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Global Guide 2022
Cayman Islands Dispute Resolution
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7 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Walkers

Walkers is internationally recognised as having the premier Dispute Resolution team amongst the International Financial Centre law firms.

We have played a leading role in the development of insolvency law in a number of the jurisdictions in which we operate. We have taken a leading role in formulating structures and techniques to assist distressed companies to refinance and/or restructure themselves.

We advise existing stakeholders, creditors, debtors, private equity and hedge funds, insolvency practitioners and other advisors and have been involved in ground breaking areas of law such as obtaining the first free standing freezing injunction and novel Judicial Review proceedings in the Cayman Islands.

Chambers Review

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Dispute Resolution - Cayman Islands
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What the team is known for

Walkers' Cayman office houses a top-rated insolvency and dispute resolution practice dealing extensively with high-value cases. It is well versed in all areas of commercial litigation and has considerable experience handling multi-jurisdictional disputes. The firm is also able to advise on matters of alleged commercial fraud.

Work Highlights

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  • A Walkers team led by Matthew Goucke represented lenders connected with Luckin Coffee in winding-up petitions presented to the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands in response to a debt of approximately USD324 million owed by Luckin to the lenders.

Notable Practitioners

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Neil Lupton
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Neil Lupton
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Neil Lupton has a stellar reputation for restructuring and insolvency mandates. His recent workload encompasses advice on global restructuring plans, liquidation proceedings and professional negligence claims against auditors.
"His depth of experience is evident on the matters we have dealt with him on. He is very much someone who is highly respected and at the pinnacle of the profession here in the Cayman Islands."

Matthew Goucke
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Matthew Goucke
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Matthew Goucke offers considerable expertise in contentious insolvency, with a notable specialism regarding distressed investment funds. In recent years he has handled several of the most significant such matters in the Cayman Islands.
"Matt is a seasoned Cayman attorney. He really knows his insolvency law."

Barnaby Gowrie
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Barnaby Gowrie
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Seasoned Cayman litigator Barnaby Gowrie is very well versed in restructuring and insolvency, especially as it relates to structured products. In this arena he is able to leverage insights from his background as an onshore transactional lawyer in his advice to clients.
"He is an extremely commercial lawyer. He is someone who considers a position from the client's perspective and is very good at lateral thinking in terms of trying to bring a solution to any problem."

Shelley White
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Shelley White
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Shelley White is noted for her skilled handling of insolvency matters and general commercial litigation. She also advises on Cayman trust disputes and white-collar fraud claims.
"She is a terrific operator. She is very switched-on, very smart and plays with a straight bat."

Rupert Bell
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Rupert Bell
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Rupert Bell is an experienced Cayman lawyer who regularly assists clients with insolvency proceedings and debt restructuring, particularly in relation to investment funds.
"He is very easy to work with and is always available for complex litigation questions or even very basic questions related to Cayman law." "He has a very shrewd way of thinking about things."

Nick Dunne
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Nick Dunne
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Nick Dunne is a well-known figure in the Cayman Islands who is noted for his strong capabilities in white-collar fraud cases.
"He is very much someone who is deeply respected in terms of his capabilities and understanding of the law. He comes across as highly credible."

Chris Keefe
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Chris Keefe
Associates to watch

Chris Keefe is a standout senior counsel who has considerable experience assisting clients with insolvency proceedings and other commercial disputes.
"He brings a practical understanding to his client's situation."

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Dispute Resolution

Neil Lupton
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Neil Lupton
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Matthew Goucke
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Matthew Goucke
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Band 2
Barnaby Gowrie
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Barnaby Gowrie
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Band 3
Shelley White
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Shelley White
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Band 3
Rupert Bell
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Rupert Bell
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Band 4
Nick Dunne
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Nick Dunne
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Band 5
Chris Keefe
Chris Keefe
Associates to watch

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