Regulatory & Risk Advisory

Walkers' regulatory and risk advisory team offers Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Irish and Jersey law advice on regulatory matters on a global basis. Our team comprises dedicated specialist financial regulatory and risk management advisory lawyers. We bring insight obtained from having worked inside various national regulators, including the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission, the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the Central Bank of Ireland, and as in-house global financial institution regulatory counsel as well as in international private practice.

Our team regularly advises non-regulated and regulated financial institutions including a wide range of businesses in the banking, insurance and reinsurance, investment fund, administrator, fiduciary and investment management, advice, broker-dealer and arranger sectors, including:

  • all regulatory applications and notifications, including new licences, variations or cancellations of existing licences and others
  • regulatory implications of mergers, acquisitions and reorganisations, including obtaining regulatory approval for changes of ownership or control
  • all day-to-day regulatory compliance matters
  • all required policies, procedures and compliance monitoring programmes
  • regulatory gap analysis and audits
  • preparing for regulatory inspections 
  • anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, including delegation, reliance on third parties and designation of compliance and money laundering reporting officers
  • international sanctions
  • anti-bribery and corruption
  • market abuse and insider dealing
  • corporate governance and directors' duties, fitness and propriety
  • outsourcing
  • business continuity
  • regulatory capital and reporting, segregation of assets
  • regulatory strategy and developments, including extra-territorial impact of foreign regulation
  • regulatory aspects of transactional documentations and service provider agreements
  • marketing of investment products and services
  • data protection, including GDPR and local legislation
  • economic substance
  • FATCA, CRS and and Country-By-Country Reporting
  • beneficial ownership
  • internal and regulatory investigations

Our team also offers significant experience of advising on a wide range of fintech matters, including fintech closed ended and open ended investment strategies, coin and token offerings, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and, payments, outsourcing to fintech providers (including cloud data storage) and assisting numerous types of fintech businesses.


Natalie NetoPartnerT +1 441 242

Iona WrightSenior CounselT +1 284 852

Lucy FrewPartnerT +1 345 814
Andrew HowarthPartnerT +1 345 814
Ian MasonPartnerT +1 345 814
Juliana TangSenior CounselT +1 345 814

Matt SandersManaging PartnerT +44 (0) 1481 748
Chris Hutley-HurstPartnerT +44 (0) 1481 758
Jamie BooklessSenior CounselT +44 1481 748

Colm DawsonPartnerT +852 2596
Jason HungCounselT +852 2596

Niall Esler PartnerT +353 1 863 8517
Shane MartinPartnerT +353 1 470
Conor DalySenior AssociateT +353 1 470

Dilmun LeachPartner, Walkers (CI) LPT +44 (0) 1534 700
Sian LangleySenior CounselT +44 (0) 1534 700
Gemma PalmerSenior CounselT +44 (0) 1534 700

Sara HallPartnerT +44 (0)20 7220
Benjamin TwidleSenior CounselT +44 (0)20 7398

Marco LamCounselT +65 6603
Simone Burnett LanauzeSenior AssociateT +65 6603