Grand Court warns investment managers that indemnity costs will loom large should they contest the identity of official liquidators in solvent liquidations

Overview

In a recent decision of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands (the "Court") concerning a supervision order in respect of a Cayman company in voluntary liquidation, Kawaley J considered the settled principles in a solvent Cayman Islands liquidation involving a dispute as to the identity of the official liquidators to be appointed.


The Proceeding

In the Matter of Sciens Alternative Assets Recovery Fund II (in Voluntary Liquidation) (the “Fund”) [FSD 103 of 2022 (IKJ)], the incumbent voluntary liquidator presented a petition seeking orders to bring the voluntary liquidation of the Fund under supervision of the Court, and for the appointment of the incumbent voluntary liquidator as official liquidator of the Fund. It was common ground amongst the parties that a supervision order should be made. The dispute arose as to the identity of the official liquidator, with the critical question arising being which party’s interest should be afforded more weight: the management shareholder (seeking the appointment of the incumbent voluntary liquidator) or the majority economic shareholder in the Fund (seeking the appointment of David Griffin and Andrew Morrison of FTI Consulting (Cayman) Ltd (the “FTI Nominees”)).

 

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