Harry Rasmussen

Harry Rasmussen 

Counsel | Cayman

Insolvency and Corporate Disputes

  • Up and coming star. Hard-working and often terrier-like. Great attention to detail.
    Legal 500


Harry is an offshore litigator with experience in managing high-profile, high-value, complex commercial disputes, including through to trial. He specialises in shareholder disputes, including s.238 'fair value' appraisal proceedings


Harry has more than a decade's experience managing complex cross-border litigation, including high-profile insolvency and restructuring mandates.

Routinely acting for the world's pre-eminent investment managers and institutional shareholders, he is a leading and trusted advisor to clients dealing with s.238 merger appraisal disputes and has acted on the most prominent and high-value matters to come before the Cayman courts.

Harry's experience includes advising the largest ever group of dissenting shareholders litigating the c.$9billion privatisation of 58.com; and the largest body of dissenting shareholders in the matter of Nord Anglia, successfully securing hundreds of millions of dollars at trial.

He is presently engaged on several multi-billion-dollar s.238 appraisal disputes proceedings through the Cayman court.

Harry is conversant with the key principles underpinning expert valuation and has successfully completed the Harvard (online) Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation for Lawyers. 


Before moving to the Cayman Islands, Harry worked in England at some of the world's largest law firms, focussing on risk management, litigation, and investigations for household-name commercial clients, governments, and local authorities. He joined Collas Crill in 2024.

Harry is listed by Legal 500 2020 as a 'key lawyer'.

My services

For financially distressed companies in need of restructuring and reorganisation, or for those where the opportunity to do so has passed or failed, we work to achieve the most beneficial outcome in these difficult situations. 

Our team brings a wealth of experience from a range of diverse backgrounds to give quick, accurate, commercial advice, primarily across the financial services sector. 

Currently working on some of the largest and most complex cross-border insolvencies in the jurisdiction, we frequently advise top law firms from the People’s Republic of China, the US, the UK and other jurisdictions. We are regularly briefed by Sovereign Wealth Funds and Fortune 500 Companies to advise on particular restructurings, as well as investment managers from Europe and the US.

At whatever stage we are engaged, our involvement will assist in identifying the on-going risks facing a client and to enable that client to continue to identify and effectively manage deteriorating relationships with creditors, financiers, investors or other interested parties.

Solvent restructurings

We understand that proactive and strategic financial planning is essential for long-term success. Our team guides solvent businesses through comprehensive restructuring processes that optimise capital structures, refine operational efficiency, and position companies for sustained growth. Whether it's debt refinancing, asset optimisation or strategic partnerships, we tailor our approach to align with your unique business goals.


Restructuring takes many forms, and we have broad experience in reshaping businesses to the changing needs and demands of the market. The team possesses a hands-on and comprehensive grasp of the intricate challenges that may emerge in restructuring scenarios, whether involving mergers, acquisitions, reorganisations or recapitalisation activities.

Corporate governance and shareholder relations

Good corporate governance and a sound understanding of directors duties is critical. Regardless of size, establishing a best practice approach should be fundamental to all boards. The board of directors are responsible for ensuring the company achieves its objectives and the corporate governance framework they adhere to should underpin their accountability to the company and its members.

We advise company boards in relation to both the non-contentious and contentious aspects of shareholder relations with a focus on corporate governance to prevent contentious issues arising. We have also advised both boards and activist shareholders in relation to highly contentious general meetings and associated issues arising out of investor actions.

Thanks to the depth of our experience and the resources of our team, we've acted on some of the largest pieces of litigation brought against directors offshore. We are well placed to deal with the 'bet the farm' proceedings that can occur in these type of disputes and have represented parties involved in intra-company disputes, including executive, non-executive and independent directors, majority and minority shareholders, companies and liquidators. We understand that shareholder disputes are often not black and white and our team finds innovative and commercial alternatives to those which the Court may offer – taking a collaborative approach with our clients to ensure that the right result is achieved.

Fraud, asset tracing, freezing, recovery and enforcement

We're used to working as part of a multi-jurisdictional team, capable of reacting and responding quickly to urgent requests for assistance with locating and freezing assets. As sophisticated defendants become more adept at dissipating assets, we've been involved in cases that created new law in relation to a party's ability to trace assets and recover their losses. With their ability to deal with complex issues the team deliver clear, commercial advice on the availability and likely success of recovery methods.

Mergers, amalgamations and schemes of arrangement

We provide expert legal support on both local and cross border amalgamations of regulated and unregulated companies and work closely with our dispute resolution team on local schemes of arrangement.

Merger appraisal disputes

Collas Crill’s Cayman Islands' appraisal practice is headed by Partner Rocco Cecere, who is recognised as a leading practitioner in the field. Rocco’s team has significant experience in appraisal litigation.

Rocco is a member of the Grand Court’s users committee which drafted the procedural rules governing appraisals matters. The Cayman Islands' merger regime is a relatively new and evolving law. Our cross-border team acts on dissenter and company side, from pre-merger stage all the way through to trail and any appeals.

14 Mar 2024

Collas Crill strengthens market leading Cayman Islands merger appraisal team

Collas Crill has promoted Zachary Hoskin to Partner and appointed Harry Rasmussen as Counsel in its Cayman Islands Insolvency and Corporate Disputes team.Both Zachary and Harry have significant experience in shareholder disputes with a focus on represent...

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