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Ben Hobden

Partner

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Ben Hobden

      

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 six 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 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.

Experience Highlights

  • 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 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.
  • Acted in the successful defence of complex winding up proceedings and ancillary conspiracy proceedings regarding the Torchlight Fund, L.P.
  • Acted in the Ocean Rig restructuring, the largest to take place in the Cayman Islands which took place by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Acting for the Public Institution for Social Security, a Kuwaiti pension fund, as petitioning creditor of Abraaj Holdings.
  • Acted for Bloomage BioTechnology Corporation in respect of its HK$3 billion privatization by way of Cayman scheme of arrangement.
  • Acted for Schahin II Finance Company (SPV) Limited in respect of the restructuring of its $660m debt by way of Cayman Islands Scheme of Arrangement and accompanying Chapter 15 proceedings, appearing as an expert in the latter.
  • Acted on behalf of LL Finance LLC, the litigation funder in the Platinum Partners liquidation.

Professional Background

  • Senior Solicitor, Andrew Jackson, 2008-2012

Education

  • The College of Law, York, LPC (Distinction), 2006
  • The University of Hull, LLB (First class; qualified top of class), 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Attorney at law, Cayman Islands, 2012
  • England & Wales, Solicitor, 2008 (not currently practising)

05 Nov 2018
Application Granted for Sanction to Enter into a Litigation Funding Agreement

26 Sep 2018
Grand Court Delivers 366 Page Judgment in In Re Torchlight Fund L.P.

31 Aug 2018
In the Matter of Ardon Maroon Asia Master Fund

16 Aug 2018
A Contractual Term Solid as a Rock

26 Jun 2018
The Privy Council Exercises its Leverage to Dismiss the Appeal in: Al Sadik -v- Investcorp Bank BSC and Others

18 May 2018
An Era of Cooperation: Notable Judicial Assistance by the Hong Kong Courts in Recent Cross-Border Insolvency and Restructuring Cases

16 May 2018
Recent Judgment of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal Concerning Validation Orders

20 Dec 2017
The Cayman Islands Welcomes Third Party Litigation Funders

07 Dec 2017
The Grand Court Follows the Usual Course in an Unusual Liquidation

23 Nov 2017
Privy Council Clarifies the Old Law (1989-2011 position) Regarding Section 37 Redemptions

26 Sep 2017
A Matter of Class: Determining Creditor Classes in a Scheme of Arrangement

07 Jul 2017
The Rocky Road to Redemption

11 May 2017
Claim Priorities in Rescue Proceedings – A Global Compendium

27 Apr 2017
Conyers Promotes Ben Hobden

29 Mar 2017
Another Chapter in the China Milk Saga

15 Mar 2017
Mergers and Fair Value Petitions: Cayman Case Law Update

03 Mar 2017
Conyers Supports CICC

18 Nov 2016
Court of Appeal overrules unprecedented attempt to introduce non-party extra territorial discovery

01 Sep 2016
Wound Up, or Not? Rhône Holdings in the Cayman Courts

20 Nov 2015
Conyers’ Smith and Hobden Successful in the Court of Appeal

20 Nov 2015
Cayman Court of Appeal Clarify Law in Favour of Redeeming Investors

17 Nov 2014
Misconceived Clawback Claims by Liquidators

07 Jun 2012
Conyers Expands Globally with 6 Lawyer Hires

  • 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)
  • Cayman Islands Law Society
  • Law Society of England and Wales