GRR Live Offshore: Is Singapore “coming for Cayman’s docket”?

22 October 2018

Singapore is bidding to be the "Asian New York" of debt restructuring, but can it compete with the US’s experience and the Cayman Islands’ flexibility? A team of panellists at GRR Live Offshore considered the pros and cons of the respective regimes to see whether the city-state was “coming for Cayman’s docket”.

GRR Live Offshore, Grand Cayman: Is Ocean Rig the Cayman cure-all, and other questions

GRR Live Offshore session one panel

18 June 2018

With bold new precedents established in Ocean Rig, and planned restructuring law reforms on the horizon, Cayman practitioners considered how they square against the competition in the battle to win cross-border work, at the inaugural GRR Live Offshore.


Laura Hall

Allen & Overy

Laura’s cross-border litigation practice focuses on assisting clients in navigating the intersection of domestic and foreign legal regimes, particularly in financial services, technology and restructuring.

Felicity Toube QC

South Square

Felicity Toube QC specialises in domestic and cross-border insolvency and restructuring, banking and financial services, commercial litigation, civil fraud, and company law. Felicity appears in the Cayman Islands on a regular basis. She also acts as an expert in international proceedings in English law, as well as the law of other common law jurisdictions. She is asked to speak regularly at conferences, including at INSOL and Offshore Alert.

Keynote Speaker

Carlos Parada Abate

CP Legal

Following a law degree at Catholic University of Chile, Carlos studied on the LLM course at York University in Toronto, Canada. He also holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Management which has enabled him to specialise in diverse areas of business consulting. With over 25 years of experience, his experience in both the fields of business and economics has ideally placed him to provide commercial and corporate legal advice.


Eleanor Fisher


Tony Heaver-Wren


Nick Hoffman


Caroline Moran

Maples and Calder

Jess Shakespeare


Meiyen Tan

Oon & Bazul

Shelley White


Richard Woodworth

Allen & Overy


13.00: Registration and networking lunch kindly sponsored by Maples and Calder

14.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Laura Hall, Allen & Overy
Felicity Toube QC, South Square

14.10: Session one: The GRR Live Question Time

A unique session of free-flowing discussion, in the style of Question Time on the BBC. Audience members will submit questions in advance, which will be discussed by a panel of leading names, with the audience asked to join in after. It offers an excellent chance to check one’s own approach against that of peers.

Felicity Toube QC, South Square

Tony Heaver-Wren, Appleby
Caroline Moran, Maples and Calder 
Jess Shakespeare, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Richard Woodworth, Allen & Overy 

15.20: Coffee break kindly sponsored by Harneys

15.50: Session two: Intercentre rivalry - Singapore vs Cayman

Leading names will debate the competition between the two restructuring centres, in GRR’s trademark conversation style.

Questions they are expected to discuss include:

  • Which jurisdiction is better for debtors? Which jurisdiction is better for creditors?
  • Is there room for the two jurisdictions to work together? What mechanisms or precedents exist to do so?
  • What does the future hold for each jurisdiction?
  • Grey areas: what are the unresolved legal points when it comes to cooperation between the two that could be used to create leverage?

Laura Hall, Allen & Overy

Eleanor Fisher, Kalo 
Nick Hoffman, Harneys 
Meiyen Tan, Oon & Bazul 
Shelley White, Walkers

17.00: Keynote speech

Carlos Parada Abate, CP Legal 

17.30: Chairs' closing remarks

Laura Hall, Allen & Overy 
Felicity Toube QC, South Square

17.40 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Kalo, followed by an all-conference dinner kindly hosted by Allen & Overy


The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, 30620 Seven Mile Beach, Seven Mile Beach 0, Cayman Islands


Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early $400 04 May 2018
Early $500 04 Jun 2018
Standard $650 12 Jun 2018


Type Price
Standard Complimentary