Walkers Legal Internship Programme nurtures future talent

Walkers is delighted to announce that its Legal Internship Programme ran for three weeks, from 17 July to 4 August.  Hosting 10 students this summer, the programme was designed to provide these aspiring legal professionals with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a leading global law firm.

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Jan Golaszewski joins Walkers team in London as Insolvency & Dispute Resolution partner

Leading offshore Insolvency & Dispute Resolution lawyer Jan Golaszewski has joined Walkers team in London in a lateral partner hire from another offshore law firm in the City.

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What can we learn from recent enforcement actions in the Cayman Islands?

Walkers' regulatory partners Lucy Frew and Ian Mason consider the learning points for financial services providers (FSPs) from recent enforcement actions by Cayman regulatory bodies.

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Walkers announces 29 senior legal and professional services promotions

Walkers, the international financial services firm, is boosting its legal and professional services teams with 28 senior promotions effective from 1 July.

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Walkers' Jersey and Ireland Teams Advise Eagle Street on Real Estate Acquisitions

Walkers has advised Eagle Street Partners (together with Ashurst, Eversheds, Kirkland & Ellis and Paul Burness) on a series of strategic real estate acquisitions including office buildings in Dublin and Glasgow, a business park site in Newcastle, a BTR development at Castleforbes in Dublin, and offices in Uxbridge.

Lawyers from Walkers' offices in Jersey and Ireland were involved in advising Eagle Street, with Walkers Professional Services (Ireland) providing corporate administration services.

Lawyers from Walkers' Jersey Investment Funds & Corporate and Banking & Finance Practice Groups (led by Partner Jonathan Heaney and Group Partner Jon Le Rossignol, respectively) advised Eagle Street on the acquisitions, advising on the Jersey law elements of financing, acquisition and corporate structuring, while Walkers' Irish Real Estate and Tax Practice Groups (led by Partners Rachel Rodgers and Jonathan Sheehan, respectively) advised on various aspects of the projects.  

Jonathan Heaney said: "Having advised Eagle Street Partners on their formation it is enormously pleasing to be able to continue our relationship with them, as their strategic acquisitions continue. Eagle Street's use of Jersey for structuring real estate holdings is an excellent demonstration of Jersey's ongoing appeal in the context of UK and Irish real estate assets."

Partner and Head of Tax in Walkers' Ireland office, Jonathan Sheehan said: "We have been delighted to work alongside Justin, Shane and the ESP team as they move from strength to strength."

The Walkers' teams included: Group Partner Tristan Maultby, Senior Counsel Julia Keppe, Senior Associates Ruth Donnellan and Antonia Hull, Associates Meg McAuley and Alice Wight and legal assistant Maria Carolan in Jersey; Senior Associate Robert Upton in Ireland, and from the Walkers Professional Services team in Dublin, Managing Director Fiona de Lacy, Senior Vice President Anthony Finegan, and Corporate Services Executive Kevin Brennan.

Walkers (London) acts as Cayman Islands counsel to Group 11 on ground-breaking VC Fund Launch and Listing

Walkers (London) is pleased to announce that it has acted as Cayman Islands counsel on the launch of Group 11's US$200 million Fund V, the first venture capital fund to join trading on the TASE UP platform.  TASE UP is an innovative electronic trading platform, available to institutional and accredited Israeli investors, that allows high-tech companies, venture capital funds, credit funds, and real estate funds to trade on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, while remaining private.

Leading Israeli public institutions, including Harel Insurance Company, More Investment House, Menora Mivtachim, Migdal Group and Hachshara Insurance Company, participated in Group 11’s financing round.

Group 11 is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, founded by Dovi Frances, that invests in revolutionary technology companies from the financial services industry. Since its inception at the end of 2011, the firm has invested over US$500 million in some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent and disruptive financial technology companies. While the fund invests predominantly in US-based companies, about 70% of its portfolio is Israeli-related with Israeli founders at the helm and R&D presence in Israel.

The Walkers (London) team was led by investment funds partner, Matthew Bloomfield and senior counsel, Ian Williams, with support from corporate finance partner, Neil McDonald and senior associate, Thomas Mawson.

London partner Matthew Bloomfield commented: "We are delighted to have been able to assist Group 11 on the launch of Fund V and its listing on the TASE-UP Platform.  For many years, industry has been exploring ways to bring investor liquidity to PE/VC structures, and it is tremendous to be a part of the story as Group 11 has achieved just this with such an innovative product.  From a personal perspective, it was also terrific to be part of a 'Tier 1' team that was able to provide a time-zone bridge between the US and Israel market, with both Cayman funds and finance expertise here in London."

Walkers acted alongside leading Israeli law firm, Gornitzky & Co.

Walkers Cayman Acts on IHS Holding Limited's NYSE IPO

Walkers is pleased to have acted as Cayman Islands counsel in respect to IHS Holding Limited's initial public offering which valued the company at US$7 billion. The ordinary shares from the IPO began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 14, 2021 under the ticker symbol “IHS”.

Launched in 2001, IHS Holding Limited is one of the largest independent owners, operators, and developers of shared telecommunications infrastructure in the world.

The Walkers team worked alongside Latham & Watkins' London and New York teams and was led by Cayman Islands partners Rolf Lindsay and Andrew Barker, with assistance from associate Sam Francis.

Walkers Advises Sidra Capital on US$155 million Shari'a-Compliant Fund Structure

Walkers has advised Sidra Capital, a leading Shari'a-compliant asset manager headquartered in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the formation and launch of a Shari'a-compliant fund structure in the Cayman Islands.

The purpose of the fund is to facilitate investment into industrial property assets in the United States by Islamic investors within the Kingdom. The fund was fully subscribed at US$155 million within three weeks of the launch.

International law firm Mayer Brown acted as lead counsel to Sidra Capital, with Walkers acting as Cayman Islands counsel. The Walkers team was led by Partner Tom Cochrane, with assistance from Senior Associate Tom Hagger.

Tom Cochrane commented: "We are working on a lot of these types of fund structures from our Dubai office and they are becoming increasingly popular among asset managers looking to raise capital from Islamic investors. These investors typically have significant capital to deploy and these structures allow them to do so in a Shari'a-compliant manner."

"We are delighted to have worked with Sidra Capital and Mayer Brown on this very significant mandate".

Walkers Advises on the Take Private and Delisting of Clear Media Limited

Walkers acted as Bermuda and Cayman Islands counsel in connection with the take private of Clear Media Limited ("Clear Media") and its delisting from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Clear Media is the largest operator of bus shelter advertising panels in China with leading market shares of more than 70% in top-tier cities. All remaining shares of the company were acquired by a consortium of investors through Ever Harmonic Global Limited (the "Offeror"). The consortium comprises Mr. Han Zi Jing, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Media, Antfin (Hong Kong) Holding Limited, JCDecaux Innovate, and China Wealth Growth Fund III L.P. Following the take private, Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) also holds about 10% in the Offeror which now wholly-owns Clear Media. The offer was valued at approximately HK$3,857,000,000.

Partners Kristen Kwok, Jo Lit, Natalie Neto, Jonathan Betts, senior associate Kate Pang and legal manager Beverly Lui acted for Offeror while partner Rupen Shah and associate Benjamin Green acted for the Lender.

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