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Walkers Excels in 2020 IFLR Rankings

Walkers has once again displayed its market-leading strength with 61 lawyers and 19 practice areas ranked in the recent IFLR 1000 legal directory.

The firm was awarded 'Tier 1' status in a number of its core practice areas, including Finance, Corporate, Investment Funds and Capital Markets, solidifying Walkers as the go-to firm for international offshore legal counsel.

Walkers' seven Tier 1 practices for 2020 are:

  • Corporate & Commercial (British Virgin Islands)
  • Corporate & Commercial (Cayman Islands)
  • Investment Funds (Cayman Islands)
  • Financial & Corporate - Offshore (Dubai)
  • Capital Markets (Ireland)
  • Financial & Corporate - Offshore (Hong Kong)
  • Corporate & Commercial (Jersey)
In addition to the practice group rankings, 35 of Walkers' lawyers received the highest rankings of 'Market Leader' and 'Highly Regarded', with another 26 lawyers recognised for their involvement in notable deals throughout the last year or as 'Rising Stars' in their respective markets.

Walkers' market leading lawyers recognised by IFLR 1000 are:

  • Rolf Lindsay, Investment Funds (Cayman Islands)
  • Philip Paschalides, Finance & Corporate (Cayman Islands)
  • Ingrid Pierce, Investment Funds (Cayman Islands)
  • Caroline Williams, Investment Funds (Cayman Islands)
Global Managing Partner, Ingrid Pierce, states: "It is great to see the excellent rankings received by Walkers year on year. These latest results are particularly welcome and reflect our consistency and dedication to delivering first-rate client service in all of our markets."

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.

Walkers Announces 2020 Promotions: Asia & Middle East Boasts 11 Promotions Across its Three Offices

Walkers is pleased to announce that 32 attorneys across its global offices have been promoted in Walkers' recent 2020 promotion round. Nine attorneys have been invited to join the partnership and a further nine have been promoted to senior counsel, or local equivalent. Additionally, fourteen of Walkers' global associate bench have been promoted to senior associate.

In Asia and the Middle East, we welcomed the addition of two partners, Stuart D'Addona as a partner in the Hong Kong Insolvency & Dispute Resolution practice and Shamar Ennis as a partner in the Hong Kong Finance & Corporate practice.

Stuart has a broad range of experience in contentious matters, including in shareholder and investment funds disputes, fraud claims, and insolvency and restructuring cases. Stuart also advises fiduciaries and other officeholders and appointees on a wide range of matters. He has acted on numerous high profile matters advising financial institutions, investment funds, investors, companies and individuals in the BVI and Cayman courts

Shamar has a broad range of experience in corporate and finance matters with a focus on capital markets and structured finance transactions. She has worked on a number of securitisations, secured note programmes, DPR programmes, CDOs, CLOs and repackagings as well as some innovative project financings involving the capital markets. Shamar has advised a range of US, Latin American and other financial institutions acting in various roles on cross-border transactions involving Cayman Islands debt issuance vehicles.

The firm also announced the promotion of four senior lawyers to counsel, further strengthening the teams in the regions. They include:

  • Terry-Ann Arch– Senior Counsel, Finance, Corporate & Funds, Dubai
  • Audrey Coker– Counsel, Finance & Corporate, Hong Kong
  • Victoria Raymond– Counsel, Insolvency & Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong
  • Tania Toh– Counsel, Investment Funds, Singapore

They are joined by the five Walkers lawyers who have been promoted to senior associate in the region:

  • Sonya Saxena – Hong Kong – Finance & Corporate
  • Robert Gregory – Hong Kong – Insolvency & Dispute Resolution
  • Natalie Carter – Hong Kong – Finance & Corporate
  • John Crook – Hong Kong – Insolvency & Dispute Resolution
  • Charlotte Howell – Hong Kong – Insolvency & Dispute Resolution
"I would like to extend my congratulations to this talented group of lawyers. They are the top of their class having earned the trust of our clients and the respect of their colleagues. I look forward to working with each of them in the years to come", said Andy Randall, Hong Kong Managing Partner.

Walkers' Global Managing Partner, Ingrid Pierce, states, "We are delighted to announce our new partners and senior counsel. In what has been a challenging year, these appointments underscore Walkers' commitment to investing in our people and ensuring excellence through comprehensive, ongoing professional training and development programmes."

Walkers promotes Zoë Hallam and Kim Paiva to Group Partner in Guernsey Banking & Finance team

Walkers has promoted Banking & Finance lawyers Zoë Hallam and Kim Paiva to Group Partner in its Guernsey practice.

Walkers' Guernsey Banking & Finance team was ranked in the top tier by independent legal directory Legal 500 earlier this month. Zoë and Kim will lead the team along with partner Sam Shires.

The firm has also announced the promotions of Advocate Laurent Thibeault (Insolvency and Dispute Resolution) and Adam Pickering (Investment Funds & Corporate) to senior associate.

Matt Sanders, the managing partner of Walkers' Guernsey office, said: "Having worked with Zoë and Kim for many years, I am delighted at their promotion to the partnership.

"They have both made a huge contribution to the growth and development of our tier one rated Banking & Finance team.

"The breadth of their expertise across the whole spectrum of our Banking & Finance practice is extremely impressive.

"In addition, Zoë's experience in North America and in as a funds finance lawyer, and Kim's expertise in asset, aviation and maritime financing matters, is making a huge difference to the broadening of our client offering.

"I am equally delighted at the progress that Laurent and Adam have made in helping to support and drive the growth of the Insolvency & Dispute Resolution and Investment Funds & Corporate practice groups – they are both talented, well-liked and versatile lawyers who I am pleased to see are progressing their careers in such a positive manner."

The announcements come as part of Walkers' annual promotion round that sees nine new partners and nine new senior counsel across the firm's ten international offices in Bermuda, BVI, Cayman, Dubai, Dublin, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey, London and Singapore.

In Jersey, Banking & Finance lawyer Jon Le Rossignol has been promoted to Group Partner and Advocate Lauren Stott and Joseph Barker-Willis have been promoted to senior associate.

Walkers Trusts Disputes Specialist Recognised in Future Leaders Top 100

Walkers senior associate James Turnbull has been included in Citywealth’s Future Leaders Top 100 of the best advisers and managers in the wealth management and private client industries aged under 40.

James – a Jersey Advocate who qualified as an English solicitor at Allen & Overy in London before moving offshore - has a busy practice advising private clients, trust companies and onshore counsel on a range of contentious matters including contentious trusts and probate, as well as disputes over trust assets, with a client base in Jersey, London, Switzerland and the Far East.

He is recognised by Legal 500 and is an active member of the Contentious Trusts Association.

Partner Nigel Sanders, who leads Walkers' Jersey Insolvency and Dispute Resolution Practice Group, said: "I am delighted to see this thoroughly deserved recognition for James, who is an outstanding disputes lawyer with a growing reputation in the market.

"We continue to develop and build our Insolvency and Dispute Resolution teams in both Jersey and Guernsey, and the complex contentious trusts work in which James specialises is a key part of our practice."

Walkers Partner Hire Boosts Market Leading Professional Services Team

Walkers and Walkers Professional Services (WPS) are pleased to announce that Caymanian partner Dorothy Scott has been appointed to the role of Managing Director of Compliance & Regulatory Services at WPS.

WPS is a leading provider of corporate, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and fiduciary services to corporate and institutional clients across global financial centres. The business works in tandem with Walkers law firm to offer clients a unique, seamlessly integrated approach to providing high quality and cost-effective legal and professional services.

In her new role, Dorothy leads a team of compliance and regulation experts, who provide tailored services to clients globally. These services include outsourced anti-money laundering compliance and money laundering reporting officer roles, client identification, verification and remediation services, AML audit services, regulatory inspection and general compliance support and in-house training.

Prior to joining WPS, Dorothy was a partner in Walkers' Global Investment Funds Group, where she practiced for 17 years and specialised in the formation of investment funds with a particular niche in advising distressed hedge funds and counselling emerging and start-up managers on establishing offshore products. During her time at the firm, Dorothy worked with a broad range of highly regarded investment managers, private equity sponsors, trustees and family offices, as well as emerging and start-up managers.

Cayman Managing Partner, Tim Buckley, stated, "It has been fantastic to see Dorothy's accomplishments and progression at Walkers over the years lead to this new and dynamic role with WPS. It speaks volumes about her capabilities and skillset, which will only serve to enhance our integrated service offering. The strength of the team at WPS and its ability to attract and retain the best talent is indicative of its outstanding reputation in the market."

Dorothy's lengthy career with Walkers commenced when the firm sponsored her in 1999 to study Anthropology and Law at the London School of Economics. She then completed her articles and became an associate at Walkers, working her way through the ranks, before becoming a partner in 2014. She has also mentored numerous young Caymanian lawyers over the years.

Dorothy commented, "Walkers has thoroughly prepared me for this next stage of my career and I am delighted to be joining WPS. The rapid global expansion of the business is testament to its best in class talent, technology and focus on client service. Transitioning to this role provides me with the unique opportunity to do what I frequently counselled my clients to do while I was at the law firm – build a scalable business and create new career opportunities for highly competent and ambitious teams."

In addition to her accomplishments at Walkers, Dorothy is a frequent speaker at industry events and a member of several boards and associations, including the Cayman Islands' Human Rights Commission. She is also the Chairperson of the National Drug Council of the Cayman Islands.

Walkers Named #1 Global CLO Market Offshore Service Provider in Creditflux's CLO Census

Walkers Professional Services (WPS) is pleased to announce that for a third consecutive year, we have been ranked as number one for 'Best Offshore Fund Administration Services' in Creditflux's fourth annual CLO Census for services provided to the global collateralised loan obligation (CLO) market.

WPS partners with its clients to provide best in class fiduciary and administrative services to a broad range of structured and asset finance vehicles across multiple jurisdictions, all within a competitive cost model.

Head of Walkers Fiduciary, Steven Manning comments, "We are delighted to be named for the third year running as the top CLO service provider. WPS works tirelessly to deliver high-quality, incisive service and ensure that our clients achieve their business and operational objectives. The fact that we are consistently recognised by our clients in Creditflux's CLO Census is all the more meaningful and rewarding and we are very grateful."

Creditflux's CLO Census surveys global CLO market participants on an annual basis, including, arrangers, investors, managers and service providers, on a series of questions designed to gauge the current sentiment of the market, investigate views on controversial topics and highlight the industry’s preferred service providers.