Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey. We are experienced in all types of international and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of sectors with a particular focus on both contentious and non-contentious corporate and finance law, investment funds, private equity, structured products, capital markets, regulatory and risk advisory, and private capital and trusts.
Walkers delivers clear, concise and practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey.
John joined Walkers' Hong Kong office in September 2019 and is a partner in the Insolvency and Dispute Resolution Group. John practises Cayman Islands and BVI commercial litigation and all forms of dispute resolution. John also advises on insolvency and corporate restructuring matters.John has significant experience in shareholder / LP disputes and matters arising out of distressed investment vehicles, particularly hedge funds, from both fund and investor perspectives. He frequently advises on company law issues involving company restructures, corporate finance, unlawful dividend payments, directors’ and partners’ duties, and breach of trust situations.John works on matters before the Grand Court's specialist Financial Services Division, the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal and the Commercial Court in BVI. He has also been involved in cases which have reached the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.John also has significant experience of commercial and investor-state arbitration, including under the auspices of the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC and SIAC, as well as ad hoc arbitral proceedings under UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. John advises on all matters relating to arbitration in the Cayman Islands and BVI, including validity of arbitration agreements, procedural issues, interim measures, and enforcement of foreign and domestic arbitral awards.John has a particular focus on questions of jurisdiction and other conflict of laws issues, as well as issues concerning the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards (including under the New York Convention), and issues involving state immunity.
Prior to joining Walkers, John practised as a dispute resolution lawyer in an international law firm in London and Hong Kong. His practice included commercial litigation (including company law, cross-border insolvency law and public law), international arbitration and public international law. John was involved in a number of offshore litigations, instructed by other law firms together with Lord Goldsmith QC PC. He also gained experience acting as agent in proceedings before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
Admitted in:Bermuda, Registered AssociateBritish Virgin IslandsEngland & Wales (not practising)
Qualifications:Master of Laws, University College LondonGraduate Diploma of Law Master of Arts, University of Cambridge
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