Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey. We are experienced in all types of international and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of sectors with a particular focus on both contentious and non-contentious corporate and finance law, investment funds, private equity, structured products, capital markets, regulatory and risk advisory, and private capital and trusts.
Walkers delivers clear, concise and practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey.
Garry Ferguson is the managing partner of Walkers' Ireland office where he is a finance partner heading the firm's Finance and Capital Markets team. Garry has many years’ experience practising as a financial services lawyer. He has acted for a wide range of international financial institutions, investment banks, arrangers, managers, agents, trustees, private equity groups and hedge fund managers. He has acted as lead counsel, issuer counsel and trustee counsel on a wide variety of capital markets transactions including all types of CLOs, ABS and MBS deals, insurance linked securities (CAT bonds and sidecar transactions), and ABCP Programmes. He has advised on and structured a wide variety of distressed asset acquisitions and fund financing structures. Garry also advises on general banking, secured and unsecured lending and regulatory matters and has substantial experience in the areas of restructuring, work-out and enforcement of stressed and defaulted deals.
Prior to joining Walkers, Garry worked with a big five law firm in Dublin for almost 6 years where he was a partner in that firm’s structured finance and derivatives group. Prior to that, Garry was a financial services taxation manager in one of the big four accountancy practices.
Admitted In:IrelandQualifications:Bachelor of LawsDiploma in FinanceAITI Chartered Tax Adviser
2021 IFLR 1000 - Market Leader
2021 Legal 500 - Hall of Fame and Recommended Lawyer (Capital Markets: Debt)
2021 Chambers Europe - Eminent Practitioner - (Capital Markets: Debt)
2021 Chambers Global - Eminent Practitioner - (Capital Markets: Debt) - Managing partner Garry Ferguson is described by interviewees as an "approachable and knowledgeable lawyer." Sources highlight his coordination role within the firm, saying: "He is personable and knows how to connect the various teams." Ferguson has longstanding experience in DCM matters.
2020 Legal 500 - Hall of Fame and Recommended Lawyer (Capital Markets: Debt) - "Matters are given due attention by partners and other senior lawyers, and their advice is pragmatic and commercial."
2020 Legal 500 - Hall of Fame and Recommended Lawyer (Banking and Finance) - "Experienced team with good market knowledge and depth to cover multiple work streams."
2020 Chambers Europe - Eminent Practitioner - Managing partner Garry Ferguson heads the firm's Finance and Capital Markets team. He advises clients on auto-loan securitisations and CLO issuances.
2020 Chambers Global - Eminent Practitioner (Capital Markets: Debt)
2020 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer and Highly Regarded
2019 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Banking and Finance)
2019 Legal 500 - Leading Individual (Capital Markets)
2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner (Capital Markets: Debt) - "One interviewee describes him as "commercially minded and very responsive," while another adds that Ferguson is "enthusiastic and really effective."
2019 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded: "Very personable and technically very good."
2018 Legal 500 - Leading Individual: "Really bright and clued up"
2018 Chambers Global & Europe Guide - (Capital Markets: Debt) A Notable Practitioner. "Very personable, has good client skills and is very knowledgeable in his area."
2018 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded
2017 Who's Who Legal - Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
2017 Legal 500 - Leading Individual: "Practice head Garry Ferguson has ‘a very commercial outlook'."
2017 Chambers Global & Europe Guide - (Capital Markets: Debt) A Notable Practitioner. "Garry Ferguson advises issuers and trustees on collateralised loan obligations and mortgage-backed securities. Clients say that Ferguson 'meets targets and deadlines and offers a precise legal perspective'."
2017 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer
2016 Legal 500 - Leading Individual: "With a strong debt practice, Garry Ferguson is ‘very considered and responsive’." 2016 - Chambers Global - Garry Ferguson is head of the group and advises clients on all areas of capital markets transactions and products. Sources appreciate his "technical expertise, practicality and results-oriented approach." Garry is recommended in Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Who's Who of Capital Markets and he has advised on and structured several award winning deals in his specialist areas. He is also widely published in the areas of securitisation, structured products, capital markets and taxation and is frequently asked to contribute to articles in these areas. Garry was for several years a lecturer and a tutor in the Law Society of Ireland on company law, financial services and on principles of securitisation.
Member of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland
Member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
Garry Ferguson is head of the group and advises clients on all areas of capital markets transactions and products. Sources appreciate his "technical expertise, practicality and results-oriented approach."