The Cayman court has recently dismissed two unrelated applications to appoint JPLs pending the determination of a just and equitable winding up petition alleging a loss of trust and confidence in management. Liam Faulkner discusses these two cases and the hurdles that any applicant must jump on a PL application.
In a significant judgment delivered on 9 August 2021 in the long-running litigation between Primeo Fund (in Official Liquidation) and HSBC, the Privy Council granted the first limb of Primeo’s bifurcated appeal against the lower courts’ dismissal of its claims on the grounds of reflective loss. The decision further narrows the reflective loss principle in important respects following the UK Supreme Court decision in Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd last year.
The Data Protection Act, 2021 (the “Act”) was brought into force in the BVI with immediate effect on 9 July 2021 and introduces, for the first time in the British Virgin Islands, a legislative framework for data protection based on a set of internationally recognised privacy principles.
The Act provides that its objects are to:
– safeguard personal data processed by public bodies and private bodies by balancing the necessity of processing the personal data and protecting personal data from unlawful processing; and
– promote transparency and accountability in the processing of personal data.
In line with ongoing commitments given by the Cayman Islands, regulations came into force in the Cayman Islands on 30 June 2021, expanding the categories of entities that are now in scope for the purposes of the Economic Substance regime to all types of partnerships (including general partnerships, exempted limited partnerships and foreign limited partnerships).
In a recent judgment in the liquidation of Herald Fund SPC, an insolvent Madoff feeder fund, the Grand Court addressed the extent to which official liquidators are required to seek the approval or tacit support of the Liquidation Committee when defining the scope of their operational functions and, consequentially, incurring liquidation costs and expenses.
Successful litigants in foreign proceedings will often be required to take steps to enforce any judgment or order obtained outside of the jurisdiction in which it was made. The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands routinely recognises and enforces foreign judgments and arbitral awards from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and the PRC (amongst others) against individuals, entities and assets domiciled or situated in the Cayman Islands.
Freeman Fintech Corporation: Case Report – Part Two: The sanctioning of parallel schemes of arrangement where there exists foreign governed debt30 Mar 2021
The Cayman Court recently recognised joint provisional liquidators appointed by the Hong Kong court over a Cayman company for the purposes of the company presenting parallel schemes of arrangement to its creditors, which schemes were subsequently approved and sanctioned by both courts.
Freeman Fintech Corporation: Case Report – Part One: Recognition and assistance of officeholders appointed by a foreign court over Cayman incorporated companies
The Cayman Court recently recognised joint provisional liquidators appointed by the Hong Kong court over a Cayman company for the purposes of the company presenting parallel schemes of arrangement to its creditors. The schemes were subsequently approved and sanctioned by both courts.
The passing of the Private Funding of Legal Services Act, 2020 in the Cayman Islands paves the way for a new age of litigation funding and contingency fee arrangements in the jurisdiction.
Restructuring in provisional liquidation: In the Matter of Sun Cheong Creative Development Holdings Limited15 Dec 2020
As Covid-induced insolvency and restructuring gathers pace, in Sun Cheong Creative Development Holdings Limited the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands (the “Grand Court”) has provided a timely overview of the principles of comity and modified universalism applicable in cross border restructurings.