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
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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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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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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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 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...

Insight 1 Oct 2019

Weavering in the Cayman Islands

The Privy Council's recent judgment in Weavering[1] upheld the decisions of the Cayman Islands Grand Court and Court of Appeal that payments made to redeemed investors...

Insight 14 Mar 2019

Valuation methods in Cayman

Perhaps the most important decision for a Court when determining the fair value of a company's shares, pursuant to s.238 of the Companies Law (2018 Revision) (Law), is the...

News 6 Feb 2019

Dispute resolution promotions

Collas Crill has announced several promotions across its global dispute resolution teams; Ben Havard in Guernsey and Simon Hurry in Jersey have been promoted from senior...

News 6 Feb 2019

Cayman Senior appointments

Collas Crill’s Cayman office has appointed Rocco Cecere to the role of counsel and promoted Farrah Sbaiti to senior associate within the firm’s dispute resolution team. The...