Carlos de Serpa Pimentel is a partner and Global Group Head of the Private Client and Trusts department across the Appleby Group, which was recently presented with the ‘International Legal Team of the Year 2014/15’ award at the STEP Private Client Awards ceremony.
Carlos specialises in all aspects of Cayman Islands trust law advice and trust litigation. He regularly advises trustees and ultra-high net worth individuals on the establishment, restructuring and administration of trusts, and the use of private trust companies as well as providing advice to Protectors and beneficiaries on a variety of trust related matters. He also advises on estate planning and administration of estate issues for high net worth individuals. Carlos has substantial experience in relation to Cayman Islands and BVI trust litigation matters, acting on behalf of trustees, beneficiaries and Protectors in Court proceedings. He regularly appears in Court on their behalf as counsel.
Most recently, Carlos was recognised by Chambers Global 2016 with clients describing him as having a "calm, relaxed and authoritative" working style. One source observed that "He is always highly commercially focused in his advice, as well as being very pleasant and a genuinely nice guy." The 2016 Citywealth Leaders List also noted that 'Carlos is one of the very best practitioners in the offshore world', further stating that 'if there is a solution he will find it'.
In 2015 by Chambers Global, Carlos was recognised for being one of the most well-known trust litigators on the island, and a leader in Appleby's private client and trusts department. Carlos was ranked Band 1 against other lawyers in his field and clients have said to have thought "really highly of him" and are always "very impressed with him." In addition, Citywealth Leaders List described Carlos as "one of the very best practitioners in the offshore world, widely regarded as being at the top of his game."
He was also recognised in 2014 Chambers Caribbean, where an interviewee enthused: “It is hard to find an offshore litigator with the type of trust experience that he has.” Carlos was ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ in the Chambers Global 2013, where he has been consistently since 2007. He was described as being “one of the most highly respected trust litigators on the island." He has also been described by sources as: “The shining beacon, and probably one of the most client-friendly trust partners on the island. His manner in dealing with clients and his knowledge of trusts is excellent." The 2013 Legal 500 Caribbean ranking also highly rated Carlos. Carlos was also recognised in the 2013 Citywealth 'Leaders List.' This annual list aims to highlight the best of those individuals working in the wealth management sector.
He has presented at numerous international trust conferences and is a regular contributor to trust law journals including Trusts & Trustees, Trusts & Estates and the STEP Journal. Carlos is a member of STEP and served as Chairman of STEP Cayman Islands from 2009 to 2012 and prior to that as Secretary from 2006 to 2009. He is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists, the ITPA, and the Cayman Islands Law Society. He has been a panel member of experts judging the prestigious STEP Private Client Awards since 2007.
Carlos was called to the Bar of England and Wales (now non-practising) in 1990, and practised at the Chancery Bar in London for approximately ten years in the Chambers of G.C. Vos QC, 3 Stone Buildings, Lincoln's Inn. He was called to the Cayman Islands Bar in 2001. Carlos worked for two years at Maples and Calder in the Cayman Islands, and then joined Appleby in 2003. He was called to the British Virgin Islands Bar in 2004.
Carlos speaks French and Portuguese and is currently a member of the International Bar Association.
“It is hard to find an offshore litigator with the type of trust experience that [Carlos] has.”