Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey. 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, regulatory and risk advisory, and private capital and trusts.
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.
Caroline Williams is based in Walkers' Cayman Islands office and is a partner in the firm's Global Investment Funds Group. She has a broad private funds practice specialising in both hedge funds and private equity. Caroline has extensive experience advising private equity fund sponsors on the structuring and formation of funds and co-investment and alternative investment vehicles and the completion of transactions undertaken by them. Caroline has broad experience advising on the sale and purchase of portfolio investments and advising on secondary transactions. Her practice also encompasses advising on initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and capital call financing. Caroline acts for leading financial institutions, investment managers, including institutional sponsors of private equity and hedge funds, and also boutique and start-up managers.
Caroline trained as a solicitor with Linklaters, London where she remained after qualification in 1996, working in Linklaters' International Finance Department. Caroline advised there on a wide range of capital markets and structured finance transactions. In 1998 she spent some time on secondment to J.P. Morgan Securities Ltd., where she worked in the Structured Products Department co-ordinating the execution of similar structured transactions. Caroline then returned to Linklaters where she continued to advise on a wide range of capital markets transactions.
Admitted In:Cayman IslandsEngland and Wales (not practising)Qualifications:Honours Degree in Law, University of Cambridge, England
2023 Chambers Global - Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds
2023 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Investment Funds
2022 IFLR1000 Women Leaders
2022 Chambers Global - Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds
2022 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Investment Funds
2022 Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Private Funds - Formation - 'Caroline Williams is renowned for her considerable experience of portfolio investments acquisition, private equity fund formation and IPOs.'
2022 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Corporate & Commercial
2021 IFLR 1000 - Market Leader
2021 IFLR1000 Women Leaders
2021 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds - Commentators acknowledge her as a "very highly regarded lawyer" who "has a lot of experience" and is "very thoughtful and commercial."
2021 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Investment Funds
2021 Who's Who Legal - Recommended - Private Funds - Formation
2020 IFLR1000 Women Leaders
2020 Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Private Funds - Formation
2020 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds - "One market insider "highly recommends her" saying: "She is tremendously good, knowledgeable and easy to deal with."
2020 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Investment Funds
2020 IFLR 1000 - Market Leader
2019 IFLR1000 Women Leaders
2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds - "Caroline is "who I choose for big-ticket stuff," said one client. Further interviewees state that she is a "terrific" and "very dependable" lawyer in this space."
2019 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Investment Funds
2019 IFLR 1000 - Market Leader
2019 Who's Who Legal - Private Funds (Recommended Lawyer)
Caroline is a faculty member of Practising Law Institute (PLI), New York.
2018 IFLR1000 Women Leaders
2018 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds - "Sources describe Caroline Williams as "hugely well respected in the funds market." She has a client-friendly style. She also has plenty of experience and some very considerable client relationships with major asset managers."
2018 Who's Who Legal - Private Funds (Recommended Lawyer)
2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Corporate & Commercial
2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Investment Funds
2018 IFLR 1000 - Market Leader
2017 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds - "Caroline Williams is a seasoned practitioner with expertise advising on the formation of large private equity funds for investment in numerous sectors including real estate and mining. One source said: 'She's terrific. One of our go-tos in the Cayman, and I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending her to a client'."
2017 International Who's Who of Private Funds Formation Lawyers - Thought Leader - "one of Cayman's strongest funds lawyers"
2017 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Investment Funds)
2017 Legal 500 - Key Adviser (Corporate and Commercial)
2017 Euromoney's Expert Guides - Women in Business Law - Leading Investment Funds Practitioner
2017 Euromoney's Expert Guides - Guide to the World's Leading Banking & Finance Experts - "One of the very best Private Equity, Investment Funds and Banking and Finance practitioners"
2017 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer
2016 Chambers Global Guide – (Corporate & Finance) A Notable Practitioner - "Caroline Williams 'is especially well regarded in the private equity sphere'."
2016 Chambers Global Guide – Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds - "I value and respect her advice in relation to complex structuring matters."
2016 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - "Caroline Williams ‘can both advise on complex issues and defuse difficult situations’"2016 International Who's Who of Private Funds Formation Lawyers2016 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer2015 Chambers Global Guide – Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds - "She has a great personality and is a pleasure to work with - she handles difficult situations very well," 2015 Chambers Global Guide – (Corporate & Finance) A Notable Practitioner2015 IFLR1000 – Leading Lawyer – Investment Funds and M&A2015 International Who’s Who Private Funds Lawyers – “Caroline Williams is ‘brilliant’ in all regards’”2015 Legal 500 (Investment Funds) – “Caroline Williams has an ‘especially strong work ethic’”2015 Legal 500 (Corporate) – “Caroline Williams is ‘phenomenal, she is incredibly responsive, commercial and knowledgeable’”2014 Legal Media Group's Banking, Finance and Transactional Expert Guide - Leading Private Equity Attorney2014 Chambers Global Guide (Investment Funds) - "Caroline Williams rises in the rankings, following widespread recognition of her 'great reputation' in the investment funds field."2014 Chambers Global Guide (Corporate) - "Caroline Williams is esteemed for her broad profile, which covers both investment funds and corporate matters."2014 Finance Monthly Global Awards - Private Equity Lawyer of the Year – Cayman Islands 2014 Legal 500 (Investment Funds) - "Caroline Williams is ‘phenomenal’."2014 Legal 500 (Corporate) - "Caroline Williams is ‘incredibly responsive’."2014 IFLR 1000 - "Partner Caroline Williams is highly regarded by clients who praise her...high quality client service. 'Her service and expertise was superb, she is our first go to person.'"2014 Lawyer Monthly Leading Lawyer Global 250 Guide - Leading Lawyer2013 Chambers Global Guide - "Caroline Williams wins high praise from clients, who consider her to be 'really a wonderful lawyer – very hard-working, smart, and really knows the private equity market.' Sources add: 'You just know you're in good hands with Caroline – she blew our socks off'."2012 & 2013 Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law - named as one of the world’s outstanding practitioners in private equity2012 & 2013 Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Attorneys - named as one of the world's outstanding practitioners in private equity2012 IFLR 1000 - Leading Cayman Islands Lawyer2012 Chambers Global Guide - “Caroline Williams offers a ‘high level of excellence’ in her work.”2011 Legal 500 Guide - “Clients have ‘nothing but the highest praise’ for Caroline Williams.”2010, 2011 & 2012 PLC Which Lawyer? - Leading Cayman Islands Lawyer2010 Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Investment Funds Lawyers - named as one of the world’s leading investment funds lawyers. 2008-2014 International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers.
Caroline is a founding member and Director of Cayman Classical Performances, a non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing classical performing arts to the Cayman Islands. She is also a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and a frequent speaker at industry events:
A "very highly regarded lawyer" who "has a lot of experience" and is "very thoughtful and commercial."
Caroline is "who I choose for big-ticket stuff."
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