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Jonathan McLean

Jonathan McLean

Partner and Head of Banking & Regulatory
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Jonathan McLean

Partner and Head of Banking & Regulatory

Jon is a Partner and Head of the Banking and Regulatory Practice Groups at Stuarts Humphries. Jon is also a member of the Specialist Investment Funds, Fintech and Local Practice Groups. 

Practice Experience

Jon has an extensive practice and advises clients on all banking, finance, licensing, regulatory, funds, fintech, corporate and commercial matters across a broad range of sectors. He also has substantial experience in local matters having advised on many aviation, real estate and shipping matters as well as major infrastructure projects in the Cayman Islands.

Jon regularly represents clients on a broad range of finance and corporate transactions including joint ventures, restructurings, public listings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, credit facilitates, secured lending, debt finance, securitisations and structured products, initial public offerings, corporate finance, capital market and other transactional work. Jon’s regulatory practice includes advising on licencing and registration, economic substance, data protection, anti-money laundering, beneficial ownership and FATCA and CRS requirements. He also regularly advises fund sponsors, fintech start-ups and other stakeholders on the structuring and formation of hedge and private equity funds and security token offerings and initial coin offerings; the day-to-day administration of funds from a Cayman Islands law perspective (including, for example, corporate governance and fiduciary duties, investor issues, matters pertaining to illiquid portfolios and portfolio transactions); the restructuring, wind-down and liquidation of funds and other entities; and the regulatory framework governing banks, trusts, virtual asset service providers, funds and their managers in the Cayman Islands. Jon’s clients include major banks and trusts, financial institutions, publicly listed and private entities, investment houses, administrators, high-net-worth individuals, fintech companies and international law firms.

Jon joined the firm in 2019 having previously worked for Kirkland and Ellis in London and other international law firms.

Jon has been recognised as a highly regarded individual in IFLR 1000 for investment funds and is a notary public in the Cayman Islands.


  • Grand Court of the Cayman Islands
  • Senior Courts of England and Wales (non-practising)


  • College of Law (LPC) - Commendation (Commercial Stream)
  • University of Birmingham (GDLS) - Commendation
  • Carleton University (BA) - Honours in Law with a concentration in Business Law

Professional Associations

  • The Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association  
  • Notary Public

Recent Publications



  • IFLR 1000: Jonathan McLean is recognised as a Highly Regarded Lawyer for Investments Funds and Financial and Corporate work.
  • Legal500: Jonathan is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Corporate & Commercial, Banking Finance and Capital Markets, Investment Funds and Real Estate practice areas. 
  • Chambers & Partners: Jonathan is an integral part of the Stuarts' Investment Funds team which is ranked in the Chambers' Global Guide; and the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency team which is ranked in the FinTech Guide. 


The term "Partner" is a title reflecting seniority in the Stuarts group of companies, it does not imply that there is a partnership in existence.