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Charlotte is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in the Cayman Islands.

Charlotte is an English solicitor-advocate, specialising in high-value cross-border commercial litigation, with a particular focus on contentious insolvency, asset-tracing, restructuring and investment fund disputes. She also has extensive experience acting for dissenting shareholders in appraisal litigation, arising from corporate take-private mergers.

Prior to joining Appleby, Charlotte worked as a Senior Associate at another Cayman Islands law firm. She also gained valuable off-shore experience, working as a commercial litigator in the British Virgin Islands from 2016, until moving to the Cayman Islands in 2020. Charlotte trained as a solicitor at Macfarlanes LLP, one of the “silver circle” law firms in the City of London, qualifying and practicing in England and Wales until relocating to the BVI.

Charlotte was a lecturer on the BVI Module of the INSOL Foundation Certificate in International Insolvency Law from 2018 to 2022, authoring the lecture notes for the module.

Work Highlights

  • Representing the Voluntary Liquidators of a subsidiary of the Thomas Cook Group, following the widely publicised collapse, restructure and liquidation of the global group. Making a successful application for a court supervision order and providing on-going advice to the Joint Official Liquidators throughout the liquidation, including complex distribution issues, until dissolution of the entity. *
  • Advising a creditor in relation to the winding up of two cryptocurrency funds following a SEC intervention due to fraud perpetrated by the founder of the funds. Making a successful application for winding up of both funds and providing on-going advice Joint Provisional Liquidators, including liaising with the SEC and appointed US receiver. *
  • Representing a group of re-insurers in relation to the liquidation of a segregated portfolio company in the captive insurance market, wound up as a result of alleged fraudulent activities by its former director (among others) and involving legal proceedings in the US. *
  • Acting for the Joint Liquidators of Kingate Euro Fund and Kingate Global Fund (feeder funds to the Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities vehicle), including advising on the conduct of the liquidation and recovery actions globally. Advocate at various hearings, including liquidators’ interim remuneration approval applications. *
  • Acting for the joint interim receivers of the entire issued share capital registered in the name of Mr. Adriaan Zecha, including the BVI-incorporated entities GHM Holdings Limited, Ideal Landmark Limited and Partnership Zecha Limited. The matter was highly litigious and involved the enforcement of a multi-million-dollar final arbitration award. *
  • Acting for groups of minority shareholders in multi-billion-dollar litigation, where those shareholders dissented to a take-private merger of a public company, pursuant to s. 238 of the Cayman Islands Companies Act (as amended), thereby enforcing their right to a determination of the “fair value” of their (former) shareholdings in the subject company, by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. Advising clients in the following proceedings: In the Matter of 51job, Inc.; In the Matter of New Frontier Health Corporation; In the Matter of 58.com Limited; In the Matter of Sina Corporation; In the Matter of eHi Car Services Ltd; and In the Matter of Bitauto Holdings Limited. *

*Prior to joining Appleby.

Qualifications & Education

Charlotte attended the University of Exeter, obtaining a First-Class Honours degree in History (BA) and was awarded the Historical Society prize for research.

She subsequently attended Bristol Institute of Law and BPP Law School (London) to study for the Graduate Diploma in Law (obtaining a merit) and Legal Practice Course (obtaining a distinction), respectively.

Charlotte was admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2011, as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) in 2016, and as an attorney-at-law of the Grand Court in the Cayman Islands in 2021.

Charlotte qualified as a solicitor-advocate of the High Court of England and Wales in 2016.

Memberships & Associations

Charlotte’s professional memberships include the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association (CILPA) International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL), the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association (RISA Cayman) and the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).

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