Walkers' Asia Offices Top Tier Again in Chambers and Partners 2019

For the fourth consecutive year, Walkers' Hong Kong and Singapore offices have ranked in Band 1 for Offshore Law by Chambers and Partners in the 2019 Asia-Pacific Guide.

Described by Chambers and Partners as "Finance giants with impressive knowledge across BVI and Cayman law", Walkers has the most ranked lawyers of any of the offshore law firms in the offshore category. Walkers has eight lawyers ranked in the guide: seven for Finance and Corporate and one for Dispute Resolution.

One client referee stated in the guide that the firm stands apart from competitors due to its "very commercial and pragmatic service," adding that "they consider the client's perspective and are a great strategic sounding board."

Another source says: "They understand the pressures and complexity of deals, and are very consistent in terms of quality."

Walkers' Notable Practitioners:

John Rogers (Band 1) the Singapore managing partner advises on the BVI and Cayman aspects of a wide range of matters, including DCM mandates as well as complex finance and corporate transactions. Sources describe him as a "very strong lawyer" and he is appreciated by clients for being "very commercial" in his approach.

Timothy Haynes (Band 2) garners praise from clients for his "excellent grasp of legal strategy" and experience in mandates relating to both Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands. He specialises in contentious insolvency matters and disputes relating to distressed corporate and investment vehicles.

Andy Randall (Band 2), Hong Kong managing partner is said by one client to be "leading the charge" of the Hong Kong office, eliciting praise for his "good geographical coverage." He has impressive expertise in capital market transactions and also offers additional capability on financings, assisting on asset, acquisition and project finance matters.

Denise Wong (Band 2), has a broad practice which encompasses M&A, capital markets deals and private equity investments. She is a fluent Mandarin speaker who is well received by the wider market, being described as having "a great reputation" by interviewees. Her impressive clientele includes major Chinese technology companies as well as multinational hedge funds and private equity funds.

James Gaden (Band 4) handles a range of corporate mandates, from fund formation and financings to acquisitions and disposals. His counsel is frequently sought by major hedge funds and private equity managers. He is also active on venture capital mandates, in particular those involving disruptive technologies such as fintech.

Thomas Granger (Band 4) is praised for his "very pragmatic and commercial approach" and ability to provide "extremely sage advice." He advises a predominantly Japanese client base on public and private offerings as well as on a variety of investment funds and general corporate matters.

Laura Rogers (Band 4) is praised by interviewees for the "commercial advice" she provides. Her practice focuses on private equity, hedge funds and general corporate mandates, assisting a diverse roster of clients including multinational financial institutions and private equity houses.

Kristen Kwok (Recognised Practitioner), advises in relation to asset finance (in particular aircraft and ship finance), capital markets and structured finance products including securitisations and secured note programmes. She also works on various acquisition finance and general corporate transactions.

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