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Erik Bodden



Global Restructuring Review 100 2020 Legal 500 Caribbean 2020 Global Restructuring Review 100 2019

Erik Bodden is a Partner in the Litigation and Trust & Private Client departments in the Cayman Islands office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Erik joined Conyers after completing a secondment with the Disputes Team at Farrer & Co. Prior to that, he completed pupillage in Lincoln’s Inn in London, where he assisted with a wide range of traditional and commercial chancery cases including matters concerning partnerships, company and insolvency law, as well as contentious trusts and will disputes.

Erik’s practice covers all areas of international commercial, insolvency and private client litigation. He frequently appears before the Grand Court both on his own and as part of a large team, including in the course of large-scale cross-border and multi-party disputes. In addition to acting in various winding up proceedings (including the longest trial of a winding up petition in Cayman) and other disputes involving Cayman Islands companies, Erik has recently been involved in a series of Section 238 dissenting shareholder appraisal cases, and has extensive experience acting for both companies and dissenting shareholders in this context. He has also acted in contentious trust matters, acting for office holders such as trustees, beneficiaries, and protectors.

Erik has co-authored a number of articles about developments in companies law and trust law in the Cayman Islands. He is a visiting lecturer at the Cayman Islands Law School, a contributor to the Cayman Islands Law Review, and a contributor to the text book Civil Litigation in the Cayman Islands (3rd Edition). Erik was awarded the RISA (INSOL International) Rising Star Award in 2015 and was also a member of the RISA education subcommittee from 2014 to 2019. Erik is also a council member of the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association, a member of the Legal Advisory Council and a member of the FSD User’s Committee. He has been ranked in Legal 500 Caribbean since 2017, most recently as a “Rising Star” in 2020.

Experience Highlights

  • Acted for RC Cayman Holdings, lender to the companies that owned the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman Resort against the developer to enforce a personal guarantee when the companies defaulted on their loan.
  • 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 RMF Market Neutral Strategies (Master) Limited against a clawback claim by the liquidators of DD Growth Premium 2X Fund for redemption payments made to RMF at a time when it subsequently shown the fund was insolvent.
  • Acting for the Joint Official Liquidators, Grant Thornton Specialist Services (Cayman) Limited, in the ICP master and feeder funds liquidation proceedings.
  • Acted for Torchlight Fund LP in its successful defence against a just and equitable winding up petition.
  • Acting for companies and dissenters in various s.238 merger appraisal proceedings in Cayman, including two of the four reported cases to go to trial.
  • Acted for trustees, beneficiaries, protectors and other office holders on a variety of Cayman Islands contentious trust and private client matters.

Professional Background

  • Visiting Lecturer, Conflict of Laws, Cayman Islands Law School
  • Secondment, Disputes Team, Farrer & Co., London
  • Pupillage, Ten Old Square and Serle Court, London
  • UBS Fund Services (Cayman) Ltd.


  • BPP Law School, BPTC, 2012
  • University of Liverpool, LLB, 2011 (First Class – ranking 1st overall)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, BA, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • British Virgin Islands, Barrister, 2018
  • Cayman Islands, Attorney, 2013
  • England & Wales, Barrister, 2012

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised and ranked as a “Next Generation Lawyer” in the 2021 edition (and recognised generally since 2017) of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2020 edition (and 2019) of Global Restructuring Review 100
  • Recipient of the Rising Star Award from Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association (RISA)


  • Cayman Islands Legal Practitioner’s Association (council member and treasurer)
  • Cayman Islands Legal Advisory Council (member)
  • FSD User's Committee (member)
  • Planning Appeals Tribunal (deputy chairman)
  • Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator (ADR Group, UK)
  • INSOL International
  • STEP

STEP Journal: Principle Progressions

Getting the Deal Through – Cayman jurisdiction analysis (November 2018)

Offshore Cases

In the matter of Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd: Cayman Islands Appraisal Actions – Moving Towards Standard Directions?, International Corporate Rescue, Vol 15 (2018) Issue 1

Contributor - Cayman Islands Law Review, 2016-2017 (various case summaries)

Contributor - Civil Litigation in the Cayman Islands, 3rd edn, 2016 (chapter on Mareva Injunctions)

Divide and Conquer: A New Chapter in the History of the Cayman Islands Judicial System, IFC Caribbean Review, 2011


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