Our team of insolvency practitioners and qualified accountants has great depth of experience in dealing with distressed situations and the associated complexities of cross-border insolvencies and disputes.

Martin Trott

Director

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  • Cayman
  • T: +1 (345) 949-7576
  • D: +1 (345) 814-8729

Martin specialises in corporate restructuring and insolvency, as a licensed insolvency practitioner in the British Virgin Islands and qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience. He is a director of RHSW (Cayman) Limited and RHSW (BVI) Limited, and 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, British Virgin Islands, Ireland, British Channel Islands and continental Europe.

His experience includes advising underperforming corporates, lenders and other stakeholders, focusing on assessing the restructuring options and developing contingency plans to protect and enhance stakeholder positions. In addition, Martin has led several insolvency appointments across a number of sectors including financial services, infrastructure and real estate – recent highlights include:

  • Receivership of a BVI holding entity for a hospitality asset in North Africa
  • Liquidator on a number of solvent wind-downs of BVI companies
  • Director to several Cayman funds in distress, conducting litigation support
  • Voluntary arrangement of a large chain of UK fitness clubs
  • Wind down of several real estate funds involving the sale of large commercial property portfolios
  • Contingency planning and insolvencies of UK financial services businesses
Martin is a fellow member of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Association of Business Recovery Professionals and a member of RISA, the BVI chapter of INSOL. In addition, he spent 12 months seconded to the work out and recoveries team of a major UK clearing bank.

Matthew Wright

Director

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Matthew is a qualified insolvency practitioner in the Cayman Islands, specialising in corporate advisory and restructuring, liquidations, asset tracing, solvent wind down of funds and realisation of distressed and illiquid assets. He has acted as the court appointed liquidator on numerous Cayman Islands funds and companies. He also acts as Liquidating Agent, director and manager of a number of illiquid and distressed funds, outside formal insolvency procedures.

Matthew joined the firm in 2010 and is a Director of RHSW (Cayman) Limited. He has worked predominately on solvent and insolvent restructurings since joining Ernst & Young in London in 2004. In the UK, he worked on the restructuring of Metronet (London Underground), the UK subsidiary of Kaupthing, the troubled Icelandic bank, and a wide variety of trading company and debt restructurings. Since arriving in the Cayman Islands in 2009, Matthew has led teams working on Madoff feeder funds as well as luxury hotel insolvencies in the Cayman Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos.

He is a CIMA registered director, a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a member of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants. He is also a board member of the Cayman Islands chapter of INSOL, which promotes the interests of restructuring professionals in the Cayman Islands and encourages best practices in the industry. Matthew has presented at conferences and authored articles relating to distressed fund restructurings and directors’ obligations during periods of doubtful solvency


Chris Kennedy

Director

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Chris is a Director of RHSW (Cayman) Limited, having joined the firm in 2012. Prior to moving to the Cayman Islands in 2009, Chris spent four years working with Grant Thornton in Dublin. Chris was involved in and managed a number of large receiverships, examinerships and insolvencies. He was also involved in numerous corporate finance transactions which involved buyer side due diligence, providing financial and management support on merger and acquisition transactions and assisting CFOs in turnaround situations.

Chris is a qualified insolvency practitioner in the Cayman Islands, specializing in corporate advisory and restructuring, asset tracing, insolvent and solvent wind downs and realization of distressed and illiquid assets. He acts as a court appointed liquidator on several Cayman Islands funds and companies. He has in-depth experience in cross border matters having been recognised in the US under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code on several occasions, and is currently acting as Official Liquidator on matters involving the courts of London, Luxembourg, Geneva, Hong Kong, Shanghai and several other jurisdictions.

Chris is a CIMA register director and acts as a director on distressed structured finance vehicles to assist with the pursuit of litigation and / or arbitration.

Chris is a Chartered Accountant and an associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment in the UK. Chris is also a member of the Cayman Island Society for Professional Accountants, INSOL International and the Cayman Island chapter of INSOL.

Peter is a qualified insolvency practitioner in the Cayman Islands, specialising in corporate advisory and restructuring, liquidations, asset tracing, solvent wind down of funds and realisation of distressed and illiquid assets. He has acted as the court appointed liquidator on numerous Cayman Islands funds and companies. Having worked in the Cayman Islands since 1982, Peter has a vast experience of the offshore industry including 12 years in his own practice and being a partner with Rawlinson & Hunter for 11 years.

Peter is a Director of RHSW (Cayman) Limited. He also has extensive experience working in the fund fiduciary and corporate services departments of Rawlinson & Hunter in the Cayman Islands, advising on the establishment and ongoing administration of Cayman Islands companies and mutual funds. He has also acted as a director of Cayman Islands regulated mutual funds and other client companies. He currently acts as a director on a number of funds, many of which are in the process of restructuring, outside formal insolvency procedures.

Peter has an honours degree in Economics from Queens University, Belfast, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland and a past president of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants.


Finbarr O’Connell

Partner

    • Smith & Williamson – London
    • T: + 44 (0)20 7131 8259

E: Finbarr.O’Connell@smith.williamson.co.uk

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Finbarr is a Partner with Smith & Williamson LLP in its Restructuring & Recovery Service’s (RRS) Fraud & Asset Tracing team.

A Chartered Accountant and Licenced Insolvency Practitioner, he has twenty five years’ experience of providing Fraud and Asset Tracing services, ten of which were as a partner in a “Big Four” firm of accountants.

Finbarr specialises in using insolvency appointments such as that of administrator, liquidator or trustee in bankruptcy to trace and recover missing assets. He also assists parties who are involved in insolvency proceedings in defending actions brought against them.

Finbarr is a past president of the Insolvency Practitioners’ Association.