Ben Hobden is a Partner in the Litigation department in the Cayman Islands office of Conyers Dill & Pearman and has been involved in some of the largest matters in the jurisdiction over the last five years, regularly appearing before the Grand Court and Court of Appeal.
Prior to joining Conyers in 2012, Ben worked at a large practice in the UK. Ben’s practice covers insolvency and restructuring, s.238 shareholder appraisal cases, cross-border commercial disputes and shareholder and corporate disputes. Ben is seen as an industry leader in respect of restructurings by way of scheme of arrangement. His client base includes Pioneer Alternative Investment Management, RC Cayman Holdings, FTI Consulting, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Avenue Capital.
Ben is recommended by both the Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and Who's Who Legal.
Ben is a member of INSOL International and RISA. Ben forms part of the INSOL International working group tasked with reviewing and developing organisational channels utilised by the organisation.
- Acted for Pioneer Alternative Investment Management defending a claim brought by the liquidators of the Primeo Fund arising out of the Madoff fraud.
- Acted for KPMG in an action for breach of fiduciary duties by the Receivers of various companies that owned or were connected with the Ritz Carlton Resort.
- Acted for Ernst & Young in relation to claims of auditor negligence and fraud brought against them by the liquidators of Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund Limited.
- Acted for Avenue Capital in relation to the appointment of provisional liquidators and subsequent restructuring of Ambow Education Holdings a Chinese VIE structure.
- Acting in complex winding up proceedings and ancillary conspiracy proceedings regarding the Torchlight Fund, L.P.
- Acted for Bloomage BioTechnology Corporation in respect of its HK$3 billion privatization by way of Cayman scheme of arrangement.
- Acted in the Ocean Rig restructuring, the largest to take place in the Cayman Islands which took place by way of scheme of arrangement.
- Senior Solicitor, Andrew Jackson, 2008-2012
- The College of Law, York, LPC (Distinction), 2006
- The University of Hull, LLB (First class; qualified top of class), 2005
- Attorney at law, Cayman Islands, 2012
- England & Wales, Solicitor, 2008 (not currently practising)
- Recognised in the 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal (asset recovery)
- Recognised in the 2018 edition (and since 2014) of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
- Recognised in the 2017 edition of Chambers Global (dispute resolution)
- Recognised in the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Legal (restructuring & insolvency)