Jonathan Betts

Jonathan Betts


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Jonathan Betts is a partner* and head of the Corporate, Finance, Funds and Insurance practice group at Walkers' Bermuda office.

Jonathan leads a team advising Bermuda-based and international clients on a broad range of corporate matters. His practise is focussed primarily on mergers and acquisitions, where he advises both buyers and target entities on listed and private company transactions, private equity investments, particularly in the (re)insurance space, and advising financial institutions and borrowers on syndicated, bilateral, secured (particularly in the shipping and aviation spaces) and unsecured finance transactions.

With 25 years of legal experience (over 15 of these practising in Bermuda), Jonathan has become a trusted legal adviser to a number of large corporates, investment funds, financial institutions and insurers and regularly advises on matters of corporate governance and complex Bermuda law transactional and commercial issues.


*The title of "partner" is used to refer to a consultant or employee of Walkers (Bermuda) Limited with equivalent standing and qualifications.

Prior to joining Walkers, Jonathan worked in the banking and finance practice of Clifford Chance and SJ Berwin’s private equity group in London. In July 2004, he joined another offshore law firm in Bermuda and has practiced on-island since then.

Admitted In:
England & Wales (not practising)

Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law, University of London
Legal Practice Course, College of Law, London
Common Professional Examination, College of Law, London
BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance, Loughborough University, England

2020 Chambers Global Guide - (Corporate & Finance) - "a go-to lawyer in Bermuda." Also praised by commentators as "very responsive."

2020 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets

2020 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Corporate & Commercial

2020 IFLR 1000 - Market Leader

2019 Chambers and Partners - Notable Practitioner (Corporate & Finance) - "One client said they valued his "very helpful and timely advice and his deep involvement in our transaction."

2019 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer- Banking, Finance & Capital Markets

2019 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Corporate & Commercial

2019 IFLR 1000 - Market Leader

2018 Chambers Global Guide - (Corporate & Finance) A Notable Practitioner.

2018 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Corporate & Commercial

2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets

​2018 IFLR 1000 - Market Leader - “Diligent, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. I have great trust in his advice and ability to think proactively about my legal needs in Bermuda.”

2017 Chambers Global Guide – (Corporate & Finance) A Notable Practitioner. "Clients acknowledge his resourcefulness, describing him as 'a problem solver' and 'someone who can make things happen'."

2017 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer

2016 Chambers Global Guide - Leading Lawyer - "Jonathan Betts has significant experience acting for natural resources companies on a range of issues, including restructurings and capital markets. Sources praise his responsiveness and commerciality."

2016 IFLR 1000 – Leading Lawyer - "Jonathan Betts has made a name for himself in the offshore legal realm and beyond through his role in many of the most important deals. A client gives the following assessment: 'Jonathan Betts is a very good lawyer, he’s highly practical and commercial'."

2015 Chambers Global Guide – Ranked Lawyer – "Jonathan Betts has established a distinguished reputation for his expertise in funds-related work, as well as corporate and finance matters."

2015 IFLR 1000 – Leading Lawyer - "Jonathan Betts is described by a client at a global company as meticulous, thoughtful and a go-to guy for a lot of companies and onshore firms."

2014 Chambers Global Guide – Ranked Lawyer

IFLR 1000 – Leading Lawyer - "Jonathan Betts is praised by clients and competitors for good business and legal sense."

2013 Chambers Global Guide – Ranked Lawyer

2013 IFLR 1000 – Leading Lawyer

2012 Chambers Global Guide – Ranked Lawyer "Jonathan Betts is well known for giving sound commercial advice and has a pragmatic and forward-looking approach."

2012 IFLR 1000 – Leading Lawyer

Jonathan is a member of the Asset Management Committee of the Bermuda Business Development Association and a director of Open Airways, the Bermuda asthma charity.

Jonathan is a regular contributor to legal and business publications and has published articles in The Lawyer, HFM Week, Captive Review and Bermuda Re + ILS. He has also contributed the Bermuda chapter of multiple Practical Law Company guides and the International Legal Guide to Alternative Investment Funds.

Jonathan is widely recognised as a leading corporate and commercial lawyer in Bermuda and is ranked as such by a number of premier legal publications.