Todd McGuffin

Partner

Todd McGuffin

Partner

Todd specialises in contentious insolvency, funds and trust matters. He has extensive experience in areas such as fraud, constructive trusts and tracing, trustees’ and directors' duties, financial services regulatory issues and disputes with a multi-jurisdictional element. He frequently advises stakeholders and local and foreign insolvency practitioners in corporate distress situations. Todd combines technical expertise with substantial advocacy experience at both trial and appellate levels.

Expertise

Dispute Resolution
Insolvency and restructuring

Contact

  • Securing in the Court of Appeal the recognition of a foreign receiver appointed by the United States Federal Court on the application of the United States Government with respect to a USD450 million fraudulent hedge fund structure.
  • At the conclusion of a successful trial, obtaining retrospective rectification of a company’s shareholder register in the context of fraudulent conduct by officers and members – the first such order made by the Royal Court of Guernsey.
  • Obtaining an urgent administration order and interim injunctive relief on behalf of a financial services regulator in relation to a £60 million non-compliant closed-ended investment fund and its Swiss- based investment manager.
  • Acting on behalf of a foreign insolvency practitioner on claims of constructive trusteeships and complex issues of asset tracing with respect to investment funds domiciled in the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands.
  • Obtaining a very rare rescission of a compulsory winding up order in the context of multi-jurisdiction proceedings seeking to unwind a fraud perpetuated on a Guernsey company by one of its directors.
  • Acting on behalf of a Guernsey entity seeking recovery of extremely valuable intellectual property rights fraudulently registered in The European Union Intellectual Property Office and the domestic IP agencies of Germany, France, Switzerland, Norway, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining Babbé LLP, Todd practised at a boutique litigation practice in Sydney and regularly advised and appeared in high profile corporate insolvencies including One.Tel and HIH Insurance. After leaving Sydney, Todd practised at major international law firms in London before qualifying as a Guernsey Advocate and being appointed a partner in the Dispute Resolution team.

INSOL
Legal and Regulatory Committee, Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Experts (Channel Islands)
Guernsey Financial Services Commission/ Guernsey Bar Forum

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