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.
Kim Paiva is a Group Partner in Walker's top-tier Guernsey Banking & Finance team – she has 15 years' experience in private practice in onshore and offshore roles, and leads the Guernsey acquisition finance and general secured lending team.
Kim has a broad range of expertise encompassing Banking & Finance and Corporate law matters, and specialises in acquisition and asset financing deals, advising borrowers and lenders predominantly in London and within the Channel Islands on matters of Guernsey law.
She is part of the market-leading Walkers Global Aviation Group, and advises both owners and financiers in relation to transactions involving aircraft registered or to be registered on 2-REG (Guernsey's Aircraft Registry).
Kim has ten years' experience advising on Guernsey law, and also advises on leveraged finance, and in acquisitions of regulated trust and company services providers.
Having spent five years practising in South Africa's largest law firm, Kim also works with clients from South Africa on funds and private capital matters, advising clients in respect of asset protection and succession planning structures.
*not admitted in Guernsey and not a member of Walkers (Guernsey) LLP
Prior to relocating to Guernsey at the beginning of 2009, Kim practised as a corporate and commercial attorney at one of South Africa's largest law firms, Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, where she worked in the Corporate and M&A teams.
On arriving in Guernsey at the start of 2009, she practised in the Business and Trust Law team at another leading offshore firm, before joining Walkers in September 2010. She became a Group Partner in October 2020.
Admitted In:South Africa (not practising)
Qualifications:BA (History and Politics), University of Cape Town, South AfricaLLB, University of Cape Town, South Africa
2021 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) Next Generation Partner - Guernsey - "Kim Paiva is my go-to lawyer in Guernsey for aviation finance or lease-related matters."
2020 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) Rising Star - Guernsey - "Manages expectations well and delivers under pressure’ "
2020 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star
2019 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star
2018 Legal 500 - (Investment Funds) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey - "Kim Paiva for her ‘ability to process things urgently on short notice’ "
2018 Legal 500 - (Corporate and M&A) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey - "Kim Paiva, 'manages expectations well and delivers under pressure’ "
2018 Legal 500 - (Banking and finance) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey - " Kim Paiva is a 'responsive and capable’ senior counsel"
2017 Legal 500 - (Banking and finance) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey - "Kim Paiva is ‘very responsive, and capable of providing effective solutions to issues posed by the nature and circumstances of the financing to be provided’."
2014, Chambers UK and Chambers Global - “Accessible, proactive with technical expertise and commercially aware”
2013, Chambers Europe, Chambers Global and Chambers UK - "leading associate Kim Paiva is praised for her "unfailing patience" and "willingness to go the extra mile”.’
A member of the Law Society of South Africa
"Kim Paiva is my go-to lawyer in Guernsey for aviation finance or lease-related matters."