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.
Ciaran Bohnacker is a partner in the firm's Global Finance and Corporate Groups and has been based in Dubai since 2011. He advises on Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands (BVI) law in relation to general banking, asset and project finance, acquisition finance, private equity and general corporate transactions. His clients include major regional and international banks and financial institutions, investment groups, oil and gas companies, sovereign wealth funds and aviation sector participants.Ciaran also advises on capital markets transactions with a focus on Sukuk (Islamic bonds). He has led the offshore team advising on a number of innovative transactions and market firsts.
Prior to joining Walkers in 2011, Ciaran practiced in the banking and finance department of Clifford Chance in both their Dubai and Hong Kong offices – having completed his training contract with Clifford Chance in London. During his time with Clifford Chance, Ciaran advised on a broad range of finance matters, in particular, cross-border project finance and acquisition finance transactions.
Admitted In:England and Wales (not practising)Bermuda, Registered Associate
Qualifications:LLB (Hons), University of Cambridge, EnglandPostgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
2022 Chambers Global Guide (Offshore) - Band 1 Lawyer - Ciaran Bohnacker enjoys a sterling reputation among onshore counsel in Dubai, being known for his assured handling of many very high-value finance transactions.
"He has an excellent working knowledge of the broader financing market and is able to deliver documents and advice that meets the requirements of international banks."
2021 The Legal 500 Middle East - Leading Lawyer
2021 Chambers Global Guide (Offshore)
2020 The Legal 500 Middle East - Leading Lawyer
"I love working with Ciaran Bohnacker and his team at Walkers, they are problem solvers and bring a commercial view to legal problems. The best in the market."
2020 Chambers Global Guide (Offshore) - Sources describe him as "a banking lawyer through and through; we're very comfortable sending him work." He is also praised as "technically very strong" and as an adviser who is "personable, very commercial and understands what clients need."
2019 The Legal 500 Middle East - Recomended Lawyer - 'A decent banking lawyer - no-one needs to explain structures to him'
2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioners (Offshore) - "His response times are extremely good, and the level of sophistication in his advice is extremely high."
2018 Legal 500 Middle East– Recommended Lawyer
2018 Chambers Global Guide - (Offshore) A Notable Practitioner. "Interviewees note that "he talks plain English, is sensible and solution-oriented, and has a good grasp of the market."
2017 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer / Next Generation Lawyer
2017 Chambers Global Guide A Notable Practitioner. "Sources comment that 'he's very approachable and good at what he does'."
2016 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer: "Ciaran Bohnacker is ‘very dedicated and professional’."
2016 Chambers Global Guide - "Senior associate Ciaran Bohnacker is singled out for praise by a number of sources who observe that he 'always goes the extra mile' and 'comes up with practical and helpful solutions to the problem at hand'."
2015 Chambers Global Guide - "Senior associate Ciaran Bohnacker is noted by peers for his solid banking and finance practice. He advises on both Cayman Islands and BVI aspects of financing transactions."
"His critical thinking, planning and commercial acumen ensure any complex engagement is dealt with swiftly and with exceptional ability"