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Donna Ager joins Walkers' Global Asset Finance team as Partner

Donna Ager has joined Walkers' Global Asset Finance team.

Donna has more than 20 years' experience in the aviation finance sector, and will be joining Walkers' Global Asset Finance team as an Irish law partner. Donna will be based in Walkers' London office, working closely with Dublin-based partners Matt Hedigan and Killian McSharry and our London and Dublin teams.

With experience as a partner at an international onshore firm and in an in-house counsel role with the world's biggest airliner manufacturer, Donna is one of the leading names in aviation finance, and has been recognised by Chambers Europe, Legal 500, the Women In Business Law Awards, and the Women In Finance Awards.

Asset Finance partner Matt Hedigan said: "We are delighted that Donna is joining our growing team focused on aviation finance, working in partnership with our colleagues across the Walkers offices in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

"Her experience in onshore private practice and in-house gives Donna a unique insight and credentials in the aviation finance sector, and we are particularly pleased to have a permanent presence in the London market, complementing our leading Dublin office asset finance and corporate services offering and our international network across the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore.”

Donna was previously the European head of Asset Finance at a leading offshore firm, and before that was a partner in the asset finance team at Simmons & Simmons in London. She qualified as a barrister before joining Freshfields and went on to take an in-house role with Airbus at their Toulouse headquarters, prior to practising with Clifford Chance in London.

Jonathan Sheehan, the managing partner of Walkers' Ireland office, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Donna aboard as the latest addition to our Asset Finance team, which continues to grow in the wake of a resurgence in aviation instructions post-pandemic.

"Donna's broad experience in the aviation finance sector is a real differentiator with clients and we look forward to her having a significant impact in this area in the months and years ahead."

Coinbase receives second Bermuda digital assets business license

Walkers is delighted to have acted as lead legal counsel to Coinbase Bermuda Limited on its successful application for a DABA Class F digital assets business license from the Bermuda Monetary Authority to be issued to a second Bermuda entity. Coinbase Bermuda Services Limited will operate as a digital assets exchange and payment service provider and will offer spot trading an custody services to international customers.

Partner, Natalie Neto stated, "We are thrilled to been able to support Coinbase again with respect to this successful application. We are delighted that they have chosen Bermuda for the new trading venue which demonstrates its commitment to international expansion from Bermuda and is more great news for the jurisdiction".

Walkers acts as Bermuda counsel on Ares Management's investment in Virgin Voyages

We are pleased to have acted as Bermuda legal counsel to funds managed by Ares Management Corporation's Private Equity Group on their investment in Virgin Voyages.

Ares Management is a leading global alternative investment manager with approximately $378 billion in assets under management. The Ares funds led the $550 million funding round, which was also supported by capital from existing investors, including Virgin Group and Bain Capital. The investment is intended to help the award-winning cruise brand from Richard Branson's Virgin Group to strengthen its financial position while supporting the potential expansion into new international markets.

Our team of experts was led by Corporate and Finance partner, Adam Bathgate, and included Corporate and Finance senior counsel, Shaunée James, associates, Ben Green and Aariyen Murray, and Insolvency and Dispute Resolution senior counsel, Nicholas Howard.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP acted as lead legal advisors to Ares Management.

Walkers sponsors St Ignatius A Level Law course for 2023/2024 academic year

Walkers sponsors St Ignatius A Level Law course


Walkers is delighted to sponsor the St Ignatius Catholic School AS and A Level Law course for the upcoming 2023/2024 academic year, where 21 students are enrolled across both programmes.

The AS and A Level Law course provides students with a comprehensive grounding in the legal landscape and has inspired many young Caymanians to pursue a career in law. Approximately 50 St. Ignatius graduates have gone on to study law at university, a number of whom have gone on to become articled clerks and lawyers at Walkers. 

Walkers' sponsorship will contribute toward resources such as legal literature, seminars and interactive sessions led by lecturers from the Truman Bodden Law School.

Commenting on the partnership, David Collins, Partner and Head of the Trainee Committee at Walkers, said, "Having previously sponsored the course for its launch in 2006, we are delighted to once again collaborate with St Ignatius School to support their AS and A Level Law course. We believe in nurturing the next generation of legal talent and investing in the educational foundation that paves the way for their success.

"This sponsorship embodies our dedication to making a meaningful contribution to the communities in which we operate. By collaborating with St Ignatius, we aim to help the students get the most out of their A Level experience and we hope that it will encourage them to consider a legal career."

Peter Embleton, Vice Principal of Secondary at St Ignatius, expressed gratitude for the support stating, "We are thrilled to have Walkers as our partner for the A Level Law Course. Their commitment to education aligns perfectly with our mission to provide students with the best learning experiences."

Walkers acts as Cayman Islands counsel on Finastra Group $5.32 billion refinancing

Walkers is pleased to announce it acted as Cayman Islands legal counsel to the administrative agent, lead arrangers and lenders in connection with a refinancing of Finastra Group’s existing credit facilities. The refinancing included a $4.82 billion senior secured unitranche term loan facility and a $500 million senior secured multicurrency revolving credit facility, provided by a group of over twenty private credit funds and direct lenders to borrowers located in several jurisdictions. This deal was the largest ever private credit deal in the United States.

The Walkers Finance team was led by partner, Justin Hart, and supported by senior counsel, Joe Healey and associate, Richard Beazley, based in the Cayman Islands office. Davis Polk acted as lead legal counsel. 

Two Guernsey Advocate hires in Walkers' Guernsey Investment Funds & Corporate team

Two Guernsey Advocates specialising in investment funds and corporate work have joined Walkers' growing team in Guernsey.

Charlotte Goncalves (formerly Brown) has joined the firm's Investment Funds and Corporate Practice Group as Senior Counsel, and Annaliese McGeoch has joined the same team as Senior Associate.

The arrivals mean that Walkers' Guernsey Investment Funds and Corporate Practice Group – ranked in the top tier for Corporate law advice by independent legal directory Legal 500 - is now made up of ten specialist lawyers, working alongside teams in Walkers' global offices across Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East.

The Guernsey Investment Funds and Corporate Practice Group is led by Managing Partner Matt Sanders and Partners Craig Cordle and Chris Hutley-Hurst, who between them have over 30 years' experience in private practice in Guernsey, in addition to onshore experience in London, New York and New Zealand.

Charlotte has been practising in Guernsey for ten years and has been recognised by Legal 500 as a Rising Star in both Corporate & M&A and Capital Markets practice areas.

Annaliese has practised in Guernsey since 2016, and was recently recognised in eprivateclient's Next Gen Leader's List, co-founded the Guernsey Institute of Directors' Next Gen Forum and sits as vice-chair on its Next Gen Committee.

Both have experience of the full range of investment funds and corporate matters under Guernsey law, in addition to regulatory matters relating to fund and corporate structures.

Matt Sanders said: "We are thrilled that Charlotte and Annaliese have chosen to join Walkers – they both come to us with excellent reputations as Guernsey lawyers and are already having an impact on our growing practice.

"Having moved to new, larger offices a year ago as part of our Channel Islands strategy, we are consistently seeing growth in our market share as well as our headcount. I am very pleased to welcome Charlotte and Annaliese on board on behalf of the Walkers partnership."