Walkers' BVI Office Celebrates its 20 Year Anniversary

Walkers is celebrating 20 years of operating in the British Virgin Islands.

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Guernsey Climbs Legal 500 Rankings

Walkers' Guernsey office is now ranked by Legal 500 as Tier 1 for legal advisers in five of its core practice areas.

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10 lawyers across Walkers' Bermuda, Cayman, Hong Kong and Singapore offices have been recognised in the Asia Business Law Journal’s A-List of top offshore lawyers.

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13 Walkers Partners Recognised in 11th Edition of Women in Business Law Expert Guide

Walkers is pleased to have 13 of its partners recognised in the 11th edition of Legal Media Group's (LMG) Women in Business Law Expert Guide 2021. For the past 27 years, LMG Expert Guides describe the award winners as the "world’s leading lawyers and attorneys in 30 practice areas based on extensive peer review." The 13 Walkers partners represent six of the firm's offerings in four offices, including Investment Funds, Employment, Real Estate, Restructuring and Insolvency, Securitisation and Tax.

The partners include:

  • Ingrid Pierce, Managing Partner, Investment Funds, Cayman Islands
  • Susan Battye, Employment, Ireland
  • Aisling Burke, Tax, Ireland
  • Jennifer Fox, Asset Management and Investment Funds, Ireland
  • Eimear Keane, Asset Management and Investment Funds, Ireland
  • Melissa Lim, Investment Funds, Cayman Islands
  • Sarah Maguire, Asset Management and Investment Funds, Ireland
  • Rachel Rodgers, Real Estate, Ireland
  • Laura Rogers, Investment Funds, Singapore
  • Noeleen Ruddy, Finance & Capital Markets, Ireland
  • Colette Wilkins, Restructuring and Insolvency, Cayman Islands
  • Caroline Williams, Investment Funds, Cayman Islands
  • Denise Wong, Investment Funds, Hong Kong
As part of its methodology, LMG approaches legal practitioners, clients and industry experts across the world, inviting them to nominate individuals to be recognised as leading practitioners for each practice area. Award criteria is based on expertise, technical knowledge, reputation, innovation and contribution to their practice area's development.

Four Partners Recognized in Inaugural Who's Who Legal - Southeast Asia 2021 Guide

Walkers is proud to announce that four partners of the firm have been recognized in the inaugural Who's Who Legal - Southeast Asia 2021 national guide.

Who’s Who Legal directory is an international legal publication that identifies the “foremost legal practitioners” in the different areas of business law and acts as a “reference source for companies seeking to corroborate the reputations” of the lawyers being recommended by another party.

Below are our Partners who are listed in the guide:

Banking - John Rogers enjoys a stellar reputation for his exceptional work across the banking and finance sector.

Private Funds - Laura Rogers is renowned as an “expert on Cayman funds law” and is “very easy to work with”.

Asset Recovery and Restructuring & Insolvency – The "excellent" Robert Foote wins praise for his extensive experience advising clients in complex restructuring and insolvency matters and in asset recovery disputes.

Private Funds - The “brilliant” Thomas Granger stands out for being “very experienced and knowledgeable” in private fund investments.

Walkers Expands Market Leading Professional Services to the BVI

Leading provider of legal and professional services, Walkers, has announced that Walkers Professional Services (WPS) is expanding its operations to the British Virgin Islands (BVI). In the past year, WPS has made a number of strategic senior hires with a core focus on providing corporate, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and fiduciary services to corporate and institutional clients across global financial centres.

The increase in international and domestic regulation has led to a flight to quality for many market participants gravitating towards service providers with integrated legal, fiduciary and corporate services offerings. In conjunction with Walkers, WPS can provide the necessary infrastructure and scale to comfortably navigate ever-increasing regulatory demands on behalf of its client base.

WPS' investment in technology and process driven applications ensures that clients are in compliance with regulatory requirements. The firm's success in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Ireland and the UAE is driven by the responsiveness of its teams and use of digital applications, a model that WPS will replicate in the BVI. The WPS service offering is also fully aligned with Walkers' market leading Regulatory and Risk Advisory practice, which is made up of multiple experts in the financial services, insurance and fintech sectors, and who advise clients on a comprehensive range of regulatory matters.

Steven Manning, CEO of Walkers Professional Services, states, "Our clients have long told us that they would value the expansion of WPS' service offering to include the BVI. One of the main drivers for this move is the increasing demand we are seeing from our institutional client base in Europe and Asia in particular for the kind of high quality, integrated professional services that WPS provides. We intend to be a major force in the professional services industry in the BVI, growing and developing talent in the jurisdiction while providing outstanding client service."

The move into the BVI market signals Walkers' ongoing commitment to the jurisdiction. The BVI is a leading centre for financial services and is internationally recognised for its robust regulatory regime and well-developed corporate infrastructure.


About Walkers & WPS

Walkers is a leading international law firm. We provide legal, corporate, fiduciary and compliance services to global financial institutions, investment banks, capital markets participants, Fortune 500 corporations, arrangers, promoters and managers, Magic Circle and AmLaw 100 law firms, accounting firms, partnerships, trust companies and other fiduciaries.

Walkers Professional Services (WPS) is a leading provider of corporate, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and fiduciary services to corporate and institutional clients across global financial centres. WPS delivers market leading expertise and value for spend through its unique integrated legal and professional services team and state of the art technology.


Walkers expands insolvency and restructuring team with the addition of leading practitioner Tom Pugh

Walkers is pleased to announce the addition of cross-border insolvency and restructuring specialist, Tom Pugh as a Partner to its Hong Kong office.

Tom joins Walkers from global law firm Mayer Brown where he was a Partner in their Restructuring and Insolvency practice for approaching eight years. Tom is well recognised in the industry and brings with him a wealth of experience from 14 years in Hong Kong, including working on a variety of large-scale cross-border liquidations and restructurings such as Lehman Brothers and MF Global (acting for the Hong Kong liquidators), Asia-related Chapter 11 cases such as Pacific Andes/China Fishery and TMT and most recently advising the steering committee representing the interests of more than 30 bank lenders and credit support providers/ECAs in connection with the Hong Kong-listed Genting's USD3.5 billion debt restructuring, as well as cross-jurisdictional recognition cases such as Z-Obee, Changang and Huiyuan Juice involving interplay among the courts of Hong Kong and Bermuda/the Cayman Islands.

His practice focuses on advising insolvency practitioners, creditors and debtors in respect of cross-border insolvencies and restructurings, with experience in consensual workouts; court-led restructurings; and enforcement / strategic investment advisory reviews. Tom is recognised by Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR1000 as a top practitioner.

Hong Kong Managing Partner Andy Randall says: "We are delighted to have Tom join Walkers. He is a very talented lawyer who has real credibility in the market having worked on some of the biggest and most complex cross-border insolvency and restructuring matters in Asia. Tom will further strengthen the Asia bench joining leading partners, Joanne Collett, Callum McNeil and Stuart D'Addona in Hong Kong and Robert Foote in Singapore, working with the firm's global restructuring team."

Tom Pugh adds, "I have known and worked with Walkers and its formidable team of lawyers for many years and I am excited to be joining this growing practice and to be working with colleagues across the firm's offices globally. The cross-jurisdictional challenges arising from application of onshore and offshore law in cross-border structures is becoming increasingly complex and clients will benefit from a team that has a depth of experience across a wide spectrum and an understanding of the available insolvency and restructuring options."

Walkers Insolvency, Restructuring and Disputes Resolution team in Asia has secured significant wins for its clients in recent months including the long running dispute concerning Lunan Pharmaceutical Group Limited in the BVI courts with issues involving complex cross-border commercial disputes concerning PRC assets. Walkers also advised on Luckin Coffee's debt recovery, KrisEnergy's debt restructuring, and the liquidation of Phoenix Commodities.

Walkers BVI Bolsters Finance & Corporate Practice with Hire of Senior Counsel Alex Drysdale

Walkers is pleased to welcome senior counsel Alex Drysdale to its British Virgin Islands ("BVI") office. Alex joins the Finance, Corporate & Funds practice and brings over fifteen years' of experience acting on complex cross border corporate and financing transactions in London, Sao Paulo and the BVI.

Alex focuses on advising corporates, private equity houses, hedge funds and financial institutions on a broad range of corporate and financing transactions including M&A, capital raisings, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. He has particular knowledge of the Latin American market and a depth of experience acting for global natural resource and commodity companies.

Matthew Cowman, Walkers' BVI Office Managing Partner stated, "We are delighted that Alex has joined our BVI office. His extensive experience in cross border M&A in general, and Latin America in particular, will enhance our practice and our wider global BVI teams."

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