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Walkers successfully advises SHUAA Capital on NASDAQ New York SPAC listing

Walkers advised long-standing client SHUAA Capital, a leading UAE-based asset management and investment banking firm, on the establishment and listing of its first Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) on the NASDAQ New York exchange. The SPAC raised US$100 million from investors and will now look to deploy those funds by identifying and merging with technology and/or tech-enabled financial services businesses based in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (“MENAT”) region. This is one of the first SPACs to be launched out of the MENAT region.

Walkers advised as Cayman Islands counsel alongside lead counsel Baker Botts. The Walkers team was led out of Dubai by Senior Associate Tom Hagger, with support from Partners Daniel Wood and Tom Cochrane, and Associate Reghard Smith.

Commenting on the transaction, Daniel Wood said: "We are very pleased to have been able to work with the teams at SHUAA Capital and Baker Botts on this very significant transaction."

"While SPACs have taken off in a big way in other markets as a tool for raising and deploying capital, the uptake in the MENAT region has been somewhat slower. However, with the commitment to SPACs shown by leading firms like SHUAA Capital, we only expect the level of SPAC activity in the region to increase."

Fawad Tariq Khan, MD and Head of Investment Banking at SHUAA Capital added “We have a long standing relationship with Walkers across many of our business lines and are pleased to have partnered up again with them on the launch of our SPAC. We are excited about moving ahead with this initiative which will play a key role in enabling tech businesses across the region to fund their growth and expansion

Walkers Advises New Unicorn, Facily, on $135 Million Series D-1 Round Financing

Walkers has acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Facily, a Latin American social commerce platform, in its $135 million Series D-1 financing, led by venture capital investors Goodwater and Prosus. The Series D-1 round brings the total amount raised by Facily to more than $500 million in twelve months, giving the startup unicorn status with a valuation in excess of $1 billion.

Facily is the first social commerce platform in Latin America and the company will apply the latest funding towards geographic expansion and technology and product development.

Walkers acted alongside US counsel, Cooley LLP, and was led by Cayman Islands Partners Tim Ludford-Thomas and Jason Allison with assistance from Associates James Murrie and Aoife Murphy.

Walkers Acts on EPIC Acquisition Corp's Euronext Amsterdam IPO

Walkers is delighted to have acted as Cayman Islands counsel advising EPIC Investment Partners LLP on the pioneering admission to listing of EPIC Acquisition Corp as a special acquisition company (SPAC) on Euronext Amsterdam. The ordinary shares and warrants began trading on 6 December 2021.

Led by EPIC in the UK, and TT Bond Partners in Hong Kong, the company will look to identify, acquire and develop an innovative company operating in the consumer sector in the European Economic Area or the United Kingdom which has the potential for significant growth in Asian markets.

Transactions such as this, requiring innovation and collaboration across jurisdictions, are the most rewarding for any corporate lawyer. The Walkers team was fortunate to have worked alongside the most collegiate of colleagues at Latham & Watkins LLP and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, and was led in the Cayman Islands by partner Theo Lefkos and associate Jennifer Sangaroonthong, assisted by Dalton Turner.

Walkers advises Pyypl on its US$ 11 million Series A Round

Walkers has advised Dubai-based blockchain start-up, Pyypl, on the successful raising of US$ 11 million in funding for its Series A round. Participants in the round included a diverse range of international family offices, as well as high-net-worth individuals. Pyypl provides digital payments and financial services for smartphone users to carry out online transactions, without the need for a bank account or credit card. The new capital will be deployed to continue Pyypl's growth in its core GCC markets and expand further in Africa, particularly Kenya and Mozambique.

Walkers acted as BVI legal counsel for Pyypl on the early-stage funding round, alongside Al Tamimi & Company as lead counsel.

Walkers (Bermuda) Limited Acts on BlockFi International's Digital Assets Business Licence

Walkers is pleased to announce it has acted as Bermuda counsel to Block Fi on its Class F Digital Assets Business Licence for its Bermuda Subsidiary, BlockFi International Ltd.

BlockFi, a crypto financial services company, will centralize its existing products and services for non-U.S. retail and institutional clients in Bermuda under a comprehensive and clear regulatory framework for cryptocurrency financial service providers. In addition, BlockFi will open a new office in Bermuda to be staffed by a combination of local talent and existing BlockFi staff.

"This license and the sound regulatory framework that Bermuda provides are a strong fit for our global business and our ambitions for the future," said Zac Prince, CEO and Founder of BlockFi. "We look forward to collaborating with the Bermuda Monetary Authority as we expand our presence in Bermuda, continue to deliver innovative products and services to our clients worldwide, and remain the most trusted financial service provider in crypto."

Walkers' lead partner, Natalie Neto commented: "We are delighted to welcome BlockFi to Bermuda. Walkers is thrilled to have assisted the lovely team at BlockFi with the establishment and license of its business in Bermuda and look forward to the continued expansion of its global business."

Walkers' Bermuda team acted as the primary legal advisors to BlockFi in this matter and were led by partner Natalie Neto with assistance from senior associate Melanie Fullerton and associate Julian Wheddon.

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