Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Led by restructuring and insolvency expert Adam Crane, the Baker & Partners (Cayman) Limited dispute resolution team has considerable experience in property litigation, trusts and employment matters.
Boutique firm Claritas was founded in May 2022 by regulatory and financial crime specialist Elisabeth Lees and Katie Pearson, who is ‘a Magic Circle-standard litigator’ and now heads the practice, notably concentrating her capabilities on fraud issues, asset tracing work and shareholder disputes.

Dispute resolution in Cayman Islands

Maples Group

Maples Group‘s team of highly experienced practitioners routinely handles complex cross-border litigation, representing clients in high-profile insolvencies, investment fund disputes, fraud and asset tracing cases, and contentious restructurings. James Eldridge‘s ‘unmatched legal knowledge in both litigation and contentious non-litigation restructurings’ is sought out by financial institutions, investors and insolvency officeholders, while Caroline Moran is a seasoned litigator who regularly advises debtors and key stakeholders in financially distressed circumstances and handles financial services disputes; the pair jointly lead the practice. Luke Stockdale is noted for his expertise in fraud and asset tracing issues, shareholder disputes and arbitration proceedings, while Nick Herrodexcels at complex fund and structured finance restructurings’. Quentin Cregan‘s ‘very good tactical judgement’ is evidenced in his work, which has spanned high-profile fund disputes and winding-up proceedings, SPAC disputes, and crypto-related asset seizures. Of counsel Malachi Sweetman and associate Tiana Ritchie are also key players in the insolvency and restructuring area, while Adam Huckle has been active in several notable cross-border restructurings.

Practice head(s):

James Eldridge; Caroline Moran

Other key lawyers:

Luke Stockdale; Nick Herrod; Adam Hackle: Quentin Cregan; Malachi Sweetman; Tiana Ritchie


‘The disputes resolution practice as a whole from top to bottom is extremely knowledgeable. The group has strong leaders and impressive up and coming members. Collectively they are one of the best, if not the best, in the Cayman Islands.’

‘James Eldridge – best restructuring lawyer in Cayman. A tenacious bulldog – aggressive and experienced, with unmatched legal knowledge in both litigation and contentious non-litigation restructurings. Works hard to find the best solution for his clients without fighting if possible, but absolutely unafraid to litigate if that’s required to vindicate his client’s interests. James is one of the best.’

‘Caroline Moran – Very knowledgeable. Great communicator.’

‘Malachi Sweetman – Very knowledgeable. Up and coming star.’

‘Nick Herrod – an excellent lawyer, with significant structured finance expertise. Great to work with on the range of restructurings, but really excels at complex fund or structured finance restructurings. Very hard worker and very knowledgeable, both as to the law and the practical commercial issues that arise in every restructuring.’

‘The Maples team has gone from strength to strength in recent years, certainly mixing it with the top boutique BVI outfits now.’

‘Tiana Ritchie stands out as an associate in the group and she is definitely on the “up and coming” list. Very knowledgeable and responsive, works hard and supports the team effectively. We enjoy working with her and think she has a bright future.’

‘Quentin Cregan provides digestible, reasoned and sound advice. Attention to detail is impeccable and knowledge of law and surrounding areas is solid.’

Key clients

China Evergrande Group

Rockley Photonics Holdings Limited

Uphold Ltd

Pioneer Merger Corp.

VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings II

Traded Life Policies Fun

Cowan v Equis Special LP

New Silk Route Advisors LP

Work highlights

  • Advised China Evergrande Group as offshore counsel. Engaged to advise on the restructuring of the group.
  • Advised Katerra Inc. and its subsidiaries in relation to Cayman Islands law matters in connection with the group’s Chapter 11 proceedings and subsequent plan of liquidation.
  • Advised on all aspects of the s.238 fair value appraisal proceeding arising from its recent privatisation and delisting from the NYSE.


Fielding the largest insolvency and dispute resolution practice in the Cayman Islands and with offices in 10 jurisdictions, Walkers stands out in the market for the ‘consistent and impeccable quality of the teams in each location’, which routinely represents clients in complex dispute resolution including asset recovery, restructuring and insolvency matters. Spearheaded by cross-border restructuring expert Neil Lupton and specialist in corporate recovery Matthew Goucke, the team regularly handles high-profile restructurings, trust litigation and multi-jurisdictional liquidations. International commercial disputes and arbitrations specialist Nick Dunne regularly handles high-value cross-border cases before the Grand Court and the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, while Shelley White is a ‘highly persuasive advocate’ who specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. Rupert Bell’s capabilities are concentrated on high-profile and cross-border insolvency cases, as well as fraud and asset tracing matters, while Barnaby Gowrie is a key player in international contentious restructuring work. Peter Kendall is recommended for cross-border insolvency mandates, while Fiona MacAdam focuses on debt restructuring matters. Siobhan Sheridan is the key name at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Neil Lupton; Matthew Goucke

Other key lawyers:

Nick Dunne; Barnaby Gowrie; Shelley White; Rupert Bell; Peter Kendall; Fiona MacAdam; Siobhan Sheridan


‘I highly recommend Walkers. With a team of seasoned partners, the firm offers unparalleled expertise, ensuring comprehensive and top-tier assistance. Their responsiveness and prompt communication showcases their dedication to client needs.’

‘The Walkers team represent the benchmark for the industry and stand toe-to-toe with others. They have an excellent partner group lead by Neil Lupton who is part of a rarefied class of practitioner and as a team go the extra distance for the client.’

‘Fantastic and detailed knowledge of Cayman Islands law and, in particular, in the person of Nick Dunne, the lead partner, experience combined with fabulous judgement. Incredibly hard-working team at every level.’

‘Walkers provides strategic commercial insights and aligns legal strategies with the ultimate objectives. This approach, combined with their commitment to tailored engagement staffing, provides personalised and effective solutions.’

‘I have worked for many years with Rupert Bell. Rupert’s exceptional combination of thorough and prompt advice makes him an invaluable asset. His deep understanding of the legal landscape, coupled with his commitment to delivering comprehensive guidance, ensures accurate and well-rounded advice. Rupert’s responsiveness is truly commendable, as he consistently provides timely advice without compromising on quality.’

‘Walkers are a dream to work with. They are responsive, highly knowledgeable, and will fight hard for the client.’

‘Nick Dunne is the man you want beside you in a war. Even in the most difficult and complex cases, he always keeps his cool and gets on with the job.’

‘A wonderfully broad team with deep experience across the full gamut of the offshore world. Focusing on their client’s needs enables the firm to offer tailor-made teams appropriate for the specifics of any matter.’

Key clients

Alvarez & Marsal (Cayman Islands) Limited

Apollo Management International LLP

Asia Cement Corporation

Credit Suisse AG

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Deutsche Bank (Luxembourg) S.A.

Herald Fund SPC

FFP (Cayman) Limited

FTI Consulting (Cayman) Ltd.

FTX Trading Ltd. and 101 affiliated debtors

Grant Thornton Specialist Services (Cayman) Limited

The LATAM Airlines group

Maso Capital Investments Limited

PwC Corporate Finance & Recovery (Cayman) Limited

R&H Restructuring (Cayman) Ltd.

Teneo (Cayman) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for LATAM Airlines group on its restructuring.
  • Acted as Cayman and BVI legal counsel to FTX Trading Ltd and 101 affiliated debtors.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands legal counsel to Oriente Group Limited in respect of its successful petition for the appointment of its restructuring officers.


Appleby‘s ‘outstanding disputes practice’ represents clients in large and high-profile disputes in Cayman, including equitable winding proceedings involving Cayman hedge funds and companies, and serious allegations of fraud and conspiracy. The dispute resolution practice is jointly led by Sebastian Said, a ‘standout’ player in international commercial litigation; and Tony Heaver-Wren, who is noted for his expertise in contentious insolvencies and restructurings involving digital assets, and for handling appraisal claim proceedings on behalf of dissenting shareholders. Ulrich Payne is sought out by investment banks, financial institutions and international corporate groups for his success in managing cross-border high-value asset recovery efforts, insolvency proceedings, and multi-billion-dollar international arbitration proceedings, while David Lee handles big-ticket winding up proceedings in relation to investment funds. Head of the merger disputes practice Andrew Jackson is a specialist in appraisal actions, and counsel David Lewis-Hall is also recommended. Peter McMaster KC retired.

Practice head(s):

Tony Heaver-Wren; Sebastian Said

Other key lawyers:

Ulrich Payne; David Lee; Andrew Jackson; David Lewis-Hall


‘Appleby offers an outstanding litigation service in the Cayman Islands. It has a strong team culture, with all members being highly committed and detail-oriented. This has led to Appleby building an extremely successful practice, which is now increasingly prominent in major Cayman litigation.’

‘Tony Heaver-Wren has been assisting us on litigation – he is attentive, dedicates an appropriate amount of time working on the matter and is a good communicator when trying to work through discrete/nuanced issues.’

‘The stand-out partner is Sebastian Said. He is a former barrister in London, with truly outstanding technical skills and an unmatched work ethic. He is also a fluent and persuasive advocate. Sebastian is destined to be one of the stars of litigation in the Cayman Islands and wider region for many years to come. Tony Heaver-Wren is another strong partner, who has excellent commercial nous.’

‘The Dispute Resolution Practice at Appleby has excellent knowledge of the financial services industry which is very commercial and practical. The Team has significant depth in terms of subject matter expertise. The Team is diverse, collegiate and professional.’

‘David Lee has provided an innovative solution to a barrier to bringing a suit that has been successful in enabling the litigation to be brought. David Lewis Hall brings a practical and thoughtful approach to managing the relationships between diverse parties.’

‘We have worked extensively with David Lee and David Lewis-Hall, both of whom are outstanding lawyers and excellent team players. We have worked on an exceptionally challenging case and they have always been good humoured.’

‘David Lee has mastered complex facts and applied innovative strategies to achieve the right outcome. The other standout member of the team is David Lewis-Hall.’

‘An outstanding disputes practice. Attention to detail, availability and going the extra mile for the client are second to none.’

Key clients

China National Building Material Co Ltd

Cayman Shores Development Ltd and Palm Sunshine Ltd

Ennismore Fund Management Ltd.

The Joint Official Liquidators of Global Fidelity Bank

The Liquidation Committee of Direct Lending Income Feeder Fund

The Joint Official Liquidators of AquaPoint LP

Shinsun Holdings (Group) Co., Ltd.

Maso Capital Partners


Campbells has a leading role in handling cross-border investment fund litigation, shareholder disputes and Ponzi scheme lawsuits, as well as just and equitable winding up petitions, an area in which Liam Faulkner and Guy Cowan have recently been active. Faulkner’s expertise is also utilised in shareholder and investment fund disputes, while commercial litigation and international arbitration specialist Andrew Pullinger is regarded as an ‘energetic and committed’ lawyer. Guy Manning leads the litigation, insolvency and restructuring team, while Mark Goodman specialises in distressed and failed investment fund litigation. Paul Kennedy is noted for his engagement in fraud and asset recovery matters, while Hamid Khanbhai regularly handles cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Guy Manning

Other key lawyers:

Mark Goodman; Guy Cowan; Andrew Pullinger; Liam Faulkner; Paul Kennedy; Hamid Khanbhai


‘One of the largest litigation teams in the jurisdiction and with real strength in depth across all levels of seniority, this is a go-to litigation practice. Talented, imaginative and committed lawyers work tirelessly for client-focused outcomes. Across all legal developments the team is also highly commercial.’

‘Andrew Pullinger is an outstanding lawyer who leads a team from the front. Bright, energetic and committed to his clients he has sound judgment. A first rate lawyer.’

‘Liam Faulkner is a stand out partner with a calm, reserved manner that inspires confidence.’

‘Hamid Khanbhai is an amazingly gifted lawyer who is set for a very bright future indeed in the partnership.’

‘Mark Goodman – one of the best litigators in Cayman, hands down. Unparalleled ability to match legal nous with commercialism.’

‘Great team and excellent overall knowledge of insolvency and commercial disputes.’

‘Guy Cowan is responsive and smart.’

Key clients

Maso Capital Investments Limited

HSBC Securities Services (Luxembourg)

BDO Cayman

Valley Health System

Grant Thornton

Far Peak Acquisition Corporation

LOPAG Trust Reg. and Admintrust Verwaltungsanstalt as trustees of the Lake Cauma Trust


Carlyle Asia Investment Advisors Limited/Safari Group Holdings Limited /Safari Group CB Holdings Limited

Intertrust Corporate Services (Cayman) Limited

RH Restructuring



Work highlights

  • Acted as Cayman counsel to the joint voluntary liquidators of Kuwait LBO Fund, L.P.
  • Represented the Upper Brook Funds and the Libyan Sovereign Wealth fund, the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), as lead counsel in long-running litigation with the former investment manager of the Upper Brook Funds; Palladyne International Asset Management B.V. and related asset recovery efforts.
  • Acted as Cayman counsel to the JOLs of Ascentra, a holding company of a large corporate group whose primary business was involved in cross-border e-commerce in which products were sold to the Asian Market via a network of members.

Carey Olsen

Carey Olsen’s global litigation team routinely handles multi-jurisdictional disputes spanning general commercial litigation, contentious trust and estate disputes, fraud claims and big-ticket liquidations. The practice is led by insolvency and restructuring specialist Sam Dawson, who is particularly noted for his experience in financial services litigation, while Peter Sherwood is a ‘formidable’ adviser with a keen focus on insolvency litigation. Denis Olarou is noted for his broad experience in insolvency proceedings, fraud litigation and international arbitrations, while Bernadette Carey frequently appears before the Grand Court in multi-party trust disputes, estate litigation and other cross-border private client disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sam Dawson

Other key lawyers:

Denis Olarou; Bernadette Carey; Peter Sherwood


‘This is a very well run, dynamic litigation team. They are market leaders in dispute resolution in the Cayman Islands. This is because the team is knowledgeable, efficient and pragmatic, and client-focused in everything they do.’

‘Sam Dawson leads the practice. Immensely experienced, calm and collaborative. He is the safest pair of dispute resolution hands on the island.’

‘Bernadette Carey displays a depth of understanding of what makes a first-class trust and estate litigator that is rare to find. She displays the sensitivity and charm that makes her the very best in the field. She is very much liked and admired in the trust world both in Cayman and internationally.’

‘Sam Dawson and Denis Olarou – Excellent lawyers and strategists.’

‘Sam Dawson is great at overseeing a team to deal with substantial and complex cases and brilliant with clients. He is held in high regard by his colleagues in many firms. Peter Sherwood is a formidable lawyer and also good at managing substantial and complex litigation.’

‘Carey Olsen has risen in the list of Cayman attorneys you would want to instruct if involved in a trust or estate dispute. The rise has been largely attributable to the drive and enthusiasm of partner Bernadette Carey.’

‘Peter Sherwood – very hardworking with an excellent legal mind. Peter is great to work with, forms part of the team and gets stuck in on matters, always adding value and providing clear guidance.’

Key clients

China Shansui Cement Group Limited

Babel Holding Limited

ECM Straits Fund I, LP

Ad Hoc Group of Holders of Notes issued by Logan Group Company Limited

Al Nahla Group

Savanah Energy Investments Limited



MBC Group Holdings Limited

San Miguel Holdings Corp.


Grant Thornton

Alvarez and Marsal


Burlington Loan Management / Davidson Kemper


FTI Consulting

Catalyst Investment Management Company

EFG Bank

Daiwa Capital Markets

Rawlinson & Hunter

Genesis Trust & Corporate Services Ltd

Ritchie Capital Management LLC

Oasis Capital Management

T.Rowe Price

Work highlights

  • Advised the Joint Official Liquidators of Abraaj Holdings (PwC) in proceedings concerning payments totalling $300m made prior to the appointment of JOLs in June 2018, at a time when Abraaj Holdings was already insolvent.
  • Acting for China Shanshui Cement Group Limited in the long-running and high-profile just and equitable winding up proceedings in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
  • Acted for a group of dissenters in the management buyout of 51job, Inc., in a merger valued at approximately $4.3bn.


Led by Jonathon Milne and Erik Bodden, Conyers’ dispute resolution practice handles a wide range of high-value and cross-border disputes, with Bodden regularly appearing before the Privy Council, Cayman Islands Court of Appeal and the Grand Court. Praised for his  ‘incredible work ethic coupled with a sharp legal mind’, Milne is routinely instructed by clients on high-value liquidation proceedings. Newly promoted partner Spencer Vickers and counsel Alecia Johns are also highly recommended. Former group head Alex Potts KC departed to 4 Pump Court in mid-2023.

Practice head(s):

Erik Bodden; Jonathon Milne

Other key lawyers:

Spencer Vickers; Alecia Johns


‘Sharp, prompt and succinct as they are in their advice and submissions, they do not rest on the laurels of their overflowing technical capabilities but mix it up with generous doses of hard work and round-the-clock responsiveness.’

‘Jonathon Milne – incredible work ethic coupled with a sharp legal mind.’

‘Strong team of talented litigators. Responsive and creative with a focus on providing practical and solution-driven advice. One of our go-to firms on island with close connectivity to their Hong Kong practice which is critical when dealing with cross-border work in the jurisdictions.’

‘Jonathon Milne is a very intelligent and diligent practitioner.’

‘I work mostly with Erik Bodden and Jonathon Milne, both of which are first-class lawyers and who provide timely, commercial legal advice.’

Key clients

Agricultural Development Fund Limited

Joint Provisional Liquidators of Seahawk China Dynamic Fund

Joint Liquidators of Stanford International Bank

Access Industries Holdings LLC and AI Autoparts LLC

Colours Caribbean

Joint Official Liquidators of Lung Ming Mining Co., Ltd

PJSC National Bank Trust and PJSC Otkritie Financial Corporation

Midland Acres

Joy Union Holdings Limited and Charming China Limited

Touradji Capital Management LP

Augusta Health Care, Inc

Work highlights

  • Obtained leave to appeal to the Privy Council on behalf of Limited for a final determination of the correct statutory and constitutional interpretation of sections 233(7) and 238 of the Cayman Islands’ Companies Act.
  • Acted on behalf of Colours Caribbean before the Grand Court and Court of Appeal in successful proceedings to confirm the constitutionality of the legal protection extended to the LGBTQ+ community in respect of their private and family life.


With expertise spanning restructuring and insolvency issues, fraud and valuation disputes, and fair-value disputes, Ogier fields a team of seasoned practitioners including Cayman dispute resolution head Jennifer Fox; global dispute resolution head Marc Kish, who handles international insolvency, restructuring and financial services disputes; and head of the trust disputes practice Rachael Reynolds KC. Christopher Levers‘ capabilities are notably focused on restructuring and insolvency proceedings, and high-value commercial litigation with a cross-border element, while Gemma Lardner‘s expertise ranges from handling distressed fund and private equity disputes to issues involving distressed digital assets, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Counsel Deborah Barker Roye‘s expertise in contentious trust and estate matters is also noteworthy.

Practice head(s):

Marc Kish; Jennifer Fox; Rachael Reynolds KC

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Levers; Gemma Lardner; Deborah Barker Roye


‘Ogier’s Cayman Disputes Resolution Team are exceptional. A high-class team from top to bottom, that is hugely experienced and on the cutting edge of commercial disputes, civil fraud, insolvency and trusts. They have seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of local law and practice, and great knowledge of and feel for the individual judges.’

‘Ogier’s global dispute resolution practice is headed by Marc Kish from the Cayman office and it is easy to see why. Marc is a precise and devastating litigator and is incredibly effective in marshalling and driving forward global pieces of work.’

‘Rachael Reynolds KC is Cayman’s star litigator, whose reputation extends far beyond the shores of the Islands. In a major multi-party matter there will be a rush to her door before one of the other parties instructs her.’

‘Christopher Levers – an absolutely brilliant lawyer. Seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of local law and practice, and great feel for what the court will and will not (want to) do. A great tactician. Very easy to work with.’

‘Size of the team and the successful interplay between the team members is clear to see and the benefits of this strong workforce is shown in the quality of the firm’s work.’

‘Every single one of the team, from paralegals to partners, has been great. They’ve been creative, hard working, user friendly and always on point with strategic decisions.’

‘Marc Kish is smart, tactical and very commercial. Christopher Levers has a wealth of experience of the local judges, has good strategic vision, and sound judgment.’

‘An exceptional team which benefits from the integrated and international approach of Ogier’s global organisation of its practice (which is a very joined up approach). Having Rachael Reynolds KC, Senior Partner, heading the practice makes it stand out in the Cayman firmament.’

Key clients

Tianrui (International) Holding Company Limited

FamilyMart China Holding Co

Credit Suisse AG and Credit Suisse London Nominees Ltd

Kuwait Ports Authority and The Public Institution for Social Security

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Gol Linhas Aereas S.A.

Global Cord Blood Corporation

Telford Offshore Holdings Limited and Telford Offshore Limited

Three Arrows Capital Ltd

Waterwood O2O Project Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fund IV’s conflict director, Litigation Committee and the Investors’ Council, dealing with numerous contentious aspects of the fallout from the collapse of the Abraaj Group.
  • Acted as Cayman counsel to KPA and PIFSS, advising on all relevant Cayman Islands law issues including proceedings before the Cayman courts as the limited partners in the Port Fund seek redress for the various frauds perpetrated against the Fund.
  • Acted for Raiffeisen Bank International AG with respect to claims under the Fraudulent Dispositions Act and in the tort of unlawful means conspiracy against a number of entities in relation to repayment of various loans pursuant to a guarantee provided by the former topco of the MFC Group.

Collas Crill

Recognised for its 'excellent strength in depth and ability to take on complex, high-value, multi-jurisdictional cases', Collas Crill‘s practice continues to act in high-profile and complex multi-jurisdictional insolvencies and restructurings. Widely regarded for his expertise in high-value shareholder merger appraisal litigation, especially against multi-billion dollar Chinese companies, Rocco Cecere routinely appears before the Court of Appeal. Matthew Dors is particularly noted for representing liquidators and stakeholders in contentious insolvencies and restructurings, while Jennifer Colegate regularly handles cross-border workouts and liquidations. Office managing partner Stephen Leontsinis leads the department and is active in multi-jurisdictional liquidations; he also leads the arbitration practice.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Leontsinis

Other key lawyers:

Rocco Cecere; Matthew Dors; Jennifer Colegate


‘Excellent strength in depth and ability to take on complex, high value, multi-jurisdictional cases. Fantastically responsive and reliable, giving you complete confidence.’

‘Stephen Leontsinis is a fantastic leader of his team, a great advocate for the firm, and an excellent technician.’

‘Rocco Cecere is a star – the best in the business when it comes to s. 238 proceedings in the Cayman Islands.’

‘Matthew Dors is one of the best advocates in Cayman. His ability to react and re-formulate arguments to combat opponents, on his feet is something i haven’t seen other lawyers do.’

‘Collas Crill stand outs in terms of sophistication, clarity of purpose and efficient work product in the Cayman litigation contact.’

‘Rocco Cecere is the most knowledgeable lawyer in the Cayman Islands when it comes to s. 238 litigation in particular and he is also the most pleasant, reliable, ethical and user-friendly person to work with, so for us there really is no alternative.’

‘Stephen Leontsinis is superb – the best litigator in Cayman.’

Key clients

Interpath (formerly Kalo Advisors)

FTI Consulting

Ernst & Young

FourWorld Capital Management

RH Restructuring (Cayman) Limited

Elliott Advisors

Millennium Management LLC

Bank of New York Mellon

Development Specialists Inc,

Athos Capital Limited

Cooley LLP

HBK Fund


Alpine Partners

Palliser Capital Master Fund Ltd

Corbin Capital

QVT Family Office

Kite Lake Capital

Boothbay Capital

Hudson Bay Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for Royal Park Investments as the assignee of claim rights of the structured credit portfolio of Fortis Bank, in a $5bn claim against certain Standard & Poor’s entities for loss suffered as a result of fraudulent credit ratings being ascribed to certain collaterised debt obligations.
  • Advised sovereign wealth fund GIC Private Limited, as a creditor pursuing a $190m claim against a gas exploration company and the guarantor of a convertible bond.
  • Acted for a group of private equity funds in a merger appraisal case against, following’s $8.7bn take private deal.


Providing ‘legally robust advice that is also grounded in sound commerciality’, Harneys houses a team of seasoned practitioners including managing partner Nick Hoffman, who has recently led on several notable Asian disputes and restructuring cases in Cayman; and cross-border commercial litigation and asset recovery specialist Andrew Johnstone, who leads the litigation, insolvency and restructuring group. With strong experience in trust disputes and multi-jurisdictional asset recovery actions, Jessica Williams is also highly recommended, while Paul Smith concentrates on company disputes, financial services litigation, insolvency and restructuring work, and fraud and asset tracing claims. Gráinne King was recently promoted to the partnership, and Anya Allen is a key name at senior associate level. Ben Hobden joined the group in mid-2023 from Forbes Hare, adding further contentious restructuring expertise.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Johnstone

Other key lawyers:

Nick Hoffman; Jessica Williams; Paul Smith; Gráinne King; Anya Allen; Ben Hobden


‘They give legally robust advice that is also grounded in sound commerciality.’

‘Andrew Johnstone is exceptional. A really solid advocate, strong on the law, commercial, user friendly.’

‘Nick Hoffman and Gráinne King are brilliant and go the extra mile to ensure we get sound and timely advice.’

‘Team is very approachable, provides practical and useful advice. They find the right balance between following strict legal principle and yet still commercial. Excellent diverse team.’

‘Gráinne King, Jessica Williams and Paul Smith are all excellent lawyers that I would revert to for practical and commercial advice.’

‘Direct and substantive advice; they get right to the heart of the issues and don’t faff around with disclaimers and boiler plate statements and overly caveated advice.’

‘A deep knowledge of the offshore funds industry, rooted in fiduciary work but now with a compelling history of Cayman and BVI dispute work, especially in the insolvency context.’

‘Gráinne King (Partner, Cayman) has a terrific “bedside manner”, communicating clearly and being mindful of the details of the matter at hand, while not being afraid to face realities. Gráinne is very approachable and responsive, as well as retaining a comprehensive knowledge of the case.’

Key clients

Luckin Coffee Inc.,

China Evergrande

New Frontier Health Corporation

Seahawk China Dynamic Fund

Sina Corporation

Kaisa Group Holdings Limited

Orient TM Ruibo Limited

Oakwise Value Fund SPC

Nebula (Cayman) Limited

Citicorp International Limited

Joint Official Liquidators of the Saad Investments Finance Company

Iraq Telecom Limited

Axiom Legal Financing Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted as Cayman counsel to Luckin Coffee Inc. in connection with provisional liquidation proceedings in Cayman and the holistic restructuring of Luckin Coffee’s liabilities.
  • Acted for the ad hoc group of bondholders in relation to the circa $19bn restructuring of China Evergrande’s offshore liabilities.
  • Represented New Frontier Health Corporation in proceedings to determine the fair value of shares under section 238 of the Companies Act.

Kobre & Kim

Boutique firm Kobre & Kim's 'true standout is its pragmatism and creativity to find a way to get to yes'. Team head Peter Tyers-Smith is noted for acting for and against large international corporations, institutional investors, sovereign states, investment managers and court-appointed officeholders in complex national and international disputes involving allegations of grave financial misconduct, dishonesty and breaches of fiduciary duty. Jalil Asif KC handles high-value, cross-border shareholder, partnership, commercial and insolvency disputes with a Caribbean nexus. Known for her expertise in fraud and asset tracing work and joint venture disputes, Ilona Groark is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Tyers-Smith

Other key lawyers:

Jalil Asif KC; Ilona Groark


‘The team is very responsive, creative and cool under pressure. I’ve had the pleasure of working with them in some very difficult situations and they are great to work with.’

‘The true standout is its pragmatism and creativity to find a way to get to yes.’

‘Peter Tyers-Smith. Responsive, creative and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Point Investments, Ltd.

Skatteforvaltningen (Danish Ministry of Customs and Taxation)

Port Link GP Ltd.

Marble Ridge Master Fund LP.

Lavle Holdings Inc.

Certain investors into Series 8 of the Global Fixed Income Fund Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for FFP in its role as court-appointed receivers and independent directors of various entities associated with XiO Fund I LP. The entities and their former principals were implicated in very complex multi-party arbitration and litigation in several jurisdictions involving allegations of fraud and misconduct.
  • Acted for Bermuda-registered investment vehicle Point Investments and its Court-appointed liquidators in various cross-border asset preservation and recovery proceedings and investigations.
  • Acted for SKAT, the Customs and Tax Administration of the Kingdom of Denmark, in seeking the Court-mandated production of documentary evidence in Cayman and BVI for use in the multi-district litigation proceeding in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against hundreds of Defendants involved in perpetrating the globally publicised $2bn “cum-ex” dividend withholding tax fraud against SKAT.


Mourant provides a comprehensive service on distressed fund disputes, commercial litigation, and insolvency and restructuring matters, while also regularly handling g s.238 valuation disputes. The highly experienced Peter Hayden handles a varied spectrum of contentious issues, regularly appearing before the Grand Court and the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, while Simon Dickson has considerable experience in fund disputes, insurance-related matters, insolvencies and restructurings. Practice head Nicholas Fox has recently been active in cryptocurrency work, and has led several winding-up petitions involving cryptocurrency investment funds. Hector Robinson KC is the key contact in the practice for contentious private client work, and Jonathan Moffatt is noted for acting in shareholder disputes and liquidations. Insolvency and commercial litigation expert Christopher Harlowe, who divides his time between Cayman and London, is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Fox

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hayden; Simon Dickson; Christopher Harlowe; Hector Robinson KC; Jonathan Moffatt; Luke Burgess-Shannon; Jessica Vickers


‘Mourant is consistent in their delivery of timely, well-thought-through, practical legal advice tailored to the needs of us and our client whilst being commercially sensitive.’

‘Nicholas Fox and Luke Burgess-Shannon are two highly skilled Cayman counsels who have mastered the art of case handling. Their ability to keep their client in the know on highly time sensitive matters whilst going above and beyond to meet impossible deadlines is praiseworthy.’

‘Jessica Vickers is excellent and always over the detail. Nicholas Fox is approachable, commercial and always available.’

‘Very practical and clear advice provided on time and without fuss. Also enjoyable to work with.’

Key clients

Cable & Wireless (Cayman Islands) Limited

Ad Hoc Committee of OneTradex

Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company (AHAB)

Oasis Management (Hong Kong)

Saxena Holdings LLC and Tagusi Holdings LLC

Global Loan Agency Services Limited, GLAS Trust Corporation Limited (together, GLAS)

Cayman Islands Monetary Authority

Eiffel, Pretons, Ensemble 2 and Eiffel eCapital Global Fund (the Eiffel Funds)

Fideicomiso F/000118

Sahara Oil & Gas

Captive Holdings, Inc.

MUFG Alternative Fund Services (Cayman) Limited

PwC Corporate Finance & Recovery (Cayman) Limited

HEB Enterprises Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Oasis Management as a dissenting party in the take private of SINA Corporation, the operator of Chinese social-media platform Weibo.
  • Advised GLAS on a complex restructuring transaction.
  • Acted for MUFG Alternative Fund Services (Cayman) Limited on its Judicial Review application against two related notices to produce documents served under the Mutual Legal Assistance (United States of America) Act.

Bedell Cristin

Led by 'stand-out partner' Laura Hatfield, Bedell Cristin routinely represents clients in all aspects of contentious commercial and insolvency matters. The firm houses an experienced team of practitioners including Kai McGriele, who is noted for advising insolvency practitioners, lenders, investors and service providers on insolvency and restructuring proceedings involving hedge funds and other investment vehicles; McGriele is also active in a range of multi-jurisdictional litigation. Richard Parry is praised by clients for ‘working tirelessly’ on commercial litigation and insolvency and restructuring proceedings, while senior associate Jonathan Stroud is highly experienced in representing clients in cross-border insolvencies and other multi-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Laura Hatfield

Other key lawyers:

Kai McGriele; Richard Parry; Jonathan Stroud


‘A solid team with reliable practitioners.’

‘Laura Hatfield and Kai McGriele are stand-out partners. Both are super responsive and engaged on matters where I have instructed them.’

‘Jonathan Stroud is a super calm lawyer who shows great ability at managing the client experience whilst pushing the rest of the team on a case to achieve the best possible result. He is sanguine, practical and personable.’

‘Richard Parry, one of the best attorneys I have every worked with. He has a gift for cutting through the noise and finding the best solution for his client, and he works tirelessly to provide a white glove service and great client experience.’

‘Very responsive and engaged partners.’

‘Most of my experience with Bedell is with Kai McGriele who has an exceptional reputation in the Cayman Islands as a safe pair of hands and someone who really knows both the technical aspects of Cayman Islands law, but also is deeply plugged into the market.’

‘Bedell Cristin have deep litigation experience and have demonstrated an understanding of legal practice in other parts of the world that has been valuable. They also clearly have good relationships within the Cayman Court service which has been valuable.’

‘Kai McGriele is of particular note. Always on point with his advice.’

Key clients

Blue Ocean Structure Investment Company Limited/Ying Peng Hui Kang Fund


Tyche Investment Holdings Limited


KPMG Cayman Islands

Meridian Trust Company Ltd.

Krys Global

Sjunde AP-Fonden and Louisiana Sheriffs Pension & Relief Fund

Inspire Risk Technologies Ltd

Cayman Islands Bankers Association

Minority Shareholders of Global Fixed Income Fund I Limited

Scotiabank and Trust (Cayman) Ltd.

FirstCaribbean International Bank

Quantum Leben


JG Gallagher/Artex Risk Solutions Inc.

Chris Johnson Associates Ltd.

Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants

Kalo Advisors

Citco Global Custody N.V

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB


Ernst & Young

Grant Thornton

Deloitte Cayman

FTI Consulting

Sterling Trust Cayman

FFP Cayman

Minority shareholders in Seahawk China Dynamic Fund

Singerman Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tyche Investment Holdings Limited in a large multi-jurisdictional claim involving allegations of misrepresentation and fraud.
  • Acted for Minority shareholders in Seahawk China Dynamic Fund, defending a winding up petition.

Broadhurst LLC

With expertise in local and global litigation and insolvency and corporate matters, Broadhurst LLC routinely advises a varied client roster on private client and trust disputes, asset tracing and enforcement issues, personal injury claims, and family law litigation. Leading the practice are ‘first-rate lawyerKyle Broadhurst, who is noted for his expertise in insolvencies, bankruptcies and fraud claims; and Ian Lambert, who excels in the financial services sector, acting for investment funds, banks, insurers and collapsed corporate structures. Insolvency, restructuring and general corporate litigation expert Richard Parrish is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kyle Broadhurst; Ian Lambert

Other key lawyers:

Richard Parrish


‘Broadhurst has repeatedly demonstrated that they are able to provide timely and effective advice/opinions tailored to the needs of our firm and our client. They can be trusted to reliably and quickly get up to date on engagement facts/background, whilst ensuring they pay appropriate attention to detail and consider commercially sensitive issues.’

‘Kyle Broadhurst is the leading light in the firm and can be trusted to give 100% to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients, in whatever area their dispute.’

‘Ian Lambert and Richard Parrish have been excellent case handlers. They have both demonstrated very high levels of professionalism and competence, whilst still being approachable and friendly. It has been a pleasure working with each of them and their assistance has been invaluable.’

Forbes Hare

Handling work ranging from insolvencies to cross-border litigation, Forbes Hare acts at a global level, covering a broad swathe of contentious work. Head of the litigation and insolvency practice Christopher Young concentrates his expertise on insolvencies, shareholder disputes and international commercial litigation, while Alistair Abbott‘s practice covers fraud litigation, investment-related disputes and insolvency and professional liability claims. Ben Hobden left the firm in mid-2023 to join Harneys.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Young

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Abbott


‘Forbes Hare possess a distinctive ability to provide customised solutions and formulate effective strategies for complex legal matters. The team of experienced lawyers consistently goes the extra mile to offer proactive advice, ensuring that clients are well-informed and equipped to make strategic decisions.’

‘Very capable and knowledgeable.’

‘Responsive, knowledgeable.’

Key clients


Liquidators to the Fairfield Funds

Aspial Investment Limited and Bumper East Limited

SC Global Vision Fund SPC

SGS Universal Investments Holdings

Skyblueocean Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in respect of a high-profile claim worth in excess of $300m against Abraaj Holdings (in official liquidation) and two of the Abraaj underlying funds.
  • Acted in a six-week trial for the Floreat Parties as Respondent to three just and equitable winding up petitions presented against three funds in the Cayman Islands.
  • Acted for two individuals in a winding-up petition against Guoan International Ltd, a Cayman company listed on the Hong Kong and Singapore Stock Exchanges.


Nelsons' dispute practice is a key contact in the market for claims arising from the financial services and investment fund spaces, and also excels in insolvency matters, trust claims and family litigation. With multiple former barristers in the group, key individuals include practice head Colm Flanagan, public law specialist Kate McClymont and Nicholas Dixey, who is the main contact for criminal work. Alice Carver was promoted to the partnership in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Colm Flanagan

Other key lawyers:

Kate McClymont; Nicholas Dixey; Alice Carver


‘Nelsons is a midsized firm that provides quality representation from a collection of highly respected and sharp legal minds. They provide candid strategic advice.’

Key clients

Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage Funds

National Conservation Council

Cayman First Insurance Company

Virgil Funds

Morne Botes

Capital Financial Ltd SEZC

Caribbean Utilities Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Cayman Islands National Conservation Council on its successful judicial review of the Central Planning Authority, which was upheld on appeal.
  • Acted for a respondent to a $70m arbitration award resisting recognition and enforcement in the Cayman Islands.


Priestleys‘ dispute resolution practice is well versed in handling insolvency litigation and cross-border bankruptcy claims, and is a go-to name in the market for disputes involving the PRC and Hong Kong, and public law issues. Group head Guy Dilliway-Parry is an expert litigator in both domestic and international commercial disputes, shareholder litigation, multi-national trust disputes, and contractual disputes involving Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed companies. Associate Rachel Kelly‘s expertise is concentrated around high-value insolvency and banking disputes, where she acts on behalf of leading banks and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Guy Dilliway-Parry

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Kelly


‘The team is made up of hardworking and technically savvy lawyers, under the leadership of Guy Dilliway-Parry. They have wide ranging expertise in a number of areas of work. They do the work quickly and efficiently.’

‘I work regularly with Guy Dilliway-Parry and he is an outstanding lawyer, technically very capable, statically sound with great client care skills.’

‘A strong team with reliable practitioners. An excellent referral option.’

Key clients

Bronzelink Holdings Limited

Medical Protection Society

Mosaic Financial Ltd

Joint Official Liquidators – Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund

Royal Cayman Islands Police Association and Others

Caribbean Loss Adjusters

Sol Petroleum Cayman Ltd

Heritage Holding Ltd

RB440 Properties Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised EY Cayman and EY Bahamas as Joint Official Liquidators of Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund (In Official Liquidation).
  • Advised Bronzelink Holdings Limited in connection with a winding up petition issued against Global IP Cayman Limited.
  • Advised Royal Cayman Islands Police Association in respect of multiple applications including two judicial review applications against the Commissioner of Police and the Attorney General of the Cayman Islands as well a successful appeal to the Privy Council in relation to an application for declarations of incompatibility of the Police Law and discrimination on the grounds of age contrary to the Bill of Rights of the Cayman Islands.