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Walkers Advises CK Asset Holdings on the US$4bn Sale of AMCK Aviation to Carlyle Aviation Partners

Walkers' Corporate M&A Group has acted as Irish counsel, alongside lead advisors Clifford Chance, on CK Asset Holdings' US$4bn sale of AMCK Aviation’s portfolio of aircraft to an investment vehicle managed by Carlyle Aviation Partners. The deal involved the sale of over 120 aircraft as well as an order book of 20 committed aircraft.

This was a strategic disposal for CK Asset Holdings, representing its exit from the aircraft leasing sector, with the working capital generated from the proceeds of sale enabling it to enhance its strategic focus during the pandemic. AMCK is a global aircraft leasing company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with regional offices in Tokyo, Japan and Irvine, California.

The Walkers team was led by Corporate Group partner Brendan O'Brien working alongside Of Counsel Eoin Ryan and Associate Cal Kane, as well as Asset Finance partner Matt Hedigan.

Walkers Acts on Queen's Gambit Growth Capital (the First Women-Led SPAC) in its Business Combination with Swvl Inc.

Walkers is pleased to have acted as Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands counsel to Queen’s Gambit Growth Capital (the "Company"), the first special purpose acquisition company founded and led entirely by women, in connection with its combination with Swvl Inc. (“Swvl”), a global provider of transformative tech-enabled mass transit solutions. With the genesis of the Company, it was most befitting that the transaction closed on 31 March 2022, the last day of women's history month. The combined company has changed its name to Swvl Holdings Corp. On April 1, 2022, Swvl Holdings Corp’s Class A ordinary shares and warrants commenced trading on NASDAQ under the ticker symbols “SWVL” and “SWVLW”, respectively.

The Walkers team that of Jennifer Sangaroonthong, Sophie Dibb, Arezou Rezai and Tim Buckley in the Cayman Islands and Omonike Robinson-Pickering and Alex Drysdale in the British Virgin Islands were delighted to have had the opportunity to act on this transaction.

The Company's US counsel was Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Walkers London Acts on Hamak Gold Limited IPO

Walkers' London office is pleased to have acted as British Virgin Islands ("BVI") counsel to Hamak Gold Limited (LSE: HAMA), a BVI incorporated gold exploration and development company focussed on highly prospective and underexplored areas of Liberia, on its recent initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange.

Hamak Gold Limited listed on the standard segment of the Official List of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, and its ordinary shares were admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange plc main market for listed securities.

The Walkers London team was led by partner, Neil McDonald, with assistance from senior counsel, James Denham, and senior associate, Thomas Mawson.

Mr. McDonald commented: "We are delighted to have assisted Hamak in relation to its IPO. Hamak’s leadership team has extensive experience in the resources and mining sector in Africa, and the company is well-placed to achieve exploration success".

Walkers worked alongside Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP on the transaction.

Walkers Acts as Bermuda Counsel to Inigo Insurance in US$115 million Multi-Peril Catastrophe Bond

Walkers has acted as Bermuda counsel to Inigo Insurance, a London-based specialty insurance and reinsurance underwriter at Lloyd's, in relation to Montoya Re Ltd., a Bermuda special purpose insurer and issuer of a $115 million multi-peril cat bond.

Launched on 30 March 2022, the Montoya Re Ltd Series 2022-1 cat bond benefits Inigo's Lloyd's Syndicate 1301 and provides aggregate reinsurance protection for international natural catastrophe perils on an indexed trigger basis, for a three year term.

Walkers' Bermuda insurance team was senior associate Melanie Fullerton and associate Malacia Madden, led by partners Peter Dunlop and Sarah Demerling, who worked on the formation and licensing of Montoya Re Ltd and advised on the Bermuda aspects of the cat bond issuance. Walkers Bermuda's listing team of partner Natalie Neto and associate Julian Wheddon acted as BSX listing sponsor of the cat bond.

Walkers BVI Acts on first USD Sustainability-Linked Bond by bottler in the Americas

Walkers' British Virgin Islands ("BVI") office has acted as BVI counsel to The Central America Bottling Corporation (CBC) in relation to its US$1.1 billion Sustainability-Linked Bond ("SLB") offering. The offering is the first US dollar-denominated SLB by a bottling company in the Americas region, as well as being the first SLB by a Central American issuer, and the second largest single tranche SLB by a Latin American issuer ever.

CBC believes that the SLB exemplifies CBC’s strong commitment to making a positive impact in the world by integrating certain ESG dimensions to respond to numerous challenges that Latin America is facing and ultimately to generate prosperity for the entire region.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as initial purchasers in connection with the offering and dealer managers in connection with the associated tender offer and consent solicitation.

Walkers was led by BVI Managing Partner Matthew Cowman, with support from partner Omonike Robinson-Pickering.

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