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.
Dilmun Leach is a Group Partner in Walkers' Jersey Investment Funds & Corporate practice group, advising on a range of funds, corporate and regulatory matters.
Dilmun’s funds practice involves the establishment and restructuring of investment funds in a range of asset classes including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, CLOs/debt, and open-ended hedge funds. He advises on the establishment and licencing of fund managers and investment advisers in Jersey, and setting up various fund satellite vehicles including carry and co-investment vehicles, and alternative investment and securitisation vehicles.
Dilmun’s corporate practice includes private equity transactions, and mergers and acquisitions including regulated trust and corporate services providers. Dilmun advises on capital markets including in relation to Jersey companies listing on various exchanges including NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange.
On regulatory matters Dilmun advises on all aspects of financial services laws and regulations, from the Jersey AIFMD regime, financial services law, insurance law, to anti-money laundering and novel asset classes such as medicinal cannabis and cryptocurrency.
Dilmun is an active member of the Jersey finance industry, and has spoken on funds, corporate and regulatory matters at events in Jersey, London and New York. He is involved in the development of new laws and products such as the Jersey Private Fund, LLC, and ESG initiatives.
He is recognised by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR1000 for the quality of his advice.
Dilmun qualified in 2009 with Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills) and spent five years in their London office, including a six-month secondment to Bell Gully in Wellington, New Zealand. He moved to an offshore firm in Jersey in 2012. He became a group partner and head of the Jersey funds team at an offshore firm in 2017, where he spent three years growing and building the corporate and investment funds practice group from the ground up.
He joined Walkers as a Group Partner in November 2020.
England & Wales (not practising)
BA Hons 1st Class, History, University of Leeds
Postgraduate diploma in Law, Commendation, Nottingham Law School
Postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice, Distinction, BPP Law School, Holborn, London
“Dilmun Leach is very accessible and responsive. He is also pragmatic in his advice.” - Chambers UK 2023
“Dilmun is very responsive, sophisticated and considerate of budget.” - Chambers UK 2023
"Very responsive and keeps up to date with main commercial and legal trends." - Legal 500 UK 2022
"Fantastic lawyer, lots of value add in his engagements – tends to see what others don’t and catch problems before they arise." - Legal 500 2022
"He is quick to respond and provides efficient and effective advice. He is a very good communicator and always willing to help with any issues we have come across." "Dilmun is strong technically and very easy to deal with." - Chambers UK 2022
"Dilmun Leach is excellent." - Legal 500 UK 2021
"He is a very good technical lawyer." - Chambers UK 2020"He is a really genuine, approachable lawyer who will always make himself available." - Chambers UK 2020"Dilmun Leach is very approachable and friendly, and responsive in terms of advice. He takes a commercial approach to issues raised in the context of transactions." - Legal 500 UK“Highly regarded” for investment funds, IFLR1000
Dilmun is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales.
Dilmun is an elected committee member of the Jersey Funds Association, and a member of the marketing sub-committee. In these roles he is at the forefront of the development of the Jersey funds industry, and is actively involved in the development of new laws and products including in relation to limited partnerships, Jersey Private Funds, LLCs and ESG.
Dilmun is a founding member of the Jersey Digital Assets Working Group.
"Fantastic lawyer, lots of value add in his engagements – tends to see what others don’t and catch problems before they arise."
Legal 500 2022