its type in Irish corporate history.

A leading offshore drill rig company and certain of its Cayman subsidiaries in the acquisition and/or transfer of drilling rigs, each valued at approximately half a billion US dollars.

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 Global

Updates

25 Mar 2022

Four Appleby Partners named amongst the Top 50 Offshore Lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal

The nominations were made by professionals at a wide range of global companies and law firms.  

9 Feb 2022 | News

Appleby team off to FFA’s Global Symposium 2022

Appleby is proud to be a gold sponsor of the Global Fund Finance Association (FFA) Symposium being h...

29 Oct 2021 | Deals

Appleby Advises on LumiraDx NASDAQ Listing

Appleby has acted as Cayman counsel to LumiraDX Limited (LumiraDx) in connection with its listing on...

13 Sep 2021

Cayman Private Fund Annual Return and Related Fund Entity Deadlines Extended (Final Extension)

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority issued a notice on 10 September 2021 advising that the filing ...

24 Aug 2021

The filing deadline for private funds annual return is coming soon – are you ready?

As part of their ongoing regulatory reporting requirements, CIMA registered private funds establishe...

14 Jul 2021 | News

Recent updates of the Cayman Islands Economic Substance Regime bring certain Partnerships into scope

On 30 June 2021, the Cayman Islands Government gazetted an amendment of the ES Schedule Regulations ...

14 May 2020 | News

Anti-takeover strategies during COVID-19

The unprecedented market volatility and substantial declines in stock prices that we have witnessed ...

Publications

26 Jan 2022

Appleby contributes four chapters to Global Legal Insights – Fund Finance 2022: Cayman Islands

2021 has been an incredibly impressive year for the global subscription credit and fund finance mark...

Contributors: Georgina Pullinger
25 Jan 2022

Appleby contributes four chapters to Global Legal Insights – Fund Finance 2022

Appleby provided four chapters to the Global Legal Insights - Fund Finance 2022 Guide. The publicati...

7 Oct 2021

Regulatory Round-Up: Cayman Islands Q3 2021

Appleby Cayman’s Our latest Regulatory updates for the Cayman Islands up to Q3 2021.

27 Jan 2021

Appleby contributes four chapters to Global Legal Insights – Fund Finance 2021: Cayman Islands

The subscription credit and fund finance markets have remained relatively robust over the course of ...

31 Dec 2020

Cayman Regulatory Newsletter Q4 2020

Appleby Cayman’s third quarterly publication of the year focuses on regulatory developments, inclu...

Contributors: Peter Colegate
30 Sep 2020

Cayman Regulatory Newsletter Q3 2020

Appleby Cayman’s third quarterly publication of the year focuses on regulatory developments, inclu...

Contributors: Peter Colegate
21 Sep 2020

The role of Private Equity in economic recovery from Covid-19

Against this gloomy backdrop, we expect private equity firms and their investors to play a key role ...

21 Aug 2020

Investment Funds and ESG Investing – the Appleby perspective

In this article, we examine these trends from the perspective of our Appleby offices around the worl...

29 Jun 2020

Cayman Regulatory Newsletter Q2 2020

Appleby Cayman’s second quarterly publication of the year focuses on regulatory developments, incl...

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