Jennifer acts for all participants in the offshore financial services market including insolvency office holders, investment managers and directors, creditors and shareholders, and parties to large scale commercial and fraud litigation. She has advised a number of high-profile distressed offshore investment funds or their stakeholders and is regularly called upon to advise on issues concerning redemptions, events of default, or unpaid capital calls. Jennifer is also recognised as a private client expert and regularly advises and acts for beneficiaries along with trustees and protectors in respect of their interests and responsibilities regarding offshore trusts.
Jennifer is part of Ogier's multi-disciplinary Restructuring and Corporate Recovery team. She specialises in corporate restructuring and reorganisation, distressed funds and private equity, and formal insolvency procedures, with experience in illiquid or insolvent trusts. Her achievements in this field include: (i) acting for the company (E-Commodities Holdings/ Winsway) on a cross border multi-jurisdictional restructuring, which included the first substantial scheme of arrangement in the BVI in parallel with a Hong Kong scheme of arrangement compromising exclusively foreign law debts (US$350 million) and obtained chapter 15 recognition in New York; and (ii) advising the Brazilian Constellation Group on the Cayman Islands aspects of a wider cross border multi-jurisdictional restructuring involving a judicially supervised restructuring in Brazil, a Scheme of Arrangement in the BVI and Chapter 15 proceedings in New York.
Throughout her time offshore, Jennifer has been involved in many of the most significant fraud proceedings, consequently she is well versed in all fraud and asset recovery claims and is recognised as an expert in this field by the directories. Jennifer has considerable experience in obtaining and defending applications for injunctive relief and has sought Norwich Pharmacal orders, injunctions and the appointment of receivers in aid of injunctions.
A number of Jennifer's prominent matters also include:
- Acting for Abraaj Private Equity Fund IV LP in respect of numerous complex issues arising out of the collapse of the Abraaj Group
- Acting for Argyle Funds SPC Inc in its negligence and breach of duty claim against its former auditors
- Acting for the liquidators of Fairfield Sentry (the largest offshore feeder fund into the Madoff Ponzi Scheme)
- Acting for the liquidators of one of the Saad defendants to the US$ 9.2 billion fraud claim brought by AHAB◦Acting for a major international investment bank on claims alleging fraud in connection with the sale of complex financial derivatives
- Acting for Goldman Sachs in contentious winding up proceedings
- Advising on the bribery and corruption laws of the Cayman Islands and the BVI in connection with a US governmental investigation
Jennifer originally trained as an advocate and was a junior barrister at the English Bar before moving offshore. Prior to re-joining Ogier she was employed at another leading offshore law firm.
She has a First Class Bachelor of Laws degree (with Honours) from Keele University and completed her Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in London as a Major and Pegasus Scholar of the Inner Temple.
Jennifer is a qualified Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP) and is a honorary member of the Chancery Bar Association. She is a member of RISA (Cayman Islands chapter of INSOL) and is on the board of the Cayman Islands Network of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).
She regularly contributes articles to legal journals and publications and gives presentations on matters relating to her practice areas. She also provides expert evidence for use in foreign proceedings.
2009 - Cayman Islands
2008 - British Virgin Islands
2004 - England and Wales (not practising)