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The Offshore Litigation Blog is where you will find recent case updates, offshore litigation news, offshore filings lists, interviews and even some insights into island life, written by Harneys litigators from around the world.

Contributors

Jonathan Addo
Jonathan Addo
  • Jonathan Addo

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Jeremy Child
Jeremy Child
  • Jeremy Child

  • Partner
  • London
Stuart Cullen
Stuart Cullen
  • Stuart Cullen

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Julie Engwirda
Julie Engwirda
  • Julie Engwirda

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Peter Ferrer
Peter Ferrer
  • Peter Ferrer

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Claire Goldstein
Claire Goldstein
  • Claire Goldstein

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Hazel-Ann Hannaway
Hazel-Ann Hannaway
  • Hazel-Ann Hannaway

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Nick Hoffman
Nick Hoffman
  • Nick Hoffman

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Andrew Johnstone
Andrew Johnstone
  • Andrew Johnstone

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Paula Kay
Paula Kay
  • Paula Kay

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Phillip Kite
Phillip Kite
  • Phillip Kite

  • Partner
  • London
Vicky Lord
Vicky Lord
  • Vicky Lord

  • Partner
  • Shanghai
Paul Madden
Paul Madden
  • Paul Madden

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Henry Mander
Henry Mander
  • Henry Mander

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Ian Mann
Ian Mann
  • Ian Mann

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
William Peake
William Peake
  • William Peake

  • Partner
  • London
Lorinda Peasland
Lorinda Peasland
  • Lorinda Peasland

  • Consultant
  • Hong Kong
Chai Ridgers
Chai Ridgers
  • Chai Ridgers

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Nicola Roberts
Nicola Roberts
  • Nicola Roberts

  • Partner
  • Hong Kong
Paul Smith
Paul Smith
  • Paul Smith

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Andrew Thorp
Andrew Thorp
  • Andrew Thorp

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
  • Jessica Williams

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Jayson Wood
Jayson Wood
  • Jayson Wood

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands

Baby, baby, baby, you're out of time

In the recent case of Sumitomo Mitsuitrust (UK) Ltd v Spectrum Galaxy Ltd BVIHC (COM) 2018/0172, Justice Jack considered the question as to whether an alleged breach of contract claim that fell outside the limitation period could nevertheless be relied upon in a BVI unfair prejudice claim. An earlier blog concerning amending pleadings at a late stage arose from the same set of proceedings.

Ian Mann, Claire Goldstein,
William Peake, Vicky Lord

BVI Commercial Court: NY shareholder activist wins private placement attack

In the recent decision of IsZo Capital LP v Nam Tai Property Inc, Justice Jack of the BVI Commercial Court held that a private placement was made for an improper purpose; principally to defeat a validly issued requisition for a shareholders’ meeting. The Court held that the placement was void, and ordered re-institution of the shares to their pre-placement value.

Romane Duncan, Ian Mann,
Sarah Thompson, Hazel-Ann Hannaway,
Julie Engwirda, Jeremy Child

Trial is not a dress rehearsal. It is the first and last night of the show

In Ming Siu Hung v J F Ming Inc., the Privy Council allowed an appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, and upheld the decision of the BVI trial judge which had found unfair prejudice in the conduct of the affairs of the BVI company by the majority shareholder (and which resulted in a buy-out order).

Ian Mann, Paula Kay,
Deirdre MacNamara, Stuart Cullen

Is a breakdown in mutual trust and confidence enough to wind a company up?

In the recent English Court of Appeal decision in the Matter of Paramount Powders (UK) Ltd (the Company), the appellant was removed as a director of the Company, following which he petitioned the court for an order that the Company (which was a quasi-partnership between him and his brothers) be wound up.

Kimberly K. Crabbe-Adams, Jonathan Addo,
Julie Engwirda, Phillip Kite