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Ben Hobden

Partner

Recognition

WWL Restructuring & Insolvency 2021 - Rosette Chambers 2020 Rosette Global Restructuring Review 100 2019 GRR - Names to Know in Cayman   Legal 500 Caribbean 2019

Ben Hobden is a Partner in the Litigation department in the Cayman Islands office of Conyers Dill & Pearman and has been involved in some of the largest matters in the jurisdiction over the last six years, regularly appearing before the Grand Court and Court of Appeal.

Prior to joining Conyers in 2012, Ben worked at a large practice in the UK. Ben’s practice covers insolvency and restructuring, s.238 shareholder appraisal cases, cross-border commercial disputes and shareholder and corporate disputes. Ben is seen as an industry leader in respect of restructurings by way of scheme of arrangement. His client base includes Pioneer Alternative Investment Management, RC Cayman Holdings, FTI Consulting, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Avenue Capital.

Ben is recommended by the Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and Who’s Who Legal.

Ben is a member of INSOL International and RISA. Ben forms part of the INSOL International working group tasked with reviewing and developing organisational channels utilised by the organisation.

Experience Highlights

  • Advised Springland International Holdings Limited in connection with its HK$4.5 billion privatization by Octopus (China) Holdings Limited by way of a scheme of arrangement and its delisting.
  • Acted for Pioneer Alternative Investment Management defending a claim brought by the liquidators of the Primeo Fund arising out of the Madoff fraud.
  • Acted 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.
  • Acted for Avenue Capital in relation to the appointment of provisional liquidators and subsequent restructuring of Ambow Education Holdings a Chinese VIE structure.
  • Acted in the successful defence of complex winding up proceedings and ancillary conspiracy proceedings regarding the Torchlight Fund, L.P.
  • Acted in the Ocean Rig restructuring, the largest to take place in the Cayman Islands which took place by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Acting for the Public Institution for Social Security, a Kuwaiti pension fund, as petitioning creditor of Abraaj Holdings.
  • Acted for Bloomage BioTechnology Corporation in respect of its HK$3 billion privatization by way of Cayman scheme of arrangement.
  • Acted for Schahin II Finance Company (SPV) Limited in respect of the restructuring of its $660m debt by way of Cayman Islands Scheme of Arrangement and accompanying Chapter 15 proceedings, appearing as an expert in the latter.
  • Acted on behalf of LL Finance LLC, the litigation funder in the Platinum Partners liquidation.
  • Acting in the successful defence of complex winding up proceedings and ancillary conspiracy proceedings regarding the Torchlight Fund, L.P.
  • Acting on behalf of Steven Goodman as assignee of claims from Tangerine Investment Management in respect of claims vicariously brought against DMS Governance Limited

Professional Background

  • Senior Solicitor, Andrew Jackson, 2008-2012

Education

  • The College of Law, York, LPC (Distinction), 2006
  • The University of Hull, LLB (First class; qualified top of class), 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-law, 2012
  • England & Wales, Solicitor, 2008 (not currently practising)

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2020 edition (and since 2017) of Chambers Global (dispute resolution)
  • Winner of the 2020 Lexology Client Choice Awards
  • Recognised in the 2020 edition (and since 2017) of Who’s Who Legal (restructuring & insolvency)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and since 2017) of Who's Who Legal (asset recovery)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and since 2014) of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition of Global Restructuring Review’s Names To Know in Cayman

Associations

  • Cayman Islands Legal Practitioner's Association
  • Law Society of England and Wales

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