Walkers Tops Market Leading Rankings in Chambers Global Again

Walkers leads the way with 10 "Band 1" practice area rankings (out of a market leading 23 practice areas) and an overall "Band 1" ranking in 'Global Offshore'.

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Walkers Professional Services Launches New e-Learning AML Training Portal

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Walkers Celebrates 5 Years in Bermuda

Walkers (Bermuda) Limited is pleased to celebrate the five year anniversary of its Bermudian operations in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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Walkers' Market Leading Professional Services Provider Has Moved.

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Ireland | Chambers 2021 Global Practice Guide on Securitisation

Managing Partner and Head of Finance & Capital Markets, Garry Ferguson, Partner and Head of Tax, Jonathan Sheehan, Finance & Capital Markets Partner, Andrew Traynor and Professional Support Lawyer, Sinéad Gormley, authored the "Ireland Law and Practice" chapter in the Chambers 2021 Global Practice Guide on Securitisation.

The Securitisation Guide 2021 provides expert legal commentary on key issues for market participants and it covers the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions. This edition of the Guide details applicable securitisation laws and regulations, taxation, derivatives, documentation standards, enforcement considerations, synthetic securitisations and other asset types. The Guide features expert insights across 17 jurisdictions and Walkers is pleased to have contributed to the Ireland chapter again this year.

Published on WalkersGlobal.com with permission from Chambers and Partners (February 2021)

 

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Hong Kong: Private Equity Market Intelligence 2020

Walkers' Hong Kong office recently provided its insight to Lexology GTDT: Market Intelligence on the Private Equity Market in Hong Kong.

Market Intelligence provides a unique perspective on evolving legal and regulatory landscapes in major jurisdictions around the world. Through engaging, easily comparable interviews, the series provides the legal profession's thought leaders with a platform for sharing their views on current market conditions and developments in the law.

 

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Lucy Frew's FinTech column: January 2021

In her column for January 2021 (click here), Lucy discusses the UK government's January 2021 consultation on its regulatory approach to cryptoassets and stablecoins and, in this context, considers why the very stability of stablecoins means they are getting more attention from global policymakers than other cryptoassets. Lucy also comments on related regulatory issues addressed in the call for evidence that forms part of the consultation, including the challenges posed by decentralised finance (DeFi), cross-border operations and financial crime.

For Lucy's previous FinTech columns, please click here.

Walkers Contributes 4 ICLG Private Client Guides 2021

Walkers has recently worked with ICLG to create four Private Client guides exploring the jurisdictions of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey for 2021.

 

The guides provide expert legal commentary on key issues and covers the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions. The guides cover common issues in private client laws – including pre-entry tax planning, connection factors, taxation issues on inward investment, succession planning, trusts and foundations, immigration issues and tax treaties.

 

BVI

Cayman Islands

Guernsey

Jersey

 

All chapters originally published by ICLG in January 2021.

Dealing with Requests for Flexible Working under Jersey and Guernsey Law

There is no doubt that enforced working from home (‘WFH’) during the early stages of the pandemic has accelerated changes in the way we work. Partly motivated by the initial response to lockdown measures, partly by a need to accommodate individual circumstances, employers and employees have had to adapt to changes in where, how and when work is done.

Both Guernsey and Jersey have been fortunate in that employees have been able to return to workplaces that are relatively Covid-19 secure since lockdown measures were eased, but the legacy of WFH has led many employees to ask for temporary flexible working arrangements to be formalised.

Whilst in Jersey every employee has the statutory right to request flexible working in the form of a change to their contractual working hours, times of work or place of work, in Guernsey there is currently no equivalent right. However, the concept of flexible working was approved by Guernsey’s government as part of the Longer Working Lives strategy in February 2018 when a proposition to progress an action plan for flexible working proposals along similar lines to Jersey and UK legislation was passed.

See our flowchart in the attached document which shows the legal framework around flexible working requests in Jersey, which might also be a useful guide to any Guernsey employer considering introducing a non-statutory flexible working policy.

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