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Nigel K. Meeson QC

Partner

Nigel Meeson QC is a Partner and Head of the Asia Disputes & Restructuring Group (“ADRG”) in the Hong Kong office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. The ADRG provides Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands litigation advice to clients across Asia, ensuring they have access to fully coordinated litigation advice and services provided by a seamless and comprehensive team across jurisdictions and time zones.

Nigel joined Conyers in 2007 to start the litigation practice in the Cayman Islands which he has developed into one of the leading Cayman litigation practices. His practice focuses on insolvency and restructuring, trust litigation, corporate and shareholder disputes, insurance, asset tracing and international commercial litigation. He also accepts appointments to act as leading counsel, expert witness, arbitrator and mediator.

Prior to joining Conyers, Nigel practiced for almost twenty-five years at the Bar in London as one of London’s top commercial litigators.

Nigel is consistently recognised by independent legal directories. A client commented that he is a “world-class lawyer and one of the finest litigators I have met – he has incredible business sense and a practical mind.” in Chambers Global.

Who’s Who Legal notes Nigel as having a “highly sophisticated” practice and that sources report he “always delivers.”

Nigel has authored various books and articles for leading industry publications, including Asia-Mena Counsel, International Corporate Rescue and INSOL International.

Nigel is one of the top 10 outstanding lawyers on the 2020 Offshore Client Choice List by Asian Legal Business.

Experience Highlights

  • Acting for Noble Group in relation to its US$3.5billion cross-border restructuring
  • Acting both companies and dissenters in various merger appraisal litigation proceedings in Cayman
  • Represented VTB PLC in Cayman aspects of multi-jurisdictional worldwide freezing orders, including decision of Court of Appeal establishing jurisdiction to grant Chabra-type injunction against Cayman companies in support of litigation abroad.
  • 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.
  • Acting 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.
  • Acting for Avenue Capital in relation to the appointment of provisional liquidators and subsequent restructuring of Ambow Education Holdings a Chinese VIE structure.

Professional Background

  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Panel of Arbitrators
  • Acting Grand Court Justice, Cayman Islands
  • Recorder (part-time Judge) in England (Civil & Criminal)
  • Participant at the International Symposium on Jurisdiction and Conflict of Laws, Tulane University, USA
  • Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, University of Cape Town
  • Visiting lecturer, University College London, 1994 – 2005

Education

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb.), 1996
  • Accredited Mediator (CEDR), 1993
  • Magdalen College, Oxford BA, MA., First Class Honours, Jurisprudence, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Bermuda, Registered Associate, 2015
  • British Virgin Islands, 2008
  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-Law, 2007
  • Queen’s Counsel, 2002
  • California, 1990 (not currently practising)
  • England & Wales, Barrister, 1982 (not currently practising)

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2020 edition of Offshore Client Choice List Top 10 by Asian Legal Business
  • Recognised in the 2020 edition of Who’s Who Legal (Asset Recovery)
  • Recognised in the 2020 edition (and since 2016) of Chambers Asia-Pacific (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2018 edition (and 2017) of Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (offshore law)
  • Recognised in the 2016 edition (and since 2011) of Legal 500 Caribbean (trusts/private client)
  • Recognised in the 2016 edition (and since 2011) of the CityWealth Leaders List
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition (and since 2010) of Chambers Global (dispute resolution – Band 1)
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition (and since 2014) of Who’s Who Legal (arbitration)
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition (and since 2012) of Who’s Who Legal (asset recovery, insurance and reinsurance, litigation)
  • Recognised in the 2014 edition (and since 2011) of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2013 edition (and since 2012) of Who’s Who Legal (insolvency and restructuring)
  • Recognised in the 2010 edition (and since 2009) of Legal 500 Caribbean (commercial disputes)

Associations

  • INSOL
  • Company and Insolvency Law Society (Hong Kong)
  • Restructuring and Insolvency Faculty of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Admiralty Jurisdiction and Practice (Informa 5th Ed. 2019)

Cayman Islands Company and Commercial Law 2nd Ed 2019 (Sweet & Maxwell) – Contributing Editor

Offshore Cases

Cayman Islands Company and Commercial Law – (Sweet & Maxwell 2015) – Contributing Editor

International Civil Fraud (Thomson Reuters 2014)  – Cayman Islands Chapter

Admiralty Jurisdiction and Practice (Informa 4th Ed. 2011)

International Commercial Dispute Resolution (Tottel 2009) – Cayman Islands Chapter

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