Sat, Oct 10, 2015
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

BVI Court dismisses Madoff-related Fairfield claim

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Opalesque Industry Update - Less than a month after ruling on certain preliminary issues, the BVI court has ruled that the Madoff-related claim brought by Fairfield is unsustainable and should be dismissed.

In a judgment handed down today in Road Town the Court held that its previous findings on the preliminary issue of consideration disposed of all but the last paragraph of the Statement of Claim which Fairfield argued was an alternative claim in mutual mistake. Although the Court expressed doubt as to whether such a claim was properly pleaded, the Court found that even a properly drafted mutual mistake claim was not sustainable on that facts. Referring to Bell v Lever Bros [1932] AC 161 the Court found that even if there had been a mistake that the investor and Fairfield shared as to the underlying investment in Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC, Fairfield could still perform its obligations to the investors on a redemption.

Accordingly the Court found that Fairfield's case on common mistake confused a shared assumption the truth of which is a necessary condition for the performance of a particular contract with a shared mistaken assumption about the background against which it was expected that the contract was to be performed. The former case will mean that no contract can, as a matter of law, be concluded. The latter will not...Read the court judgement: Source

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing

  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. U.S. hedge funds prepare for worst finish this year since 2008[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S.-focused hedge funds are preparing for their worst year since the 2008 global financial crisis, following a series of letdown including the market sell-off in August and the sell-off in healthcare and biotechnology sectors last month, reported

  2. Investing - AQR Capital and Renaissance Technologies raise stakes in Southwest Airlines[more]

    From In the previous part of this series, we saw how institutional investors played Southwest Airlines (LUV) in 2Q15. Now let’s move on to the trades executed by key hedge funds in Southwest Airlines over the same period. … Most of the hedge funds that had significant exposu

  3. Manager Profile - Pimco alternative funds flourish as 30-year bond rally fades[more]

    From Inside Pacific Investment Management Co., the bond behemoth that lost two chief investment officers last year and saw almost $500 billion of client money leave, a hidden profit engine is easing some of the pain. For more than a decade, Newport Beach, California-based Pimco has qu

  4. Niche Investing - Art investment funds: Attracting institutional and other new investors[more]

    From The Deloitte/ArtTactic Art and Finance Report 2014 (the "Art and Finance Report") noted that the "global art investment fund market was estimated to be worth at least $1.26 billion in the first half of 2014." This seems almost inconsequential when juxtaposed with the $54 billion of

  5. DoubleLine’s Jeffrey Gundlach warns of another round of market shakedown[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: DoubleLine Capital co-founder Jeffrey Gundlach is painting a bleak future as he warned that the U.S. equity market and other risk markets, such as high-yield "junk" bonds, are facing another round of selling pressure. Gundlach said in an interview with