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Walkers Compliance complements Walkers' legal, corporate and fiduciary services to deliver a one-stop-shop for clients looking to use the Cayman Islands jurisdiction for their business needs.

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Following the result in the United Kingdom's EU referendum, Walkers has created a Brexit page dedicated to providing our clients relevant information about the jurisdictions in which we practise.

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Walkers Admits Two New Caymanian Attorneys-at-Law

We are pleased to announce that Dajsha Samuels and Abigail Drummond have completed their legal training and have both been called to the Cayman Islands Bar.

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Latin America

Walkers has been advising clients located in or connected to Latin America for many years and its Latin America Group provides unmatched expertise and a commitment to excellence upon which its clients have come to rely. We deliver highly commercial and innovative legal solutions across practice areas and sectors providing a seamless service to clients.

The Latin America Group services clients throughout the region across all of the key practice areas, including Finance, Corporate, Funds, Private Equity, Private Wealth and Trusts, Insolvency and Corporate Recovery and Litigation.

As the ‘International Financial Centre’ law firm of choice, Walkers has long standing relationships with corporations, major financial institutions, asset managers and onshore law firms and service providers either based in, or doing business in, Latin America. Within the firm, we have Portuguese and Spanish speaking capability and a number of professionals that possess a deep understanding of the local structures and operating environments, providing significant benefit to clients. The Latin America Group compromises a number of senior practice group leaders, partners and specialist regional attorneys who spend a significant amount of time working on matters originating from or related to Latin America.

  • Advised Didi Chuxing, the ride-sharing giant of China, on the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands elements of its highly-publicised US$1 billion acquisition of a controlling stake in 99 Taxis. 99 Taxis is a leading ride-sharing app in Brazil, and a direct competitor of Uber in the Latin America market.
  • Acts as Cayman Islands counsel to a number of leading local and international managers located in or connected to Latin America in relation to the establishment and on-going maintenance of their offshore investment fund structures, including hedge funds, private equity and venture capital funds and real estate, infrastructure and timber funds.
  • Represented a number of Latin American start-up companies, including in Brazil, Peru, Mexico and Colombia, with respect to early stage investment and offshore holding company restructurings.
  • Advised Continental Gold Limited, a TSX-listed advanced-stage exploration and development company with operations in Colombia, in relation to the Bermuda law aspects of (i) a US$250 millon secured debt facility provided by RK Mine Finance (a division of Red Kite) and a related US$25 million equity investment and (ii) a metals purchase and sale agreement for a US$ 100 million financing package provided by Triple Flag Mining for, among other things, the construction, commissioning and start-up of Continental Gold's Buriticá Project located in Antioquia, Colombia.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Loggi, a Brazilian delivery app, in relation to the Series D investment by Softbank.
  • Advised Colombian infrastructure company Grupo Odinsa S.A. on the British Virgin Islands elements of a multifaceted transaction that resulted in the acquisition of an equity interest in Corporacion Quiport S.A., the concessionaire and operator of the Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito, Ecuador.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to First Reserve on its wind farm joint venture with Mexico Power Group.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Petroamerica Oil Corp., a Colombian oil and gas company, in connection with the acquisition by Gran Tierra Energy Inc. of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Petroamerica Oil Corp.
  • Advised certain financing parties in relation to the Bermuda aspects of the restructuring of Pacific Exploration & Production Corporation, the Canadian oil and gas company with principal operations in Latin America. This was the largest restructuring in Colombian history and involved bankruptcy proceedings in Colombia, Canada and the United States.
  • Advised Vale S.A., a Brazilian listed multinational corporation, on the British Virgin Islands elements of its cross-border merger with Fortlee S.A. and Balderton Trading Corporation.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Colombia’s Terranum Hotels on the Cayman Islands aspects of a group reorganisation in anticipation of its acquisition of Decameron Hotels.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to an Asian sovereign wealth fund in connection with the investment by a group of investors in Netshoes, a Brazilian online sporting goods retailer.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. in connection with the Cayman Islands aspects of its acquisition of Vale Florestar FIP.
  • Advised EDC on the British Virgin Islands elements of an aircraft export financing transaction for a Latin America corporation.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel on the establishment of a number of DPR programmes for various financial institutions in the region, including Banco General, Banco Industrial S.A. and BAC Credomatic.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel in an innovative bond transaction for Merrill Lynch, which completed a long running health project financing in Peru for three projects overseen by EsSALUD, the Peruvian government health organisation.

Private Capital & Trusts

Walkers provides the same integrated, innovative and seamless service to clients holding private capital as we provide to Fortune 500 companies, tier-one financial institutions and institutional asset managers.

We deliver highly commercial legal solutions across practice areas and sectors, providing a fully integrated service to clients. Our clients have come to rely on us as a trusted adviser for our unmatched expertise and commitment to excellence both in our work product and in our relationships.

Ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families face a multitude of responsibilities and challenges as they seek strategies to preserve and enhance their wealth and ensure its continued relevance across generations. New and diverse cross-border personal, business and investment interests present opportunities, challenges and threats, as well as involved governance and organisational requirements.

Understanding the unique and increasingly complex needs of the globally mobile, our specialist private capital team is composed of selected specialists who advise on corporate, finance investment funds, trusts and estates and litigation matters. We work with high-net-worth individuals, family business, family offices, private banks and trust companies and their advisers to provide timely, customised advice across jurisdictions that address the particular sensitivities of private capital clients. Our work includes:

  • Corporate including acquisitions, mergers and dispositions
  • Establishing private capital Investment Funds
  • Direct investing
  • Private and commercial trusts, wealth and succession planning, and wills and probate
  • Charitable and philanthropic trusts and entities
  • Joint ventures and co-investing
  • Structuring investments into Private Equity Funds
  • Real Estate investment and finance
  • Regulatory and compliance
  • Litigation, including Insolvency & Dispute Resolution
  • A broad range of corporate services designed to support, or outsource, back office operations through Walkers Corporate Limited

Due to our institutional and investor relationships globally, Walkers is also uniquely positioned to deliver added value to clients by facilitating introductions of mutual interest to our clients.

Walkers is further distinguished in the marketplace through Walkers Professional Services ("WPS"), which provides corporate, fiduciary and compliance solutions to a range of clients, including registered office and other corporate services alongside the legal team.

Walkers has invested in the development of state-of-the-art technology, infrastructure and proprietary software in order to maximise the efficiency, quality and reliability of WPS's services. Our solutions are scalable and can be configured to suit the unique needs and preferences of our clients. Our legal and fiduciary teams work as one to provide a bespoke service to our private capital clients.

Private clients rely on Walkers for market-leading expertise combined with discreet, confidential and individually tailored advice with a long-term, multi-generational perspective.

Venture Capital and Emerging Companies

Walkers' Venture Capital & Emerging Companies group provides cutting-edge offshore legal advice and corporate services from our ten global offices.

As the North American venture capital industry continues to rapidly attract Asian and Chinese funding, market participants are continuing to utilize stable offshore jurisdictions to provide tax neutral locations for emerging companies and the venture capital funds and other private capital sources that invest in them.

We assist venture capital fund sponsors through the lifecycle of their funds' business, from structuring, fund formation, capital raising, ongoing regulatory compliance, asset divestitures and secondary sales, and ultimately dissolution. We have established a "one stop shop" experience where our corporate, regulatory, compliance and fiduciary practices work closely together to service our clients' requirements including structuring, investor due diligence, data room hosting, registered office services, regulatory reporting, and corporate secretarial services.

We also assist companies in all stages of their growth with complex structurings and restructurings, financing rounds, joint ventures, IP offshoring, asset sales, spin-offs, mergers, acquisitions, and initial public offerings on multiple global exchanges. Our team works across the spectrum of industry sectors, with particular focus on life sciences and healthcare as well as technology and telecommunications.

Maritime Finance

Walkers' maritime finance team provides Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Irish and Jersey law advice on the financing of a range of maritime assets and on sale and purchases, restructurings, workouts and enforcements.

  • We have a team of specialists drawn mainly from the leading international firms with extensive experience in complex ship, offshore vessel/equipment and yacht finance matters.
  • We are familiar with the full range of structures used in ship, offshore and yacht finance and advise on their commercial, onshore tax and securities law implications.
  • We apply an innovative and practical approach to ensure that deal structures are fully aligned with our clients’ commercial requirements.
  • We offer efficient and cost-effective turnaround of transactional documentation.

Walkers provides expert legal advice to financiers, arrangers, private equity and hedge funds, ship owners and charterers active in the ship and offshore vessel markets on a wide range of matters including in relation to:

  • Secured commercial debt and ECA backed financings for the construction and/or purchase of vessels
  • The establishment of shipping funds and private equity lending platforms
  • Loan portfolio acquisitions
  • Off-balance sheet structures for leasing or warehouse deals
  • Islamic financing
  • Joint ventures
  • Capital market products
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Sale and purchase of vessels and/or vessel owning companies
  • Shipping restructurings and workouts
  • Enforcement and repossession
  • Registration of title and security

 

Yacht Expertise

Walkers' dedicated yacht team through its global network of offices works with a range of financiers, onshore law firms, brokers and managers on yacht deals involving our offshore jurisdictions. We assist on the full life cycle of transaction work including incorporation, local representative services, yacht registration and financing as well as restructuring, enforcement and a range of other matters.

 

External Links

Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority
British Virgin Islands Shipping Registry
Cayman Islands Shipping Registry
States of Guernsey Registry of British Ships
Irish Maritime Administration
British Register of Ships in Jersey

Private Client & Capital

Walkers provides the same integrated, innovative and seamless service to clients holding private capital as we provide to Fortune 500 companies, tier-one financial institutions and institutional asset managers.

We deliver highly commercial and innovative legal solutions across practice areas and sectors, providing a fully integrated service to clients. Our clients have come to rely on us for our unmatched expertise and our commitment to excellence both in our work product and in our relationships.

Ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families face a multitude of responsibilities and challenges as they seek strategies to preserve and enhance their wealth and ensure its continued relevance across generations. New and diverse cross-border personal, business and investment interests present opportunities, challenges and threats, as well as involved governance and organisational requirements. Now is not a time for compartmentalised advice but for an integrated multi-disciplinary approach.

Understanding the unique and increasingly complex needs of the globally mobile, our specialist private capital team is composed of selected specialists who advise on corporate, finance investment funds, trusts and estates and litigation matters. Our team is relied on as trusted advisor by high net worth individuals, family business, family offices, private banks and trust companies. We work with clients and their advisers to provide timely, customized advice across jurisdictions that addresses the particular sensitivities of private capital clients. Our work includes:

Due to our institutional and investor relationships globally, Walkers is also uniquely positioned to deliver added value to clients by facilitating introductions of mutual interest to our clients.

Walkers is further distinguished in the marketplace through Walkers Professional Services ("WPS"), which provides corporate and fiduciary solutions to a range of clients, including registered office and other corporate services alongside the legal team.

Walkers has invested in the development of state-of-the-art technology, infrastructure and proprietary software in order to maximize the efficiency, quality and reliability of WPS's services. Our solutions are scaleable and can be configured to suit the unique needs and preferences of our clients. Our legal and fiduciary teams work as one in order to provide a bespoke service to our private capital clients.

Private clients rely on Walkers for market-leading expertise combined with discreet, confidential and individually tailored advice with a long-term, multi-generational perspective.

Key Contacts
Philip Paschalides
T. +1 345 814 4675
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Clive Thomas
T. +1 345 814 6824
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  • Walkers acted as Cayman counsel for the cornerstone investment by a South American family in an international Private Equity Fund.
  • Walkers acted as Cayman counsel to a US family to redomicile a trust from another common law jurisdiction and establish a private investment company to facilitate the investment of the trust assets.
  • Walkers acted for an Asian family in the redomicile of the family to the USA, and continues to work with the family to establish effective corporate structures to raise capital and fund investments.
  • Walkers Professional Services provides a comprehensive range of corporate secretarial and corporate administrative services to a particular family office to ensure management and control of the structures is maintained offshore.

The Private Capital Group has extensive experience providing local and international Private Capital clients with long-term, strategic advice on the acquisition and disposition of global investments (both businesses and financial assets) or global personal property, whether directly, by co-investing or through an investment fund, and the establishment and structuring of family offices to assist with governance and multi-generational requirements.


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