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Walkers Sponsors Channel Islands Launch of ILITA

Almost 200 women in the finance industry in Jersey and Guernsey attended launch events for the International Ladies in Trusts Association (ILITA), a networking organisation that promotes and supports women working in the trust industry at all stages of their careers.

The events at The Yard in Jersey and at Local & Wild at St James' in Guernsey were sponsored by international law firm Walkers.

Walkers has a long history of supporting ILITA, which was set up in the Cayman Islands by Walkers partner Shelley White in 2014.

TwitTwooYou founder Jo Buchanan was the guest speaker at the Jersey event, and Citywealth CEO Karen Jones was the guest speaker at the Guernsey event.

Last week's launch saw the birth of the Jersey and Guernsey branches of the organisation, which is open to women involved in trusts in any capacity – in legal, trust administration or accountancy roles – and plans to run regular events in both islands.

Walkers associate Carla Plater, who organised the Jersey event, said: "We are delighted with the response that we have had for our launch event which exceeded our expectations – we are looking forward to building the Jersey branch of ILITA as a real fixture in the calendar for women involved in the trusts industry."

Fellow Walkers associate Nitrisha Doorasamy, who organised the Guernsey event alongside associate Kathryn Macken, added: "Events such as these can make a real difference for networking and exchanging ideas and views – we are very grateful to our guest speakers and to everyone who attended for making the launch events a success, and we hope to be able to confirm arrangements for future events shortly."

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Walkers is a recognised market leader in the provision of best in class legal, tax, listing and professional services to CLO issuers incorporated in the Cayman Islands and Ireland.

In 2021 Walkers was, for the fourth consecutive year, named as the #1 Global CLO Market Offshore Service Provider in Creditflux's CLO Census. At the 2022 Creditflux Awards, our Cayman Islands and Ireland legal and fiduciary teams acted on eight out of the nine CLOs that were awarded 'Deal of the Year' awards.

Walkers, through its integrated network of offices across the world, offers a client centric one-stop shop solution for CLO Arrangers and CLO Managers involved in US and / or Euro CLOs.

Due to its global footprint and unrivalled expertise in the CLO space, Walkers can also advise CLO Issuers incorporated in Bermuda and Jersey.

Our dedicated professionals have advised in relation to some of the most innovative and cutting-edge CLO transactions brought to market in the recent past, including the first public CLO 2.0 deal (post the credit crisis). The Walkers CLO team is deeply experienced and has advised CLO issuers at all stages of the CLO life cycle from warehouses and CLO takeouts to substitutions, resets, refis, reissues, restructures and liquidations.



Walkers and Walkers Fiduciary Services Collateralised Loan Obligation (CLO) team offers multi-jurisdictional advice on CLO transactions and is recognised as a market leader by clients, peers and partners in the legal, financial and asset management industries. 

We advise arranging banks, sponsors and asset managers on all aspects of their structured and US CLO transactions through one integrated legal and fiduciary business. We have been active in the US CLO and securitisation market since its inception.

We have been instrumental in introducing new legal technology to US CLO deals covering a wide range of asset classes and we offer efficient and cost-effective turnaround of transaction documents.

We have specialist middle market US CLO and Trust Preferred (TruPS) US CLO teams. We also work closely with our Investment Funds team on finance transactions involving Cayman Islands credit funds.

Walkers acted on the first public US CLO 2.0 deal (post the credit crisis) to reopen the U.S. market and our US CLO team have also advised on many other CLO deals for asset managers and on private CLO transactions, total return swaps (TRS) / Repos and warehouse investment structures.

Our specialist Restructured Products team (comprising lawyers from our Structured Products Group and Insolvency & Dispute Resolution teams) is able to devise mechanisms to release value from distressed assets, particularly on pre-crisis transactions.

Noeleen Ruddy Named 'Structured Finance Lawyer of the Year' at Women in Business Law Awards

Walkers Partner Noeleen Ruddy has been named 'Structured Finance Lawyer of the Year' at the Women in Business Law Awards which highlight firms that support the development of women in the legal profession.

Co-head of the Walkers' Finance and Capital Markets team in Ireland, Noeleen was crowned winner at an awards evening in London yesterday.

The Lawyer of the Year award recognises the outstanding achievements of individuals who stand out as leaders amongst their peers and who have been instrumental to innovative approaches in their field.

Noeleen said that she was honoured to be recognised.

"I am delighted to be named as Structured Finance Lawyer of the Year. I would like to thank my peers for their kind words during the interview process."

Jonathan Sheehan, Managing Partner of Walkers' Ireland office, added: "Noeleen has been instrumental in the growth of our Ireland office and, in particular, in the success of our market leading Finance and Capital Markets practice since we first opened for business in Ireland in 2010. She is an excellent lawyer and role model and is phenomenal with clients. It is fantastic that her peers and Women in Business Law recognise this."

Noeleen was also shortlisted for the Debt Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year award and the firm was shortlisted in the Ireland category.

"Walkers Opened the Door to my Legal Career" says Krista Samuels, Caymanian Associate

Walkers' Cayman Islands Investment Funds Group welcomed the addition of its newest associate, Krista Samuels, who was called to the Cayman Islands Bar after successfully completing her legal training with the firm.

Krista was a recipient of the 2019 Walkers Legal Scholarship. She completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Law in 2019 where she was awarded a Distinction; and that summer she participated in the Walkers Legal Internship Programme. In 2020, Krista completed the Legal Practice Course, with Distinction, at the University of Law in Manchester. In addition to these degrees, Krista also holds a First Class Honours Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Criminal Psychology from the University of Greenwich.

Cayman's legal industry is not unfamiliar territory for Krista as she worked for four years as a Probation Officer with the Department of Community Rehabilitation. She also completed internships with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the Youth Services Unit and the Ministry of Home Affairs before landing on a career in law.

During her articles of clerkship Krista spent four weeks at the Cayman Islands Courts participating in the Judicial Clerkship Programme, an initiative offered by the Cayman Islands Judicial Education Committee and the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association.

In her address to the Court, Krista thanked the team at Walkers for "opening the door" to her legal career and made special mention of her supervisor Shelley White. Krista said, "Thank you to the village that guided and supported me … to my family and friends for reminding me of the importance of having a balanced life."

Krista is a former graduate and honour student of John Gray High School. She completed her A Levels at Cayman Prep & High School where she was a school prefect, mentor and learning buddy to fellow pupils.

Ingrid Pierce, Walkers' Global Managing Partner, moved Krista's application before the Hon. Justice Williams. "Krista is a very driven young woman," shared Ingrid. "I've watched her putting in the hard work to become an attorney since her first summer interning with Walkers and, today, I am delighted to welcome her to the team."

Pride Month Statement

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Pride month is an international celebration of LGBTQ+ people and culture. It is also a time when we reflect on the importance of inclusion, belonging, respect, dignity and allyship through the lens of the LGBTQ+ community. It is a time too to look at how each of us can play a role in creating a truly inclusive workplace and in influencing further acceptance in society.

Walkers' Announces Support for the National Concert Hall's 'Primary Ensemble Project' in partnership with The Royal Irish Academy of Music

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Walkers (Ireland) is delighted to announce a new charity partnership with the National Concert Hall ("NCH") on their 'Primary Ensemble Project' which will run from Autumn 2022 – Spring 2023, with a finale concert planned at the NCH planned for 2023. The project is presented in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and it is making a welcome return post pandemic to rekindle and support the revival of ensemble music making in classrooms.

Schools will be invited to respond to an open call this June and the 'Primary Ensemble Project' will ultimately involve 720 students from 8 schools in Dublin and surrounding counties. At least 3 of the schools will be DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) involving children who are at a risk of educational disadvantage due to their socio-economic background. Under this partnership, Walkers will team up with one of the local DEIS schools and we will host independent and collaborative workshops.

Participating schools and students will be guided through a series of workshops throughout Autumn 2022 and early 2023, led by music tutors and expert composers from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in which they will be guided in their development in ensemble performance and improvisation techniques alongside aural and technique skills development in a trusted, vibrant and supportive environment. Students will also collaborate and get creative, exploring musical ideas and themes with the ultimate aim of creating a new piece of music to be performed by them in front of friends and family in a finale celebration concert at the NCH in Spring 2023.  Overall, the Primary Ensemble Project is designed to support primary school ensembles and students with a high-calibre musical programme that equips them with the necessary musical and teamwork skills to participate in an ensemble with their peers.  

This project will also provide staff in Walkers with more opportunities to collaborate away from the desk in a fun and creative environment by participating in a workplace ensemble and or choir in addition to a selection of different workshops on various music led themes. The workshops at Walkers will include an introductory percussion based workshop, a joint workshop with our partner DEIS school and a session with acclaimed Irish conductor, choirmaster, star of RTÉ's Unsung Heroes and High Hopes Choir, David Brophy.

Commenting at the launch of the project, Fiona de Lacy, Managing Director of Walkers Professional Services Ireland, said: "Walkers is delighted to support the National Concert Hall's Primary Ensemble Project in partnership with The Royal Irish Academy of Music. We recognise the value of this opportunity to the students. Regardless of how serious a musician the children may become, there is immense value for them in getting exposure at an early age to singing and instrumental music. The lifelong learning experiences that can be taken from music in our education system are huge; students learn to perform under pressure, work as part of groups and learn how to deal with a performance or other public moment not going to plan. As a former musician turned chartered accountant, I can absolutely speak to the experience of taking the skills and lessons learned from my time performing as a musician and applying those skills to my leadership role in Walkers."

Robert Read, CEO of the National Concert Hall also said: “As Ireland’s National Concert Hall our ambition is to foster an appreciation and engagement in music at all levels. Our Learning and Participation (L&P) programme is central to devising, collaborating on and delivering key programmes that support that ambition. Today we are delighted to announce the return to in-person ‘Primary Ensemble Project’ workshops as part of L&P Programme. The programme provides a unique opportunity for primary school children to be guided by expert tutors in their musical exploration and discovery and to have fun, collaborate, create and perform together at the NCH. We are particularly thankful for the support of Walkers, who, through their support of local community CSR initiatives, are aligned on our mission of delivering impactful music education opportunities, and to our presenting partners the Royal Irish Academy of Music in making this possible”.  

Deborah Kelleher, Director at the Royal Irish Academy of Music remarked: “The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) is thrilled to once again partner with the National Concert Hall to promote and develop early ensemble playing in Primary Schools across the country. Our specialist tutors adore working with primary-aged children to develop the important and transferable life skill of collaboration, culminating in a memorable performing experience on the beautiful National Concert Hall stage. We particularly welcome the support of Walkers, whose commitment to education and community resonates deeply with that of the RIAM and the Primary Ensemble Project”. 

The NCH Primary Ensemble Project is part of the National Concert Hall’s Learning and Participation programme which is designed to foster and celebrate the appreciation, knowledge and love of music in all its forms and for all.

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