Regional news: Bermuda

EY appointed as Seadrill JPLs in Bermuda after latest Chapter 11 filings

Offshore rig operator Seadrill Limited has appointed EY as its joint provisional liquidators in Bermuda for the second time in four years after a conflict between creditors saw it file for Chapter 11 protection in Texas last week.

15 February 2021

Seadrill Asia seeks Chapter 11 protection in Texas

Five of offshore rig operator Seadrill’s Asian subsidiaries have entered Chapter 11 proceedings in Texas, listing Dubai’s ZDN Investment and Saudi Arabia-based Algosaibi Services Company as their largest unsecured creditors.

08 February 2021

Petra Diamonds’ English scheme sanctioned after foreign recognition assured

A subsidiary of Bermuda-incorporated, Jersey-headquartered miner Petra Diamonds has had its English scheme sanctioned, with the judge assuming it could be recognised in the EU since the proceedings were commenced before the UK’s Brexit transition period closed.

12 January 2021

African diamond miner and Bermudian insurer seek recognition in New York

An English subsidiary of an African diamond miner has sought recognition of its scheme proceedings in New York, two weeks after the joint provisional liquidators of a Bermudian insurance company also filed Chapter 15 proceedings in the city.

16 December 2020

Century Sunshine’s Cayman JPLs secure Singapore recognition

BlackOak is advising the “light-touch” provisional liquidators of Chinese fertiliser company Century Sunshine Group, who have won recognition in Singapore to seek a restructuring of locally-listed notes.

15 December 2020

Kirkland, Jackson Walker and Sheppard Mullin advising on Seadrill Ch11s

London-based offshore driller Seadrill Partners and 28 of its international subsidiaries have filed Chapter 11 proceedings in Texas, citing Bermuda-incorporated Seadrill Ltd, which itself went through bankruptcy two years ago, as their largest unsecured creditor.

03 December 2020

A Bermuda scheme as an alternative to Chapter 11: Digicel case study

Faced with a US$7 billion level of funded indebtedness, the Digicel group concluded a comprehensive debt restructuring in June 2020 that left its shareholders intact. A key aspect of the restructuring plan was an innovative Bermuda scheme of arrangement that was used as an alternative to Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Edward Rance, an associate at Conyers, reports.

23 November 2020

Offshore provisional liquidators not entitled to general stay, Hong Kong court rules

A Hong Kong court has clarified that offshore provisional liquidators are not entitled to a general stay of local proceedings following a standard recognition order, in a ruling that has “punctured a long-standing myth” according to one barrister.

20 November 2020

Bermudian insurer’s provisional liquidators look to seize US investments

The Bermudian provisional liquidators of an insolvent insurance company have requested Chapter 15 recognition of their appointment in Florida, seeking to take control of its US assets following regulatory breaches at the company.

04 November 2020

New York court receives recognition requests for two Bermudian proceedings

The provisional liquidators of a Bermuda-incorporated investment holding company and the liquidators of a Bermudian water company are seeking Chapter 15 recognition of their appointments, in separate proceedings filed in New York in September.

01 October 2020

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