Matthew Dors

Matthew Dors 

Partner | Cayman

Insolvency and Corporate Disputes

  • Matt is an excellent litigator. He has good advocacy skills and explains issues to the client very clearly.
    Chambers Global Guide 2022
  • His ability to react and re-formulate arguments to combat opponents, on his feet is something I haven’t seen other lawyers do.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Matthew is an incredibly meticulous and intelligent lawyer.
    Legal 500
  • He's the most excellent all-rounder.
    Chambers Global 2023
  • Matthew is a leading litigator in the Cayman Islands. An excellent advocate with a sharp mind in Court.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Matt is a 'big thinker' who is very considered about the circumstances and how best to move forward. He is hard-working, responsive and committed to assisting his clients.
    Chambers Global 2023
  • His advice is always fully thought out and strategically on point.
    Legal 500
  • In my experience he is thinking two or three steps ahead of everyone else.
    Legal 500
  • Matthew is one of the hardest-working lawyers I’ve come across and expertly balances the legal requirements of a case with the commercial pressures and focus of his clients.
    Legal 500 2022
  • He is one of the emerging stars in litigation on the island.
    Chambers Global Guide 2022
  • One of the best advocates in Cayman.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Matthew strives for excellence in all matters he handles. He is continuously developing and driving his team to ensure quality deliverables. He has a great ability to understand client’s concerns and get to the heart of the issues.
    Legal 500
  • Matthew is an excellent advocate with a strategic mind and incredible knowledge and understanding of the law.
    Legal 500

Overview

Matthew is a Partner in the Insolvency and Corporate Disputes team and is based in the Cayman Islands specialising in high-value and high-profile cross-border commercial litigation, insolvency and restructuring.

Experience

Matthew has particular expertise in complex cross-border insolvencies and restructurings and regularly advises and represents liquidators and stakeholders in relation to contentious and non-contentious matters, including seeking court assistance for foreign insolvency proceedings. He has regularly advised financial institutions in relation to fraud and asset recovery matters (including obtaining urgent relief such as freezing injunctions and disclosure orders).

Background

Prior to moving to Cayman in 2013, Matthew practiced for a number of years as a Barrister in England and Wales, with a focus on complex trust, insolvency and property disputes. He has extensive advocacy experience, having regularly appeared in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Matthew is listed as a recommended lawyer in Legal 500 2024 and in Band 5 in Chambers and Partners.

Memberships

  • Cayman Islands Law Society
  • RISA Cayman
  • INSOL International

 

My services
Contentious risk and regulatory
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In regulatory disputes there are often fine lines between the usual wrangling with the regulator and something more serious – by matching our mix of experienced contentious and non-contentious lawyers to the particular problem at hand, we achieve better and more efficient outcomes. As regulatory experts, we frequently act on contentious matters and can leverage our experience to help clients achieve the highest regulatory standards and avoid common pitfalls.

Insolvency
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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.

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Legal 500 Caribbean 2024 guide

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Chambers Global Guide 2023 rankings

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