Jennifer Colegate > Collas Crill > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Lawyer Profile

Collas Crill
Floor 2, Willow House Cricket Square
PO Box 709
Grand Cayman KY1-1107
Cayman Islands

Work Department

Dispute resolution.

Position

Partner. 

Jennifer is a commercial litigator specialising in cross-border insolvency and restructuring . 

Jennifer has extensive experience advising on various issues arising in complex cross-border insolvencies, most notably arising from her engagement by the provisional liquidators to a number of Lehman Brothers entities in the Asia-Pacific region, and more recently in connection with the liquidation of Caledonian Bank Limited.

Jennifer has assisted in advising on restructurings of SIVs, RMBS vehicles and other structured products adversely affected by the financial and liquidity crises touching on a range of jurisdictions. Related to her insolvency work, Jennifer has regularly advised on matters concerning asset-tracing and recovery.  

Prior to moving to Cayman, Jennifer worked at Mayer Brown JSM, Hong Kong in their Asian restructuring team. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2012, Jennifer was a senior associate in London specialising in contentious insolvency matters, having joined Mayer Brown International LLP in 2007 following completion of pupillage at South Square Chambers.

In addition to her time in private practice, Jennifer has spent extended periods of time on secondment to banking clients in both London and Hong Kong.

Notable Engagements:

  • Advising the liquidators of nine Lehman Brothers Hong Kong entities on a range of issues and reported cases arising (2009-2016)
  • Advising the Vietnamese ship building corporation, Vinashin, on issues concerning an English law scheme of arrangement
  • Advising the receivers in restructuring the Golden Key. SIV
  • Advising the liquidity providers of the Cheyne Finance SIV
  • Advising the liquidator of New Cap Reinsurance on an application under s426 Insolvency Act 1986 for the purpose of instigating clawback actions

Career

Mayer Brown, 2007-2016 (secondments: Morgan Stanley 2011-2012, HSBC Legal Counsel 2015)
Ogier, Cayman, 2016-2017
Jennifer joined Collas Crill in 2017 and was made Partner is 2020.

Education

University of Oxford, BCL, Law 2005-2006

Lawyer Rankings

Cayman Islands > Dispute resolution

(Next Generation Partners)

Jennifer Colegate – Collas Crill

While relatively new to the Cayman market, the litigation team at Collas Crill is ‘rapidly establishing itself as one of the leading teams in the market‘. In addition to its strengths in restructuring and insolvency work, it has recently expanded its capabilities into other areas, most notably in disputes pertaining to trusts, international arbitration decisions, section 283 issues, corporate commercial litigation, and fraud and asset tracing mandates. Praised for its ‘personal touch’ and responsiveness, the department is led by Stephen Leontsinis, who is frequently trusted to handle high-value, multijurisdictional liquidations. Elsewhere, Rocco Cecere (who is a ‘thoughtful strategist with good knowledge of Cayman fair value claims‘), Matthew Dors (‘an excellent advocate with a sharp mind in court‘) and Jennifer Colegate (who was promoted to partner in 2020) stand out for their contributions.