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Rocco is an offshore commercial litigator, specialising in international insolvency and restructuring, and investment fund disputes. He has extensive experience conducting complex cross-border litigation, often involving fraud and asset tracing.

He has acted in some of the largest and most significant litigation in the Cayman Islands in recent years, including a series of proceedings involving Madoff-impacted funds which established important precedents in a number of areas including the availability of foreign avoidance provisions in the Cayman Islands, the priorities of claims and proper distribution methodology in Cayman liquidations, and the duties owed to funds by their custodians and administrators.

Rocco is recognised as a leading practitioner in s.238 “fair value” petitions, and has acted for dissenting shareholders in numerous cases in the area, including Nord Anglia Education, iKang Healthcare Group, Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd, Kongzhong Corp, and eHi Car Services Ltd.

Prior to joining Collas Crill in February 2019, he spent nine years at Mourant in the Cayman Islands and the Channel Islands. Prior to this, he gained valuable practical hedge fund experience acting as European Head of Legal Affairs for one of the world’s largest hedge fund service providers.

Rocco is a member of the Cayman Islands Law Society, RISA Cayman and 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 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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Insight 19 Aug 2020

Cayman foreign proceedings

Cayman Islands entities feature heavily in cross-border investment and debt structures and are very often involved in foreign litigation or arbitrations, either as...

Insight 28 Feb 2020

eHi Car Services Limited

The Grand Court (Court) has handed down its ruling in eHi Car Services Limited[1](Ruling), roundly rejecting an attempt by eHi Car Services Limited (Company) to re-write the...

Insight 21 Feb 2020

Pearson v Primeo

February 2020 The Board of the Privy Council (Board) recently handed down its judgment in Pearson v Primeo,[1] the latest Cayman Islands decision to emanate from the Bernard...

Insight 14 Feb 2020

Shanda: Minority discounts

The Board of the Privy Council (Board) recently handed down its decision in Shanda Games[1], a case involving the determination of 'fair value' of shares pursuant to s.238...

News 31 Jan 2020

2020 promotions

Collas Crill has officially announced the results of its annual promotions round for 2020. The group has made a number of promotions across jurisdictions, including both...

News 19 Nov 2019

Caribbean legal directories

Collas Crill has had its BVI and Cayman offices recognised in Legal 500's Caribbean directories for 2019. The BVI office is recognised in Tier 3 for its Corporate and...

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