Callum McNeil

Callum McNeil


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Practice Areas

Callum is a Partner in Walkers' Global Insolvency and Dispute Resolution Group. He is a highly experienced Commercial Litigator who has developed particular expertise in contentious funds and cross border insolvency matters. Qualified in four jurisdictions, he has spent the last eleven years working offshore in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and the Channel Islands. Prior to this he gained five years' home jurisdiction experience in Australia where he also handled a broad range of commercial litigation and insolvency work, regularly appearing before the Queensland Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia.

Callum has experience across the contentious sector including insolvency & restructuring, investment fund disputes, corporate disputes, commercial dispute resolution, banking litigation, trust litigation, fraud litigation, asset tracing, negligence claims and arbitration & mediation. His particular expertise is investment fund disputes, shareholder disputes and insolvency. In addition, Callum has successfully brought urgent injunction applications before the courts of the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Guernsey and Australia.


Matter Experience

  • In re OAS Finance Limited – advising the company, its affiliates and its parent (OAS S.A.) in its multibillion dollar cross-border restructuring in 2015, which involved debtor in possession proceedings in Brazil, Chapter 15 proceedings in the US (SDNY) and provisional liquidation proceedings in BVI
  • In re Mount Capital Fund Ltd (In Liquidation) (value confidential) – Acting for 90% of the redemption creditor class of stakeholders before the BVI Commercial Court.
  • Acting for the offshore liquidators of Bear Stearns High-Grade Structured Credit Strategies Feeder Funds (value $1 billion).
  • In re Arcapita Investment Holdings Limited – advising the provisional Liquidators of Arcapita in respect of the $1.2 billion restructuring of the company and its parent, Arcapita Bank B.S.C. (c), a Shari’ah compliant Bahrain based investment bank.
  • Advising in the BCCI, Carlyle Capital Corporation (value £1 billion) and Bancredit liquidations and acting for the receivers of Lansbanki (value £5 million) and Wextrust Capital (value $30 million).
  • Counsel to the Fund In Re Matador Investments Limited (value $30 million) a leading Cayman Islands case regarding suspension of shareholder redemptions in Cayman Islands mutual funds; Counsel in BTU v Hayat (value $100 million). First attorney in Cayman to obtain quia timet injunction for director’s future defence costs.
  • Acting for Rothschild in Rothschild Trust Guernsey Limited v Pateras (value £10 million); first case in which the Royal Court of Guernsey made orders resisting forced heirship under foreign laws.
  • In re Future Media Architects (value $120 million) – Successfully making an urgent application to BVI court to appoint receivers over company assets to protect and preserve them until final adjudication of unfair prejudice claims.
  • Featherwood Trading Limited v. Fraunteld Management Limited. BVIHCVAP2012/0020 - July 2013 (value $15 million). Acting for appellant in dispute between Russian stakeholders in relation to investment monies. This was the first matter to conclusively determine the law of the Virgin Islands in relation to unjust enrichment and failure of the basis of the transaction.
  • Cable and Wireless (BVI) Limited v. The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission BVIHCV 2012/0179 – Acting for the Applicant in two Judicial Review proceedings regarding certain findings made by the regulator.

Prior to joining Walkers, from 2012 to 2017 Callum worked in the British Virgin Islands. From 2006 to 2011 Callum worked in the Cayman Islands and the Channel Islands.

Admitted In:
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
England and Wales – Solicitor (not practising)
England and Wales – Solicitor-Advocate (not practising)
England and Wales (not practising)
High Court of Australia (not practising)
Supreme Court of Queensland (not practising)

Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology
Master of Laws, Queensland University of Technology

2021 Asian Legal Business – Top 15 Offshore Litigators

2019-2021 Who's Who Legal - Asset Recovery

2019 The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Recomended Lawyer - "The 'highly reliable' insolvency and litigation partner Callum McNeil"

2018 Who's Who Legal - Asset Recovery – Callum McNeil is "very commercial, pragmatic and good to work with" according to sources who commend his "great willingness to find ways to work with the client". 

2018 Legal 500 - "Callum McNeil is ‘tenacious and creative, and a worthy opponent in any courtroom battle’."

2017 Legal 500 - "The ‘hugely commercial’ Callum McNeil, who has developed particular expertise in contentious funds and cross-border insolvency matters, ‘speaks in plain language and is to the point’."

2017 Chambers Global - "Clients praise Callum McNeil’s advocacy skills, noting: 'He balances forcefulness with practicality, and he’s not afraid to critically assess a position and offer adjustments to it; he will stick up for his positions'.”

2016 Chambers and Partners - "Several peers cite Callum McNeil as 'a preferred choice for conflict of interest referrals. His broad experience encompasses banking, trusts and investment funds litigation, in addition to asset tracing and complex insolvency proceedings'.”