Steven White is a Barrister and Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. He specialises in insolvency and restructuring matters, company and trust disputes, and complex fraud and asset recovery. His wider background is as a British barrister with over 11 years prior experience in commercial, chancery and general civil litigation, including substantial employment litigation.
Recent cases include acting for a provisional liquidator in obtaining a recognition order from the Bermuda Supreme Court in respect of parallel US Chapter 11 proceedings, a Swiss law firm in lifting a freezing injunction over their client trust account by setting aside service out of the jurisdiction on technical grounds, a hedge fund in resisting rectification proceedings where there had been alleged non compliance with AML regulations, a global company in setting aside a TIEA production order on the basis of material non-disclosure by the Minister of Finance, and a Bermuda reinsurer involved in the first ever regulatory challenge under the Insurance Act 1978 at tribunal to a decision of the Bermuda Monetary Authority.
He is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb Bermuda) and a member of the Chancery Bar Association, the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association (RISA Bermuda), the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, the Bar of England and Wales (non practising) and a door tenant at the Chambers of Robert Smith QC and Alistair MacDonald QC, New Park Court Chambers, Leeds and Newcastle. He has been recommended in the Legal 500 as a leading individual in England for 2013 to 2015 and in Bermuda for 2016.
He regularly publishes articles and speaks at seminars on issues relevant to commercial litigation, insolvency and related issues. He is the co-author, together with David Kessaram and Sam Riihiluoma, of the Bermuda chapter of Global Legal Insight: Dispute Resolution, 5th edition.
DEALS AND CASES
- In the matter of Energy XXI Ltd  SC (Bda) 79 Comm
(common law power of the Supreme Court to recognise parallel US Chapter 11 proceedings, distinguishing Singularis and staying all existing and prospective claims against the company)
- Capital Partners Securities Co Ltd v Sturgeon Central Asia Balanced Fund Ltd  SC (Bda) 68 Comm
(exercise of the discretion to refuse rectification of the share register, whether AML obligations related to the transfer and strictness of time limits)
- Minister of Finance v Ap (formerly AA)  Bda LR 34
(reviewing an order made on an ex parte basis and setting aside the production order on the basis of material non disclosure by the Minister and the requesting state)
- The Majuro Investment Corporation v Timis, Ferrero Law Firm & Ors  Bda LR 112
(application to set aside service out of the jurisdiction, consideration of the necessary and proper party gateway, setting aside a freezing injunction, stay pending appeal)
- EXOR SpA v PartnerRe Ltd (unreported, June 2015), Supreme Court
led by Michael Todd QC and David Kessaram
BA Hons History, Manchester University, 1996
Postgraduate Diploma in Law, College of Law, York, 1997
Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course, 1998
England & Wales, 1998