Walkers Leads Offshore in Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020

Walkers' Hong Kong office has once again been ranked in Band 1 for Offshore Law by Legal 500 in the 2020 Asia-Pacific Guide and lead the jurisdiction with five lawyers ranked as 'Leading Individuals'.

Described by Legal 500 as "One of the strongest offshore teams in Hong Kong", Walkers' 11-partner team "is very experienced across Cayman and BVI laws."

One source described Walkers as "hungrier than most of the offshore firms. Also, they tend to be quite proactive on deals rather than just waiting for the transaction counsel to ask them to do their offshore bits and pieces."

Walkers' Leading Individuals:

Walkers is spearheaded by "exceptional" managing partner Andy Randall, who provides "well-coordinated and highly professional advice" to clients across a broad range of funds, corporate, litigation and finance-related matters.

Paul Aherne has a "broad perspective of the market" and is regularly at the forefront of the highest-profile mandates handled by the office, including his work for Deutsche Bank on the restructured financing to Noble Group and for Morgan Stanley on the financing of The Centre, one of Hong Kong's most prestigious commercial buildings.

A fluent Mandarin speaker, the "thorough and commercial" Denise Wong heads up the China practice and excels in handling private funds work, both on the fund formation side and M&A front.

The "knowledgeable and practical" Timothy Haynes is, according to one client, "undoubtedly the best offshore dispute resolution partner in Hong Kong" and provides "very measured and strategic advice" on contentious insolvency matters, as well as broader commercial disputes.

The investment funds side of Walkers' practice was also recently strengthened by the arrival in August 2018 of the "excellent" James Gaden.