Paul Aherne

Paul Aherne


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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)


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’."