Nick Cawley

Head of Private Client

Nick leads Ocorian's global Private Client services team and is chairman of several of Ocorian's regulated entities. In 2016, Nick oversaw the successful completion of the management buyout of the corporate and fiduciary services business from Bedell Group where he was Chief Executive Officer of Ocorian's business and a partner since 2005 (having joined the firm in 2004). Nick took up his new role on 1 January 2019.

During his time as CEO, Nick grew the business with four new acquisitions (in just 24 months), to extend jurisdictional coverage into the Netherlands, Luxembourg, New York, Dubai, South Africa and the Ivory Coast, and to expand Ocorian's workforce from 200 to 700 staff worldwide.

Nick is a chartered accountant and has worked in a Big 4 accounting practice (he was a partner at Ernst & Young) and for two major international banks. Throughout his career, and in addition to his management experience, Nick has been involved in a broad spectrum of corporate and private client structures involving clients based in many jurisdictions globally. 

Nick is winner of the 'Editor's Choice' award at the Citywealth IFC Awards 2015 and has been named as one of the Top most 50 Influential by Private Client Practitioner for five consecutive years; 2012-2017.

Nick has been acknowledged in the "Honours List" in the "Leading Trustees" category annually from 2012 to date in Citywealth Leaders List.

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA)
  • Fellow of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Areas of expertise
  • Leadership Team
  • Private Client
  • Family Office
  • Real Estate
  • Fund of Funds


Change of Leadership at Ocorian
2018 | 21 Nov 2018

After nearly 15 years as CEO of Ocorian (formerly Bedell Trust), Nick Cawley will stand down from his position on 31 December 2018. He will be succeeded by Stuart Layzell, who is currently Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

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Ocorian extends AMEA offering with full range of investment and expansion services
2018 | 02 Oct 2018

Following its acquisition of African and Middle East business services provider ABAX in April 2018, Ocorian launches a new package of services tailored specifically for those wishing to invest and operate into or out of the burgeoning AMEA region.

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Going Global: Ocorian announces 49 international promotions
2018 | 04 Sep 2018

As we begin another financial year, we are pleased to announce the promotion of 49 staff worldwide; ten to Director level positions.

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Ocorian completes acquisition of ABAX
2018 | 05 Apr 2018

Ocorian has completed its acquisition of ABAX Corporate Services, extending its service range and capability across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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Ocorian acquires Intruad and Intruma, extending its international corporate services across Luxembourg and into the Netherlands
2017 | 09 Oct 2017

Ocorian is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase independent affiliates Intruad Management Services, Amsterdam and Intruma Corporate Services, Luxembourg, corporate service providers of company incorporation, manage...

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Ocorian to Acquire Funds and Corporate Services Business MAS International
2017 | 18 Jul 2017

Ocorian, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase MAS International (“MAS”), an independent fund administration and corporate services provider.

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Ocorian receives Top Trust Companies Accolade
2017 | 23 May 2017

Ocorian is pleased to have been named amongst the top tier recipients of 2017 eprivateclient Top Trust companies.

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Bedell Trust wins 2016/2017 'Trust Company of the Year' award
2016 | 19 Sep 2016

Ocorian (formerly Bedell Trust) has been named 'Trust Company of the Year' at the annual STEP 2016/2017 awards ceremony.

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Bedell Trust announces completion of management buyout and wins 'Trust Company of the Year' at annual STEP awards
2016 | 15 Sep 2016

Bedell Trust, the leading award-winning provider of corporate, fund and fiduciary services, is pleased to confirm that the management buyout ("MBO") announced earlier in April 2016 has successfully received all regulatory approvals and completed on Monday 1...

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Bedell Trust is finalist in this year’s STEP Awards
2016 | 22 Jun 2016

Bedell Trust has been shortlisted in the ‘Trust Company of the Year’ category in the prestigious STEP Private Client Awards 2016/17.

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Bedell Trust CEO selected as one of the most influential for fifth time
2015 | 26 Nov 2015

Nick Cawley, partner and chief executive officer at Bedell Trust, has again been included in the list of top 50 most influential private client professionals.

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Bedell Trust shortlisted for further awards
2015 | 12 Mar 2015

Bedell Trust has been further shortlisted in the ‘Independent Trust Company of the Year’ and ‘Family Office of the Year’ categories in the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2015.

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Bedell Trust retains its position on "Most Admired" list for fifth year
2015 | 20 Feb 2015

Bedell Trust has once again been included in the coveted list of "Most Admired UK Companies" in the private wealth sector.

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Trust CEO named in influential list for fourth consecutive time
2014 | 09 Dec 2014

Nick Cawley, partner and chief executive officer at Bedell Trust, has been named among the top 50 most influential private client professionals for the fourth consecutive time.

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Trust CEO named in list of Top 50 most influential
2013 | 21 Nov 2013

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