Neil McDonald

Neil McDonald


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Neil McDonald is a partner based in Walkers' London office where he is a member of the firm's Global Finance and Corporate Groups.

Neil has a broad range of experience in British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Jersey law. He routinely works on cross-border structured finance, loan finance, project finance and acquisition finance transactions, as well as general corporate and commercial matters, equity financings, joint ventures, restructurings, and mergers, acquisitions and disposals.

Neil's experience includes advising:

  • The purchaser on the British Virgin Islands law aspects of its acquisition of 10 Fenchurch Street, located in the heart of the City of London, for circa £100 million;
  • Royal Road Minerals Limited, a public company listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, on the British Virgin Islands law aspects of its acquisition of Colombian exploration assets from AngloGold Ashanti;
  • Kingboard Investments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kingboard Chemical Holdings Limited, on the British Virgin Islands law aspects of its acquisition (through a British Virgin Islands incorporated SPV) of KPMG's London headquarters, 15 Canada Square in Canary Wharf, for circa £400 million;
  • Lloyds Bank plc on the British Virgin Islands law aspects of its senior secured financing of Cheung Kei Group's acquisition of 5 Churchill Place in London's Canary Wharf;
  • Capital Partners, an investment fund, on the Jersey and British Virgin Islands law aspects of its sale of the Metropolis Shopping Centre (a major retail mall in Moscow) to Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund for US$1.2 billion;
  • Altimo, the leading investment company in Russia in the field of mobile and fixed line communications, on the British Virgin Islands law aspects of the US$8.5 billion shareholder restructuring of OAO MegaFon, Russia’s second largest mobile phone operator; and
  • Sberbank of Russia on the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law aspects of its US$1 billion acquisition, from Standard Bank and other shareholders, of Troika Dialog, one of the leading investment companies in Russia.

Neil worked in Walkers' Jersey office between 2010 and 2012.

Prior to joining Walkers, Neil worked at Slaughter and May in London for six years, where he advised public and private companies, asset management groups, investment funds, banks and other financial institutions, including a four-month secondment at Legal and General Group plc. ​

Admitted In:
British Virgin Islands
England and Wales (not practising)

BA (Hons) in Politics, University of Liverpool
Postgraduate Diploma in Law, College of Law, London
Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School in London

2020 Legal 500 - (Offshore) Recommended Lawyer

2018 Legal 500 - (Offshore) Recommended Lawyer

"Highly regarded Neil McDonald is 'excellent and responsive'." 

2017 Legal 500 - (Offshore) Recommended Lawyer

"Neil McDonald is ‘an excellent lawyer and very personable and efficient’."

Neil is a co-author of the Jersey chapter of 'Mergers & Acquisitions - Jurisdictional Comparisons' (first edition 2012), published by the European Lawyer Reference Series. ​

Neil is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.​