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 recently 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.
He has been consistently highly-ranked in various global legal directories, including most recently by Chambers Global 2016 where clients have said to value Jeremy's strategic input on high-stakes commercial disputes. He was mentioned as 'one of the world's leading practitioners' in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2016 and also Chambers Global Guide 2015 placed Jeremy in Band 1 and recognised him for his litigation prowess and specialism in commercial and restructuring matters. Chambers Global 2014 describes Jeremy as “the best advocate on the island. His legal advice is both insightful and commercial, and in the courtroom, he is fearless.” Clients and legal practitioners interviewed in previous editions of Chambers Global described him as “the star of the show - persuasive, attentive and thoughtful." Clients also lauded his “terrific knowledge of Cayman law and first-rate written work." The 2013 edition of Legal 500 described Jeremy as being a "highly intelligent individual who devotes himself to his clients cases and will always strive to achieve the best outcome." The 2012 edition described him as being “respected by very experienced clients."
Clients interviewed for the International Who’s Who Legal – Asset Recovery 2013 stated Jeremy “has a wealth of expertise” and is the “first choice” for many. He 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.”