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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Walkers Celebrates Record 72 Lawyer Rankings in Chambers Global Guide 2022

Walkers is celebrating a record year as 72 of its lawyers have been included in the guide, representing an 18% uplift from the 2021 guide.

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Walkers Launches Online AML Training Solution in Bermuda

Walkers Professional Services has announced that it has launched an innovative e-Learning Anti-Money Laundering Training platform in Bermuda.

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Walkers Maintains Tier 1 Ranking in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2022 edition

Walkers Dubai has reinforced its preeminent position as the go-to offshore law firm in the region with a top tier status in Legal 500's EMEA 2022 edition.
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Irish Quarterly Legal and Regulatory Report - Asset Management and Investment Funds

Welcome to the January – March 2022 issue of our Irish Quarterly Legal and Regulatory Developments report for asset management and investment funds. This report covers key developments during the quarter under the following headings:

  • AIFMD developments;
  • UCITS developments;
  • Central Bank developments; and
  • other legal and regulatory developments

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Private Banker International: After the Gold Rush

News of the gold flakes discovered by James Marshall in the American River at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains caused such an influx of prospectors that the non-native population of California rose from 1,000 to over 100,000 in less than 5 years. Surprisingly (or perhaps not), there are limited accounts of where successful gold miners went, and what they did, after the Gold Rush.

One might surmise that those who left California with any significant wealth, headed for places which allowed them privacy, freedom to multiply their fortunes without interference and a good pipeline of opportunities to do so. Almost 200 years later, entrepreneurial families who have mined gold in its various forms - physical, paper or virtual – continue to seek the same characteristics when choosing a jurisdiction from which to base their future investment activities.

This thought leadership article examines why the Cayman Islands is one of the most attractive locations for UHNW individuals and families and ideal for satellite family offices and stand-alone single family offices.

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Creditor-Driven Winding Up Regime Introduced in Jersey

The right of a creditor who is owed a liquidated debt that is not subject to a bona fide and substantial dispute to have the debtor company wound up if that debt is not paid in accordance with its terms is fundamental to the proper functioning of any modern financial system.

The existence (or absence) of an efficient creditor-driven winding up regime can have a marked impact on the way in which stakeholders (whether creditors or investors) assess investment opportunities, including on the decisions as to which form of structure to use, the type of investment they elect to effect, and the protections they seek to build into their investment agreements.

A creditor-driven winding up regime, and the associated consequences of a winding up application being filed, and/or a winding up order being made, also materially influences the way in which directors and / or controlling shareholders conduct themselves in periods of financial stress or distress.

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Walkers Contributes Six Chapters to Chambers Global Fintech Guide 2022

Walkers is delighted to have provided six chapters to Chambers and Partners Fintech Practice Guide 2022.


The Fintech 2022 guide covers 40 jurisdictions. The guide provides the latest legal information on sandboxes; robo-advisers; online lenders; payment processors; marketplaces, exchanges and trading platforms; high-frequency and algorithmic trading; financial research platforms; insurtech; regtech; blockchain; non-fungible tokens (NFTs); and open banking.

To view an online version of each Walkers' chapter, please select the jurisdiction below:

 

Bermuda

BVI

Cayman

Guernsey

Ireland

Jersey

INSOL World: New Restructuring Officer Regime to be Introduced into the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands continues to be at the forefront of developments in restructuring and insolvency law in the offshore world and one of the premier jurisdictions of choice to facilitate complex and high-value cross-border restructurings.

The much-anticipated reforms to the insolvency legislation in the Cayman Islands are now expected to come into force during the course of 2022 and will provide practitioners and their clients with an alternative restructuring tool. The amendments to Part V of the Cayman Islands Companies Act (the “Companies Act”) will introduce a new restructuring officer regime available to companies in financial distress, which can be accessed without the need to present a winding up petition to the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands (“Cayman Court”).

Upon filing the application seeking the appointment of restructuring officers, an automatic and standalone restructuring moratorium will immediately arise which will have extraterritorial effect, similar to a Chapter 11 stay or English administration moratorium, within which a restructuring may be proposed and implemented (by way of a Cayman Islands scheme of arrangement, a restructuring process in a foreign jurisdiction or consensually, as between affected stakeholders).

This article was first published in INSOL World. 

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