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Jonathan Culshaw Managing Partner

Hong Kong
+852 5806 7838
+852 6381 9868

Expertise and Professional Background

Jonathan Culshaw is the Asia Managing Partner and Global Head of Investment Funds and Regulatory. Jonathan advises on the establishment and maintenance of all types of Cayman Islands hedge, venture capital and private equity funds and the structuring of private equity portfolio acquisitions and disposals. His practice also includes providing Cayman Islands and BVI law advice on the offshore aspects of corporate transactions (mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, takeovers, listings and corporate restructurings) and on banking and finance matters, including credit and security issues. He is one of ten offshore lawyers recognised for client service in Asia by Asian Legal Business in 2017 and is ranked as a leading offshore lawyer by Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000.

Prior to joining Harneys as a partner in 2008, Jonathan trained and worked for seven years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and Hong Kong and then practiced for six years with Walkers in the Cayman Islands.


Jonathan is consistently recommended as a leading offshore funds lawyer by Chambers and Partners, IFLR 1000  and Legal 500 in their Asia Pacific rankings.  According to Chambers and Partners, Jonathan is "extremely experienced and very commercial, very sensible in his approach and commercially astute". Jonathan is also recommended as a leading offshore lawyer by Legal 500 where he is described as having "broad experience in fund matters and large corporate transactions", as well as being "commercially focused", "outstanding" and leading an "unbelievably responsive and client-minded" team.

IFLR 1000 2018: Jonathan is recognised as a "highly regarded lawyer" by IFLR 1000

Education & Admissions

College of Law Legal Practice Course 1992
​University of Bristol LLB 1991
Bar Admissions
England and Wales 1995 (not practising)
Hong Kong 1997
Cayman Islands 2001
British Virgin Islands 2009


Corporate and Commercial
Cayman Islands
Investment Funds
Asia Investment Funds
Asia Banking & Finance
Cayman Investment Funds
Cayman Corporate & Commercial
Distressed Funds


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