Walkers Named Best BVI Law Firm 2021 by WWL

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Walkers is pleased to announce that Cayman Islands partner, Colette Wilkins QC, will be relocating to the firm's Hong Kong office to lead its Asia litigation practice from January 2022.

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Walkers Stands Out for Offshore Regulatory & Compliance Services in Legal 500 Caribbean 2022

Walkers is delighted to have been the only offshore law firm awarded with two Tier 1 rankings for their Regulatory and Risk Advisory practices in the Legal 500 Caribbean guide 2022 for both Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. The practice continues to grow, with a number of new hires starting in the new year.

A client testimonial in Legal 500 notes: "We have found Walkers support on Cayman regulatory matters to be exceptionally helpful – they are very responsive and able to provide contextual as well as pragmatic advice."

In addition to the practice areas, four members of the group received personal accolades, more than any other offshore firm:

  • Lucy Frew, partner, Cayman Islands – Leading Individual
  • Tony de Quintal, partner, Cayman Islands – Next Generation Partner
  • Andrew Howarth, senior counsel, Cayman Islands – Rising Star
  • Melanie Fullerton, senior associate, Bermuda – Rising Star
Commenting on the success, global head of Regulatory & Risk Advisory, Lucy Frew said: "Walkers was uniquely farsighted in establishing our practice as a standalone practice group and staffing it with dedicated financial regulatory and compliance specialist lawyers, all of whom have long track records in their field and together provide many decades of specialist expertise. It is pleasing to see the market recognise this and comment so positively on the hard work of the team over the past 12 to 18 months."

Walkers has grown the practice globally, and already has 20 dedicated regulatory lawyers in total across the Americas, Asia and Europe offering regulatory advice across our jurisdictions. The size of the team enables Walkers to effectively and efficiently handle large, urgent and highly complex matters. As regulation increases and becomes more complex, the firm's ability to handle such matters becomes increasingly important.

Cayman Islands partner Lucy Frew continues: "The reason for our success is that we employ industry experts who genuinely know their practice area – having a dedicated specialist practice group means we can offer advice which is consistent, expert and efficient. Our lawyers have in depth knowledge across all parts of the financial sector and of the commercial transactions and relationships entered into by our clients."

Walkers' Regulatory & Risk Advisory practice group offers Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Irish and Jersey law advice on regulatory matters on a global basis and regularly advises non-regulated and regulated financial institutions and sectors. Lawyers have significant non-contentious and contentious regulatory experience and well-established track records of advising in an international regulatory context.

Walkers' Integrated Global Legal, Tax and Professional Services Highlighted in 2021 IFLR1000 Rankings

Walkers reinforces its position as a leading law firm with the most recent IFLR 1000 legal directory rankings, which rated 20 of the firm's practice areas and 58 of its lawyers across the globe.

The firm maintains its 'Tier 1' status in its core practice areas of Finance, Corporate, Investment Funds and Capital Markets, and as the go-to firm for international offshore legal counsel.

Walkers' seven Tier 1 practices for 2021 are:

  • Financial & Corporate (British Virgin Islands)
  • Financial & Corporate (Cayman Islands)
  • Investment Funds (Cayman Islands)
  • Financial & Corporate - Offshore (Dubai)
  • Financial & Corporate - Offshore (Hong Kong)
  • Capital Markets – Structured finance and securitisation (Ireland)
  • Investment Funds (Ireland)

In addition to the practice group rankings, six partners have been singled out as being 'Market Leaders' in their respective industries; they are:

  • Jonathan Betts, Finance & Corporate (Bermuda)
  • Rolf Lindsay, Investment Funds (Cayman Islands)
  • Philip Paschalides, Finance & Corporate (Cayman Islands)
  • Ingrid Pierce, Investment Funds (Cayman Islands)
  • Caroline Williams, Investment Funds (Cayman Islands)
  • Garry Ferguson, Finance & Capital Markets (Ireland)

Adding to these accolades, a further 23 lawyers have been acknowledged as being 'Highly Regarded', with another 29 lawyers recognised for their involvement in notable deals throughout the last year or as 'Rising Stars' in their respective areas of focus.

Clients praised Walkers for its "excellent technical knowledge" (BVI, Financial & Corporate) and for offering a "one-stop solution" to clients (Cayman, Investment Funds). The firm was also lauded for having "very good commerciality" (Guernsey, Financial & Corporate) and one testimonial observed that they "are the experts for the technically difficult cases" (Ireland, Restructuring & Insolvency).

Walkers' lawyers were described as being "friendly and highly competent who provide invaluable counsel" (Cayman, Financial & Corporate), having a "real can-do attitude; it always feels like we are collaborating as a team and working things through together, which makes matters much more efficient and enjoyable" (Ireland, Capital Markets).

In the BVI, clients shared that the Walkers team is always willing to "go the extra mile" (BVI, Financial & Corporate), while others noted their creativity, proactive approach, clear and efficient communication and tailored solutions.

Walkers' Global Managing Partner Ingrid Pierce said: "I'm pleased and proud of our rankings across multiple practice areas and offices. It's a testament to the quality of our teams who consistently provide technically sound, innovative and integrated legal advice."

Walkers' Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey), Hong Kong, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) offices were each recognised.

Five New Hires for Walkers' Investment Funds & Corporate, Banking & Finance and Employment Teams in Jersey

Growth in Walkers' Jersey office continues with the arrival of five new lawyers in the Investment Funds & Corporate, Banking & Finance and Employment law practice groups.

Jonathan Heaney, the Managing Partner of Walkers' Jersey office said: "We continue to invest in and grow our Jersey business. Despite the disruption caused by the Global Pandemic, our headcount in Jersey has more than doubled in the past three years. The arrivals of Antonia, Marco, Jenny, Charlotte and Maria add further strength to our practice groups, and in particular, add further regulatory law experience in response to increasing client demand. We are very pleased to welcome all five new lawyers to the Jersey office as our strategic growth in the Channel Islands continues."

The new joiners to Walkers' Jersey office are Senior Associate Antonia Hull, Associates Marco Carossa and Jenny Brunton, Legal Assistant Maria Carolan, and Paralegal Charlotte Beal.

Antonia Hull joins the Investment Funds & Corporate practice as a Senior Associate, having previously practised with another leading offshore firm in Jersey. Before moving offshore, Antonia worked in the Infrastructure, Projects and Energy Group of Addleshaw Goddard.   Antonia advises on a range of corporate, funds and regulatory matters, including: economic substance, AML requirements, outsourcing arrangements, and regulatory change of control applications.

Marco Carossa joins the Investment Funds & Corporate practice having previously practiced in London with Eversheds Sutherland. Marco advises on cross-border corporate, regulatory and compliance matters.

Jenny Brunton joins the Employment law practice, bringing with her experience of advising on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with a particular emphasis on tribunal claims, advisory matters, and handbook policy reviews and enhancements.

Maria Carolan (legal assistant) and Charlotte Beal (paralegal) join the Banking & Finance and Investment Funds & Corporate teams respectively, supporting the firm's push to increase the depth of talent across its core transactional practice groups.

Fraser Hern, Head of Walkers' Channel Islands business, commented: "We are fortunate to be part of a truly global offshore law firm. Our primary and collective goal is to provide clients access to the market leading offshore legal advisory practice. That requires our teams to be collaborative and supportive in their mind set, to have a multi-jurisdictional outlook, and to be technically excellent. Through a rigorous recruitment process, we are pulling together market-leading teams who are driven and client orientated, but who also support each other and celebrate each other's success. It is a tremendous journey to be part of. Despite the very significant investment and growth over the past three years, the Channel Islands expansion still feels like it is only just getting started."

Walkers Wins 'Best Law Firm' and 'Best Lawyer' Awards at the 2021 Captive International Cayman Awards

Walkers' Cayman Islands Insurance & Reinsurance Group has been recognised as 'Best Law Firm' by Captive International in its annual Cayman Awards; while partner Tony De Quintal has been named 'Best Lawyer'.

The Captive International Cayman Awards recognise the efforts and achievements of individuals working in or with the captive insurance industry in the Cayman Islands and are awarded based on votes and feedback received from members of the captive insurance industry.

These latest awards for Walkers come on the heels of the global law firm announcing in October that its European Insurance teams had been named the winner in the Legal Services category of the newly established European Captive Review Awards.

Speaking on behalf of the firm, De Quintal shared: "We are incredibly grateful to those who nominated Walkers as the leading choice among law firms advising in the Cayman Islands captives sector. It is hugely rewarding to know the industry recognises our dedication to this sector along with the quality of service that we offer."

The annual awards feature the best of the best service providers on a company and individual level and, this year, Captive International reported it received hundreds of nominee recommendations highlighting the areas of competence, expertise and innovation.

Walkers' global Insurance & Reinsurance Group advises on the laws of Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Ireland – four key jurisdictions for insurance globally, and specifically the captive insurance market.

Cayman Partner Colette Wilkins QC to Head Walkers Asia Litigation Practice

Walkers is pleased to announce that Cayman Islands partner, Colette Wilkins QC, will be relocating to the firm's Hong Kong office to lead its Asia litigation practice from January 2022.

The move forms an integral part of Walkers' ongoing client focused strategy to provide best-in-class contentious insolvency, shareholder disputes and corporate governance and fraud services from Walkers' global network, while expanding the firm's global litigation function as client demand grows.

Colette brings a depth of experience to the litigation practice in Asia. Earlier this year, she was elevated to the distinguished rank of Queen's Counsel, an appointment that acknowledges ability as an advocate and seniority in the legal profession. Colette has been a commercial litigator for over 30 years and is a highly regarded litigation attorney in the Cayman Islands, where she has practised for the past 15 years after her early career at the English Bar.

Specialising in high value financial services related litigation, asset recovery and contentious insolvency, Colette will continue to focus on Cayman Islands law from Walkers' Hong Kong office. She is recognised as eminent in her field by all major independent legal directories including Chambers Global (Band 1), Legal 500 (Tier 1) and Who's Who Legal (Global Elite Thought Leader) and has twice been named 'Cayman Islands Attorney of the Year' by the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association. Recent directory comments describe Colette as, 'Among the world’s top restructuring and insolvency minds, with peers across the globe recommending her as “an exceptional lawyer” and “a wonderful advocate with a dedicated client following" and “the creme de la creme of the Cayman Islands when it comes to asset recovery.”

Walkers' Hong Kong Managing Partner, Andy Randall comments, "This is an exciting and incredibly busy time for the litigation teams in Hong Kong and Singapore and this move underscores our ongoing commitment to clients in the region. We are delighted that Colette will be joining us; her extensive expertise will be invaluable as we continue to grow our insolvency and dispute resolution offering."

Colette currently heads Walkers' acclaimed Cayman Islands litigation practice in conjunction with partner, Neil Lupton. The team's highly experienced partners frequently appear in many of the leading cases in the Grand Court and the Court of Appeal in the Cayman Islands.

Global Managing Partner, Ingrid Pierce states, "Walkers has long promoted the mobility of our people and talent across the global firm as part of our talent strategy. Colette is an incredibly accomplished litigator with considerable experience handling multi-jurisdictional matters and has standout leadership qualities. This move will be hugely beneficial for our team and clients in Asia and we wish Colette every success."

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