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.
Matthew Cowman is the Managing Partner of Walkers' BVI office and is a member of the firm's Corporate, Finance & Funds Group. He has over 20 years' experience as an international commercial lawyer, having worked in the British Virgin Islands, London and Australia.
Matthew advises clients in banking and finance transactions, acting for lenders and borrowers in a range of matters including acquisition finance, real estate finance and general corporate finance. He also acts for clients in a range of corporate transactions, such as joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganisations.
Prior to joining Walkers, Matthew worked in the Banking and Finance departments at SJ Berwin in London and at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Australia. He also has extensive in-house experience, having worked as Deputy General Counsel (Australia & New Zealand) at GE Capital and as General Manager, Group Legal & Governance at Australian Unity.
Admitted In: British Virgin IslandsEngland & Wales (not practising)Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia (not practising)High Court of Australia (not practising) New Zealand (not practising)
2022 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Corporate & Finance including Investment Funds
2022 Legal 500 - Recommended - Investment Funds
2022 Legal 500 - Next Generation Partner - Corporate & Commercial
2022 Legal 500 - Next Generation Partner - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
2021 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Corporate & Finance including Investment Funds - "a clear expert in his practice area, able to provide responses and documents in a timely way."
2021 Legal 500 - Next Generation Partner - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
2021 Legal 500 - Next Generation Partner - Corporate & Commercial
Matthew is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and the Governance Institute of Australia. Matthew is also a Chartered Secretary.
"A clear expert in his practice area, able to provide responses and documents in a timely way."
British Virgin Islands