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Walkers' Private Capital & Trusts Group Shortlisted for Offshore Firm of the Year

Walkers is pleased to announce that its Private Capital & Trusts Group has been shortlisted by Chambers and Partners for the "Offshore Law Firm of the Year" award at the upcoming High Net Worth Awards 2019.

The Chambers High Net Worth Awards, now in their second year, celebrate legal excellence in the world of private wealth. The shortlists are drawn up by the specialist High Net Worth research team, drawing on the guide’s market-leading, in-depth research, and cover categories from traditional private client and Chancery work to family law, residential real estate and luxury assets.

Walkers' Global Managing Partner Ingrid Pierce commented: "We are delighted to be recognised as one of the leading Private Capital & Trusts practices in the offshore market. It is a testament to the quality of our service, and unrivalled global offering for private clients, that we are shortlisted for this prestigious award."

The awards will take place on Thursday, 3 October 2019 at the Underglobe in London.

Bermudian Associates Boost Walkers Asia Finance & IDR Offering

Walkers is pleased to announce that two of its Bermuda associates, Shannon Dyer and Ben Green, will be seconded to the firm's Hong Kong office in October.

These moves are being made in response to the continued growth in demand for Bermuda legal services in the firm's Asia offices and to provide Walkers' Bermuda lawyers with opportunities to continue their professional development in one of the world's foremost financial centres.

Walkers is one of the largest offshore firms in Asia. With offices in the region since 2003, Shannon and Ben will join a team of over 175 staff based in Asia.

Shannon is a senior associate in the Bermuda Insolvency & Dispute Resolution practice where he specialises in insurance and reinsurance disputes, regulatory disputes and investigations, and general commercial litigation and arbitration. Prior to joining Walkers, he was legal counsel at Bermuda's financial regulator, the Bermuda Monetary Authority, within the policy, legal, and enforcement departments.

Shannon comments, "I am excited to be seconded to Walkers' Hong Kong office. Walkers has one of the largest offshore Insolvency and Dispute Resolution teams globally and I look forward to providing Bermuda law advice in real time to the benefit of our Asian clients."

Ben is an associate in the Bermuda Finance and Corporate team. He has experience advising lenders in relation to financing transactions, including in the shipping and aircraft space, and has been very actively involved in advising Asian banks and other financial institutions since Walkers' Bermuda office opened in January 2016. Ben also advises on a broad range of corporate matters, including mergers, amalgamations, continuations and discontinuations. He was recently recognised in the 2019 IFLR 1000 as a rising star in the field.

Ben states, "I am grateful to Walkers for affording me this opportunity and look forward to working with the team in Hong Kong. Being based in the same time-zone as our Asian clients is a real advantage and a great opportunity to promote Bermuda legal services in the region generally."

Kevin Taylor, Managing Partner of Walkers Bermuda, remarks, "We are delighted to be able to offer Shannon and Ben the opportunity to live and work in a city like Hong Kong. There is no better way to gain experience than to immerse yourself in a new culture and interact with clients from the region on a daily basis. We have no doubt that Shannon and Ben will demonstrate the depth of legal talent in Bermuda and enhance our service offering in Asia."

Andy Randall, Managing Partner of Walkers Hong Kong states, "Walkers' firm culture revolves around high achievement through training, support and development. We regularly second associates to our offices around the globe. Our strategy has always been to listen to our clients and their needs, then exceed them. We continue to see an increase in demand for Bermuda legal services in Asia and Walkers is very pleased to welcome Shannon and Ben to the Hong Kong team."

Walkers Partner Kate Storey a Finalist for Another Insurance Award

Walkers partner Kate Storey is a finalist for Captive Service Professional of the Year at The European & UK Captive Review Awards in London next month.

Kate, a partner in Walkers' fast growing Guernsey team, is a past Chair of the Guernsey Commercial Bar Association, and has previously been recognised as Global Law Experts Annual Awards Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyer of the Year in Guernsey, and as Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyer of the Year in Guernsey.

Earlier this year she was also ranked in Intelligent Insurer's Influential Women in Re/Insurance for the second year running.

The European & UK Captive Review Awards 2019 will take place on Wednesday 23rd October at the Banking Hall in London. The Captive Review awards are the only awards dedicated to captive insurance expertise in Europe.

Kate, chair of the Guernsey Pensions De-risking Steering Group, specialises in insurance and investment fund matters in Walkers' Guernsey team.

Kate, the only lawyer nominated in her category, said: "I am very pleased to have been included in the final shortlist for this prestigious award.

"Our insurance practice in Guernsey is going from strength to strength and is complemented by Walkers' global reach as the only law firm that can offer a combined Guernsey, Jersey, Bermuda and Dublin insurance team."

Walkers Announces Record Promotion Round for 2019

Walkers is pleased to announce that 18 attorneys across its global offices have been invited to join the partnership. In addition, 13 associates have been promoted to senior counsel, or local equivalent, highlighting the continued growth of the firm over the past year.

In total, there were 31 promotions globally, which represents Walker's largest round of promotions to date. In effect from July 1 2019, there are nine promotions in the Cayman Islands, six in Ireland, five in Hong Kong, four in London, three in Singapore, two in Jersey and one the British Virgin Islands and Guernsey offices respectively.

Walkers' Global Managing Partner, Ingrid Pierce, states, "We are delighted to announce this year's partner and counsel promotions. The number of promotions we have made this year is indicative of the depth of skill across the firm and the commitment to our clients. I am proud to work with such talented colleagues who bring a wealth of expertise to our core legal services."

18 New Partners Announced

In the Cayman Islands office, Bicrom Das (Investment Funds), Clive Thomas (Private Capital & Trusts), Ed Pearson (Investment Funds), Monique Bhullar (Private Capital & Trusts) and Tamsin West (Investment Funds) have all joined the partnership.

In Ireland, Eimear Keane (Investment Funds), Ian McNamee (Finance), Niall Esler (Regulatory & Risk Advisory) and Paddy Rath (Finance) are made partners.

In Hong Kong, Alice Molan (Regulatory & Risk Advisory), Jo Lit (Investment Funds & Corporate) and Rupen Shah (Finance) have joined the partnership.

In London, Mark Galazzi (Finance) and Sara Hall (Regulatory & Risk Advisory) are made partners.

In Singapore, Tim Stevens (Investment Funds & Corporate) and Shirleen Tan (Finance) take up partner roles.

In the British Virgin Islands, Murray Laing (Insolvency & Dispute Resolution) is made a partner.

In Jersey, Christopher Reed (Investment Funds) joins the partnership.

We also recognise the following 13 new appointments:

  • Victoria Pratt (Guernsey) is now Senior Counsel in the Employment Group
  • John Cartwright (Hong Kong) is now Counsel in the Investment Funds Group
  • Stuart D'Adonna (Hong Kong) is now Counsel in the Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group
  • Caitlin Friel (Ireland) is now Of Counsel in the Finance & Corporate Group
  • Shane Martin (Ireland) is now Of Counsel in the Regulatory Group
  • Louise Hamilton (Jersey) is now Senior Counsel in the Finance & Corporate Group
  • Christine Ballantyne-Drew (Cayman Islands) is now Senior Counsel in the Investment Funds Group
  • Jo-Anne Stephens (Cayman Islands) is now Senior Counsel in the Private Capital & Trusts Group
  • Matt Bernardo (Cayman Islands) is now Senior Counsel in the Investment Funds Group
  • Shamar Ennis (Cayman Islands) is now Senior Counsel in the Finance Group
  • Catherine Overton (London) is now Senior Counsel in the Finance & Corporate Group
  • Ian Williams (London) is now Senior Counsel in the Investment Funds Group
  • Adam Hinks (Singapore) is now Counsel in the Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group

Walkers Impresses in The Private Client Global Elite 2019

Six Walkers lawyers have been included in the 2019 Private Client Global Elite, up from three lawyers in 2018. For the first time Walkers has ranked lawyers in the guide who offer Private Client & Trusts services in four major private client jurisdictions: the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey & Jersey.

In the Cayman Islands, partner Shelley White (BVI & Cayman Trusts Disputes) and senior counsel Lucy Diggle (BVI & Cayman Trusts) make the guide.

In Guernsey, partners Alison Ozanne (Trusts Disputes) and Rupert Morris (Guernsey Trusts) are included.

In Jersey, partner Robert Dobbyn (Jersey Trusts) and senior counsel Sevyn Kalsi (Jersey Trusts) also make the Global Elite guide.

Launched in 2017, the Private Client Global Elite serves as a highly respected global directory of the world’s top private client and trust and estates litigation talent, as well as rising stars within the industry.

Walkers' Private Capital & Trusts partner Rupert Morris commented: "It is pleasing to see that our global growth and the value delivered by the Private Capital & Trusts team are recognised by clients and the Private Client Global Elite."

Walkers (Bermuda) Limited bolsters Regulatory & Risk Advisory practice with new hire

Walkers is pleased to announce that Melanie Fullerton has joined the firm as a senior associate in the Bermuda Regulatory & Risk Advisory practice.

Melanie joins Walkers from the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), where she was a senior officer for legal services, policy and enforcement. Prior to the BMA, Melanie practised for five years in the corporate team of a Bermuda law firm.

Working in concert with Walkers' global Regulatory & Risk Advisory Group, Melanie's role will involve advising clients on all aspects of existing and new regulation that impacts Bermuda, including domestic and international measures. Walkers' global Regulatory & Risk Advisory Group has grown from two lawyers in 2017 to fifteen lawyers providing time-sensitive regulatory advice from the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Hong Kong, London and Bermuda offices.

Jonathan Betts, Head of Walkers' Bermuda Corporate, Finance & Funds group, commented, "Melanie brings with her a strong regulatory understanding of the Bermuda market. Her expertise will greatly benefit our clients and we are thrilled that she is joining our growing team."