Tony Heaver-Wren

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Tony Heaver-Wren is a Partner and Practice Group Head of the Dispute Resolution practice group in the Cayman Islands. Before joining Appleby in 2008 Tony practised as a Senior Associate at leading firms in England and Australia.

Tony heads both the Insolvency and Restructuring and the Merger Disputes teams in Cayman. He has led teams in the most significant Cayman Islands corporate restructurings, appeared frequently as counsel in schemes of arrangement hearings and conducted numerous appraisal claim proceedings on behalf of dissenting shareholders following Chinese take-private statutory mergers.  Tony also has extensive Fund Dispute experience, for stakeholders and managers.

Tony’s practice is richly diverse and he intersects frequently with colleagues on complex questions arising in Private Equity, M&A, Banking and Finance, Structured Finance and Fund Finance.  His 28 years of experience includes advising major lenders, bondholders, insolvency officeholders, fund managers, investment fund shareholders and boards of private and publicly listed companies in all aspects of corporate governance, directors duties, minority shareholders’ rights, secured and unsecured creditor enforcements.

Tony has acted as an expert witness on numerous occasions, providing evidence of Cayman law to courts in the United States, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia, and to an arbitration tribunal in the People’s Republic of China.   He has been published extensively and is the author of the Cayman chapter of ‘Cross Border Insolvency’ and ‘The Art of the Ad Hoc.’

Tony is consistently recognised by leading directories.  In 2022 Chambers Global describe him as ‘An insolvency expert with a well-established reputation in the market.  Tony provides very clear thinking and excellent strategic input.’  Tony is very experienced and provides a balanced, big-picture view.’   In 2021 they described him as a ‘Very thoughtful and a highly skilled international insolvency specialist.’  Tony was also identified by Legal 500  in 2021 as a ‘Key Lawyer’ and an ‘Exceptional performer on account of his excellent commercial judgment and first-rate interpersonal skills.’ Clients describe him as ‘Identifying the key aspects of a dispute and providing several potential solutions’ and  as having a ‘Well established reputation in the market, particularly with insolvency matters.  He provides very clear thinking and strategic input.’


Recent matters include:

  • Acting for and against incumbent voluntary liquidators in contentious petition hearings for court supervision of liquidations and choice of JOLS.
  • Providing expert advice of Cayman Islands law regarding Cayman Islands Exempted Limited Partnerships.
  • Advising on the first ever systemic failure of a subscription finance facility to a Cayman Islands Exempted Limited Partnership.
  • Leading the highest value and most complex Cayman Islands merger dispute.
  • Advocating for schemes of arrangement and capital reductions to facilitate Asian M&A transactions and South American pipeline asset spin-offs.
  • Leading the Dispute Resolution team for the Senior Creditors on the Ocean Rig case, the largest ever Cayman Islands restructuring which obtained US chapter 15 recognition. He also led the team, acting for the company, in the CHC Helicopter restructuring, the Cayman proceedings supporting the US chapter 11.
  • Advising on enforcement options and strategic dispute management in a plethora of cases involving Cayman Islands exempted companies, exempted limited partnerships, segregated portfolio companies and limited liability companies.


4 May 2022 | News

Fun and games ahead? Possible abuses of the new Cayman Restructuring Officer regime

The Cayman Islands has taken a large step toward a progressive new restructuring regime with the rec...

1 Nov 2021

Appleby Welcomes Changes to the Cayman Islands Restructuring Regime

Highly anticipated amendments to the Cayman Islands’ insolvency and restructuring regime have now ...

23 Aug 2021 | Analysis

Grounds for objection to appointment of voluntary liquidators as court-supervised liquidators, confirmed.

In a recent case before the Cayman Islands Grand Court (Global Fidelity Bank Limited; Justice Doyle,...

21 Jan 2021 | News

Cayman Islands set to introduce the Private Funding of Legal Services Act (2020)

Cayman Islands set to introduce the Private Funding of Legal Services Act (2020) which will dramatic...

15 Nov 2019 | Deals

Appleby advises China Automation Group on HKD 391,998,649 Scheme of Arrangement

Appleby represented China Automation Group (“CAG”) on a Cayman scheme of arrangement (“Scheme...


30 Aug 2022

The Cayman Islands restructuring officer regime comes into force on 31 August 2022

These new proceedings will significantly enhance the Cayman Islands restructuring regime.

18 Aug 2022

Cayman Courts Shift Toward More Efficient Case Management

The Cayman Islands is a leading offshore financial center where the courts are used to dealing with ...

5 May 2022

Fun and Games Ahead? Possible Abuses of the New Cayman Restructuring Officer Regime

The Cayman Islands has taken a large step toward a progressive new restructuring regime with the rec...

24 Jun 2019

Offshore Company Petition Filings and Court Orders – current trends 2019 and review of 2018

Our latest Appleby report provides a snapshot of the petition filings and resultant court orders in ...

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