Walkers Expands Market Leading Professional Services to the BVI

Walkers is pleased to announced that Walkers Professional Services (WPS) is expanding its operations to the British Virgin Islands.

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Walkers London Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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

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Walkers Tops Market Leading Rankings in Chambers Global Again

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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AML Training Portal Launch

Walkers Professional Services Launches New e-Learning AML Training Portal

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Walkers Celebrates 5 Years in Bermuda

Walkers (Bermuda) Limited is pleased to celebrate the five year anniversary of its Bermudian operations in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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Bermuda | Chambers Global Practice Guide: International Arbitration 2021

Bermuda partner Peter Dunlop and senior associate Shannon Dyer have recently contributed their jurisdictional knowledge on arbitration to Chambers Global Practice Guides. 

The new International Arbitration 2021 guide covers 60 jurisdictions. The guide provides the latest legal information on the impact of COVID-19, arbitral tribunals, challenges to jurisdiction, preliminary and interim relief, collection and submission of evidence, confidentiality, types of remedies, enforcement and review of awards, class action, and third-party funding.

 

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Modified universalism: not a principle of universal application

Rosalind Nicholson, a partner with Walkers in the BVI, and John Crook, a senior associate in Hong Kong, analyse recent developments in cross-border recognition in Bermuda, Cayman and the BVI.

In today's global economy, cross-border structures, frequently including an offshore entity, have become familiar to office holders around the world. However, the territorial limits of a court’s powers can mean that such structures present obstacles with which office holders attempting to conduct an orderly and efficient winding up of a debtor's affairs need to familiarise themselves. 

 

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This was first published in the August 2021 issue (issue 259) of the Global Turnaround.

Cayman Islands: Equity Derivatives 2021

Partner Philip Paschalides and senior counsel Paul Osborne have teamed up with Lexology to provide their expert analysis in a quick reference guide on Cayman Islands equity derivatives issues.

Originally published in the sixth edition of Lexology Getting the Deal Through Equity Derivatives, the guide includes information on market structure; typical over-the-counter equity derivatives; borrowing, selling, and repurchasing shares; applicable laws and regulations for dealers and for eligible counterparties; securities registration issues; bankruptcy and insolvency risks and rules; reporting obligations; restricted periods and insider trading rules; tax issues; transaction liability regime; stock exchange filings; typical document types; legal opinions; hedging activities; regulatory authorities; clearing rules; collateral arrangements; territorial scope of regulations; registration and authorisation requirements for market participants; and recent trends.

 

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Chambers Global Practice Guide 2021: Aviation Finance & Leasing

The 2021 Aviation Finance & Leasing Guide provides expert legal commentary on the latest issues for businesses and it also covers important developments in the most significant jurisdictions. Expert insights from 32 jurisdictions are provided within the Guide which includes legal information on aircraft and engine purchase and sale, aircraft and engine leasing, aircraft debt finance, security, liens, enforcement and current legislative proposals. Walkers is pleased to have contributed to the Cayman, Guernsey and Ireland chapters following what has been a challenging 12 months for the aviation industry and we look forward to continuing to partner with our clients as we navigate the issues affecting aviation in 2021.  

The Cayman: Law and Practice chapter authors included: Global Finance and Corporate Partner James Burch, Senior Counsel Sarah Humpleby, Associate Arleth Ebanks and Insolvency and Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel Peter Kendall.

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The Guernsey: Law and Practice chapter authors included: Banking and Finance Partner Kim Paiva, Associate Jessica George and Insolvency and Dispute Resolution Partner Sarah Brehaut

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The Ireland: Law and Practice chapter authors included: Partner and Head of Asset Finance David McGovern, Partner Killian McSharry, Of Counsel Michael Caulfield and Tax Of Counsel Eimear Burbridge.

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To view the full Guide, click here: Aviation Finance & Leasing 2021 | Global Practice Guides | Chambers and Partners.

Reproduced with permission from Chambers and Partners (Published in August 2021)

Queen's Counsel Appointment for Walkers' Colette Wilkins

A ceremony at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on 3 September 2021 marked the elevation of Colette Wilkins QC to the distinguished rank of Queen's Counsel.

The appointment of Queen's Counsel, or 'silks' as they are known informally on account of the silk gowns appointees are permitted to wear in Court, acknowledges ability as an advocate and seniority in the legal profession. Appointments are made on the recommendation of the Cayman Islands' judiciary to the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth office. There have been 27 Queen's Counsel appointments in the Cayman Islands since the first was made in 1982.

Colette is a highly regarded litigation attorney in the Cayman Islands, where she has practised for the past 15 years, following her early career at the English Bar. She specialises in high value financial services related litigation, asset recovery and contentious insolvency and has appeared in many of the leading cases in the Grand Court and the Court of Appeal. Colette is recognised as eminent in her field by all major independent legal directories including Chambers Global (Band 1), Legal 500 (Tier 1) and Who's Who Legal (Global Elite Thought Leader). Recent directory comments include 'Among the world’s top restructuring and insolvency minds, with peers across the globe recommending her as “an exceptional lawyer” and “a wonderful advocate with a dedicated client following" and “Colette is the creme de la creme of the Cayman Islands when it comes to asset recovery.”

Colette is the Cayman Islands representative of FraudNet, a worldwide network of lawyers under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce and has twice been named Cayman Islands Attorney of the Year by the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association. She is in much demand as a speaker at international conferences.

At the Court ceremony on Friday, Colette thanked the talented team at Walkers, saying that their work with her on many leading cases deserves much credit for this appointment.

Colette is passionate about the need for diversity in the work place and, in particular, the need to ensure greater socio-economic diversity in law. She is proud to be a long-serving member of Walkers' Training Committee which continues to work to achieve that end.

Ingrid Pierce, Global Managing Partner says "We could not be more delighted and proud of Colette's appointment as Queen's Counsel. It is richly deserved and reflects her seniority and distinction at the Bar. Colette is a role model for many young lawyers and we wish her continued success for many years to come."

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