Craig Barley

Managing Director, The Bahamas  |  Butterfield Trust

Cayman Islands


Exotic Assets
Multinational Families


Exotic assets, alternative investments and special needs.

Enhanced Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

The opportunity of looking under the bonnet and restructuring and reviewing existing trusts for many clients and entities due to the vulnerabilities that COVID brought about.

How did you get into private client?

My legal background. I was involved in a brokerage desk for institutional foreign investors and the bank was sold to UBS. After this, I went into fixed income, which had little activity. I therefore went to private banking and met with UHNW clients, which is where I became a trust specialist.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Listen to your clients and try to understand what they are trying to achieve.

What is your favourite quote?

“Champagne, champagne. In victory you deserve it and in defeat you need it.” Winston Churchill.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Playing tennis, sailing and visiting my children in Portugal!

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

Café Matisse, in The Bahamas.