Jennifer is a commercial litigator specialising in cross-border insolvency and restructuring who joined the Collas Crill Cayman office in July 2017. 

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.

"I take great pleasure from building a connection with a client and working alongside them to achieve their objectives."

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

My services
Debt Restructuring, Enforcement & Insolvency
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Knowing what to do and when to act when things go wrong is a key part of our service to our banking/lender clients. We have been involved in restructurings of all sizes and across jurisdictions and in some of the most high-profile cases, and understand the need to act quickly and decisively. We provide responsive, pragmatic advice and assistance. We are also sensitive to potential negative publicity for our clients when enforcing security or taking steps towards insolvency of their borrowers.

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Contentious Banking & Finance
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Our dispute resolution specialists work seamlessly with our corporate, banking and finance teams and regularly field advice across jurisdictions to advise on litigation, restructuring and risk and regulatory matters. We provide a global perspective, working closely with our clients to ensure that they are best placed to respond to rapidly changing market conditions and regulatory changes. We regularly act both for and against banking entities.

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Insolvency & Restructuring
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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, Collas Crill's insolvency and restructuring team work to achieve the most beneficial outcome in these difficult situations. At whatever stage, our early involvement will assist in identifying on-going risks. looking for opportunities and managing deteriorating relationships with creditor, financiers, investors or other interested parties. The team brings a wealth of experience from a range of backgrounds to give quick, accurate, commercial advice, primarily across the financial services sector.

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Contentious Risk & 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, better and more efficient outcomes are obtained. As our Risk & Regulatory practice, our Dispute Resolution team frequently acts on contentious matters we are able to leverage that experience to help clients avoid common pitfalls and meet the highest regulatory standards.

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Dispute Resolution
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When your business is involved in any kind of 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 and needs. We know that there are many different ways a dispute can be resolved and 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. Our expertise and reputation means we're first choice for a range of clients, including banks, trust companies, high net worth individuals and top law firms.

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Director & Shareholder Disputes
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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're 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 simply '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.

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Fraud, Asset Tracing & Freezing Injunctions
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At Collas Crill, 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 the Channel Islands in relation to a party's ability to trace assets and recover their losses. Often involving complex issues the team deliver clear, commercial advice on the availability and likely success of recovery methods.

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My news & deals
News 11 Nov 2019

Lexology GTDT chapter

Collas Crill Cayman has contributed to the Complex Commercial Litigation chapter for Lexology, Getting The Deal Through (GTDT). Lexology GTDT is a content source covering...

Insight 4 Nov 2019

Court sanctions

Introduction The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands (Court) has recently handed down two decisions permitting the distribution of funds from a liquidation estate...

News 19 Sep 2019

Promotion in Cayman office

Collas Crill has promoted Senior Associate Jennifer Colegate to Of Counsel in their Cayman office. Jennifer joined the firm's Dispute Resolution team in July 2017...

News 19 Jan 2018

Are you ready?

On 1 February 2018, new versions of the following rules and regulations will come into effect:  Companies Winding Up Rules, 2018; Insolvency Practitioners' Regulations...

News 14 Aug 2017

Dispute resolution appointment

Collas Crill has appointed experienced litigator Jennifer Colegate to its dispute resolution team in Cayman. Jennifer joins the firm as a senior associate, specialising in...