Walkers London Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Walkers is pleased to announce that its London office is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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Walkers leads the way with 10 "Band 1" practice area rankings (out of a market leading 23 practice areas) and an overall "Band 1" ranking in 'Global Offshore'.

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Walkers London Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Walkers is pleased to announce that its London office is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Walkers was first established in the Cayman Islands in 1964. In 2001 Walkers London was established as Walkers' first international office. The success of the London office launch heralded a succession of further offices: BVI (2002), Hong Kong (2003), Dubai (2005), Jersey (2006), Singapore (2009), Ireland (2010), Bermuda (2016) and Guernsey (2016). Through its 10 strategically located offices, Walkers provides a unique global jurisdictional offering to service the needs of its international client base.

In recognition of London's key role in the global financial services economy, Walkers has placed its London offering at the heart of its strategic offering. As well as being widely acclaimed as the pre-eminent offshore law firm in London, Walkers is the largest offshore legal offering in London (with 100 colleagues) enabling us to bring unparalleled insight into global trends and market practice.

Walkers London based team delivers time zone sensitive Cayman, BVI and Bermuda law support to clients in the EMEA region. The London office is a key conduit for clients as it is the focal point of Walkers' European services, which includes market-leading practices in Ireland, Jersey and Guernsey. Walkers is a panel firm for the great majority of leading global financial institutions and clients include private equity houses, sovereign wealth funds, leading global corporations, capital markets participants, investment funds managers, family offices and (ultra) high net worth individuals.

The London office enjoys a position of pre-eminence within the market and has been lauded by the legal directories - with each of Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 consistently awarding Walkers London office with top Tier 1 rankings for its Cayman law and BVI law practices.

"Walkers' global reach is a significant advantage". "The super-responsive, professional and hard-working team at Walkers continues to enjoy its position at the very top of the market" - Chambers and Partners

Commenting on the 20th anniversary, Managing Partner Jack Boldarin said: "It is a great privilege to work with my talented colleagues and to be at the helm for this 20th anniversary year. Walkers London office has enjoyed enormous success over its life span and we continue to be tremendously supported by our EMEA client base. In response to that client demand we have increased our headcount by 100% in the last 36 months and expanded our service lines to better meet the needs of our client base. It is no surprise that we have been recognised by the leading directories as the premier offshore law firm operating in the City of London. We look forward to the challenges and successes of the next 20 years."

"Walkers has a privileged position among pre-eminent offshore practices by way of its long history of cross-border undertakings and the high calibre of its lawyers" - Chambers and Partners

Note: Walkers does not practise English law and instead works alongside leading international law firms to provide integrated offshore and onshore support.

Walkers BVI Boosts Funds Practice with Hire of Senior Counsel Paul Waldron

Walkers is pleased to announce that Paul Waldron has re-joined the BVI office as a senior counsel in the firm's Global Investment Funds Group. Paul previously worked with Walkers between 2014 and 2019 in its BVI, Dublin and Hong Kong offices.

Paul brings more than 15 years' experience as a funds lawyer to the firm and has a wealth of expertise, having practised law in the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Guernsey and Ireland. Paul regularly acts for promoters, investment managers and service providers, acting on a variety of investment fund structures.  He has extensive experience advising on the establishment and operation of BVI hedge funds, real estate funds, private equity arrangements and other alternative investment products. 

Matthew Cowman, Walkers' BVI Office Managing Partner stated, "We are delighted that Paul has re-joined our BVI office. His extensive experience will enhance our practice and global team and we look forward to seeing continued growth in Walkers' BVI funds practice."

Walkers advises on Launch of Japan's First ESG-focused Global Venture Capital Fund: MPower Partners Fund L.P.

Walkers advised MPower Partners on the launch of MPower Partners Fund L.P., Japan's first environment, social and governance focused global venture capital fund.  The fund was founded by Japanese financial industry experts Kathy Matsui, Yumiko Murakami, Miwa Seki and Eriko Suzuki.

The fund plans to leverage its extensive global expertise and network to support ESG integration, business scaling and global expansion as well as to facilitate overseas startups' entry into Japan by providing tech-enabled solutions.

The fund will focus on investments into growth to late-stage Japanese startups, and the remainder into earlier-stage overseas startups, in industries such as healthcare/wellness, fintech, next-generation work and education, next-generation consumers, and environment and sustainability.

Three leading Japanese financial institutions have already committed capital to the fund and aligned with MPower Partners' mission of driving ESG throughout the venture ecosystem: The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited, Sompo Holdings, Inc., and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Group (in alphabetical order), alongside other global investors.

Lead partner James Gaden comments: "We are very proud to have been part of the team working on this project.  Although it is not surprising that the MPower team received such strong institutional support, the investor interest here also speaks to the growing importance of ESG, particularly in the venture capital sector".

Walkers acted as Cayman Islands counsel and was led by partner James Gaden supported by Ann Cheung.  Withers acted as international counsel and was led by partner Koji Yamamoto.

Walkers succeeds in Privy Council

The Privy Council has today handed down judgment in long-running BVI proceedings and granted the appeal brought by Walkers' client, Mr Alexander Pleshakov.

The appeal concerned the beneficial ownership of shares in Sky Stream Corporation, a BVI company, which had been used to hold substantial assets. In its judgment, the Privy Council disagreed with the Court of Appeal's view that the Commercial Court Judge had committed a fundamental error in evaluating the facts of the case. The Board determined that whilst the Court of Appeal might have come to different conclusions if they had heard the case at trial, as they did not, the Court of Appeal could not interfere with the findings and conclusions reached at trial. The Board emphasized the need for an appellate court to exercise great caution before interfering with factual and evaluative decisions made by a trial judge and the judgment serves as a reminder to appellate courts not to interfere with findings of fact unless they are compelled to do so.

The full judgment can be found here.

Oliver Clifton, Cate Barbour, and Yegâne Güley of Walkers acted for Mr Pleshakov and instructed Robert Levy QC and Daniel Warents of XXIV Old Buildings and David Miles and Linda Baird of Blake Morgan.  

Walkers Advises Hilong Group on Restructuring

Walkers is pleased to have acted as Cayman Islands legal counsel to the Hilong Group in relation to Hilong Holding Limited's ("Hilong") financial restructuring, implemented by way of a Cayman Islands scheme of arrangement (the "Scheme").

The Scheme was approved by an overwhelming majority of Hilong's creditors at a scheme meeting held on 4 May 2021 (Cayman Islands time) and was sanctioned by Order of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on 6 May 2021 (Cayman Islands time). The Scheme became effective in accordance with its terms on 7 May 2021 (Cayman Islands time) and the restructuring became effective on 18 May 2021 (Cayman Islands time).

The restructuring, which primarily consisted of the release and cancellation of Hilong's existing notes in exchange for the issuance of new notes, will relieve Hilong's short-term repayment pressure and allow the Hilong Group to focus on its business operations.

Walkers was led by Cayman Islands partner Matt Goucke with senior counsel Fiona MacAdam and associates Marc Hecht, Siobhan Sheridan and Zoë Nolan also acting on the matter.

Walkers was instructed by Sidley Austin LLP.

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