Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda*, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey (Channel Islands). We are experienced in all types of international and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of sectors with a particular focus on both contentious and non-contentious corporate and finance law, investment funds, private equity, structured products, capital markets and trusts.
Walkers Professional Services provides registered office, corporate, and fiduciary services from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong and Ireland. We also provide compliance services from the Cayman Islands through Walkers Compliance, a one-stop-shop which helps clients address evolving Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, including outsourcing and supporting their compliance functions. Working together with Walkers law firm, Walkers Professional Services delivers a seamless integration of legal, corporate, fiduciary and compliance services.
Walkers delivers clear, concise and practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey.
Paul Aherne is a partner in Walkers' Global Finance and Corporate Group. He joined Walkers' Hong Kong office in March 2011. Paul has broad experience of debt financing transactions and specialises in advising in relation to the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law aspects of leveraged and acquisition finance, real estate finance, asset finance, structured finance, fund finance and general corporate lending.
Paul trained with CMS Cameron McKenna in London, he joined the firm’s Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Group in 2004. In 2007 Paul joined the Banking Group of Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong office where he developed expertise advising on a broad range of cross-border financings throughout Asia. During his time with Allen & Overy, Paul spent a year based in Allen & Overy’s Tokyo office.
Admitted In: British Virgin Islands England and Wales (not practising)
Qualifications:Bachelor of Laws, Cardiff University
2020 Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific - Recognised Practitioner
2020 The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Recommended Lawyer - Paul Aherne has a "broad perspective of the market" and is regularly at the forefront of the highest-profile mandates handled by the office, including his work for Deutsche Bank on the restructured financing to Noble Group and for Morgan Stanley on the financing of The Centre, one of Hong Kong's most prestigious commercial buildings.
2019 The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Recommended Lawyer - "Noted by one client as 'the best offshore debt lawyer in the market', the 'very commercial' Paul Aherne recently advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch as lead arranger on the $3.6bn financing in support of the $6.8bn take-private of Hong Kong-listed shoe retailer Belle International Holdings."
2018 The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Recommended Lawyer
2017 The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Recommended Lawyer - "Paul Aherne is ‘energetic and bright’."
‘extremely responsive and provides practical advice’.