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Further growth for Walkers' Jersey Banking & Finance team as recruitment continues

Walkers' Jersey Banking & Finance team has been further strengthened with the arrival of new associates David Connell and Félim Ó Maolmhána and the promotion of Maria Carolan.

Maria joined Walkers in 2021 from another leading Jersey firm and, having successfully completed her SQE, has been promoted to associate within the team.  David and Félim, who both join the firm from Ireland, are the first new arrivals of 2023 as Walkers' strategic growth in the Channel Islands continues.

David trained and qualified with DWF (Ireland) LLP in Dublin and Félim qualified with Dillon Eustace LLP, also in Dublin.

They join the Jersey Banking & Finance team led by partner Nigel Weston and group partners Julia Keppe, Jon Le Rossignol and Tristan Maultby – the team works with the leading onshore counsel and lenders to advise borrowers and lenders in respect of real estate, Islamic finance, fund finance and general secured lending matters.

Fraser Hern, the Head of Walkers' Channel Islands business, welcomed the new arrivals and Maria's promotion.

He said: "Our Channel Islands Banking & Finance team is fast becoming seen by many as a market leader in terms of the quality of clients and the work that it is involved in. David and Félim will add yet further bandwidth and support to that practice as it goes from strength to strength this year.

The same progression and growth opportunities apply across other Channel Islands practice groups in equal measure. Maria's promotion and David and Félim's arrival follows quickly on the back of 15 other promotions and 33 new joiners to the business in 2022. We expect the growth curve to continue in the coming 12 months."

Nigel Weston, the head of Walkers' Banking & Finance team in the Channel Islands, added: "We are delighted to congratulate Maria and to welcome our new colleagues aboard – having had a very busy start to 2023 across a wide range of areas, they are already having a positive impact in the team."

Jonathan Heaney, the managing partner of Walkers' Jersey office, said: "We are pleased to be able to add to our growing team here in Jersey, and we are delighted that David and Félim have chosen to develop their careers with Walkers."

Lawyers from Walkers Support School Students Exploring Careers in Law

Lawyers from Walkers have been speaking with secondary school students in Dublin about careers in law as part of a national outreach programme aimed at supporting access to the profession for young people from all backgrounds.

HR Director at Walkers, Frank McCracken, participated in Trinity College Dublin's Access Day in November, along with intern Katia Brantuk, who spoke about her journey from Ukraine and her experience at Walkers.

The session was a follow-up to a talk in October 2022, in which mentors from Walkers attended at Mount Carmel Secondary School in Dublin 1 to give the students an insight into the life of a lawyer through a Q&A session.

As part of its key priority of promoting equal access to legal opportunities, Walkers has been a sponsor of Trinity College Dublin Law Society's Outreach Programme since February 2022, and some of the team will be acting as judges for the mock trials planned for the Outreach Day in February.

Trinity runs the programme with secondary school students across Ireland with the goal of breaking down the barriers to careers in law for young people from all backgrounds.

Commenting on his experience talking to students at Mount Carmel, Asset Management and Investment Funds partner Aongus McCarthy said: "The students showed strong interest and raised great questions about working as a lawyer and how to qualify – Trinity Outreach run an excellent programme to open up the profession to young people and we are very glad to have taken part."

Associate, David Braithwaite added: "I am very pleased to have been able to take part in the programme – it is only by talking about what we do and working to include young people in conversations around legal careers that we will make the industry more inclusive and more attractive to people from a wide range of backgrounds."

Other team members including partners, Niall Esler, Susan Battye and Rachel Rodgers, and associate, Aylin Barry also participated in sessions at neighbouring schools in the last academic year, giving short presentations and answering questions from the students about their work and about the route to qualification.

Walkers asset finance team recognised in seven major awards at Airline Economics event in Dublin

Walkers' Global Asset Finance Group has worked on seven major deals that have won their categories in the Aviation 100 Deals of the Year Awards 2023 at the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Global event in Dublin.

It was announced that seven deals on which the firm has advised were being recognised in the categories including Debt Deal of the Year (SMBC Aviation Capital $2.54bn credit facilities); Global & European M&A Deal of the Year (SMBC Aviation Capital's $6.7bn acquisition of Goshawk); and Capital Markets Deal of the Year (MAST 2022-1 ABS).

Partner Killian McSharry, based in Ireland, said: "To have advised on transactions recognised across so many categories demonstrates that our team works with the leading players in the industry, and we are very pleased to have worked with our clients and colleagues on so many high profile matters over the past year."

Partner Sarah Humpleby, based in the Cayman Islands added: "These awards are testament to the hard work and innovation of our clients and we are thrilled to see them recognised in this way."

Fiona de Lacy, Managing Director (Ireland) of Walkers Professional Services, noted: "We were delighted to be appointed to provide both Managing Agent and fiduciary services to the MAST 2022-1 transaction, demonstrating Walkers ability to be a true one-stop-shop for legal and professional services to aviation capital markets transactions."

The Walkers team in attendance at the event included partners and associates from the Cayman, Dublin and Guernsey offices, as well as Dublin and Cayman representatives of Walkers Professional Services, the firm's leading corporate services and administration business.

Walkers expands presence in London with move to The Scalpel

Walkers, the international law and professional services firm, has opened the doors to new offices in the City of London to support the rapid growth of its London team and global operations.

The firm has leased the 11th floor of The Scalpel, 52 Lime Street, EC3 as its new London base, growing its footprint in the heart of the City.

Jack Boldarin, Walkers' office managing partner for London, said: "We've more than trebled the size of our London team to 160 in recent years. We wanted a dynamic and welcoming new space that reflects who we are and that supports our agile working arrangements. The new offices in The Scalpel provide a versatile environment for our teams to work, collaborate and connect with each other and with clients.

"London is an important hub for our global firm and this new office represents a significant investment in our future. I look forward to bringing together our London team in The Scalpel and to welcoming clients and Walkers colleagues from across our network."

Walkers provides legal and professional advice and services to the world's leading financial institutions and companies on the jurisdictions of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey. The firm has a global presence across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia that also includes offices in London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Walkers' market-leading London office enjoys the distinction of being the only legal team in the City ranked as Tier 1 by both Chambers and Legal 500 for BVI and Cayman law advice.

In addition to expanding its legal and professional services headcount, Walkers has developed London-based global centres of excellence in risk and compliance, HR, technology and marketing and business development to support its global operations. This investment in infrastructure and support services is underpinning Walkers' success in winning new mandates and being sought after by leading corporates and institutions.

This is the latest in a series of investments by Walkers in its European offices. Walkers moved to new, larger premises in Guernsey this summer and will update its Jersey office in 2023. In 2018, the firm doubled its existing footprint in Ireland by moving to a larger, best-in-class premises with LEED gold standard energy efficiency located at the epicentre of Dublin's financial district.

Walkers Investment Funds & Corporate specialist Antonia Ament admitted as a Jersey Advocate

Walkers' Senior Associate Antonia Ament has been called to the Bar as an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey.

Antonia, who works in the firm's growing Investment Funds & Corporate Practice Group, was sworn in on Monday 19 December.

She has been working in Jersey since 2019 and has a wide-ranging practice, including experience in M&A, corporate structuring and private equity. In addition to this, Antonia advises on a range of regulatory matters.

Partner Jonathan Heaney, who leads Walkers' Jersey Investment Funds & Corporate Practice Group, said: "Qualifying as a Jersey Advocate is a difficult process that requires skill and dedication, and on behalf of the partners, I am delighted to congratulate Antonia on her success."

Antonia said: "I am very pleased to become an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey. I would like to thank Jonathan, Chris, Dilmun, Leanne and the wider Walkers team for their support and encouragement."

Walkers is the largest offshore law firm and also has offices in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Dubai, Dublin, Guernsey, Hong Kong, London and Singapore.

Walkers ranked Top 10 global law firm for restructuring and insolvency work for second year in a row

Walkers, the international law firm, has retained its Top 10 position in the GRR 30 2022, Global Restructuring Review's authoritative annual ranking of the world's leading law firms for cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters.

Walkers is the highest ranked firm advising on offshore jurisdictions and has 14 partners ranked in Who's Who Legal for Restructuring & Insolvency – the highest among any law firm identified in the GRR list, which was based upon research across 153 firms from 38 jurisdictions.

Matthew Goucke, a Walkers Insolvency & Dispute Resolution partner based in the Cayman Islands, said:

"It is a testament to the hard work and capabilities of my Walkers colleagues that we appear in the Top 10 of the GRR Top 30 for the second year running. This demonstrates the consistent top tier Restructuring & Insolvency advice clients receive from Walkers, whether it is in the Americas, Asia Pacific, the Middle East or Europe."

Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and Ireland. As a firm, it is unique in having dedicated Restructuring & Insolvency expertise across its 10 international offices, which also include Dubai, Hong Kong, London and Singapore.

Fraser Hern, a Walkers Insolvency & Dispute Resolution partner based in Jersey, added:

"Being placed in the top 10 of all global law firms for our restructuring and insolvency work is a welcome independent endorsement of the work we do across all of our six laws, and in the international locations from which we operate. The depth of experience and expertise we have in our Restructuring & Insolvency space is designed to complement the experience and expertise that so many of the onshore firms with whom we work on a daily basis also have.

"Almost every matter we work on is multi-jurisdictional, and requires us to work seamlessly with other law firms, and with insolvency practitioners and stakeholders all over the world. Our ability to offer a consistently high level of restructuring and insolvency expertise across our global business will stand us in good stead to help ensure positive outcomes for the clients with whom we work as we enter a period of economic uncertainty."

In its comments on the 2022 results, Global Restructuring Review observes: "As we’ve noted before, offshore firms have been doing well in the GRR 30 for some editions now, in part because their work is automatically cross-border given how international business functions through offshore jurisdictions. Walkers, for example, was instructed as Cayman and Hong Kong counsel to Chinese oil company MIE Holdings, which cancelled almost US$250 million of Singapore-listed, New York-law governed notes via a Cayman scheme and Chapter 15 proceedings in April 2022, after facing a winding-up petition in the research period. Walkers teamed up with Ashurst, WongPartnership and others on the case, but the operative bit was in the Cayman Islands."

The GRR 30 is a distillation of the GRR 100 2022 and is based on research and detailed questionnaires to hundreds of law firms seeking information on their restructuring and insolvency practices and notable cases they have worked on. The full GRR 30 2022 list and complete report, methodology and commentary can be viewed here: https://globalrestructuringreview.com/survey/grr-100/2022/article/grr-30-2022