J. Ross McDonough

Managing Partner and Head of Litigation, Ross frequently acts in complex international insolvencies, restructurings and security enforcements and is regularly retained by local and overseas insolvency professionals, directors, fund administrators, auditors, creditors and investors in connection with all aspects of the restructuring and winding up of companies, investment funds, limited partnerships, SIV’s and structured finance entities.

Sources say: “he knows the law extremely well, is very practical in his suggestions and is very efficient in trials.”
– Chambers and Partners

He has specific experience of coordinating cross-border appointments and obtaining recognition and assistance for insolvency professionals appointed by foreign courts. Having practiced continuously in the Cayman Islands since 1994, Ross is one of the most experienced litigators at the Cayman bar and has acted in more than 40 reported cases and was admitted in the British Virgin Islands in 2008. He is also regularly engaged to give expert evidence on issues of Cayman Islands law in proceedings before foreign courts.

Litigation Law Practice:

Campbells is widely recognised for its litigation strength and has particular expertise in investment funds disputes and all aspects of the liquidations of investment funds. Members of the department appear before the Grand Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council and have been involved in numerous reported cases. Clients range from large international, financial and trading organisations to liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy of international and local entities, participants in investment and trust structures and Cayman Islands Government Agencies. In particular, we have substantial experience acting for liquidators, creditors and shareholders of distressed companies in cross border liquidations and corporate reorganisations, as well as acting for the local restructuring departments of the major accounting firms.

Our litigators also regularly appear as expert witnesses and speak at local and international conferences, and a number of our lawyers are admitted to practise in the BVI.

Campbells Attorneys at Law:

Campbells have been leading the way for over 43 years, advising both local and international clients on Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law. We are regularly trusted to advise some of the most prominent names in finance, investment, insolvency and insurance and are frequently involved in the largest and most complex transactions in both jurisdictions.

Our legal team is internationally recognised for their expertise by leading directories and trade publications and we are also proud to be actively involved in the development of legislation, sitting on critical government legislative committees. Campbells is a member of the international legal network Meritas.

Raymond Davern

Raymond Davern, Counsel, is Head of the Private Client and Trust practices in both the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands offices of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Raymond regularly works with leading onshore legal and accounting firms in the US, UK, Europe, Latin America, MENA region and South East Asia to establish and provide advice in relation to trust and related structures for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals in succession, estate planning and asset protection contexts.

Raymond also undertakes specialist trust litigation in both jurisdictions at first instance and appellate levels, regularly appearing as an advocate. He also advises on the administration of Cayman and BVI situated estate of foreign domiciled deceased persons in both contentious and non-contentious contexts.

Raymond has over 25 years of experience, and joined Conyers in 2010. In addition to his private client and litigation experience, Raymond has served as a lecturer on the Law of Trusts at King’s College in London, UK.

Conyers Dill & Pearman:

Founded in 1928, Conyers Dill & Pearman is an international law firm advising on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius. With a global network that includes 140 lawyers spanning eight offices worldwide, Conyers provides responsive, sophisticated, solution-driven legal advice to clients seeking specialised expertise on corporate and commercial, litigation, restructuring and insolvency, and trust and private client matters. Conyers is affiliated with the Codan group of companies, which provide a range of trust, corporate secretarial, accounting and management services.