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 Walkers' Lawyers Recognised in Asia Business Law Journal's Top 50 Offshore Lawyers 2022

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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Four Walkers Partners in Asia Recognised in ALB's Top 15 Offshore Litigators 2021

Walkers is proud to announce that partners Joanne Collett, Stuart D'Addona, Robert Foote and Callum McNeil have been recognized as Top 15 Offshore Litigators in Asia by the Asian Legal Business (ALB) magazine.

In its annual list of Asia's Top Offshore Litigators, ALB highlights top disputes practitioners working with offshore law firms, who have successfully handled significant cases and exceeded client expectations in the process.

The Top 15 Offshore Litigator 2021 results are now published in the August issue of ALB. To access the list, please click here.

Walkers London launches EMEA-based Bermuda law practice

Walkers is delighted to announce that its London office has launched a new, fully integrated Bermuda law practice for clients in the EMEA zone.

Working closely with Walkers' Bermuda office, the London-based Bermuda law team is spearheaded by Neil McDonald (Partner, Finance & Corporate), Patrick Ormond (Partner, Finance & Corporate), Rajah Abusrewil (Group Partner, Private Client & Trusts) and Andrew Chissick (Senior Counsel, Insolvency & Restructuring) and is the largest Bermuda law offering in the London market.

This move from Walkers follows the successful large-scale roll out of Bermuda law services in Walkers' Hong Kong and Singapore offices; with Walkers' Bermuda, Hong Kong, London and Singapore offices forming an international powerhouse offering seamless, cross-time zone service to clients requiring legal expertise on their Bermuda law transactions.

Bermuda office Managing Partner, Kevin Taylor, said: "We are delighted to announce Walkers' additional Bermuda capabilities in the London market. London has long been a key partner for the Bermuda jurisdiction and our market-leading offshore law offering in London will add real value to clients looking to explore those synergies."

Walkers' London office provides time-zone sensitive Bermuda law support to clients in the EMEA region across the full range of legal services, including Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance, Insolvency & Restructuring, Dispute Resolution, and Private Capital & Trusts.

Walkers' London office recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and is both the largest and the leading offshore law firm in London. 

London office Managing Partner, Jack Boldarin, commented: "We are excited to offer our EMEA-based clients time-zone sensitive Bermuda law services from our hub in London.  Our Bermuda law offering in London compliments our market-leading BVI and Cayman law offering and represents a further step in the continued strategic growth of Walkers' London office and further demonstrates our enduring commitment to meeting our clients' requirements and facilitating their business."


Walkers Announces 2021 Promotions: Asia & Middle East Boasts 16 Promotions Across its Three Offices

Walkers is delighted to announce its 2021 Asia & Middle East promotions. 15 lawyers from Walkers' Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai offices and one professional from Walkers Professional Services are included in the latest round of promotions. These promotions reflect the hard work and quality service that each practitioner delivers to our clients on a regular basis and we are pleased to welcome them into their new roles.

As of 1 July, John Cartwright has been promoted to Partner in the Hong Kong Investment Funds & Corporate Group. John specialises in corporate work with an emphasis on private equity and investment fund formation. He advises investment managers, private equity houses and financial institutions on their hedge funds and private equity funds, including on formation, maintenance, ongoing operations, restructuring and dissolution. In addition, he also has experience advising on a broad range of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate matters.

The firm also announced the promotion of eight senior lawyers to Counsel / Senior Counsel, further strengthening the depth of the teams across the regions. They include:

  • Ally Lam – Counsel, Investment Funds & Corporate, Hong Kong
  • Michaela Lam – Counsel, Insolvency & Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong
  • Gareth Murphy – Counsel, Insolvency & Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong
  • Colm Dawson – Counsel, Regulatory, Hong Kong
  • Huiting Koey – Counsel, Finance, Singapore
  • Johanna Hendry – Senior Counsel, Finance, Dubai
  • Cate Barbour – Senior Counsel, Insolvency & Dispute Resolution, Dubai
  • Luke Petith – Senior Counsel, Insolvency & Dispute Resolution, Dubai
They are joined by six Walkers lawyers who have been promoted to Senior Associate in the Asia region:

  • Selina Chan – Investment Funds & Corporate, Hong Kong
  • Kevin Ho – Investment Funds & Corporate, Hong Kong
  • Wei Ching Teo – Investment Funds & Corporate, Hong Kong
  • Michael Kenny – Investment Funds & Corporate, Singapore
  • Sze Min Lim – Investment Funds & Corporate, Singapore
  • Anastasia Lau – Finance, Singapore
In addition, Aaron Bennett of Walkers Fiduciary Limited in Dubai has been promoted to Senior Vice President.

Commenting on the promotions, Hong Kong Managing Partner Andy Randall said: "I would like to congratulate every one of my colleagues on their achievement. It is a testament to Walkers' commitment and resulting regional growth in a challenging year that we are able to retain and promote highly talented individuals."

Singapore Managing Partner John Rogers added: "These are the future leaders of Walkers. I am particularly proud to note the depth of talent we have across all of our core practice areas in all our Asian and Middle East offices. These promotions have been well earned and are very well deserved."

Walkers expands Regulatory practice in Asia

Walkers is pleased to announce the addition of Counsel, Colm Dawson to its Regulatory and Risk Advisory practice in Asia. Colm will be based in Walkers' Hong Kong office, forming part of a three-person specialist team.

The expansion of the Asia-based Regulatory team is in response to growing regional client demand for specialist offshore regulatory expertise. Walkers is the only offshore law firm in Asia with a dedicated Regulatory practice, led by Partner Alice Molan, which forms part of a global network of regulatory and risk specialists. This unique offering provides Asia-based clients with time-zone friendly access to a team of specialist regulatory lawyers, who are able to advise on the navigation of, and compliance with, Cayman, BVI and Bermuda licensing, conduct and other regulatory requirements.

Colm has relocated from our Cayman Islands office where he was part of the Regulatory and Risk Advisory Group. He regularly acts for investment managers, international banks, fund service providers, virtual asset issuers and service providers and insurers, advising on a range of Cayman Islands regulatory matters and the interaction with global regulatory frameworks. Colm advises clients on all aspects of financial crime prevention (anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, counter-proliferation financing and financial sanctions) economic substance, data protection, corporate and regulatory governance and engaging with competent authorities.

Andy Randall, Managing Partner of Walkers Hong Kong states: "The key offshore financial centres of Cayman Islands, BVI and Bermuda continue to be an integral part of the Asian financial landscape. As regulations in these jurisdictions meet, and often set, the highest global standards, our clients can rely on our regulatory experts to bring insight and offer practical guidance in meeting their business goals."

Walkers Professional Services Hires former Minister of Financial Services

Walkers Professional Services (WPS), the professional services arm of leading law firm Walkers, is delighted to announce that Tara Rivers, the former Minister of Financial Services and Attorney, will be joining WPS as a Director on 6 July. Ms Rivers brings to WPS an outstanding record of academic, legal, professional and governmental experience, having served two terms as a Cabinet Minister in the Cayman Islands Government.

From May 2013, Ms Rivers had responsibility for education, employment and gender affairs. Upon her re-election in May 2017, Ms Rivers was given ministerial responsibilities for financial services and home affairs. She was the first woman to hold the position of Minister responsible for Education, Employment, Financial Services and Home Affairs, respectively, in the Cayman Islands.

During her most recent ministerial appointment, Minister Rivers led efforts to engage with local industry, international policy makers in the US, UK, EU and Asia, and other local and international stakeholders on a number of key financial services matters. She regularly engaged with UK and EU parliamentarians; and with US Senators and members of the US House of Congress.

Prior to her ministerial career, Ms Rivers practiced Structured Finance and Corporate law at a magic circle firm in the UK as well as at a leading local law firm in the Cayman Islands. She has extensive experience structuring and executing domestic and cross-border structured bond/debt issuances, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, aircraft financing and securitisation transactions.

Ms Rivers will provide Directorship services to structured and asset finance vehicles, playing a key role in driving commercial initiatives for WPS, and further bolstering the relationships between WPS, business partners and intermediaries, both domestically and internationally.

Steven Manning, Chief Executive Officer of Walkers Professional Services said "The leadership qualities that Ms Rivers displayed during her political career are a natural complement to WPS, particularly during the firm's continued expansion in the regulatory compliance fields. We are delighted to welcome Ms. Rivers to the WPS team, and are incredibly excited to embark on several new commercial initiatives where Ms. Rivers will play a central part."

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