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.
Sara Hall is a partner in Walkers' Global Regulatory & Risk Advisory Group. With almost 30 years' experience in global senior in-house roles as well as in private practice, Sara now practises Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law. Sara specialises in all aspects of financial services and international regulation. Since joining Walkers, she has expanded her practice to advise on digital assets, DAOs, cryptocurrencies and NFTs. With a global client base of onshore firms, financial institutions, custodians, exchanges, founders, directors and investors, Sara advises on matters relating to the scope of regulation, as well as anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance, data protection, and tax-related OECD initiatives such as economic substance. Sara frequently works with onshore counsel to advise clients how offshore regulation might impact their business. Where a business is in scope of offshore regulation, she leads on the licence application process, and supports clients once licensed with their ongoing regulatory obligations.
Prior to joining Walkers' London office in January 2019, Sara held senior leadership roles at well-known financial services institutions. These included Global Head of Regulatory Compliance at a European headquartered global bank and Head of Global Litigation at an Italian headquartered global bank. Sara also worked as a senior counsel at the UK financial services regulator (now the UK Financial Conduct Authority) and held a number of senior roles at a US global bank. Sara began her legal career in an international magic circle law firm headquartered in London, England and has enjoyed a number of postings overseas.
Admitted in:The British Virgin Islands - 2019England and Wales (not practising) - 1994
Qualifications:MA (Oxon) in Modern Languages from the University of OxfordLaw Society's Final Examination (Distinction)
2020 Legal 500 - (Offshore) Recommended Lawyer