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.
Sarah Demerling is a partner in the Corporate, Finance, Funds & Insurance Group. She leads the investment funds practice and is co-lead of the Re/Insurance and ILS practice. She specialises in funds and investment services, insurance linked securities, regulatory compliance (including fintech) and mergers and acquisitions.
Sarah has extensive experience in dealing with offshore structures and in providing advice to US, Canadian and UK lawyers, major investment managers, banks, insurers, reinsurers and principals on all aspects of Bermuda corporate law, most notably in the asset management and investment funds industry as well as the convergence of insurance and financial markets.
*The title of "partner" is used to refer to a consultant or employee of Walkers (Bermuda) Limited with equivalent standing and qualifications.
Sarah has been involved in the financial services industry in Bermuda for over 19 years and was formerly a partner within the corporate practice of one of the largest law firms in Bermuda.
Immediately prior to joining Walkers, following an MBO, Sarah was a client director at Estera, a leading provider of offshore fiduciary and administration services, where she served as an independent director of companies covering a wide range of sectors, including Funds, ILS, Insurance (Captives, SPIs and ‘A’ Rated companies) and Commodities, and helped clients navigate best practices in corporate governance.
Admitted In: Bermuda – Barrister and attorney, 2003Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (not practising), 1998Qualifications:LPC Commendation, College of Law Guildford, UKLLB (Hons) in English Law/French Law, University of Kent at Canterbury, UKCertificat de Droit Francais, Bordeaux University, France
Prior to moving from private practice to the provision of fiduciary services, Sarah was recognised as a leading practitioner in the Bermuda legal market, including the following:
2020 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial and Insurance/Reinsurance
2015 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer in Banking and Finance Capital Markets and Investment Funds categories, Bermuda
2014 Chambers Global – ‘A leader in her field’ in which sources say she’s ‘highly intelligent, responsive and pro-business'.
2014 Legal 500 Caribbean – Recommended
2012 IFLR 1000 – Leading Lawyer (Financial and Corporate), Bermuda
Sarah is the Chair of AIMA Bermuda. She is also a member of the Asset Management Committee of the Bermuda Business Development Agency.
Sarah co-founded 100 Women in Finance, Bermuda.