Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda*, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey (Channel Islands). We are experienced in all types of international and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of sectors with a particular focus on both contentious and non-contentious corporate and finance law, investment funds, private equity, structured products, capital markets and trusts.
Walkers works in exclusive association with Taylors in Bermuda, a full service commercial law firm providing advice on all aspects of Bermuda law.
Walkers Professional Services provides registered office, corporate, and fiduciary services from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong and Ireland. Working together with Walkers law firm, Walkers Professional Services delivers a seamless integration of legal, corporate and fiduciary services.
Walkers delivers clear, concise and practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in Bermuda*, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey.
She advised on the first re-domiciliation of a Jersey fund into Ireland and on the cross border merger of two money market fund platforms, which was one of the first mergers effected under the UCITS IV procedures and was one of the largest European cross-border fund mergers. Gayle also provides AIFMD advice to offshore managers looking to sell into Europe.
Gayle is currently Chair of the Irish Funds Legal & Regulatory Committee, which liaises with the Central Bank, the Irish Government and European bodies to represent the interests of the Irish funds industry. Gayle holds a master's degree from Oxford University.
Prior to joining Walkers Gayle qualified as a solicitor in a big five Irish law firm and worked in the Asset Management and Investment Funds unit upon qualification. Gayle left private practice to work as senior legal counsel to a leading international asset management company, where she advised on new product initiatives and restructuring projects relating to UCITS & Non-UCITS funds and managed accounts domiciled in Ireland, Luxembourg, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
Qualifications:MPhil in European Politics & Law, University of OxfordBA (Int.), University College Dublin
2017 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer
2017 Chambers Global & Europe Guide - (Investment Funds) A Notable Practitioner. "Clients describe Gayle Bowen as 'technically able and responsive.' She is held in high regard by market participants for her industry experience."
2017 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer - “helpful, responsive and knowledgeable"
2016 Legal 500 - Recommended Individual2016 Chambers Global - "Gayle Bowen is an expert in UCITS merger procedures and QIAIFs, who 'has your interests at heart and cares about the outcome. She always delivers high-quality work, which translates into great solutions for our business'."2015 Legal 500 - Recommended Individual - "Gayle Bowen is a 'creative problem-solver'"2014 Legal 500 - Recommended Individual
Gayle is a member of the Irish Funds Industry Association Legal and Regulatory Committee, the Legislative Sub-Committee of the IFSC Funds Group, a group established under the aegis of the Taoiseach's (Irish Prime Minister's) Department and the Company Law Review Group. She regularly lectures at the Law Society of Ireland and has also published a number of articles in the area of investment funds.
Member of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland Member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
Gayle Bowen is an expert in UCITS merger procedures and QIAIFs, who "has your interests at heart and cares about the outcome. She always delivers high-quality work, which translates into great solutions for our business."
Chambers Global 2016