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Stephen  Leontsinis

Stephen Leontsinis 

Managing Partner | Cayman

  • I have primarily worked with Stephen Leontsinis. I enjoy working with Stephen, who is highly collaborative. He has solid technical skills and never loses sight of the commercial objectives of the client. He is very solution orientated.
    Legal 500
  • 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
  • Stephen has an excellent strategic mind. He is a stand-out advocate who is equally effective in the boardroom or behind the scenes developing strategy and plotting the steps to successful outcomes for his clients. I would recommend him.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Stephen is a phenomenal advocate who is very astute, commercially minded and results-driven. His knowledge of the Cayman market and all its main players is second to none.
    Chambers Global Guide 2022
  • Clients find Stephen Leontsinis 'client-focused and pragmatic.' He is particularly active in liquidation matters and also handles trust disputes
    Chambers and Partners
  • Stephen Leontsinis is outstanding at stakeholder management and business development.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Very good and commercial operator with a very personable manner and unique ability to bring opposing sides together
    Chambers and Partners
  • Stephen Leontsinis is standout practitioner – drives culture of the firm which is a USP in their way of working collaboratively.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Exceptionally good at seeing the big picture and working strategically to meet necessary goals
    Chambers and Partners
  • Leading individual
    Legal 500

Stephen is Managing 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

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.

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.

International Arbitration and Mediation

Arbitration is increasingly used globally as a cost-effective, confidential and efficient alternative to court litigation for solving commercial, construction and more frequently trust disputes. The global enforceability of arbitral awards and the successful adoption of virtual technology by most arbitration institutions of makes it an attractive option for resolving disputes. With offices in Cayman, BVI, Guernsey and Jersey we can advise you on every aspect of international arbitration. Our dedicated arbitration specialists will work alongside you to quickly determine the best approach for a successful conclusion.

News 13 May 2022

Partner promotion in Cayman

Collas Crill has announced the promotion of Natalie Bell to Partner in its Corporate, Finance and Funds team in Cayman. Natalie's practice covers all aspects of Cayman...

News 6 May 2022

Cayman office promotion

Collas Crill has announced the promotion of Annalisa Shibli to Senior Associate in its Dispute Resolution team in Cayman. Annalisa joined Collas Crill in July 2021 as an...

Insight 31 Mar 2022

Freezing crypto assets in Cayman

This article was originally published in Global Restructuring Review in February 2022. Months after their colleagues explored the treatment of cryptocurrency as property...

Insight 22 Feb 2022

Insolvency year in review - 2021

Welcome to Collas Crill's insolvency year in review of 2021, where we reflect on insolvency developments from last year, both within our firm and across the industry in the...

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 22 Nov 2021

Collas Crill ranked in GRR top 100

Collas Crill has been ranked in this year's Global Restructuring Review (GRR) 100, an annual guide to the world's leading law firms for cross-border restructuring and...

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Guide 29 May 2015

Directors’ Liability Negligence & Gross Negligence

Weavering (2). At one point, in the not so distant past, it seemed impossible to have a conversation with anyone in the financial services industry without the word being...

Guide 13 Feb 2015

Cayman Islands Court of Appeal Untangles Directors in the Case of Weavering

On 12 February 2015 the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal (‘the Court of Appeal’) overturned the Grand Court’s decision that two directors must pay damages of US$111 million...

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Event 19 Nov 2018
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International Conference

Collas Crill partner, Stephen Leontsinis will be speaking at this years Serle Court International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference. For the third year, Serle...

Event 18 Oct 2018
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NAFER Annual Conference

Collas Crill is continuing its support of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (NAFER) by speaking at its seventh annual conference in October. The event...

Event 27 Jul 2018
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NAFER conference in Chicago

Collas Crill is continuing its support of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (NAFER) with three of the firm's lawyers speaking at its Offshore Insolvency...

Event 25 Jun 2018
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C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery

Collas Crill partner Stephen Leontsinis will be speaking at the C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery Asia conference in June. Leading civil fraud litigators and asset...

Event 12 Apr 2018
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NAFER International 2018

Collas Crill is continuing its support of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (NAFER) by speaking at its 2018 International Conference. The event, which...

Event 22 Mar 2018
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Russian Private Wealth Forum

Collas Crill partner Stephen Nelson will be addressing the Russian Private Wealth Forum on the topic of crypto assets and crypto funds. The event, taking place from the...

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