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.
Barnaby Gowrie leads the Walkers Dubai Insolvency & Dispute Resolution team and is currently based in Walkers' Cayman Islands office. He is a partner in the firm's Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group and specialises in the complex international contentious and non-contentious restructuring of Cayman Islands companies and partnerships.
Given his onshore background in structured finance, Barnaby particularly specialises in restructuring distressed structured finance vehicles and has assisted a wide range of market participants (issuers, noteholders, managers and service providers) in providing value-added innovative solutions. In this respect, he is a key part of the Restructured Products Group at Walkers. He also regularly advises existing stakeholders and creditors, debtors, private equity and hedge funds, insolvency practitioners (including Court appointed liquidators) and other advisors with respect to insolvent or distressed situations.
Notably, in recent years, Barnaby has advised on a number of contentious insurance matters and advised regulator appointed clients with respect to the sale of Cayman based insurance assets. He has recently acted as Cayman Islands counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors on the US$2 billion cross border restructuring of Arcapita Bank.
Prior to joining Walkers, Barnaby worked in the Structured and Asset Finance Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London where he advised major investment banks, corporates and trust corporations on RMBS, CMBS, CDO, derivative transactions and whole business securitisations. He also took on the role as the team Professional Support Lawyer for 10 months in 2006 creating precedents and assisting with developing firm know how.Barnaby has extensive experience of multi-jurisdictional and cross-border transactions dealing with a number of different asset and security types.
Admitted In:Cayman IslandsEngland and Wales (not practising)Qualifications:First Class Law Degree with Honours, Magdalene College, Cambridge UniversityCommendation in the Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School
2022 Who's Who Legal - Recommended - Asset Recovery
2022 Who's Who Legal - Recommended - Restructuring & Insolvency - "Barnaby Gowrie comes highly recommended by peers for his first-rate handling of contentious and non-contentious restructurings, at both an international and domestic level."
2022 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leader - Commercial Litigation
2022 Chambers Global - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - "He is an extremely commercial lawyer. He is someone who considers a position from the client's perspective and is very good at lateral thinking in terms of trying to bring a solution to any problem."
2021 Who's Who Legal - Recommended - Asset Recovery
2021 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leaders - Restructuring & Insolvency
2021 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leaders - Litigation
2021 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - Sources describe him as "a strong lawyer" who is "very adaptable."
2021 Who's Who Legal - Recommended - Restructuring & Insolvency
2021 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - ‘One of the brightest minds in Cayman Islands’ law. Barnaby is generally the smartest person in the room but is very approachable and a first choice for liquidators in Cayman.’
2020 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leader - Restructuring & Insolvency
2020 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Offshore
2019 Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Asset Recovery
2019 Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Litigation
2019 Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Restructuring
2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution
2018 Who's Who Legal - Litigation
2018 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner - Dispute Resolution - "Various sources highlight Barnaby Gowrie as "an outstanding lawyer" and "one of the most user-friendly practitioners in Cayman."
2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution - "Barnaby Gowrie ‘has an impressive practice’."
2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Insurance & Reinsurance
2017 Who's Who Legal - Litigation
2017 Who's Who Legal - Restructuring & Insolvency
2017 Chambers Global Guide - (Dispute Resolution) A Notable Practitioner - "Barnaby Gowrie is 'excellent in all respects – in terms of his written product, advice and analysis'. Interviewees describe him as 'a very clever guy' and note that his background as a structured finance lawyer often proves advantageous."
2017 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Dispute Resolution) - "Barnaby Gowrie is a 'very good operator'."
2016 Chambers Global Guide – (Dispute Resolution) A Notable Practitioner
2016 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Dispute Resolution) - "The ‘highly experienced and user-friendly’ Barnaby Gowrie specialises in complex international restructurings of Cayman Islands companies and partnerships,"2015 Chambers Global Guide – (Dispute Resolution) A Notable Practitioner - 'Barnaby Gowrie is establishing a robust reputation for his focus on insolvency and restructuring litigation. "Barnaby is able to find commercial solutions for niche and complicated structured finance product matters and is also an extremely astute insolvency attorney," said one source.'2014 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Dispute Resolution)
Barnaby is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the Cayman Islands Law Society.
"One of the brightest minds in Cayman Islands’ law."
"A strong lawyer" who is "very adaptable."