Appleby’s Fund Disputes team is an industry leader, being one of the few offshore firms to field a specialist team dealing with fund disputes, and having been involved in a number of high-profile proceedings. Our team of highly skilled and talented fund disputes lawyers have experience that covers all types of funds, including corporate funds, limited partnerships, unit trusts, regulated mutual funds, closed-ended funds and private equity funds. We act for a wide range of parties involved in fund-related matters, including office-holders, directors, auditors, investment managers, shareholders and creditors.

Appleby provides Fund Disputes services in Cayman Islands, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey and Mauritius. We can also call on our experienced Funds and Investment Services team to provide further technical advice.

We regularly provide advice and assistance regarding matters such as:

  • Redemption issues
  • Shareholders’ rights
  • Directors’ liabilities
  • Enforceability of side letters
  • Disputes between service providers
  • Valuation issues
  • Fraud and mismanagement of fund assets
  • Restructuring distressed funds
  • Winding up and dissolution of insolvent funds

Client experience

Representative Work

Advising and representing liquidators

Advising and representing the liquidators in relation to their actions to recover losses for investors who lost US$1.5 billion in the collapse of Bear Stearns subprime-invested hedge fund, the largest and highest-profile hedge fund collapse arising out of the subprime mortgage crisis

Acting for Phoenix Meridian Equity Ltd.

Acting for Phoenix Meridian Equity Ltd. in the first Cayman Islands case on misvaluation to go to trial, raising unprecedented issues about construction of fund investment documentation, and the obligation of funds to disclose underlying hedging transaction costs to investors

Advising Gottex Fund Management Sarl

Advising Gottex Fund Management Sarl on its attempt to redeem a US$40 million investment in CPIM Structured Credit Fund and its challenge through the Cayman Islands Court of the fund’s retrospective imposition of a ‘gate’ on its redemption notice to block the payment of redemption proceeds.

Our Experts

Jared Dann

Group Partner: Jersey

T +44 (0)1534 818 313
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Charles Davies

Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 622
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Tony Heaver-Wren

Partner: Cayman Islands

T +1 345 814 2732
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Mark Holligon

Global Practice Group Co-Head of Dispute Resolution : Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 691
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David Lee

Partner: Cayman Islands

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Fraser Robertson

Group Partner: Jersey

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Eliot Simpson

Partner: Hong Kong, Shanghai

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John Wasty

Global Co-Head of Dispute Resolution: Bermuda

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Anthony Williams

Partner: Guernsey

T +44 (0)1481 755 622
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Claire Corkish

Counsel: Isle of Man

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Yantee Hurnaurn-Calcutteea

Senior Associate: Mauritius

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Andrew Jackson

Counsel: Cayman Islands

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Heather Froude

Senior Associate: Cayman Islands

T +1 345 814 2713
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Richard Field

Partner: Guernsey

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Richard Sheldon

Group Partner*: Guernsey, Jersey

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Andrew Murphy

Senior Associate*: Guernsey

T +44 (0)1481 755 902
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Paula Fry

Senior Associate*: Guernsey

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