14 July 2021
Ogier advises Xiezhong International on US$31.3 million privatisation and delisting from the HKSE
Team: Janice Chu, Marc Kish, Gemma Lardner, Dunzelle Daker
Cayman Islands, Hong Kong
Chambers Global, 2022
Gemma is a highly regarded commercial litigator and restructuring and insolvency specialist. Gemma advises and represents Cayman-domiciled companies, directors, liquidators, creditors and shareholders in relation to non-contentious insolvency, restructuring and corporate recovery matters as well as contentious litigation and insolvency proceedings in the Grand Court and the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. Her clients include Cayman-domiciled, PRC-operated and HKEX listed companies, both onshore and offshore insolvency practitioners, private equity funds, financial institutions and hedge funds.
Gemma advises on a broad range of complex commercial and cross-border disputes including contentious insolvency proceedings, shareholder claims and corporate governance issues. Gemma regularly advises and appears on behalf of both creditors and defendant companies in relation to creditors' winding up petitions, advises shareholders of Cayman-domiciled companies on winding up on the just and equitable ground; advises and appears for liquidators on sanction applications and other matters arising in relation to the liquidation estate, and advises fund managers and directors in relation to solvent and insolvent wind-downs. Gemma is part of Ogier's multi-disciplinary Restructuring and Corporate Recovery team. She specialises in formal insolvency procedures, statutory remedies, and investor and shareholder rights/actions, with experience in distressed funds and private equity. Her experience includes a number of key cases for the development of the insolvency, restructuring and corporate recovery regime in the Cayman Islands, including but not limited to In the matter of CW Group Holdings (Cause no. FSD 113 and 122 of 2018), In the matter of China Shanshui Cement Group Limited (Cause no. FSD 161 of 2018), In the matter of FamilyMart China Holding Co Ltd (Cause no. FSD 195 of 2018), In the matter of the Torchlight Fund LP (Cause no. 103 of 2015) and In the matter of Natural Dairy (Cause no. FSD 186 of 2016).
Prior to joining Ogier, Gemma was an Associate at another major offshore law firm, having worked in both their Cayman and Hong Kong offices. A graduate of the University of Sydney, Gemma spent five years working in the Banking, Restructuring and Insolvency Team of Henry Davis York Lawyers in Sydney before relocating offshore in early 2016.
Gemma is also a member of the International Insolvency Institute's NextGen Leadership program, a member of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and the Chair of the Cayman Islands IWIRC network.
2016 - Cayman Islands
2011 - New South Wales, Australia and High Court, Australia
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23 March 2023
ECM Straits: The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands confirms its power to bring the voluntary winding up of Exempted Limited Partnerships under the supervision of the Court
Team: Gemma Lardner, Christopher Levers
9 March 2023
Making it official: The Grand Court outlines the principles for converting a voluntary liquidation into an official liquidation
Team: Corey Byrne
Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, London
20 February 2023
Praise for Ogier in Cayman's client service in Chambers Global
Team: Rachael Reynolds, Marc Kish, Jennifer Fox, Gemma Lardner, William Jones, Christopher Levers, and 6 more
19 January 2023
Judicial independence: upholding the integrity and robustness of the Cayman Islands judicial system
Team: Gemma Lardner
5 January 2023
Sanctioning ownership: the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands confirms broad scope
Team: Jeremy Snead, Corey Byrne
18 November 2022
A new beginning for restructuring in the Cayman Islands
Team: Paul Goss, Marc Kish, Gemma Lardner, Oliver Payne
11 November 2022
"Truly first rate" Ogier in Cayman stands out in Legal 500 Caribbean Guide 2023
Team: Rachael Reynolds, Jennifer Fox, William Jones, Deborah Barker Roye, Christopher Levers, Gemma Lardner, and 23 more
10 October 2022
BTI v Sequana: directors must continue to be aware of creditors' interests on the road to insolvency
Team: Victoria King, James Angus, Marc Kish, Brian Lacy, Gemma Lardner, Mathew Newman, and 3 more
Jersey, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong
4 October 2022
The Grand Court makes first restoration order in respect of fraudulently dissolved Cayman company
Team: Max Galt, Michael Snape, Oliver Payne, Jeremy Snead
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