Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda*, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey (Channel Islands). 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 and trusts.
Walkers works in exclusive association with Kevin Taylor, trading as 'Walkers Bermuda', a full service commercial law firm providing advice on all aspects of Bermuda law.
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.
Sophie is a senior counsel in the Insolvency and Dispute Resolution group advising on Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands laws. Sophie's areas of practice include shareholder and limited partnership disputes, unfair prejudice proceedings, just and equitable winding up proceedings, derivative actions, applications for disclosure of information, ex-parte applications for urgent interim relief including freezing injunctions, rectification applications, applications to recognise and enforce foreign judgments and arbitral awards, trust disputes and fraud and asset tracing claims.Sophie has a wide range of experience in advising on multi-jurisdictional restructuring and insolvency matters (whether contentious or non-contentious), regularly representing some of the world’s leading funds, banks, financial institutions, corporates and insolvency practitioners in complex cross-border insolvencies and restructurings. Sophie advises clients on all aspects of Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands voluntary and involuntary insolvency proceedings, security enforcement, receiverships, schemes of arrangement and the manner in which offshore rights and remedies can be used to effect corporate and financial restructurings of multinational corporates.Examples of transactions that Sophie has worked on include:
Sophie joined the Hong Kong office of Walkers in 2012 and relocated to Dubai in 2015. Prior to that, she worked with Clifford Chance LLP in Dubai and Hong Kong, and with Clyde & Co LLP in both London and Abu Dhabi.
Admitted In:England and Wales (not practising)Qualifications:MA (Hons) Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, 2004PgDL, Oxford Brookes University, 2005LPC, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 2006
2019 The Legal 500 Middle East - Recomended Lawyer
2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioners (Offshore) - "Sophie Kassam is noted for her "pragmatic and no-holds-barred advice" as well as her impressive interpersonal skills."
2018 Legal 500 Middle East– Recommended Lawyer
2018 Chambers Global Guide - (Offshore) Associate to Watch. "Interviewees applaud her "great eye for detail" and note that "she tells it how it is."
Member of the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL)
Member of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
Member of the Hong Kong chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA)
"Interviewees applaud her "great eye for detail" and note that "she tells it how it is."
Chambers Global 2018