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.
Lucy Frew is a partner based in Walkers' Cayman Islands office and heads the Global Regulatory & Risk Advisory Group. She joined in 2016 and brings more than 18 years' experience as a specialist financial regulatory and risk management advisory lawyer. As well as having advised financial institutions in private practice in international law firms in London since 2001 (prior to which she practiced as a barrister) Lucy also has in-house experience as legal counsel at UBS and at the Financial Services Authority in the United Kingdom (now the Financial Conduct Authority).
Lucy's clients are financial institutions across the international and domestic spectrum, including a range of banks, investment funds, administrators, investment managers, advisers, broker-dealers, arrangers, trading venues and insurance and reinsurance sector clients. She also has significant experience in advising on FinTech and virtual assets. Typical matters range from strategic advice, regulatory gap analysis and regulatory impact assessments to the full range of financial regulatory applications and notifications, as well as day-to-day financial regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering and terrorist financing requirements, international sanctions, CRS and FATCA, economic substance, beneficial ownership marketing of investment products and services, confidential information and data protection, outsourcing, business continuity and disaster recovery, regulatory capital requirements, corporate governance, investigations, disputes and risk management.
Most of Lucy’s matters have a cross-border element and she frequently advises clients on extra-territorial regulatory impact, for example BEPS, AIFMD, MiFID II and GDPR considerations for non-EU entities or reflecting Cayman Islands regulatory requirements in the context of global policies and procedures.
Throughout Lucy's career she has assisted clients with putting regulatory policies, procedures and compliance monitoring programmes in place, as well as advising on the regulatory aspects of transactional documentations and service provider agreements. She has a long track record of assisting clients with contentious financial regulatory matters and investigations and handling relationships with regulators.
Prior to joining Walkers, Lucy headed the financial regulatory practice at her former firm in London. As well as having advised financial institutions in private practice in international law firms in London since 2001, she also has in-house experience as legal counsel at UBS and was seconded for 10 months to the UK Financial Conduct Authority.
Lucy gained significant experience as a litigator in heavyweight cases for financial institutions before specialising in financial regulation and, prior to 2001, she practiced as a barrister.
Admitted In: British Virgin IslandsCayman IslandsEngland and Wales Qualifications: LLB (Hons) in Law, King's College, University of London, UK Called to the Bar November 1998, Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, UK Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, UK Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors, UK
2020 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Insurance/Reinsurance
2019 Who's Who Legal - Recommended Lawyer - Private Funds
2018 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leader - Private Funds: Regulatory - "Lucy Frew at Walkers is recognised for her 'huge amount of regulatory and compliance experience'. One respondent says, 'She is knowledgeable and experienced in the funds area, I would have no hesitation in referring work to her or recommending her'.”
2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Corporate & Commercial
Lucy serves on many boards and committees with a focus on regulation, risk management, corporate governance, beneficial ownership, remuneration, financial crime and cyberattack prevention, data protection, international transparency, investment funds, FinTech and Cayman Finance's Innovation Lab.
She has been particularly active in many industry working groups in relation to market ethics guidance, AIFMD, MiFID II/MiFIR and MAR, including AIMA and Cayman Finance. She currently sits on AIMA's Executive Committee and is Co-Head of its Legal & Regulatory Committee.
Lucy is also on the Consulting Editorial Board of Lexis Nexis Financial Service and writes a regular column for PLC.
She completed a term of just under four years as an elected member of the City of London Corporation, which runs the City of London financial district and promotes the financial industry.
Lucy is also a member of 100 Women in Finance.