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.
Matt is the Managing Partner of Walkers' Guernsey office, where he specialises in investment funds and corporate matters.
He is a Group Partner* with more than a decade's experience offshore, and works as part of Walkers' Guernsey Investment Funds and corporate teams on a wide variety of matters relating to the structuring and restructuring of investment funds and high value transactions involving Guernsey company law.
He is recognised by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, and has particular expertise in respect of Guernsey Private Fund structures, and M&A deals involving regulated corporate service providers and trust companies.
Matt's work includes advising on complex issues relating to funds, including having acted on the first conversion and migration of the cells of a Guernsey protected cell company to Malta.
*Admitted in New Zealand – not admitted in Guernsey
Prior to joining Walkers predecessor firm in Guernsey in 2009, Matt practised with the Business and Trust Law Group at a leading offshore firm in Guernsey.Before moving to Guernsey, Matt practised tax law in New Zealand at Russell McVeagh, one of New Zealand’s largest commercial firms.
Admitted In:New Zealand (not practising)
Qualifications:Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Victoria University of Wellington, New ZealandLLB, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
2023 Chambers UK - Band 3
2022 Legal 500 - "Matt Sanders is a brilliant mind with a humble attitude and has become one of our stand-out go-to advisors."
2020 Chambers UK - Band 3 - "It's obvious his attention to detail is excellent." "He is very commercial and he has good connections to Guernsey regulatory and judicial bodies. He is also highly responsive, calm and thoughtful."
2021 Legal 500 - (Investment Funds) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey - "Matt Sanders took our case and as you would expect completely took control, assembling a solid team and made sure that everything was in the right place, at the right time and well considered."
2020 Legal 500 - (Investment Funds) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2020 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2020 Chambers Global Guide - (Corporate & Finance) - "very pleasant to work with, provides succinct advice and ensures transactions progress towards closing smoothly"
2020 Chambers and Partners UK Guide - Notable Practitioner
2020 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded
2019 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded
2018 Legal 500 - (Investment Funds) Recomended Lawyer - Guernsey
2018 Legal 500 - (Corporate and M&A) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2018 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
"Matthew Sanders, practice head 'very engaged and hands-on' "
2018 Who's Who Legal - Private Funds (Recommended Lawyer)
2018 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded
2017 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2017 Legal 500 - (Corporate and M&A) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2017 Legal 500 - (Investment Funds) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
"Matt Sanders ‘provides quality work in the funds field’."
2017 International Who's Who of Private Funds Formation Lawyers
2016 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2016 Legal 500 - (Corporate and M&A) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2013 Legal 500 - “Methodical, knowledgeable and unflappable”
2012 Chambers UK - “Approachable, friendly and straight talking”
Member, Guernsey Investment Funds Association
"Matt Sanders is a brilliant mind with a humble attitude and has become one of our stand-out go-to advisors."