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Carey Olsen
Cayman Islands

Work Department

Dispute Resolution and Litigation; Restructuring and Insolvency; Employment, Pensions and Incentives; Investment Funds


Sam is head of Carey Olsen’s dispute resolution and insolvency and restructuring practice in the Cayman Islands.

He has extensive experience litigating with a primary focus on the financial services sector.

Sam also has particular expertise in the field of insolvency and restructuring and is regularly instructed to act for liquidators and receivers (including foreign appointees), management, security holders, investors, and unsecured creditors in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Sam is ranked consistently by the independent legal directories and is quoted as being “an accomplished litigator” who is “responsive, proactive and gives good advice”. Sam is also noted for being a “really good operator in Cayman, he knows the jurisdiction” (Chambers Global and Who’s Who Legal).


Sam was admitted as solicitor and barrister in New Zealand Bar in 1996 (non-practising) and became attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in 2006.

Sam is a former Director of the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association of Cayman, as well as a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and INSOL International. He is also one of the Law Society representatives on the Users Committee for the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court.


Sam graduated from Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Art History).

Lawyer Rankings

Cayman Islands > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Sam Dawson  – Carey Olsen

Leveraging its close-knit collaborative ties with its wider global network, particularly in Hong Kong and Singapore, Carey Olsen handles a considerable volume of multi-jurisdictional disputes, including big-ticket liquidations, fraud claims, and dissenter-side merger disputes. The practice is chaired by Sam Dawson, a highly regarded cross-border litigator with a keen focus on the financial services sector. Bernadette Carey is a highly active trust litigator who routinely appears before the Grand Court on multi-party disputes and cross-border private client matters. Peter Sherwood is noted for his experience in acting for liquidators in high-profile insolvency and restructuring proceedings, most recently for clients with significant operations in China and the Middle East. Denis Olarou, who was promoted to partner in July 2021, is praised for his ‘impressive expertise‘ in insolvencies, fraud litigation, and international arbitrations.