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Rocco  Cecere

Rocco Cecere 

Partner | Cayman

Dispute Resolution

  • Rocco is our go-to lawyer.
    Chambers Global 2023
  • Rocco in particular is the most sophisticated lawyer in Cayman for [Section 238 claims] - his service is second to none.
    Client feedback
  • Rocco Cecere is a thoughtful strategist with good knowledge of Cayman fair value claims.
    Legal 500 2022
  • He is a very able and experienced Cayman appraisal litigation attorney.
    Client feedback
  • Rocco is at the forefront of the most significant [share appraisal claims].
    Client feedback
  • Rocco has consistently exceeded my expectations with his intelligence, his tireless work ethic and his efficacy in tackling complex problems.
    Chambers Global Guide 2022
  • Rocco Cecere’s client service and general level of service, level of sophistication and commercial awareness and vision are all very strong. Rocco is our go-to lawyer in the Cayman Islands.
    Client feedback
  • Rocco is a very able and experienced Cayman appraisal litigation attorney.
    Chambers Global 2023
  • A bright star in the Cayman Islands.
    Client feedback
  • Nobody knows Cayman Islands law better. Rocco always manages to put us several steps ahead of our opponents. He fights incredibly hard and effectively for us, but never loses sight of our commercial goals.
    Chambers Global Guide 2022
  • Very strong technically
    Legal 500
  • Rocco is a bright star in the Cayman Islands. He is at the forefront of the most significant Section 238 appraisals.
    Chambers Global 2023


Rocco is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team in Cayman. He is an experienced offshore commercial litigator, specialising in shareholder disputes, international insolvency and restructuring, and investment fund disputes. He has extensive experience conducting complex cross-border litigation, often involving fraud and asset tracing.


Rocco heads up Collas Crill's market leading s.238 merger appraisal team and is a highly sought after and trusted advisor to shareholders in merger appraisal disputes.  His clients include some of the world's leading investment managers and institutional shareholders.

Rocco has unparalleled experience and expertise in merger appraisal litigation and has acted for shareholders in most of the major cases, including 51job, Inc., New Frontier Health Corporation, SINA Corporation, Limited, Ltd, eHi Car Services Ltd, Bitauto Holdings Limited, China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc., Nord Anglia Education, iKang Healthcare Group, Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd, Zhaopin Limited, and Kongzhong Corporation. He has also advised shareholders on numerous other Cayman Islands mergers which have not proceeded to litigation.

Rocco regularly advises shareholders of Cayman Islands companies on a range of matters including disputes against investment funds, derivative actions, and just and equitable winding ups involving minority oppression. Rocco also regularly acts as Cayman Islands counsel in respect of United States securities actions brought by shareholders against Cayman Islands companies.

In addition to his shareholder disputes practice, Rocco has a busy insolvency and commercial litigation practice. He acts for creditors, Cayman Islands liquidators and US SEC-appointed receivers.


Prior to joining Collas Crill in 2019, Rocco worked at another leading law firm in the Cayman Islands. Before this, he gained valuable practical investment fund experience acting as European Head of Legal Affairs for one of the world’s largest hedge fund service providers.

Rocco is ranked in Chambers Global and recognised by Legal 500 as a Next Generation Partner.


  • Cayman Islands Law Society
  • RISA Cayman
  • INSOL International



My services
Contentious Risk & Regulatory

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 Risk and Regulatory experts, our Dispute Resolution team frequently act on contentious matters, able to leverage their experience to help clients achieve the highest regulatory standards and avoid common pitfalls. To find out more click here

Director & Shareholder Disputes

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.

Dispute Resolution

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.

Fraud, Asset Tracing & Freezing Injunctions

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. With their ability to deal with complex issues the team deliver clear, commercial advice on the availability and likely success of recovery methods.

Insolvency & Restructuring

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. 

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 United States, the United Kingdom 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; the United States and Russia. 

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 to effectively manage deteriorating relationships with creditors, financiers, investors or other interested parties.

Middle East Group

The demand for professional advisers who understand the needs of clients in the region has never been more important. With shariah-compliant products and Islamic finance becoming increasingly mainstream and integrated into the global financial system, it is important to partner with a team who understands the complexities of these structures, while also understanding how more traditional structures can be applied to meet the needs of Middle Eastern clients.

News 17 Feb 2023

Chambers Global Guide 2023 rankings

Collas Crill has enhanced its position in the Chambers & Partners Global 2023 directory, with additional rankings for its corporate teams across its BVI and Cayman...

News 14 Nov 2022

Collas Crill: Legal 500 Caribbean

Collas Crill's teams in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands have received another strong set of results in the Legal 500 directory. This year the firm has moved up...

News 21 Feb 2022

Chambers Global: Cayman and BVI

Collas Crill's BVI and Cayman teams are once again recognised in the 2022 Chambers Global Guide, a global directory of top lawyers and law firms compiled through in-depth...

News 2 Aug 2021

Dispute resolution growth in Cayman

Collas Crill has further expanded its burgeoning dispute resolution practice in the Cayman Islands with the recent addition of five litigation attorneys. Led by Managing...

Insight 8 Apr 2021

Section 238 emerging patterns

This article, co-written by Collas Crill Partner Rocco Cecere and South Square Barrister Edoardo Lupi, was first published in the March 2021 issue of South Square Digest...

Insight 28 Jan 2021

Dissenting from short form mergers

In a comprehensive ruling handed down today, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands (Grand Court) confirmed that shareholders of companies that undertake a 'short-form'...

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