Gary is a Partner in, and leads/coordinates, the firm’s Corporate Group in the Cayman Islands. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB Honours) from the University of Sheffield in England and a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) from the University of London in England. He worked as a Private Equity/M&A attorney in England for many years before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2009 to work as a Corporate/Investment Funds attorney.
Gary's practice focuses principally on offshore investment funds formation and launch, funds investing in blockchain technology, corporate, finance, M&A, private equity, and banking. He provides Cayman Islands law advice to companies, banks, investment fund managers, in-house counsel, onshore counsel, high net worth individuals, and insurance companies to deal with day-to-day legal issues and complex, strategic matters.
Gary has given expert evidence in the United States Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York in court proceedings before Judge Robert E. Gerber relating to Cayman investment funds. He has also authored: "Investment Funds - Cayman Islands", published in the PLC Cross-Border Investment Funds Handbook, 2012; "Cayman Islands' Court of Appeal Re-affirms the Status of Segregated Portfolio Companies", published in International Corporate Rescue Vol. 9 (2012) Issue 6; "Fiduciary duties of a general partner of a Cayman exempted limited partnership", published in the PLC Global Guide for Private Equity and Venture Capital 2015/2016.
Chambers & Partners Global has ranked Gary Smith in the top tiers of Investment Funds lawyers in the Cayman Islands and he is described by sources as: "a bright guy, a team player, and a hard worker" (Chambers 2014) and appreciated for maintaining "strong client-relationships and is highly regarded by sources in North America and Asia" (Chambers 2017). "his knowledge impresses me and his creativity is very good. He is also very patient and intelligent" (Chambers 2018)