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 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.
Melissa Lim is based in Walkers' Cayman Islands office where she is a partner in the Global Investment Funds Group. She has extensive experience in a broad range of investment fund structures including private equity funds, hedge funds, technology and venture capital funds, cryptocurrency funds and unit trusts.
Melissa regularly acts for leading investment banks, investment managers, private equity houses and corporate trustees, advising on the structuring and formation of funds, their downstream transactions and exit mechanisms. An integral part of her practice involves advising in relation to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, preference share issues, corporate restructurings and other corporate transactions and FinTech transactions including blockchain projects and digital assets. She also has significant expertise in advising on finance transactions (in particular, capital commitment subscription financing and LBO financing) and related issues of security creation and perfection.
Prior to joining Walkers, Melissa worked in the Corporate Department of another law firm in the Cayman Islands. She also previously worked in the Banking and Finance Department of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Melbourne, Australia and the Banking and Finance Department of Linklaters in London where she completed a secondment to Citigroup in the Bridge Loans/Leveraged Finance team in the Securitisation Department.
Admitted In:Cayman IslandsSupreme Court of England and Wales (not practising)Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia (not practising)Qualifications:Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Accounting), University of Melbourne, AustraliaBachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Melbourne, AustraliaMasters of Law, University of Melbourne, Australia
2020 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds - "Sources say she is "great – always helpful on Cayman Islands issues and a pleasure to deal with."2020 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds - "Market observers say Melissa Lim is "experienced and very well respected" for funds work in the Cayman Islands. Sources add that she is "responsive and knowledgeable" and has "always given creative solutions" when faced by challenging problems."2019 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star
2018 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds - "She understands our clients and their businesses. She is very capable of arriving at practical answers and is also incredibly responsive."2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Corporate & Commercial2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Investment Funds2018 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star2017 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Investment Funds - "Melissa Lim was commended by one source as 'absolutely outstanding', and they added: 'Whatever it is, she is there and she is tremendous'."2017 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Investment Funds2017 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star - Investment Funds and Banking2016 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Corporate & Commercial - "Melissa Lim ‘can both advise on complex issues and defuse difficult situations’"2016 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star - Investment Funds and Banking2015 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Corporate & Commercial2015 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Investment FundsMelissa is a co-author of the Cayman Islands chapter of Private Equity in the Cayman Islands: Market and Regulatory Overview. She is also the co-author of How Fund Managers May Deploy the Cayman Islands LLC Structure, published by The Hedge Fund Law Report Vol. 9, No. 48; and also a co-author of the Cayman Islands chapter of the Chambers Fintech Guide.
Melissa is a member of the Limited Liability Companies Sub-Committee of the Cayman Islands Financial Services Legislative Committee, a member of the Fintech Sub-Committee of the Cayman Islands Financial Services Legislative Committee, a director of Cayman Finance, a director of the Blockchain Association of the Cayman Islands, and a committee member of Women in Fund Finance.
She was formerly a non-executive director of the Utilities Regulation and Competition Office of the Cayman Islands (a multi-sector regulator regulating the information, communications, technology, energy, water and fuels sectors) and formerly a member of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority Digital Assets Working Group.
Melissa is also a member of 100 Women in Finance and the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association.
"Melissa Lim ‘can both advise on complex issues and defuse difficult situations’"