Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda*, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey (Channel Islands). 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 and trusts.
Walkers works in exclusive association with Kevin Taylor, trading as 'Walkers Bermuda', a full service commercial law firm providing advice on all aspects of Bermuda law.
Walkers Professional Services provides registered office, corporate, and fiduciary services from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong and Ireland. We also provide compliance services from the Cayman Islands through Walkers Compliance, a one-stop-shop which helps clients address evolving Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, including outsourcing and supporting their compliance functions. Working together with Walkers law firm, Walkers Professional Services delivers a seamless integration of legal, corporate, fiduciary and compliance services.
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.
James Melen is based in Walkers' Cayman office where he is a partner in the Global Investment Funds Group, specialising in the formation and life-cycle of investment and private equity funds. James is also a highly experienced corporate and transactional lawyer, having specialised in mergers, acquisitions, disposals, demergers, restructurings and private equity deals for over 15 years.
Upon qualifying with leading regional practice Geldards, England, James advised several large PLCs on their deal programmes and during his four year tenure with corporate finance boutique Heatons, advised leading investors, retailers and banks on some of the most high profile European retail deals of recent times.Since joining Walkers in 2007, James has acted for various institutional and boutique investment managers on a multitude of fund matters and during an unprecedented economic period, continues to advise on new and evolving structures, start-ups, fund launches, reorganisations and investment and consolidation projects.
Admitted In:Cayman IslandsEngland and Wales (not practising)Qualifications:Honours Degree in Law, University of LiverpoolPostgraduate diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction & Class Honours)
2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Investment Funds
James is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.