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.
Jonathan Betts is a partner* and head of the Corporate, Finance, Funds & Insurance Group at Walkers' Bermuda office.
Jonathan joined Walkers in 2016 and has since led the 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' 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. He also previous worked at another offshore law firm in Bermuda.
Admitted In:BermudaEngland & Wales (not practising) Qualifications:Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law, University of London, UKLegal Practice Course, College of Law, London, UKCommon Professional Examination, College of Law, London, UKBSc (Hons), Banking and Finance, Loughborough University, UK
2021 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
2021 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Corporate & Commercial
2020 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded
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 Markets2020 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Corporate & Commercial2020 IFLR 1000 - Market Leader2019 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 Markets2019 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Corporate & Commercial2019 IFLR 1000 - Market Leader2018 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Corporate & Finance2018 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Corporate & Commercial2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets2018 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 - Notable Practitioner - Corporate & Finance - "Clients acknowledge his resourcefulness, describing him as 'a problem solver' and 'someone who can make things happen'."2017 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer2016 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 Lawyer2013 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer - "Jonathan Betts is praised by clients and competitors for good business and legal sense."2013 Chambers Global Guide - Ranked Lawyer2013 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer2012 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.
He 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 also a director of the Bermuda asthma charity, Open Airways.
"Jonathan Betts has established a distinguished reputation for his expertise in funds-related work, as well as corporate and finance matters."