Case details

Stanford International Bank Ltd (In Liquidation) (Acting by and through its Joint Liquidators Mark McDonald and Hugh Dickson) (Appellant) v Amicus Curiae (Respondent) (Antigua and Barbuda)

Case ID: JCPC 2018/0075

Jurisdiction: The Court of Appeal of Antigua and Barbuda

Case summary


This appeal concerns the interpretation and application of section 204 of the Antiguan International Business Corporations Act ("IBCA") in the context of the liquidation of Stanford International Bank ("SIB") on the discovery of a large-scale Ponzi scheme.


The proceedings arise in the liquidation of SIB which arose as a result of the run on the bank starting in about September 2008 and the discovery of a Ponzi scheme which had been operated at the expense of SIB. SIB went into liquidation in 2009. The Appellants, the joint liquidators of SIB, sought directions from the Court as to whether they could and should pursue claims under section 204 to seek recovery of monies paid to creditors of SIB prior to the commencement of liquidation procedures. At first instance the Appellants were permitted to take the payments into account when making further distributions to payees but were not permitted to commence the claims. Both the Appellants and the First-Respondent appealed. The appeal of the Appellant’s against paragraph 2 of the judge’s order was dismissed and the judge’s order, granting the Appellants limited permission to pursue claims against alleged preference creditors was set aside. The cross-appeal was also dismissed. The Appellants now appeal to the JCPC.



Mark McDonald and Hugh Dickson as Joint Liquidators of Stanford International Bank Limited (In Liquidation)


Amicus Curiae



Lord Wilson, Lord Carnwath, Lord Briggs, Lady Arden, Sir Andrew Longmore

Hearing start date

23 Jul 2019

Hearing finish date

24 Jul 2019

Watch hearing
23 Jul 2019 Morning session Afternoon session
24 Jul 2019 Morning session