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James Eldridge

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James is co-head of Maples and Calder's global Dispute Resolution & Insolvency team and is based in the Maples Group's Cayman Islands office.  He has extensive experience in commercial litigation, insolvency, corporate recovery, reconstructions, and schemes of arrangement. He specialises in insolvency-related issues, advising financial institutions, investors and insolvency administrators. James has particular expertise in assisting investors, creditors, managers and independent directors of distressed funds.


James joined the Maples Group in 2006 and was elected as a partner in 2013.  He previously worked for Minter Ellison and, before that, for Blake Dawson Waldron (now known as Ashurst) in Australia.  James has been recommended in Chambers Global, Legal 500 as a 'Leading Individual' and Who's Who Legal. Described by clients as "best restructuring lawyer in Cayman. A tenacious bulldog – aggressive and experienced, with unmatched legal knowledge in both litigation and contentious non-litigation restructurings. Works hard to find the best solution for his clients without fighting if possible, but absolutely unafraid to litigate if that’s required to vindicate his client’s interests. James is one of the best."


Dispute Resolution & Insolvency


2000 – Admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia (not practising)

2001 – Admitted to the Federal and High Courts of Australia

2003 – Admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria

2006 – Admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands


Murdoch University, Western Australia, BA (Politics and International Studies); LLB (Hons)

Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia, Insolvency Education Programme


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