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.
Melanie Fullerton is a senior counsel in the Regulatory & Risk Advisory Group at Walkers' Bermuda office.
She joined Walkers in 2019 from the Bermuda Monetary Authority ("BMA") where she worked in their legal enforcement and policy department. There, she was an integral member of the BMA representative for the CFATF Mutual Evaluation Assessment and was responsible for completing the technical assessment.
Melanie advises on Bermuda regulatory matters, regularly advising clients on the existing regulatory framework in Bermuda as well as the evolving regulatory landscape. She also advises financial services businesses on a wide range of regulatory matters, including conducting the review and analysis of AML/ATF policies and procedures; advising and completing change of control applications and other statutory notifications with the BMA; advising and preparing licensing applications for regulated financial institutions; advising clients on general regulatory matters such as economic substance, data privacy and protection; regulatory governance; and local pension providers and medical practitioners on the specific regulatory changes affecting their industry. Melanie is also a Certified Cyber Risk Officer of the International Cyber Threat Task Force and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (Europe) of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Prior to joining Walkers, Melanie worked for the Bermuda Monetary Authority as a senior officer in the Legal, Policy and Enforcement Department. Prior to joining the BMA, she practised for five years in the corporate team of another Bermuda law firm.
Admitted In:Bermuda Qualifications:Certified NCSE Expert - National Institute of Standards and Technology Cyber Security ExpertCertified Information Privacy Professional (Europe), International Association of Privacy ProfessionalsCertified Cyber Risk Officer, International Cyber Threat Task Force in association with the International Compliance Association LLM Professional Legal Practice, BPP University of Law, Manchester, UKLegal Practice Course, BPP University of Law, Manchester, UKGraduate Diploma of Law, BPP University of Law, Manchester, UKBachelor of Arts (Hons), Geography and Environmental Science, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada
2023 Legal 500 - Rising Star - Regulatory and Compliance - ‘We have worked on a number of matters with Melanie Fullerton. She is very responsive and always happy to help. Her written analysis is very good, and she is excellent at distilling complex analyses into a succinct response, which clients really appreciate.’
‘Melanie Fullerton helped our firm with legal advice for some of our clients. Melanie was very knowledgeable, engaging, personable and professional. The advice she produced was of high quality.’
2023 Legal 500 - Recommended - Insurance & Reinsurance
2022 Legal 500 - Rising Star - Regulatory and Compliance - ‘Melanie Fullerton has top-notch knowledge of regulatory matters and is well connected in the industry, providing easy to digest advice on complex matters and overlays the practical.’
2022 Legal 500 - Recommended - Insurance & Reinsurance - "The most important part of any firm are the people with their knowledge and ability to understand the nuances for the Bermuda marketplace. Sarah was excellent to work with getting our ILS Fund ready to go and Melanie has been excellent to work with regarding Bermuda regulatory advice. Both also take the time to explain their advice and allay any stresses and uncertainties."
"Both Peter Dunlop and Melanie Fullerton are stand-out lawyers, and legal representatives in the industry on island. They have an unwavering commitment, and own the work/projects as if it was 100% their stake. They are always available for questions and they process our needs almost immediately."
2021 Legal 500 - Rising Star - Regulatory and Compliance
Melanie has been excellent to work with regarding Bermuda regulatory advice.
‘Melanie Fullerton has top-notch knowledge of regulatory matters and is well connected in the industry, providing easy to digest advice on complex matters and overlays the practical.’
British Virgin Islands
Tony De Quintal