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Sam Dawson


Sam is a partner in Carey Olsen's dispute resolution and insolvency and restructuring practice in the Cayman Islands.

He has extensive experience litigating complex cross-border commercial disputes with a primary focus on the financial services sector.

Sam also has particular expertise in the field of insolvency and restructuring and is regularly instructed to act for liquidators and receivers (including foreign appointees), management, security holders, investors, and unsecured creditors in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Sam is ranked consistently by the independent legal directories and is quoted as being "an accomplished litigator" who is "responsive, proactive and gives good advice". Sam is also noted for being a "really good operator in Cayman, he knows the jurisdiction" (Chambers Global and Who's Who Legal).


Sam graduated from Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Art History). He was admitted as solicitor and barrister in New Zealand Bar in 1996 (non-practising) and became attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in 2006.

Sam is a current Director of the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association of Cayman, as well as a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and INSOL International. He is also one of the Law Society representatives on the Users Committee for the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court.

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What our clients say

"Thorough knowledge of Cayman Islands law and familiarity with procedure in the Grand Court."

Chambers Global

"A commercial, experienced and pragmatic attorney" who is "very pleasant to deal with as opponent and co-counsel."

Who's Who Legal

“Sensible and easy to work with.”

Legal 500

"I have a lot of respect for his approach. He analyses things coherently and thoughtfully."

Chambers Global

"Clients highlight his solid advice and agree that he is very approachable.”

Chambers Global