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.
Fraser began his career with UBS and Goldman Sachs as an equity and credit derivatives analyst, before training with Baker McKenzie in London. He practised with Baker McKenzie for almost four years before moving to Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy's Hong Kong office, and then joining Walkers to establish and lead its Asia and Middle East Insolvency & Dispute Resolution team in January 2009.
Fraser advises on a wide range of issues arising out of shareholder and investor disputes, complex cross-border equity and debt restructurings, corporate insolvency and special situation related matters. Fraser's clients include private equity funds, hedge funds, high net worth individuals, bank creditors, debtors, shareholders, directors and insolvency practitioners.
Fraser has been described by Chambers Asia-Pacific as "a standout adviser for contentious matters …, who works alongside clients to steer through difficult situations", as "coming highly recommended for his talent as an insolvency and restructuring lawyer, with a strong track record in both contentious and non-contentious matters" and as being "widely recognised for his restructuring and insolvency expertise, in relation to which he earns plaudits for having established a 'very successful practice'". Legal 500 describes Fraser as "exceling in the litigation and restructuring space". Fraser has also been recognised as a leading lawyer by the International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers.
Fraser is a Group Partner* in Walkers' Insolvency, Restructuring and Dispute Resolution group based in Jersey, and is the Head of Walkers' Channel Islands Business.
*not admitted in Jersey and not a member of Walkers (Jersey) LLP
Fraser spent three years working in-house at a leading investment bank in London specialising in structured finance, before moving to Baker & McKenzie in London in 2002. In June 2007 Fraser joined Allen & Overy, Hong Kong before moving to Walkers in January 2009.
Admitted In:The British Virgin IslandsEngland and Wales (not practising)
Qualifications:Upper Second in Law, University of Wales, CardiffLegal Practice Course, University of the West of England, Bristol
2018 Chambers Global Guide - (Offshore: Dispute Resolution) A Notable Practitioner. "What stands out is his ability to translate the law into practical advice and his in-depth knowledge of some fairly challenging technical issues."
2018 The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Recommended Lawyer - "Fraser Hern has ‘great negotiating skills and is capable of bringing commercial and feasible solutions to the table in difficult situations’."
2017 - Chambers Asia-Pacific, Ranked Lawyer – Band 1, Offshore: Dispute Resolution - Asia-Pacific Region. "Fraser Hern is clearly dedicated to giving responsive client service that goes the extra mile."
2016 - 2017 Who's Who Legal - Asset Recovery
2016 - Who's Who Legal - Restructuring & Insolvency
2016 - Chambers Asia-Pacific, Ranked Lawyer – Band 1, Offshore: Dispute Resolution - Asia-Pacific Region. "Fraser Hern comes highly recommended for his talent as an insolvency and restructuring lawyer, with a strong track record in both contentious and non-contentious matters."
2016 - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, "Fraser Hern ‘excels in the restructuring space’."
2015 - Chambers Asia-Pacific, Ranked Lawyer – Band 1, Offshore: Dispute Resolution - Asia-Pacific Region. "Fraser Hern is widely recognised for his restructuring and insolvency expertise, in relation to which he earns plaudits for having established a 'very successful practice'." 2014 -Chambers Asia-Pacific, "Fraser Hern earns praise as 'a standout adviser for contentious matters involving the Cayman Islands and BVI, who works alongside clients to steer through difficult situations.' He is widely recognised for his advice on restructuring and insolvency matters."2013 -Chambers Asia-Pacific, "Fraser Hern is making waves in the litigation field. He handles contentious insolvency, restructuring and commercial matters, and is particularly strong in shareholders' disputes."2013 -The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, "Fraser Hern is the ’go-to person’ for insolvency and corporate restructuring matters." 2012 - Chambers Asia-Pacific, "One interviewee reveals that he is 'a very helpful and smart lawyer. I am impressed by his hard-working approach and responsiveness'."
Fraser is a member of INSOL and of The Law Society of England and Wales. He has written, and contributed to, a number of articles on Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law, and regularly presents to clients and industry wide seminars throughout Asia.
"Fraser Hern ‘excels in the restructuring space’."