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23-Nov-2021
Global Captive Podcast – Pension Longevity Transactions in Guernsey

Partner Kate Storey, who leads our top-tier Guernsey Insurance Practice Group, has taken part in a podcast discussion with Global Captive Podcast on pension longevity transactions in Guernsey.

In the podcast, Kate speaks to Ian Aley, Head of Transactions at Willis Towers Watson about what these transactions are, why they are becoming more commonplace and why the Guernsey ICC has really come to the fore for this strategy, and also why using an existing single parent captive often is not the right solution.

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Walkers has a multidisciplinary insurance and reinsurance team that has deep industry experience and offers Bermuda, BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey and Ireland legal and regulatory advice on the full scope of insurance matters, including alternative risk transfer and insurance linked securities.

22-Nov-2021
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."

22-Nov-2021
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."


18-Nov-2021
Walkers Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Practice Secures Top 10 Ranking in the GRR 30 2021

Walkers' Global Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group has been listed in the top 10 of global law firms for restructuring and insolvency for the first time by the latest Global Restructuring Review ("GRR") 30 list 2021, moving up nine places in the chart from last year.

"Walkers is delighted to be included in the top 10 of the GRR 30. As an offshore firm, our place amongst the world's largest multinational onshore firms demonstrates our commitment to excellence and is testament to the dedication that our teams in every office and jurisdiction show to our clients," commented Cayman Islands Insolvency & Dispute Resolution partner, Matthew Goucke.

Walkers continues to be the highest ranked offshore law firm on the list, at 10,  scoring 549 points this year, ranking just behind DLA Piper (551) and White & Case (552). Walkers is also proud to have 17 partners ranked in Who's Who Legal for Restructuring and Insolvency – the highest among any firm in the ranking table.

Commenting on the 2021 results, GRR notes: "The title of highest-ranking [offshore] firm always seemed to go to the incumbents of positions 12 or 13 on the GRR 30 list – until this year where Who’s Who Legal’s surprise listing of no less than 17 – yes, 17 – Walkers partners let that firm surpass many international peers to nestle in position 10. That’s the highest position any [offshore] firm has held to date."

The GRR 30 is a distillation of the GRR 100 2021 and is the reflection of 12 months’ work, beginning in January 2020 when GRR sent out detailed questionnaires to hundreds of law firms seeking input on the history of their restructuring and insolvency practices, notable past cases, key names to know and any other characteristics worth highlighting. The complete report, methodology and commentary can be viewed here: https://globalrestructuringreview.com/survey/grr-100/2021/article/grr-30-2021

11-Nov-2021
Walkers Leads Legal 500 2022 Offshore Lawyer Rankings

Walkers is pleased to announce it has received 44 individual lawyer rankings in the 2022 Legal 500 Caribbean directory and 50 rankings of "Leading Individual", "Next Generation Partner", and/or "Rising Star" in total, more than any other offshore firm.

The guide also ranked 18 practice areas from Walkers' offices in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, solidifying Walkers' reputation as the leading law firm in the Legal 500 Caribbean Guide.

Eight practice areas are ranked as Tier 1 practices, with Walkers' other 10 practice areas all ranking in Tier 2. The following practice areas achieved the top tier rating:

  • Bermuda – Regulatory & Compliance
"Ability to tackle complex regulatory considerations and structures by providing commercial and practical solutions."

  • British Virgin Islands - Dispute Resolution
"The team combines huge intellectual rigour with the very best in commercial acumen and client care."

  • British Virgin Islands - Trusts / Private Client
"They have a very intelligent, but also intensely practical team, which is the perfect blend."

  • Cayman Islands - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
"The Walkers team is able to provide excellent advice on any number of complex structures."

  • Cayman Islands - Dispute Resolution
"The Cayman practice is superb. Real strength in width and depth. They are very clued into complex issues worldwide and provide a superb service to clients. They are also exceptionally hard-working!"

  • Cayman Islands - Investment Funds
"Practical, efficient and responsive. It all begins and ends with the law, but then Walkers goes the extra step to work through with you the practical implications and likely scenarios."

  • Cayman Islands – Regulatory & Compliance
"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."

  • Cayman Islands - Trusts / Private Client
"The Walkers team is the only one in the market, that I’m aware of, which combines leading trust and estate advice with expertise in other disciplines such as capital markets, compliance and fintech. Superb."

Within Walkers' 44 lawyer rankings, 17 of the firm's attorneys received the top "Leading Individual" rating from Legal 500:

Bermuda:

  • Jonathan Betts - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets and Corporate & Commercial
  • Kevin Taylor - Dispute Resolution
  • Sarah Demerling – Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Peter Dunlop – Insurance / Reinsurance
British Virgin Islands:

  • Oliver Clifton - Dispute Resolution
  • Rosalind Nicholson - Dispute Resolution
Cayman Islands:

  • James Burch - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
  • Philip Paschalides - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
  • Rob Jackson - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets and Corporate & Commercial
  • David Collins - Corporate & Commercial
  • Matthew Goucke – Dispute Resolution
  • Neil Lupton – Dispute Resolution
  • Shelley White – Dispute Resolution
  • Colette Wilkins – Dispute Resolution
  • Rolf Lindsay – Investment Funds
  • Caroline Williams – Investment Funds
  • Lucy Frew – Regulatory & Compliance
  • David Pytches – Trusts / Private Client
A further 14 lawyers received the "Next Generation Partners" ranking – highlighting the strength and depth of Walkers' bench:

Bermuda:

  • Adam Bathgate - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
  • Natalie Neto – Corporate & Commercial
British Virgin Islands:

  • Matthew Cowman - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets and Corporate & Commercial
  • Omonike Robinson-Pickering – Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
  • Murray Laing – Dispute Resolution
  • Ian Tucker – Dispute Resolution
Cayman Islands:

  • Justin Hart – Corporate & Commercial
  • Rupert Bell – Dispute Resolution
  • Andrew Barker – Investment Funds
  • Bicrom Das – Investment Funds
  • Theo Lefkos – Investment Funds
  • Tony de Quintal – Regulatory & Compliance
  • Monique Bhullar – Trusts / Private Client

An additional 13 lawyers across Walkers' three Americas offices also received the "Rising Star" accolade:

Bermuda:

  • Nathalie West - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
  • Rachel Nightingale – Corporate & Commercial
  • Melanie Fullerton – Regulatory & Compliance

British Virgin Islands:

  • Cate Barbour - Dispute Resolution
  • Paul Waldron - Investment Funds

Cayman Islands:

  • Sarah Humpleby – Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
  • Paul Osborne – Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
  • Niall Hanna – Dispute Resolution
  • Fiona MacAdam – Dispute Resolution
  • Christine Ballantyne-Drewe – Investment Funds
  • Matt Bernardo – Investment Funds
  • Andrew Howarth – Regulatory & Compliance
  • Lucy Diggle - Trusts / Private Client


09-Nov-2021
Walkers Wins Best Legal Adviser Award at European Captive Review Awards

Walkers has been named the winner in the Legal Services category of the European Captive Review Awards marking excellence in legal services to the captive insurance market across Europe.

The Walkers Insurance team – spanning the key insurance jurisdictions of Bermuda, Cayman, Guernsey and Ireland – was crowned at the awards event in Luxembourg on Monday evening.

The award is a new category at the long-running European Captive Review Awards, and "recognises contributions to the captive market through legal expertise and innovation, strategic vision and business winning client care".

Walkers Partner Kate Storey – from the firm's top-tier Guernsey Insurance practice – said that the team was delighted to be recognised.

"This is hugely rewarding – we are delighted that the panel of independent judges has recognised our unique offering to clients in this way,' she said.

"The Walkers Insurance team advises on the laws of Bermuda, Cayman, Guernsey and Ireland – four key jurisdictions for insurance globally, and specifically the captive insurance market."

Kate was a finalist in the Captive Service Professional of the Year category in 2019.

Walkers partner Sarah Demerling, who jointly leads the firm's Bermuda Insurance team with partner Peter Dunlop, added: "Our multi-jurisdictional offering resonates with our international clients, and as we continue to invest in and develop our insurance offering, we have seen instructions from an increasingly diverse set of clients touching on every part of our global organisation in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East, as well as US clients."