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Walkers' lawyers help deliver IWIRC's first Riyadh event

The International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) has held its first ever event in Saudi Arabia. The event in Riyadh on the eve of the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL) conference brought together many of the region's most influential practitioners.

Cate Barbour, senior counsel, and Tania Diab, associate, from Walkers' Dubai office have been instrumental in setting up the IWIRC Network in the Middle East. The pair are both on the board committee and champion the network throughout the region.

IWIRC is a global initiative that has been connecting women worldwide in the restructuring and insolvency space for more than 30 years. It offers members the opportunity for leadership involvement at the global, regional, and local levels and creates programs to foster national and cross-border relationships and education. Local networks organise professional, educational and social activities within their communities and regions which are structured to meet the specific needs and interests of members. 

Speaking on her appointment as co-chair of the IWIRC's Dubai Network, Cate Barbour said: "Having experienced the benefits and support of IWIRC in other jurisdictions in which I have worked, I know the value it brings to the professional lives of women. I am very proud to be part of the team that has established IWIRC in Dubai, its first network in the Gulf and Middle East & North Africa. The success of the event in Riyadh highlights how IWIRC inspires and supports the fantastic professional women in our field, not only within Dubai but also in the UAE and wider GCC and MENA region."

Tania Diab added "The International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation is committed to the connection, promotion and success of women in the insolvency and restructuring professions worldwide. I am proud to be part of the successful group of women developing such an important initiative in Dubai and encouraging and championing women that practice insolvency and restructuring. We are already seeing strong interest in the network in the MENA region as demonstrated by the success of our recent event in Riyadh. I look forward to helping expand the network further and continuing to connect the fantastic professionals in our field."

Upcoming event:

In celebration of International Women's Day 2024, the IWIRC Dubai Network is hosting a breakfast seminar with guest speaker, Kiran Scarr. Kiran is an international lawyer, general counsel and legal COO who has spent a global career leading transformational change in the legal sector. She has twice been named General Counsel of the Year in the Middle East and widely recognised and awarded for her transformative leadership, process innovation and contribution to the legal community.

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International Corporate Rescue – Walkers Special Issue

Our Global Insolvency and Dispute Resolution practice has had the pleasure in producing the Walkers 2023 Special Issue of International Corporate Rescue, sharing our analysis and perspectives on a wide range of insolvency, restructuring and corporate recovery matters and issues with an offshore dimension.

Lawyers from across our 10 offices spanning the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East share insights drawn from their experience of cross-border restructurings, contentious and non-contentious insolvencies, insolvency litigation and distressed situations.

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Walkers comments on IOSCO recommendations for crypto sector

Commenting on the new policy recommendations for crypto and digital asset markets published by IOSCO, the global standard setter for securities markets, Ian Mason, a partner in the Global Regulatory and Risk Advisory Group at law firm Walkers and former senior financial services regulator, said:

"This is a landmark development for the governance and regulation of the fintech sector. Industry players and advisors will be scrutinising the detail of the recommendations to understand the direction of travel and implications for their assets and markets.

"To date, regulatory authorities have adopted differing approaches to the regulation of crypto-assets, from the hostile to the more liberal. IOSCO is advocating a more global, joined-up approach, based on principles and outcomes.  It is understandably concerned about risks to investor protection and market integrity arising from the crypto assets sector. The report advocates a robust baseline regulatory response.

"Particularly significant are the recommendations on aligning regulation of crypto-assets with more traditional securities regulation in areas such as insider dealing, market abuse and client order handling. If implemented, these would have big implications for crypto market participants in terms of needing to establish systems and controls, and compliance monitoring in these areas.

"Regulatory authorities will now need to carefully consider how to implement this suite of recommendations."

The IOSCO recommendations, which can be read in full here, cover six key areas:

  • Conflicts of interest arising from vertical integration of activities and functions
  • Market manipulation, insider trading and fraud,
  • Cross-border risks and regulatory co-operation,
  • Custody and client asset protection,
  • Operational and technological risk, and
  • Retail access, suitability, and distribution

IOSCO drives regulation of more than 95% of the world's securities markets. It will publish a related report later this year on decentralised finance or "DeFi".

Creditflux CLO Symposium 2023

Our dedicated CLO team in Ireland continues to grow in response to demand for legal, tax, listing and professional services for CLO clients. A number of our CLO team headed to London to Creditflux’s CLO Symposium 2023. In 2022 Walkers was, for the fifth consecutive year, named as the #1 Global CLO Market Offshore Service Provider in Creditflux's CLO Census, and we were a sponsor of the symposium in 2022 and 2023.

Members of our market leading Finance & Capital Markets and Listing Services groups and Walkers Professional Services have identified their key takeaways from the sessions they attended at Creditflux's CLO Symposium 2023. To learn more or to watch these sessions, please click here.

"I work with their CLO team and they have built a real niche in this area and are without doubt in the top tier of leading law firms in Ireland in terms of CLO expertise. They have the transactional expertise, coupled with the key tax expertise, and seamless integration with their listing and corporate services department. A winning one-stop shop for CLOs."

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Chambers Global Practice Guide 2022: Banking & Finance – Bermuda: Law and Practice

Partner Adam Bathgate and senior counsel Nathalie West have authored the Chambers 2022 Global Practice Guide: Banking & Finance - Bermuda: Law and Practice.

The new Banking & Finance 2022 guide covers 35 jurisdictions. The guide provides the latest legal information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; environmental, social and governance (ESG) lending; restrictions on foreign lenders and foreign currency exchange; tax and usury laws; guarantees and security; enforcement of foreign judgments; bankruptcy and insolvency; and project finance.

There have not been any significant legislative or regulatory changes affecting the rights of lenders or secured creditors over the past year, nor any that would affect Bermuda’s status as a leading creditor-friendly jurisdiction.

 

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Published with permission from Chambers and Partners (October 2022)

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