Simon Raftopoulos is group head of Private Equity and a member of the Corporate Finance team. 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, structured finance, asset securitisations and private placements of equity and debt securities. Simon also represents clients on large insurance transactions.
Prior to joining Appleby, he was an associate in the Banking and Financial Services Group of Matheson Ormsby Prentice Solicitors in Dublin.
Chambers Caribbean 2014 reported clients had this to say about Simon: “He provides really good service, and is very responsive and great when we need things done within a quick timeframe”. Simon was also recently listed in the Who’s Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers 2014 as well as the Who’s Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers 2014. He was previously listed in the 2013 Who’s Who Legal 100 in the area of Insurance & Reinsurance. Chambers Global 2013 ranked him as a ‘Leading Individual’ and its commentators reported that he ‘is always very responsive and gets things done in an organised and efficient process, so working with him is a real pleasure’. Simon was also recognised in the inaugural rankings for Insurance/Re-insurance in Legal 500 (2012) and in the 2012 Caribbean rankings, Legal 500 listed Simon as an 'experienced practitioner'.
Simon also participates regularly at conferences and seminars, and provides commentary to international and local media on the Cayman insurance industry. He recently 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 holds the Securities Institute International Capital Markets Qualification. In the Cayman Islands, Simon has also been involved in undertaking pro bono charitable work at the Family Resource Centre.