Admitted to bar, 1986, England as a solicitor (does not practise as an English solicitor); 1998, Cayman Islands as an Attorney at law.
Education: Downing College, Cambridge University (M.A., Cantab. 1983); College of Law, Chester, England.
Member: The Law Society of England and Wales; Cayman Islands Law Society; International Bar Association.
Languages: English, French and German.
Practice Areas: Banks and Banking; Business Law; Captive Insurance; Company Law; Corporate Law; E Commerce; Mutual Funds; Commercial Law; Contracts; Capital Markets; Listing Services; Collective Investment; Mergers and Acquisitions; Divestitures; Partnership; Securities; Securitisation.
Paul Scrivener joined the firm as a partner in April 1998 and was formerly a partner with Eversheds, one of Europe’s largest law firms. He is an honours graduate in law from Cambridge University, England (Downing College). He qualified as a solicitor in England in 1986 and joined what is now the Leeds office of Eversheds. In February 2017 Paul stepped down as a Partner to take up a consulting role with the Firm.
During his eleven years with Eversheds, Paul undertook a wide range of corporate and commercial work including a large number of cross-border and UK domestic mergers and acquisitions, stock exchange listings, debt issues and joint ventures. He became an equity partner in 1991 at the age of 29. As an experienced member of Eversheds' Corporate/Commercial Department, Paul acted for a number of the firm's largest clients. In 1997 Paul and a fellow Eversheds partner led a team of more than forty lawyers in acting for Du Pont in its 3 billion dollar acquisition of ICI's heavy chemicals business. The demands and complexity of this transaction led Paul and the Eversheds team to be nominated as "Corporate Team of the Year" at the 1998 UK Legal Business Awards held in London.
Since joining Solomon Harris at its inception in 1998, Paul has undertaken a wide range of offshore corporate/commercial work but has focused in particular on hedge funds and captive insurance. He is a recognised expert in company law, hedge funds and captive insurance.
In the hedge funds area, Paul has advised countless sponsors, from small entrepreneurial managers to the largest institutions, such as Societe Generale and Lyxor, on the establishment, ongoing operation and restructuring of Cayman hedge funds. Working both as lead counsel and support to onshore counsel, Paul’s considerable knowledge and experience has enabled Solomon Harris to position itself as one of the leading hedge fund law firms.
Paul is also closely involved with the firm’s thriving insurance group where he focuses on offshore captives. His work in that area has included, preparing the constitutional documents, shareholders agreements, subscription agreements and participation agreements, advising on reinsurance agreements, reviewing letters of credit, advising on loss portfolio transfers and commutation arrangements, establishing segregated portfolio companies and portfolio insurance companies and advising on mergers of captives by statutory amalgamation. Paul also frequently attends captive board meetings and shareholder meetings.
Paul’s general corporate and commercial work at Solomon Harris includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate reorganizations where he is able to draw upon his extensive onshore and offshore experience in these areas.
Paul has acted as an expert witness as to matters of Cayman Islands law in relation to overseas legal proceedings both in the US and the UK. In this role Paul has been engaged on two occasions, once in the US and once in the UK, to act as an expert with regard to the fiduciary duties of the directors of Cayman Islands hedge funds.
Paul has been described by UK law firm analysts, Chambers Global, as follows: ‘Corporate chief Paul Scrivener spearheads the department and is “an outstanding, extraordinarily responsive lawyer,” whom clients consider to be “approachable, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.” Peers commend his wealth of experience and first-rate reputation.' Paul has also been consistently highly ranked by other leading UK law firm analysts, Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer? andIFLR 1000. In 2011 Paul was nominated as one of the world’s leading private funds lawyers and is feature in The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers 2012.
Paul is a regular contributor to various offshore legal publications and has spoken at a number of conferences. In addition to being a member of the Cayman Islands Law Society, he is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature of England and Wales and a member of the International Bar Association. Paul has also been a member of the Cayman Islands Financial Services Legislative Committee (“FSLC”), a public/private sector committee tasked with keeping Cayman Islands financial services legislation under review.