ABOUT US

Established in 2012, Cayman Islands based RISA has swiftly grown to over 350 members. Focusing on delivering educational and networking events, RISA’s mandate is to investigate and share best practices amongst industry practitioners in the fields of insolvency, restructuring and litigation. The Cayman Islands is respected worldwide as an international financial services centre built upon solid, yet appropriate regulation, a legislative structure based on English Common Law and a stable political environment. It is the domicile of choice for the world’s hedge funds and private equity funds with over 10,000 registered alternative investment entities.

2021/2022 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Chairperson — John Royle, Grant Thornton Specialist Services (Cayman) Limited

John is a Board member of RISA and has been a member of RISA since its inception in 2012. In addition, John has been on the Education & Training Committee since its establishment.

John has over 22 years’ experience in restructuring and insolvency, and, before moving to the Cayman Islands over 10 years ago, worked in the financial services and restructuring field in England. He has worked on a variety of engagements, both solvent and insolvent, including voluntary, provisional and official liquidations and both creditors and shareholder resolutions procedures. John has acted as Court appointed Receiver on various enforcement matters and SPC structures. John has also led local forensic and asset tracing investigations. Given John’s insolvency qualifications, he also takes a number of solvent Irish voluntary liquidations where Cayman is the residency for tax purposes.

John is a qualified insolvency practitioner under the JIEB system from 2008, a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (UK) and holds his insolvency licence with The Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales. John is also a member of INSOL.

In 2018 and 2019, John was named Insolvency Practitioner of the Year by RISA.

 

Mark Goodman, Campbells

Mark is a partner in the Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring Group of Campbells with over 15 years of experience in insolvency, restructuring and investment fund litigation. Described as “One of the brightest and most effective insolvency lawyers in Cayman” by Chambers and Partners, 2020 and a “fabulous lawyer” by Who’s Who Legal, 2019, Mark advises liquidators, creditors, shareholders, directors, managers and other professional service providers in relation to a broad range of pre and post liquidation disputes. Mark was named Lawyer of the Year by RISA in 2016 and 2019.

 

 

Nicholas Fox, Mourant Ozannes

Nicholas Fox is a Partner and the Local Practice Leader of Mourant’s Litigation and Insolvency department in the Cayman Islands office. He joined Mourant in 2010 and has over 12 years’ experience of litigation in the Cayman Islands and BVI.

Nicholas has extensive experience in fraud and asset tracing, insolvency and financial services litigation, as well as regulatory matters. He has acted on a large number of complex, high value fraud and asset tracing cases. He has advised a substantial number of liquidators and receivers on many complex and high-value cross border disputes and restructurings. He also regularly advises and acts in cases in the financial services and cryptocurrency sectors.

Before joining Mourant, Nicholas worked at another leading offshore law firm. Prior to that, he spent over seven years practising at the London Bar. Nicholas is also a fellow of INSOL. He has four children, two dogs, one wife (RISA lawyer of the year 2021/22) and is a great admirer of Jurgen Klopp.

 

Cassandra Ronaldson, Kalo Advisors

Cassandra has over ten years of experience in the Cayman Islands and Australia managing a variety of corporate insolvency and advisory appointments. During her career, Cassandra has acquired experience working with stakeholders of distressed entities across a wide range of industries, including investment funds, retail, nonprofit, property, mining services and agriculture.

Cassandra has expertise in international financial restructuring, litigation support, regulatory reviews, domestic and international insolvency appointments. Cassandra has a Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Accounting) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

 

Spencer Vickers, Conyers

Spencer has over a decade of experience in insolvency, restructuring and cross-border litigation. Spencer advises clients on a wide range of complex disputes, with specific experience in the financial services, insurance and energy industries. Spencer regularly advises insolvency practitioners, creditors of distressed entities and shareholders. He has managed a number of large litigation matters to trial and frequently assists clients with urgent applications, including, for example, to appoint provisional liquidators. Spencer is an experienced advocate, appearing before the Courts of the Cayman Islands on a regular basis.

Spencer is admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands and was previously admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

In addition to being a Board member of RISA, Spencer is a member of the RISA Education Committee, which he joined in 2019. Spencer is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and a member of INSOL.

 

Martin Trott, R&H Restructuring

Martin specialises in corporate restructuring and insolvency, as an insolvency practitioner in the Cayman Islands and qualified accountant with over 27 years’ experience. He is a director of R&H Restructuring (Cayman) Ltd., which is an affiliate of Rawlinson & Hunter in the Cayman Islands, of which Martin is a partner.

In addition to the Board, Martin is on the Legal & Regulatory committee and is the RISA appointee to the Insolvency Rules Committee. He is a fellow member of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Association of Business Recovery Professionals and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

He has broad experience in leading complex administrations, liquidations and receiverships across a number of industry sectors. He has significant cross border experience having worked with corporates in the UK, US, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, the Middle East, Ireland, British Channel Islands, the Far East and continental Europe.

 

SUB COMMITTEES

Education
The Education Committee is responsible for organising technical events for our members, including quarterly technical events, one day seminars and breakfast events.

John Royle, Grant Thornton
Mark Russell, KSG
Nicholas Fox, Mourant Ozannes
Spencer Vickers, Conyers
Graham Robinson, Crowe
Katie Pearson, Harneys
Cassandra Ronaldson, Kalo
Adalene Chetty, Deloitte
Farrah Sbaiti, Ogier
Tony Heaver-Wren, Appleby
Paul Smith, Maples

Social & Entertainment
The Events Committee is responsible for organising social and networking events, including dinners, cocktail events, golf tournaments and other events.

Paula Richmond, Kalo
Carolyn Lum, BDO
Tom Wright, Kobre & Kim (Cayman)
Jamie McGee, Bedell Cristin
Bhavesh Patel, Travers Thorp Alberga
James Eggleton, Harneys
Robert Shifman, Kroll
Nour Khaleq, Ogier
Nigel Smith, Carey Olsen
Conal Keane, Appleby

Legal & Regulatory
The Legal & Regulatory Committee is responsible for representing members’ interests in terms of changes to legislation, disseminating information from the Courts and promoting best practice approaches to liquidation related matters.

Martin Trott, R&H Restructuring
Louise Sargison, EY
Michael Green, Deloitte
Kai McGriele, Bedell Cristin
Peter Hayden, Mourant Ozannes
Rocco Cecere, Collas Crill
Sebastian Said, Appleby
Alex Potts, Conyers
Ben Hobden, Forbes Hare
Paul Smith, Harneys

Membership & Communication
The Membership & Communications Committee is responsible for informing the membership of upcoming events, maintaining RISA’s social platforms and being a resource for existing and potential members.

Mark Goodman, Campbells
Ilona Groark, Kobre & Kim (Cayman)
Grant Hiley, Deloitte
Jennifer Fox, Ogier
Colin Patterson, Deloitte
Patrick Sakowski, EY
Dan Coelho, Appleby
Quentin Cregan, Maples
Ryan Murray, PwC
Bryan Little, Travers Thorp Alberga

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LDK Solar Co. Ltd – Presentation Slides

June 4, 2015June 4, 2015
The slides from the RISA Technical Update Session held on 29th May 2015 are now available in the Resources section.

Cayman Insol Fellowship – Andrew Morrison

June 4, 2015
Congratulations to Andrew Morrision of FTI Consulting for successfully completing the INSOL Global Insolvency Practice Course. Andrew is now fully recognised as a Fellow of INSOL International. Please see the press release for the Class of 2014 here.
Andrew Morrison is a Managing Director in the FTI Consulting Corporate Finance/Restructuring practice and is based in the Cayman Islands. He has more than 15 years’ experience of insolvency and restructuring advisory matters, including three years based in the Cayman Islands. He joined FTI Consulting in October 2014.
A biography for Andrew can be found here:
 

RISA Annual Report 2014

June 1, 2015June 1, 2015
RISA's Annual Report for 2014 is now available for download in the Resources section.