• Very good and commercial operator with a very personable manner and unique ability to bring opposing sides together.
    Chambers and Partners 2019
  • Stephen Leontsinis is a superb litigator and great leader of this growing team, which he has quickly established as a go-to litigation practice
    Legal 500 2019
  • Leading individual
    Legal 500 2019
  • Clients find Stephen Leontsinis 'client-focused and pragmatic.' He is particularly active in liquidation matters and also handles trust disputes.
    Chambers and Partners 2019
  • Exceptionally good at seeing the big picture and working strategically to meet necessary goals.
    Chambers and Partners 2019

Stephen is an experienced Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution department in the Cayman Islands. He has a demonstrated history of advocacy in the practice of corporate and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on offshore insolvency and restructuring of companies.

"The Cayman Islands is an extremely sophisticated, competitive jurisdiction and the practice of its laws, whilst challenging, is very rewarding. I am honoured to have grown and led our Cayman Islands Dispute Resolution team since April 2015. We aim to bring a fresh, innovative approach to providing our clients with added value to the normal legal services that they would otherwise expect from any other top tier law firm on the Island."

Stephen's practice has a strong focus on company law including corporate insolvency; schemes of arrangements; capital reductions; shareholder disputes; director's liability; international asset tracing; the enforcement of foreign judgments; worldwide Mareva injunctions, Anton Piller orders, and Norwich Pharmacal orders. Stephen has significant contentious litigation experience arising from the representation of both liquidators, shareholders and creditors of companies and hedge funds including the claw back of fraudulent conveyances and undue preferences, allegations of investment fraud and investment manager disputes.

Since his appointment as Head of Dispute Resolution, Stephen has grown the team from two to eight lawyers, all with a strong background in insolvency and restructuring matters. Prior to joining the firm Stephen spent two and a half years in Miami as a member of a boutique litigation firm in the United States which focused on cross border insolvency and trust disputes.

Stephen was called as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2003 and has subsequently qualified as a solicitor-advocate of the High Court of England and Wales and a solicitor-advocate of the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean. Stephen was called to the Cayman Islands Bar in January 2009. Stephen is ranked in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

 

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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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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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My news and insights
News 2 Jul 2020

Two new appointments in Cayman

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Insight 20 Mar 2020

First Aid Guide for Directors

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Insight 25 Feb 2020

Cayman EU Blacklist

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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...

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...

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