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Nigel K. Meeson QC

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Nigel K. Meeson QC

   

Nigel Meeson is a Partner and Head of the Asia Disputes & Restructuring Group (“ADRG”) in the Hong Kong office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. The ADRG provides Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands litigation advice to clients in the Far East; ensuring they have access to fully coordinated litigation advice and services provided by a seamless and comprehensive team across jurisdictions and time zones.

Nigel joined Conyers in 2007 to start the litigation practice in the Cayman Islands which he has developed into one of the leading Cayman litigation practices. His practice focuses on insolvency and restructuring, trust litigation, corporate and shareholder disputes, insurance, asset tracing and international commercial litigation. He also accepts appointments to act as leading counsel, expert witness, arbitrator and mediator.

Prior to joining Conyers, Nigel practiced for almost twenty-five years at the Bar in London as one of London's top commercial litigators before moving to the Cayman Islands.

Nigel is ranked Band 1 in Chambers Global, with a client noting that he is a "world-class lawyer and one of the finest litigators I have met – he has incredible business sense and a practical mind.”

“Who’s Who Legal notes Nigel as having a “highly sophisticated” practice and that sources report he “always delivers.”

Nigel has authored various books and articles for leading industry publications, including International Corporate Rescue and INSOL International.

Experience Highlights

  • Represented VTB PLC in Cayman aspects of multi-jurisdictional worldwide freezing orders, including decision of Court of Appeal establishing jurisdiction to grant Chabra-type injunction against Cayman companies in support of litigation abroad.
  • Acted for RC Cayman Holdings, lender to the companies that owned the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman Resort against the developer to enforce a personal guarantee when the companies defaulted on their loan.
  • Acting 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.
  • Successfully brought injunctive proceedings regarding the presentation of a winding up petition on the grounds that proceedings should have been brought in South Korea.
  • Acting for Avenue Capital in relation to the appointment of provisional liquidators and subsequent restructuring of Ambow Education Holdings a Chinese VIE structure.
  • Providing expert evidence in relation to US proceedings concerning Cayman Islands merger transaction.

Professional Background

  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Panel of Arbitrators
  • Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), Registered Lawyer
  • Acting Grand Court Justice, Cayman Islands
  • Recorder (part-time Judge) in England (Civil & Criminal)
  • Participant at the International Symposium on Jurisdiction and Conflict of Laws, Tulane University, USA
  • Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, University of Cape Town
  • Visiting lecturer, University College London, 1994 - 2005

Education

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb.), 1996
  • Accredited Mediator (CEDR), 1993
  • Magdalen College, Oxford BA, MA., First Class Honours, Jurisprudence, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Bermuda, Registered Associate, 2015
  • British Virgin Islands, 2008
  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-Law, 2007
  • Queen’s Counsel, 2002
  • California, 1990 (not currently practising)
  • England & Wales, Barrister, 1982 (not currently practising)

10 Apr 2018
Appealing Appraisal Actions: New Judgments from the Cayman Courts

05 Mar 2018
In the Matter of Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd: Cayman Islands Appraisal Actions – Moving Towards Standard Directions?

28 Feb 2018
Re China Lumena New Materials Corp [2018] HKCFI 276

28 Feb 2018
Dissenting Shareholders, Freezing Injunctions, and Provision for Payment: A new judgment of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal

27 Feb 2018
In the matter of Trina Solar Limited (“Trina Solar”)

23 Feb 2018
Re China Lumena New Materials Corp [2018] HKCFI 276 – Hong Kong Court clarifies Powers of Foreign Insolvency Officeholders

21 Feb 2018
Re King Bun Limited: Re-affirming When the Case Should be tried in the BVI

21 Feb 2018
King Bun Limited and Others -v- Lau man Sang James and Others Claim No. BVIHC (COM) 086 of 2017

22 Nov 2017
Grand TG Gold Holdings Limited: Pragmatic Adjournment of a Winding Up Saves a Going Concern Business

16 Aug 2017
Qunar Cayman Islands Limited: Court confirms interim payments are appropriate in Cayman Appraisal Actions

21 Jul 2017
Fine Tuning Fair Value Appraisals: Further Guidance from the Cayman Court

29 Jun 2017
Re Grand TG Gold Holdings Limited – A Modern Approach in Aid of Restructuring?

28 Apr 2017
Dissenting Shareholders, Fair Value Petitions and Statutory Appraisals: New Guidance from the Cayman Islands

19 Jan 2017
Conyers Maintains Top Rankings in Chambers Asia-Pacific

26 Sep 2016
Conyers Lawyers Named on Citywealth’s Leaders List

21 Jul 2016
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 11 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

20 Apr 2016
Conyers Becomes Member of INSOL’s Group of 36

12 Feb 2016
Conyers Recognised in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016 Directory

21 Jan 2016
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 10 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

27 Nov 2015
No Crying Over Spilt Milk

11 Nov 2015
Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Considers Sufficient Connection to Wind Up a BVI Company on the Just and Equitable Basis

06 Nov 2015
UK Supreme Court Re-Formulates The Test For Determining Unenforceable Contractual Penalties

21 Sep 2015
Conyers Dill & Pearman Expands Litigation Practice with Launch of Asia Disputes & Restructuring Group

01 Sep 2015
Cayman Court considers principles to be applied for “fair value” appraisal of merger dissenting shareholders

27 Feb 2015
Court of Appeal Orders Security for Costs in Winding Up Proceedings

17 Feb 2015
Cayman Court of Appeal Reverses US$111 million Judgment Against Weavering Directors

17 Nov 2014
Misconceived Clawback Claims by Liquidators

06 Jun 2014
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 6 - Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

04 Apr 2014
Recognition and Assistance for Foreign Office Holders in Bermuda, BVI and Cayman

07 Jan 2014
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 5 - Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

19 Nov 2013
Important Judgment in PricewaterhouseCoopers v Saad Investments Company Limited and Singularis Holdings Ltd.

14 Jun 2013
Cayman Islands Court of Appeal finds jurisdiction to grant freestanding Mareva relief against a non-party

07 Jun 2013
Offshore Case Digest: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands - Issue #4 - January - March 2013

21 Feb 2013
Offshore Case Digest: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands - Issue #3 - October - December 2012

09 Oct 2012
Offshore Case Digest: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands - Issue #2 - May - September 2012

06 Jul 2012
Offshore Case Digest: Bermuda, British Virgin islands, Cayman Islands - Issue #1, January - April 2012

17 Feb 2011
Cayman Islands Case Note: Forum Inconvenient?

14 Dec 2010
A Strategic Turnaround by the Privy Council

06 Oct 2010
Conyers breaks new ground in Cayman Funds insolvency

04 Aug 2010
The Court’s power to add powers to the terms of express trusts

02 Jul 2010
Offshore Forensic Investigations and Asset Tracing

08 Jun 2010
Conyers Promotes Cayman in Asia

28 Jan 2010
Conyers Lawyers Named in Citywealth Leaders List

26 Nov 2009
Cayman Islands Opens Financial Services Division of the Grand Court

31 Oct 2009
Update: Receivers and Revocable Trusts

30 Sep 2009
A Receiver Cannot be Entrusted to Revoke a Trust

06 May 2009
Offshore Special Report: Cayman Islands Modernises Insolvency Regime

25 Feb 2009
Recent Court Decisions on Hedge Funds in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and BVI

  • Recognised in the 2018 edition (and 2017) of Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (offshore)
  • Recognised in the 2017 edition (and 2016) of Chambers Asia-Pacific (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2016 edition (and since 2011) of Legal 500 Caribbean (trusts/private client)
  • Recognised in the 2016 edition (and since 2011) of the CityWealth Leaders List
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition (and since 2010) of Chambers Global (dispute resolution - Band 1)
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition (and since 2014) of Who’s Who Legal (arbitration)
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition (and since 2012) of Who’s Who Legal (asset recovery, insurance and reinsurance, litigation)
  • Recognised in the 2014 edition (and since 2011) of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2013 edition (and since 2012) of Who’s Who Legal (insolvency and restructuring)
  • Recognised in the 2010 edition (and since 2009) of Legal 500 Caribbean (commercial disputes)

Publications

Cayman Islands Company and Commercial Law - (Sweet & Maxwell 2015) - Contributing Editor

International Civil Fraud (Thomson Reuters 2014)  - Cayman Islands Chapter

Admiralty Jurisdiction and Practice (Informa 4th Ed. 2011)

International Commercial Dispute Resolution (Tottel 2009) – Cayman Islands Chapter