Jeremy Walton is a partner and Group Head of Dispute Resolution in Cayman. He is Global Head of the Fund Disputes team that is described by Chambers Global as “one of the largest teams on the market, with a tremendous amount of experienced people.”
Jeremy specialises in international commercial litigation, including: directors’ and shareholders’ disputes; insolvency work, including the dissolution of commercial joint ventures and the dismantling of corporate structures; asset-tracing and recovery work, often as part of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional litigation; and disputes in relation to both family and commercial trusts.
Since his launch of a dedicated Fund Disputes team in June 2007 (the first of its kind in the offshore market), Jeremy has been involved in the leading Cayman litigation, insolvency and restructuring cases: including Absolute Capital Management, Basis Yield Alpha Fund, Bear Stearns High-Grade Structured Credit Strategies Funds, CPIM Structured Credit Funds, DB Zwirn Special Opportunities Fund, Laurus Offshore Fund, Lancelot Investors Fund, Palm Beach Offshore Fund, Peloton ABS Fund, RAB Capital Ritchie Capital, Rye Select funds, Wextrust Capital. He has significant experience in representing the full range of parties involved in fund-related matters: including liquidators, directors, investment managers, auditors, shareholders and creditors.
Jeremy was named ´Fund Disputes Specialist of the Year - Cayman Islands´ by Global Fund Awards 2015. He was also announced winner of the Corporate Livewire Lawyer of the Year 2014 award for Bankruptcy & Restructuring in the Cayman Islands.
Jeremy has been consistently highly-ranked in various global legal directories, including most recently by Chambers Global 2017 where sources have described him as “a powerful advocate”, praising his “very sharp understanding of business dynamics” and his “clear view of the strategy going forward.” In Chambers Global 2016 clients were said to have valued Jeremy’s strategic input on high-stakes commercial disputes and he was mentioned as ´one of the world´s leading practitioners´ in Who´s Who Legal: Arbitration 2016. Chambers Global Guide 2015 placed Jeremy in Band 1 and recognised him for his litigation prowess and specialism in commercial and restructuring matters. Jeremy was also recognised in the International Who’s Who Legal Asset Recovery 2015 as an “esteemed figure in the market.”
Originally called to the Bar of England and Wales (now non-practising), Jeremy became an Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands in 1997. He joined the Group in 1998 and has been a partner since 2004.
Jeremy regularly speaks at conferences and writes for a range of publications (including The Lawyer, Mondaq, International Law Office, The Hedge Fund Journal, and Hedge Funds Review). He also authors Global Arbitration Review’s annual Getting the Deal Through – Arbitration.
Jeremy is a member of the Cayman Islands Law Society, the International Bar Association, the Bar of England and Wales, the Chancery Bar Association (overseas member), and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Chairman of the Cayman Chapter). Jeremy is also an accredited mediator and a member of the Civil Mediation Council.
“...the best advocate on the island. His legal advice is both insightful and commercial, and in the courtroom, he is fearless.”