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 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.
Judith Watler leads Walkers Compliance which complements Walkers' legal, corporate and fiduciary services to deliver a one-stop-shop for clients looking to use the Cayman Islands for their business needs. While helping clients meet regulatory requirements, Walkers Compliance will deliver a best-in-class compliance offering.
With over 30 years of experience in Regulatory and Compliance, Judith Watler heads up Walkers Compliance and Regulatory Services. Alongside her team she assists clients with technical support on AML/CTF and regulatory issues, which includes drafting manuals, writing policies and procedures, conducting audits and mock regulatory inspections.
Judith also acts as AMLCO, MLRO and DMLRO where clients outsource these functions. Judith currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority and also serves as the Vice President of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association.
In 2017, Judith re-joined Walkers from Intertrust where she was the Group Regional Head of Compliance for the Americas, reporting directly to the head office in Amsterdam. She joined Intertrust in 2012 following the acquisition of Walkers Management Services (“WMS”). She joined the Compliance Department of WMS in 2005 and was promoted to Director of Compliance for all offices and services, globally, in 2009.Prior to joining WMS, Judith worked at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority for approximately fourteen years. Before ending her employment with the Authority, she held the position of Acting Chief Analyst in the Investments & Securities Division, where she was responsible for the supervision and regulatory compliance of a portfolio of regulated entities and licence holders. During this period, she supervised and managed a team of Analysts and made significant contributions to the on-going assessment of the Cayman Islands regulatory regime by international organisations.
Qualifications:Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from St. Leo University (Magna Cum Laude) Certificate of Proficiency in InsuranceCertified Chartered Secretary, Offshore Finance and Administration from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & AdministratorsCAMS (Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist) Professional DesignationCertification from the FIBA AML InstituteNotary Public of the Cayman Islands
In 2014 Judith was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. She is currently the Vice President of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association. Over the past two years, Judith sat on a number of Working Groups in relation to the National Risk Assessment and Working Groups formed to prepare for the 2017 CFATF assessment, which included making necessary updates to the Anti Money Laundering Regulations and Guidance Notes. Further, during the course of 2017, Ms Watler served as a consultant to the Ministry of Financial Services to assist with preparation for the CFATF assessment.