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Róisín Liddy-Murphy

Counsel

Recognition

Global Restructuring Review 100 2020 Global Restructuring Review 100 2019

Róisín Liddy-Murphy is Counsel in the Litigation and Restructuring department in the Cayman Islands Office of Conyers.

An experienced advocate, Róisín was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2006 and to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013. She currently practices as an offshore barrister in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands and advises and represents clients on complex multi-jurisdictional commercial and insolvency litigation proceedings. She has extensive experience in appearing in Court as counsel on contentious and non-contentious matters. Her expertise includes advising and acting in insolvencies, restructuring proceedings, fraud and asset recovery claims, time sensitive regulatory investigations, and various complex cross-border commercial disputes.

Róisín has worked within the Attorney General’s Chambers as part of the Cayman Islands Government Portfolio of Legal Affairs. She has taught Company and Banking Law (UK) on the University of Liverpool LLB Degree and was the International Insolvency appointed lecturer on the International Finance, Law and Regulation University of Liverpool Master’s LLM Degree. She has also taught legal trainees Cayman Company/Insolvency Law for the Professional Qualifying Bar Exams in the Cayman Islands.

Róisín regularly contributes articles to legal journals and publications and gives presentations on matters relating to her areas of practice.

Experience Highlights

  • Leading counsel acting for a number of limited partners in respect of complex issues arising out of the collapse of a large private equity firm.
  • Acting for Brazilian Plaintiffs in relation to a $490 million professional negligence claim in the Cayman Islands in proceedings before the Cayman Islands Grand Court and the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal.
  • Acting and representing insurance providers and various entities on insolvency and regulatory matters.
  • Regularly acting as leading counsel and advising entities in matters before the Ombudsman relating to data protection breaches.
  • Acting as lead advocate in the appointment of official liquidators and in sanction applications for the commencement of proceedings in the United States to pursue claims against directors and to enter into funding agreements amongst other applications that have arisen during the course of the liquidations.
  • Acting and advising on validation application seeking to transfer shares from the Herald and the Primeo Fund (In Liquidation). The Primeo Fund had $US750 million in assets prior to its collapse.
  • Representing investors and a management company in the area of intellectual property and data analytics technology against multifaceted claims for damages arising out of allegations of misrepresentation, deceit, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Successfully acting and advising a nominee director before the Cayman Islands Grand Court on allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties and conflicts of interest in an oil group structure.
  • Advising and working with clients and litigation funders in matters concerning multi-jurisdictional asset tracing and recovery matters with a particular focus on Cayman, BVI and Hong Kong entities.
  • Acting and advising companies, creditors and contributories on applications before the Court in relation to the winding up of Cayman incorporated entities including the appointment of provisional liquidators on often urgent provisional liquidators appointments

Prior to practising in the Cayman Islands and BVI, Roisin appeared regularly as a barrister in the Irish Courts acting as leading counsel on a large volume of cases representing debtors and key stakeholders in financially distressed circumstances, including banks, directors, insolvency practitioners and investors.

Professional Background

  • University Law Lecturer, University of Liverpool, Cayman Islands 2013-2018
  • Barrister, Four Courts, Dublin, Ireland 2006-2013
  • Legal Training Services, Professional Development Law Lecturer Dublin, Ireland 2008-2013
  • Stagiaire, European Court of Justice, Luxembourg 2006
  • Mercer, Dublin, Ireland 2005

Education

  • Trinity College Dublin, M. Litt Degree (Cross-Border Insolvency), 2017
  • Accredited Mediator (Mediation Forum Ireland) 2012
  • Honourable Society of King’s Inns, Barrister-at-Law Degree, 2006
  • University of Limerick, LL.B Degree, Law and European Studies (Advanced French) 2005
  • George Washington University, IBA Accredited, Munich Summer Programme, Germany 2004
  • Erasmus, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic, 2004
  • Erasmus, University Paris 13, France, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • BVI, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, 2021
  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-law, 2018
  • England & Wales, Barrister, 2013 (not currently practicing)
  • Ireland, Barrister, 2006 (not currently practicing)

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2020 edition (and 2019) of Global Restructuring Review 100

Associations

  • Bar Council of England and Wales
  • Bar Council Ireland
  • Member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inns
  • Recovery & Insolvency Specialists’ Association Cayman (RISA)
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (Secretary IWIRC Cayman)
  • Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association (CILPA)
  • INSOL Europe

Offshore Cases

Frequent contributor to the World Bank Group Publication Women, Business and the Law Report. (2011 – 2021)

Corporate Digest: Notable Deals and Transactions - Spring 2019

Watler Holdings Limited (In Official Liquidation), Frank Sound Estate Limited (In Official Liquidation), Red Bay Estates Ltd (In Official Liquidation), Cayman Law Review, Issue 2, 2016

In the Matter of Section 30 (11) (b) of the Mutual Funds Law (2015 Revision) and In the Matter of Brighton SPC (In Controllership), Cayman Law Review, Issue 2, 2016

In the matter of Madison Niche Assets Fund Ltd (In Liquidation) (“MNAF”) and in the matter of Madison Niche Opportunities Fund Ltd (In Liquidation) (“MNOF”) Cayman Law Review, Issue 2, 2016

Appleby (Cayman) Ltd. V Chief Immigration Officer, Cayman Law Review, Issue 2, 2016

Reformation of the European Insolvency Regulation to Act as a Legislative Tool to Assist in Europe’s Growth Agenda (2015) 26 European Business Law Review, Issue 2, pp. 283–304

 

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