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Peter Hayden Partner Managing Partner, Cayman Islands

"Robust yet calm under pressure - the kind of tough but pragmatic litigator you want on your side"

— Legal 500 Caribbean, 2017
Peter Hayden


Peter is the Managing Partner of our Cayman Islands office. Prior to joining Mourant Ozannes, he was a partner at Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (now Dentons), and before that he worked at Allen & Overy for eight years. Peter has extensive experience of financial services litigation and insolvency matters and has worked in-house at UBS and Barclays.

Professional qualifications

Peter was admitted as an English solicitor (currently non-practising) in 1996 and granted higher rights of audience in 2002. He was admitted as a Cayman Islands attorney in 2008.


Peter is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers' Association, INSOL and the Commercial Fraud Lawyers' Association.

Work highlights

Algosaibi v Saad litigation - Leading the team at Mourant Ozannes acting for the Algosaibis pursuing a claim of over US$6 billion against Saad.

Primeo - Acting for the liquidators in the winding-up of the fund, which was heavily impacted by the Madoff fraud, and in related litigation against its service providers.

Herald - Acting for the largest stakeholder in the liquidation, which is engaged in litigation with the estate both in its own right and as a representative party appointed by the Court to represent the rights of a class of stakeholders.

What the directories say

Peter is 'robust yet calm under pressure - the kind of tough but pragmatic litigator you want on your side when difficulties arise', Chambers Global, 2017.

Peter is an 'excellent litigator', Legal 500 Caribbean, 2016. 

Peter is listed as Ranked Lawyer for Dispute Resolution, Chambers Global, 2016.

Peter is, "a hardened litigator, who understands the manoeuvring that is necessary in large-scale litigation whilst being aware of practical and judicial sensitivities" and is listed as Recommended by Legal 500 Caribbean 2015.

"Peter Hayden has earned a solid reputation as a 'tough litigator' in the market. He is sought after for his wealth of experience in the financial services and insolvency sphere," Chambers Global, 2015. 

"Peter Hayden has 'an extremely incisive mind'," Legal 500 Caribbean, 2014.

Who's Who Legal, 2014 ranks Peter as a leading lawyer in Asset Recovery and Insolvency & Restructuring.

"Peter Hayden is an 'excellent lawyer; he is very commercial in his outlook, has sound judgement and great analytical skills, and is trusted by clients'," Legal 500 Caribbean, 2013.

"'Astute litigator' Peter Hayden is described as a 'fantastic individual - if he's on your side he will fight tooth and nail for you, and if he's on the other side, he's a very difficult opponent'," Chambers Global, 2013.