Laura Hatfield

Partner

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.

Professional
  • Solicitor*- England & Wales
  • Attorney at law - Cayman Islands

*non-practising

Industry focus
  • 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.
Credentials
  • 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 well.
    Chambers 2017/18
News/Experience
Weavering: Privy Council decides that redemption payments in complex Cayman Islands case were preferences
29 Jul 2019 Cayman Islands

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.

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New twist in Abraaj Group case will affect Cayman Liquidation

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.

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Cayman publishes its data protection regulations and sets a date
Regulatory & Compliance 10 Apr 2019 Cayman Islands

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...

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The cost to a trustee of an innocent breach of fiduciary duty
Litigation 01 Apr 2019 Cayman Islands

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.

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EU reaffirms Cayman's cooperation and adds ten countries to its blacklist
Regulatory & Compliance 14 Mar 2019 Cayman Islands

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.

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Is it irrational when a trustee won't wait for a Cheshire cat?
19 Feb 2019 Cayman Islands

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 ...

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Legal 500 Caribbean recognises lawyers from Solomon Harris
Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation Property 07 Dec 2018 Cayman Islands

Legal 500 has released its 2019 Caribbean Guide, and partners Laura Hatfield and Ian Jamieson have been named as leading individuals.

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Is it time to check if your sole recourse and exclusive jurisdiction clauses cover non-parties?
Litigation 19 Oct 2018 Cayman Islands

Is it time to check if your sole recourse and exclusive jurisdiction clauses cover non-parties?

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Data protection is coming to Cayman in January 2019
Regulatory & Compliance 02 Aug 2017 Cayman Islands

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).

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Insights
Substance rules: top tips for companies
Briefings | 17 Jun 2019

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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Substance rules: top tips for corporate services providers
Briefings | 17 Jun 2019

New rules on economic substance came into effect on 1 January 2019 affecting companies and certain types of partnerships incorporated, registered or tax resident in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey or Jersey. Clients are looking to their corporate service ...

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Economic substance laws – multi-jurisdiction comparison
Briefings | 13 Jun 2019

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...

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In a nutshell: Cayman Islands' Economic Substance Law
Briefings | 06 Jun 2019

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...

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