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Jonathon Milne

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Jonathon Milne is a Partner in the Litigation department in the Cayman Islands office of Conyers. Jonathon has extensive experience of complex litigation and insolvency matters.

Prior to joining Conyers, Jonathon practised at top-tier law firms in Cayman, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK. He has also spent time on secondment to the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Jonathon focuses on financial services litigation and insolvency / restructuring, acting for investment managers, directors, service providers, liquidators and receivers. For example, he has recently appeared in the six-week trial of commercial fraud proceedings involving the former CEO of a major Nigerian bank and in long-running multi-billion dollar litigation brought on behalf of victims of the Madoff fraud.

Legal 500 Caribbean, 2019, describes Jonathon as an ‘exceptional’ lawyer ‘with impressive analytical and writing skills and deep knowledge and understanding of commercial law issues.’ He is highly rated by legal directories for litigation and insolvency.

Jonathon is a member of INSOL International and RISA. He is on the INSOL Younger Members Committee representing the Caribbean.

Experience Highlights

  • Acting and appearing for the Joint Provisional Liquidators of a Cayman-domiciled purchasing entity as part of the multi-billion dollar Tailored Brands Inc. US Chapter 11 restructuring. See: Re Tailored Brands Worldwide Purchasing Co. (FSD 178 of 2020)
  • Acting and appearing on behalf a multi-national solar energy company (formerly listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange) in successfully discharging a Mareva injunction and removing receivers, and striking out a creditor’s winding up petition. See: Hudson Capital Solar Infrastructure v Sky Solar Holdings Ltd (unreported 27 August 2020); and Re Sky Solar Holdings Ltd (unreported 12 October 2020)
  • Advising the liquidators of a large Madoff feeder fund in relation to a US$2 billion claim against former service providers to the fund, including briefing expert and factual witnesses, managing electronic discovery, drafting submissions, appearing at a four month first instance trial and a 10 day appeal dealing with issues of limitation, reflective loss, causation and contributory negligence. See: Primeo v Bank of Bermuda [2017] (2) CILR 334; and Primeo v Bank of Bermuda [2019] (2) CILR 1
  • Advising the liquidators of a large Madoff feeder fund in relation to novel privilege issues, which resulted in a successful outcome at Cayman Islands Court of Appeal level. See: Primeo v Bank of Bermuda [2016] (2) CILR 353
  • Advising the liquidators of a large Madoff feeder fund in relation to delivery up of documents under ss. 103 and 138 of the Companies Act at Cayman Islands Court of Appeal level. See: Primeo v Bank of Bermuda [2016] (2) CILR 386
  • Acting for a major Nigerian retail bank in relation to successful fraud and tracing claims against a former CEO and founder of the bank, culminating in a £700 million damages award, including appearing at a two month long trial held between Lagos and London. See: Access Bank plc v Akingbola [2012] EWHC 2148 (Comm)
  • Advising companies, creditors and contributories in relation to all manner of contested and uncontested winding-up petitions. See, for example: Re Matrix Inc (unreported 20 June 2018) and Re Virginia Solution SPC Ltd (FSD 5 of 2020)

Professional Background

  • Mourant Ozannes (Cayman) – Counsel – 2015 – 2019
  • Russell McVeagh (Auckland) – Senior Solicitor – 2013 – 2015
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (London) – Associate – 2011 – 2013
  • Philip Lee (Dublin) – Associate – 2009 – 2011
  • Russell McVeagh (Auckland) – Solicitor – 2008 – 2009

Education

  • Completed the South Eastern Circuit advanced advocacy programme at Keble College, Oxford University, 2018
  • Completed the College of Law (New Zealand) advanced litigation skills programme, 2014
  • Undergraduate degrees from Victoria University of Wellington in Law (LLB) and Arts (BA majoring in criminology and political science)
  • Awarded a Russell McVeagh scholarship for the study of law

Bar Admissions

  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-Law, 2015
  • England and Wales, Solicitor Advocate (Higher Rights of Audience), 2012
  • Ireland, Solicitor, 2011
  • New South Wales, Australia, Barrister and Solicitor 2008
  • New Zealand, Barrister and Solicitor, 2008

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2020 edition of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • Described by clients as an ‘exceptional’ lawyer ‘with impressive analytical and writing skills and deep knowledge and understanding of commercial law issues’: Legal 500 Caribbean, 2019.
  • Recommended by clients as ‘highly rated’ in dispute resolution: Legal 500 Caribbean, 2018.

Associations

  • Cayman Islands Law Society, New Zealand Law Society, Law Society of Ireland, INSOL International, RISA