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Jonathon Milne

Partner

Recognition

Legal 500 Caribbean 2020Legal 500 Caribbean 2019

Jonathon Milne is a Partner in the Litigation department in the Cayman Islands office of Conyers. Jonathon has extensive experience of complex litigation and insolvency matters.

Prior to joining Conyers, Jonathon practised at top-tier law firms in Cayman, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK. He has also spent time on secondment to the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Jonathon focuses on complex commercial litigation and insolvency / restructuring.  He regularly acts for clients in the fields of banking, financial services, investment funds, insurance, professional negligence, company law, asset recovery and contentious insolvency.  In terms of recent high-profile instructions, Jonathon appeared in the six-week trial of commercial fraud proceedings involving the former CEO of a major Nigerian bank and in multi-billion dollar claims against service providers brought on behalf of victims of the Madoff fraud.

Legal 500 Caribbean describes Jonathon as an ‘exceptional lawyer with impressive analytical and writing skills and deep knowledge and understanding of commercial law issues.’  He is highly rated and recommended for litigation and insolvency matters.

Jonathon is a member of INSOL International and RISA.  He is on the INSOL Younger Members Committee representing the Caribbean.  Jonathon is the author of many articles and other publications on issues of Cayman law, and he is regularly invited to speak on panels and at conferences in relation to his areas of expertise.

Experience Highlights

  • Acting and appearing for the Joint Provisional Liquidators of a Cayman-domiciled purchasing entity as part of the multi-billion dollar Tailored Brands Inc. US Chapter 11 restructuring. See: Re Tailored Brands Worldwide Purchasing Co. (FSD 178 of 2020)
  • Acting and appearing on behalf a multi-national solar energy company (formerly listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange) in successfully discharging a Mareva injunction and removing receivers, and striking out a creditor’s winding up petition. See: Hudson Capital Solar Infrastructure v Sky Solar Holdings Ltd (unreported 27 August 2020); and Re Sky Solar Holdings Ltd (unreported 12 October 2020)
  • Advising the liquidators of a large Madoff feeder fund in relation to a US$2 billion claim against former service providers to the fund, including briefing expert and factual witnesses, managing electronic discovery, drafting submissions, appearing at a four month first instance trial and a 10 day appeal dealing with issues of limitation, reflective loss, causation and contributory negligence. See: Primeo v Bank of Bermuda [2017] (2) CILR 334; and Primeo v Bank of Bermuda [2019] (2) CILR 1
  • Advising the liquidators of a large Madoff feeder fund in relation to novel privilege issues, which resulted in a successful outcome at Cayman Islands Court of Appeal level. See: Primeo v Bank of Bermuda [2016] (2) CILR 353
  • Advising the liquidators of a large Madoff feeder fund in relation to delivery up of documents under ss. 103 and 138 of the Companies Act at Cayman Islands Court of Appeal level. See: Primeo v Bank of Bermuda [2016] (2) CILR 386
  • Acting for a major Nigerian retail bank in relation to successful fraud and tracing claims against a former CEO and founder of the bank, culminating in a £700 million damages award, including appearing at a two month long trial held between Lagos and London. See: Access Bank plc v Akingbola [2012] EWHC 2148 (Comm)
  • Advising companies, creditors and contributories in relation to all manner of contested and uncontested winding-up petitions. See, for example: Re Matrix Inc (unreported 20 June 2018) and Re Virginia Solution SPC Ltd (FSD 5 of 2020)

Professional Background

  • Mourant Ozannes (Cayman) – Counsel – 2015 – 2019
  • Russell McVeagh (Auckland) – Senior Solicitor – 2013 – 2015
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (London) – Associate – 2011 – 2013
  • Philip Lee (Dublin) – Associate – 2009 – 2011
  • Russell McVeagh (Auckland) – Solicitor – 2008 – 2009

Education

  • Completed the South Eastern Circuit advanced advocacy programme at Keble College, Oxford University, 2018
  • Completed the College of Law (New Zealand) advanced litigation skills programme, 2014
  • Undergraduate degrees from Victoria University of Wellington in Law (LLB) and Arts (BA majoring in criminology and political science)
  • Awarded a Russell McVeagh scholarship for the study of law

Bar Admissions

  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-Law, 2015
  • England and Wales, Solicitor Advocate (Higher Rights of Audience), 2012
  • Ireland, Solicitor, 2011
  • New South Wales, Australia, Barrister and Solicitor 2008
  • New Zealand, Barrister and Solicitor, 2008

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2020 edition of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • Described by clients as an ‘exceptional’ lawyer ‘with impressive analytical and writing skills and deep knowledge and understanding of commercial law issues’: Legal 500 Caribbean, 2019.
  • Recommended by clients as ‘highly rated’ in dispute resolution: Legal 500 Caribbean, 2018.

Associations

  • Cayman Islands Law Society, New Zealand Law Society, Law Society of Ireland, INSOL International, RISA

 

Deals & Cases

25 Mar 2021
To BII or not to BII – a Cayman Islands perspective
Appeal | Companies

30 Jan 2021
Shareholder Rights and Remedies: a summary
Companies | Unfair Prejudice | Winding Up

22 Jan 2021
Provisional Liquidators, the Automatic Stay, and the Hong Kong Court
Liquidation | Winding Up

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13 Apr 2021
Arbitration and Fraud in Russia & CIS Conference

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