Walkers Sponsors Virtual GAIM Ops Connect Series

While we may not be able to see our friends and colleagues in Grand Cayman this year, Walkers is sponsoring the virtual GAIM Ops Connect series.

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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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AML Training Portal Launch

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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Ireland Update – Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Act 2021

In Ireland, The Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Act 2021 (the "Act") has been signed into law by the President and is expected to be commenced shortly. The Act transposes the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive into Irish law and effects certain key changes to Irish anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism requirements. Impacted firms should act now to ensure that they comply with the new obligations. To read more, click the article below. 


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Trust me – It was a Mistake! Latest Guidance on Mistake in Trusts Law in Jersey and Guernsey

Earlier this year, the Jersey Royal Court handed down its decision in In the Matter of the Noor Trust. The judgment highlighted important findings in relation to the concept of mistake in trusts law and, in particular, it affirmed that a mistake may be voidable in certain circumstances.

The outcome in this case provides useful guidance when considering a mistake application in Jersey, and it may also be helpful for this type of application in Guernsey. Indeed, whilst Jersey law is not directly binding in Guernsey (and vice versa), it is well-established in both islands that in the absence of their own express jurisprudence, the Jersey or Guernsey courts may be guided (and persuaded) by a decision of the other.

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Professional Services: A flight to quality

Thirty years ago, the Cayman Islands financial sector was in a very different position. The island population was a little over 27,000 – less than half its current size – and the concerns of the day were the potential effects of the Gulf War and the ongoing recession in America. While total assets were up, the number of banks and trust companies had declined marginally, the first decline in numbers since the early ‘70s. The seminal Mutual Funds Law was still only in its early stages of consultation and there were worries about the potential effect on banks by the recent decision by the US Federal Reserve Board to reduce its reserve requirements to zero.

Fast-forward to the present day and there has been an impressive evolution of Cayman’s financial services. The early history of the Cayman Islands finance sector has already been well documented; centuries of English common law and tax neutrality were updated in the 1960s with the enactment of a series of laws that laid out the basis for modern financial operations. The late 20th century marked the ascent of globalisation, when international trade in goods, services and financial capital became more widespread than ever before. Bolstered by its political, economic and social stability, the Cayman Islands was able to embrace these changes and write its own success story to become one of the top financial centres of the world. To this day, it remains a leading private equity and hedge fund jurisdiction, and continues to excel globally in banking, capital markets, trusts and fiduciary services.

While there were important milestones along the way, such as the introduction of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Basel II regime, the financial crisis of 2008 marked a significant change, with a notable increase in regulatory compliance obligations.


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In Times of Distress, Orphans Shine: A Look at Cayman Islands & Irish Orphan Special Purpose Vehicles

Finance parties in a transaction frequently use structured vehicles using a borrower orphan as an instrument to secure their position. This is due to the nature of an orphan trust and the independence of its directors which provides an extra degree of comfort when making decisions on enforcing their transaction security. In this article, we discuss the dynamic of orphan structures and how new developments in the industry, in particular the development of the Global Aircraft Trading System (“GATS”), may further enhance the security offered by orphan structures.


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Mergers and acquisitions involving a BVI regulated entity: navigating the BVI regulatory landscape

Recent years have seen a trend towards consolidation in the financial services industry; the BVI is no exception and mergers and acquisitions involving licensed trust companies and corporate service providers have been a consistent theme of the past few years.

Walkers has the leading offshore dedicated regulatory team, providing BVI law expert regulatory advice from our offices in the BVI, the Cayman Islands, London and Hong Kong.

Walkers’ BVI regulatory and corporate teams have acted on a number of significant and, in some instances, novel M&A transactions involving regulated entities over the past few years; an area we anticipate continuing to increase with further consolidation of licensed trust companies and regulated businesses within the financial services industry.


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