Insolvency and Corporate Disputes

When your company is in financial distress or involved in a legal dispute, it's crucial to work with lawyers who are hands-on, cost-effective and flexible enough to respond quickly and intuitively to your unique situation.

Collas Crill’s global Insolvency and Corporate Disputes team works to achieve the most beneficial outcome for businesses in challenging circumstances.

Led by Stephen Leontsinis, the multi-jurisdictional team brings a wealth of experience from a range of diverse backgrounds to give quick, accurate, commercial advice. Comprising eight partners and 25 lawyers, the team works across dispute resolution, restructuring, recovery and insolvency matters to ensure that clients get the full benefit of our know-how and experience across the world.

Our expertise and reputation makes us first choice for a range of clients, including banks and financial services institutions, international businesses and onshore law firms. We frequently advise top law firms from the UK, the US, China and other jurisdictions, and are working on some of the largest and most complex cross-border insolvencies in progress today. 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.

We know that there are many ways in which a dispute can be resolved. We work closely with our clients to understand every aspect of their business, priorities and goals. This allows us to find the best way forward for our clients and to advise on the commercial implications of a dispute, ensuring the process remains as stress-free as possible. Our approach is practical, responsive and tailored to the client's interests. 

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


Corporate disputes

Our dispute resolution specialists collaborate seamlessly with our corporate advisory and banking teams across jurisdictions to advise multinational corporations, trust companies, banks, funds, insurers, governments and directors. We provide a global perspective, working closely with our clients to ensure that they are best placed to respond to customer issues, fraud risks, rapidly changing market conditions and regulatory demands.

Corporate restorations

We can assess the viability of administrative or company restoration based on the specific circumstances and offer insights into other potential courses of action, including the possibility of initiating a new company.

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.

Debt collection

Knowing what to do and when to act when things go wrong is a key part of our service to our clients on both lender and borrower side. Our clients include banks, funds, directors, shareholders and insolvency practitioners. We undertake security reviews and advise on pre-emptive measures. We appreciate the need to act promptly and decisively, and at the same time are sensitive to potential negative publicity for our clients.

Distressed investment vehicles

Our investment funds practice is enhanced by our litigation and restructuring team that has played a pivotal role in numerous prominent fund-related cases. The team has demonstrated expertise in handling issues stemming from fund restructuring, as well as contentious processes associated with winding down and winding up funds.

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.


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.

International arbitration and mediation

With offices in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and London, we can advise you on every aspect of international arbitration. Our dedicated arbitration specialists will work alongside you to quickly determine the best approach for a successful conclusion.

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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.


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.

25 Mar 2024

Collas Crill contributes to IBA's Cross-Border Enforcement of Judgments Against States

Collas Crill lawyers have contributed to the Guernsey and the Jersey chapters of the ground-breaking global guide on Cross-Border Enforcement of Judgments Against States published by the International Bar Association Litigation Committee. Christian ...

20 Mar 2024

Simon Hurry recognised as an INSOL Fellow

Partner Simon Hurry has become the first lawyer and one of only four individuals in the Channel Islands to become formally recognised as an INSOL Fellow, having passed the association's renowned Global Insolvency Practice Course (GIPC).  INSOL (Inte...

19 Mar 2024

Changes to the Cayman share capital reduction regime

Having exited the consultation stage and been heard and passed by the Cayman Islands' parliament on 23 February 2024, legislative changes to streamline the process by which Cayman companies can effect a reduction in their share capital will be brought in...

18 Mar 2024

Applying for Norwich Pharmacal relief in the BVI

In light of the privacy afforded to companies incorporated in the British Virgin Islands (the BVI), it is no surprise that the BVI Court regularly considers applications seeking disclosure from innocent third parties – often corporate service providers -...

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...

14 Mar 2024

Houldsworth is worth holding onto: Recent Cayman case, DLIFF, highlights complexity of misrepresentation claims in a liquidation

Introduction In a detailed decision of Mr Justice Segal in Re Direct Lending Income Feeder Fund, Ltd (in official liquidation)[1] (DLIFF), handed down on 13 March 2024, the Grand Court has determined that claims of investors in companies whose subscripti...

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