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 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.
Sam trained and qualified in New Zealand where he specialised in bank financing and capital markets work. In 2004 he moved to Guernsey, initially working with another major Guernsey law firm before helping to establish the corporate and investment funds practice of the predecessor firm to Walkers (Guernsey) LLP.
Admitted In:GuernseyEngland and Wales (not practising) New Zealand (not practising) Qualifications: LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand LLM, University of Cambridge, UK
2020 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) – Leading Individual - Guernsey
2020 Legal 500 - (Corporate and M&A) – Leading Individual - Guernsey
2020 Chambers Global Guide - (Corporate & Finance including Investment Funds) - "He understands the brief, gets to the point of the issues, knows we're trying to get to a conclusion and is very good at getting it."
2020 Chambers and Partners UK Guide - Notable Practitioner
2020 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded
2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner (Corporate & Finance) - "He is an excellent listener with a quietly authoritative style."
2019 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded
2018 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey2018 Legal 500 - (Corporate and M&A) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2018 Legal 500 - (Investment Funds) Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2018 Who's Who Legal - Private Funds (Recommended Lawyer)
2018 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded
2018 Chambers UK Guide - (Corporate & Finance) A Notable Practitioner:
"Sources say: 'Sam is a very good listener and has a deep understanding of the law'."
2017 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2017 Legal 500 - (Investment Funds) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2017 Chambers Global Guide - (Corporate & Finance A Notable Practitioner. "Sam Shires is praised for his 'level-headed and commercial' approach to corporate work."
2017 International Who's Who of Private Funds Formation Lawyers
2016 Legal 500 - (Banking and Finance) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey2016 Legal 500 - (Corporate and M&A) – Recommended Lawyer - Guernsey
2016 Chambers Global – Sam Shires draws praise for his ‘deep knowledge of Guernsey law’ as well as his ‘knowledge of the Guernsey funds industry’
2016 Legal 500 – Team Leader Sam Shires is a ‘strong individual’
2015 Chambers Global - 'His particular strength is that he is a great listener, unusually so for a lawyer. I think he is creative and precise in the solutions he provides. He goes beyond the call of duty, he suggests further contacts for us. I also think he is a very good and accurate lawyer.'
2015 Legal 500 - Sam Shires is 'a very competent and experienced lawyer.'
'a very competent and experienced lawyer.'