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.
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)
2023 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded
2020 Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Private Funds - Formation
2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Investment Funds
James is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Global Managing Partner