Laura is head of the Litigation and Insolvency & Restructuring groups in the Cayman Islands. She focuses on bankruptcy, restructuring, investor rights, fiduciary duties in corporate governance and professional negligence.
Laura has advised bankruptcy and restructuring professionals, lenders, investors and professional services providers in the Cayman Islands, USA and Europe and has been involved in most of the significant cases of the last decade in the Cayman Islands including Bear Stearns, Weavering and the precedent setting cases establishing the basis for corporate liquidation based on the just and equitable grounds for failure of a company’s purpose when a fund is in run off. As well as litigation up to Privy Council level, Laura has used alternative dispute resolution methods to conclude disputes and has been involved in several mediated settlements.
- Solicitor*- England & Wales
- Attorney at law - Cayman Islands
- Chairperson IWIRC Cayman 2018-2019
- Organising Committee for ABI Caribbean Insolvency Symposium
- Frequent speaker at the ABI Caribbean and Latin America conference and is a regular speaker at various Cayman Islands events.
- Provided expert opinions on various aspects of Cayman Islands law for use in US Court proceedings.
- International Who’s Who for Asset Recovery
- 'Leader in their field' - Chambers Global 2018
- 'Leading individual' - Legal 500 Caribbean 2019
Head of litigation Laura Hatfield is recognised as "a very fine lawyer with solid experience in this field." She has a well-established disputes practice with significant expertise in banking and insolvency litigation. A source enthused: "She has worked on many serious cases and has always conducted herself very wellChambers and Partners
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"wealth of knowledge and experience and also excellent communication skills," adding: "She is responsive and very sympathetic."Chambers and Partners
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The Cayman Islands (“Cayman”) Ministry of Financial Services (“Ministry”) has issued an Industry Advisory (“IA”) to address matters as part of its business continuity plans in the face of the coronavirus (“Covid-19”) pandemic.
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales (“EWCA”) recently ruled in the case of Philip Barton v Timothy Gwyn-Jones and others, involving an agent and a seller who had agreed terms for the payment of a commission fee upon the sale of a property at a specifie...
Today 28 January is International Data Privacy Day (also known as Data Protection Day). The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices.
The Cayman Islands Ombudsman has issued new Guidance on Monetary Penalty Orders v1.0 under the Cayman Data Protection Law 2017.
The English High Court ("Court") has found that an arbitrator could consider a letter containing an offer of settlement but not expressly marked "Without prejudice" on the subject of costs.
As of 1 October 2019 lists of names of the current directors and alternate directors of a company ("Company") incorporated in the Cayman Islands ("Cayman") and of the current managers of a Cayman limited liability company ("LLC") will be available on request.
In August 2019, the Commercial Court in London ("Commercial Court") granted an asset preservation order ("APO") over Bitcoin.
The Privy Council has published its decision in an appeal as to whether redemption payments made by an insolvent company ("Weavering") were preferences over other creditors of the company. Bedell Cristin acted in the case.
Two indictments filed in the Southern District of New York Court have resulted in the arrests of the both the founder of Abraaj Investment Management, Arif Naqvi, and the former Managing Partner of the Abraaj Group, Mustapha Abdel-Wadood.
On 2 April 2019 the Cayman Islands ('Cayman') Data Protection Regulations, 2018 ('Regulations') were published in the Gazette, together with a Commencement Order setting a date of 30 September 2019 for the Data Protection Law, 2017 ('Law') to come into forc...
A decision of the Ontario Superior Court has considered what remedy might be appropriate where a trustee has made significant breaches of trust through an innocent lack of understanding.
On 12 March 2019, the European Commission (‘EC’) published its latest list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, adding ten jurisdictions to the five already on its list.
The Cayman Islands (‘Cayman’) Grand Court (‘Court’) recently blessed the Final Distribution Proposal (‘Proposal’) of a trustee (‘Trustee’) of a family trust (‘Trust’) which benefited two sisters and their brother. The Court was in no doubt that the Trustee ...
Legal 500 has released its 2019 Caribbean Guide, and partners Laura Hatfield and Ian Jamieson have been named as leading individuals.
Is it time to check if your sole recourse and exclusive jurisdiction clauses cover non-parties?
On 2 August 2017 the Cayman Islands (‘Cayman’) Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) indicated that the Cayman Government’s Data Protection Law 2017 (‘the Law’) is expected to come into effect in January 2019 (see here).
The Companies Law (2020 Revision) of the Cayman Islands provides that unclaimed dividends and undistributed assets from a liquidation shall be held by the former liquidator as trustee for the benefit of the shareholders or creditors to whom such Remaining F...
In March 2020 the BVI Commercial Court (the "BVI Court") handed down the first written judgment on the subject of overseas applicants asking for third party disclosure orders ("Norwich Pharmacal" orders) against entities doing business in the Territory of t...
In response to European Union requirements, many offshore jurisdictions have enacted legislation requiring certain tax resident entities to demonstrate sufficient economic substance in the relevant jurisdiction. This table gives a high-level overview and co...
New rules on economic substance came into effect on 1 January 2019 in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. Our experts have put their heads together and come up with their top tips for any company incorporated, registered or tax resident in one of ...
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The Cayman Islands has joined a global effort to establish an international standard for tax residence of entities doing business in a jurisdiction to avoid the Harmful Tax Practice of Base Erosion and Profit Shifting. Cayman has put in place a law requirin...