Matthew Harkness is Counsel in the Cayman Islands Corporate practice.

Matthew advises clients across multiple sectors on a broad range of corporate transactions. In particular, he specializes in M&A (public and private) and investment fund matters (private equity and hedge). Matthew is also experienced in series financing, capital markets, restructurings and general corporate governance.

Prior to re-joining Conyers (having already worked in the firm’s BVI office), Matthew was a senior associate at another offshore law firm in the Cayman Islands, and before that, an associate at CMS and part of their UK M&A deal team.



Professional Background

  • CMS – Associate – United Kingdom
  • Conyers – Associate – British Virgin Islands
  • Mourant Ozannes – Senior Associate – Cayman Islands


  • University of Glasgow – Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – 2010
  • University of Glasgow – Diploma in Legal Practice – 2011

Bar Admissions

  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-Law, 2018
  • British Virgin Islands, Solicitor (2017) (non-practicing)
  • Scotland, Solicitor, (2013) (non-practicing)

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2024 edition (and since the 2023 edition) of The Legal 500 Caribbean (investment funds; corporate & commercial)