Jack Boldarin

Jack Boldarin

Managing Partner

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Jack Boldarin is the Managing Partner of Walkers London office and practises both British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands law. Jack enjoys in excess of 20 years' experience in the offshore market and spent a number of years in each of the BVI, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands and London offices of the firm.

Jack has the unique distinction of being the sole person, across the European region, ranked as a Tier 1 BVI lawyer by Chambers and Partners and a Tier 1 Cayman lawyer by Chambers and Partners. Jack is equally ranked as a Leading Individual by Legal 500, International Financial Law Review and PLC Which Lawyer.  Legal 500 cites "Head of corporate and finance Jack Boldarin is widely acclaimed as one of the Island's top practitioners".

Jack specialises in banking and finance transactions (including leveraged and acquisition finance, debt and equity finance along with real estate finance) and corporate M&A transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures, takeovers, international stock exchange listings and corporate reorganisations).

Operating from the firm's London office, Jack leads a team of lawyers providing time-zone sensitive, dedicated Bermuda, BVI and Cayman Islands law assistance to clients based in Europe and Africa. Walkers does not practice English law and instead works alongside leading international law firms to provide integrated offshore and onshore support.

Jack's finance experience includes:

  • Acting for the financing parties on a US $2 billion finance facility and US $900,00,000 capital market bond issuance in connection with a private equity acquisition of a minority stake in a global advisory and education management firm.
  • Acting on the GBP £1.5 billion debt restructuring of General Healthcare Group, the UK's largest private hospital group, which includes 35 hospitals and other assets held via 35 offshore holding companies, involving senior and junior debt held by banking and private equity house interests.
  • Representing Trident Energy on its leveraged acquisition of the Pampo and Enchova oil fields offshore Brazil from Petrobras; which concluded with payment of US $365,400,000 to Petrobras with contingent payment of an additional amount of US $650,000,000.
  • Acting as Cayman Islands counsel in connection with a US $50,000,000,000.00 limited recourse secured debt issuance programme, advising the Cayman-incorporated issuer under the programme.
  • Advising the financing parties on a secured US $6.1 billion Facilities Agreement in relation to a global mining concern.
  • Acting for joint lead arrangers on a US $2 billion facility to an NYSE listed BVI company with global interests in the retail sector.
  • Acting as Cayman Islands counsel in connection with a GBP £2,600,000,000.00 restructuring in relation to a listed oil explorer.  
  • Acting as Cayman Islands counsel to a syndicate of leading global banks on secured facilities of US $1.25 Billion in connection with the exploration and operation of petroleum reservoirs in the Middle East.
  • Acting on a circa €900 Million secured margin loan credit and collar financing and equity derivative transaction in respect of the financing of an acquisition, by a Cayman special situations fund, of approximately ten percent of the issued ordinary equities in a regulated entity.
  • Acting as Cayman counsel to a leading UK banking group in connection with an equity capital raising (in a Cayman vehicle) of circa US $1,250,000,000.00 and debt facilities of GBP £9,000,000,000.00.
  • Acting as BVI counsel to the financier in relation to the refinancing of a secured Facility for an aggregate deal financing value of US $3.92 billion involving multiple assets in multiple jurisdictions across Africa, Europe and the CIS.
  • Acting as BVI counsel to the mandated lead arrangers in connection with US $2,274,000,000.00 of facilities and participation notes in relation to certain oil fields in West Africa.
  • Acting for a sovereign wealth fund on the acquisition financing of a portfolio of 43 landmark hotels managed by a leading international hotel brand held via a group structure of 45 BVI companies.

Jack initially practised with a New Zealand law firm undertaking banking and finance work. He then joined a major French investment bank in London primarily working on structured finance and commodity derivative based transactions. Thereafter Jack joined the Structured and Asset Finance team at Norton Rose Fulbright in London where he worked for four years specialising in structured and asset financings and on a number of infrastructure projects (including several prominent PPP and PFI projects) before joining Walkers in 2001.

Admitted in:
Cayman Islands, 2001
British Virgin Islands, 2006
England and Wales (not practising)
New Zealand (not practising)

First in Law, Victoria University of Wellington

2022 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - "Jack Boldarin rightly stands out as a leading legal practitioner both on BVI and Cayman law. His in depth knowledge, responsiveness and efficiency are among his top qualities, but he has also excellent management skills and is also great in coordinating cross border transactions and seeing to their successful closing. Jack is very well respected and rightly ranked in top tier in his areas of expertise, banking and finance. Jack is preferred counsel of very prestigious clients which include large financial institutions and top global private equity groups."

2022 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - "Phenomenally responsive, technically superb, a pleasure to work with, on top of all detail. A genuinely impressive operator."

2022 Chambers & Partners UK - Band 1 - "Jack is a top banking and finance lawyer and a pleasure to work with. He is always ready to handle difficult cases and to deal with extremely demanding clients."

2021 IFLR 1000 - Notable Practitioner

2020 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner (Corporate & Finance/Offshore) - "He is highly experienced, responsive and a pleasure to work with."

2020 Chambers and Partners UK Guide - Notable Practitioner

2020 Legal 500 - (Offshore) Leading Lawyer

2020 IFLR 1000 - Notable Practitioner

2018 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner (Corporate & Finance) - "Clients report that "he has been excellent to work with." 

2018 Legal 500 - (Offshore) Recommended Lawyer

2018 Chambers UK Guide  - Cayman law Notable Practitioner (Corporate & Finance)

"Sources say: 'Jack is incredibly hard-working, bright and very client-focused'."

2017 Legal 500 - (Offshore) Recommended Lawyer

"Head of corporate and finance Jack Boldarin is widely acclaimed as one of the Island's top practitioners" 

2017 Chambers UK Guide - Jack is the sole Band 1 ranked BVI lawyer in London (Corporate & Finance)

2017 Chambers UK Guide - Cayman law Notable Practitioner (Corporate & Finance)

"Jack Boldarin is regularly called upon for his in-depth knowledge of a diverse range of corporate and financing matters. Sources reveal that 'he makes you feel that you're the only person he's dealing with,' and note his 'very commercial and very practical advice'." - Chambers and Partners

2016 Chambers Global Guide - (Corporate & Finance) A Notable Practitioner

2015 Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the Year Award (2015 Winner) - For acting on General Healthcare Group's £1.5 Billion debt restructuring

2015 Deal Maker of the Year award (2015 Winner) - Finance Monthly Awards for acting on United Capital Partners Group sale of a 48% stake in VK.com to Mail.ru Group for US$1.47 billion

2015 - Asset Finance Lawyer of the Year award (2015 Winner) - Global Fund Awards

2014 - India Deal of the Year award (2014 Winner) - India Business Law Journal for acting for United Spirits, the world's second largest spirits company, on its £370 million debt refinancing in relation to its acquisition of Whyte & Mackay

2014 Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the Year Winner - for Uranium One's US$300 million senior secured notes offering

2012 Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the Year

2010 - IFLR 1000 - Leading BVI Lawyer

2010 Chambers Global Guide - "Market sources say he is well established and highly regarded and has been instrumental in pushing his firm forwards"

2009 Chambers Global Guide - Recommended British Virgin Islands lawyer.

2009 PLC Which Lawyer Yearbook - "Highly recommended Corporate / M&A lawyer, who is widely endorsed for his deal making process"

2009 International Financial Law Review - Recommended British Virgin Islands lawyer