July 4, 2020

Attorney Anthony Akiwumi ‘deliberately’ breached court order, says Cayman’s Chief Justice


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Anthony_headshotAnthony Akiwumi, Head of Litigation for Cayman Islands-based law firm Stuarts Walker Hersant, has been accused of contempt of court by Cayman’s Chief Justice, Anthony Smellie.

Cayman Islands Chief Justice Anthony Smellie has set aside a default judgment in a defamation action after determining that a client of law firm Stuarts Walker Hersant benefitted from a “deliberate” breach of a court order.

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From Lawyer’s Profile HG.org

Mr. Anthony Akiwumi – Head of Litigation, George Town, Cayman Islands

Anthony has obtained definitive and successful outcomes at Grand Court and Court of Appeal levels in a wide variety of cases.

Recent cases include Strategic Turnaround Master Partnership v Culross (presently the leading case the right of an Investment Funds to suspend redemptions); Reserve International Liquidity Fund v Walker & Carter (where he represented the Manager of a money market fund in a multi-jurisdictional dispute about control of the funds assets); Masri v Consolidated Contractors International Company SAL (on behalf of a judgment creditor seeking to enforce by way of freezing and receivership orders judgments obtained in the English Commercial Court); Cadogan Petroleum PLC v Tolley and others (successfully obtaining freezing injunctions in support of English Chancery Division claims alleging breach of fiduciary duty, bribery and breach of contract).

Falcone v Government of Switzerland, Grupo Torras, Segoes and Enron are examples of other previous commercial, insolvency, trust and regulatory matters in which Anthony has advised or represented parties proceedings. He has also developed a niche counseling service advising fiduciaries, partners and shareholders, particularly in the investment funds context, on their rights, duties and obligations generally and in the restructuring and litigation context.

Anthony has had many speaking engagements on offshore litigation including presentations at INSOL (2008 Vancouver Congress) on cross-border insolvency investigations and lectures in Cayman and New York on offshore litigation and recognition and appointment issues under the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross Border Insolvency.

Separately, he has an excellent command of the issues arising in the context of an increasingly regulated offshore environment. In 2002 Anthony was part of the team that successfully represented the Cayman Islands in its presentations to the OECD / FATF resulting ultimately, in the removal of the Cayman Islands from the List of non-co-operating jurisdictions.

Anthony was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1989 and has been a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple since 1988. He is admitted as an Attorney of the Cayman Islands and has practiced in this jurisdiction since November 1997.

Anthony’s experience, spanning 21 years, has had as its focus advocacy in commercial and other complex litigation. He has practiced in the higher and appellate courts (including before Her Majesty’s Privy Council) in England and in the Cayman Islands.

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