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Chris Easdon is an associate in the litigation and insolvency practice group. He specialises in general commercial litigation and has experience of acting in connection with a wide range of commercial disputes, including insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, property and fund litigation. Chris joined Appleby in 2005, prior to which he was an associate with Herbert Smith in London.Recent disputes on which Chris has acted include: acting for life assurance and annuity companies in connection with their exposure to the Bernard Madoff fraud, including advising on related policyholder claims and in connection with the winding up of the Rye Select Funds; advising investors on redemption issues arising in connection with investments in Cayman hedge funds, including advising on gating issues and issues arising from the use of synthetic side pockets; advising insurers in connection with property damage and business interruption claims arising from damage sustained during Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane Paloma, including acting on claims relating to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman and Morritt’s Tortuga Club; advising insurers on coverage issues and claims under professional indemnity insurance policies; acting for the Indonesian state-owned energy company (PT Pertamina) on a US$316 million fraud claim arising out of a JV project to develop and operate a geothermal power plant in Java; advising on insolvency issues arising in connection with Cayman structured investment vehicles, including advising on security and enforcement issues and the appointment of receivers; advising on shareholder disputes arising in connection with Cayman hedge funds and captive insurance companies.
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