In a decision that provides additional certainty to dissenting shareholders, the Grand Court has rejected a company's efforts to recast the procedural framework for appraisal proceedings brought under Section 238 of the Companies Law (as revised). This decision follows the significant 2019 ruling of Chief Justice Smellie in JA Solar, which has become the touchstone for directions orders in Section 238 proceedings.
Over the past quarter, numerous laws and regulations have been enacted which affect, or will affect, Cayman investment funds. This article is intended as a handy reference guide with respect to the recent developments.
The substantive hearing of a winding-up petition which was successfully conducted via videoconferencing shows that the Grand Court is responding effectively to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Grand Court's apparent seamless adaptation to these challenging times is a testament to its well-established technological capabilities, given that judges have frequently presided over interlocutory hearings by video link from abroad in the past.
The government recently held a virtual meeting with the heads and delegates of financial services industry associations in Cayman to allow it to engage with them directly on various COVID-19-related business continuity plans relating to the financial services industry. It is hoped that any chosen actions will be taken swiftly, consistent with the government's stated desire of assisting users of the financial products that the jurisdiction offers.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and with many people now working remotely, companies are increasingly considering the use of digital contracts and electronic signatures. To help minimise disruption and ensure business continuity, this article summarises the legal position in the Cayman Islands and provides practical advice on implementation.