Walkers maintains Tier 1 ranking in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2023 edition

Walkers Dubai has reinforced its preeminent position as the go-to offshore law firm in the region. The team maintained top tier status in Legal 500's EMEA 2023 edition

Managing Partner, Daniel Wood, is once again, ranked in the "Hall of Fame".  Finance Partner, Ciaran Bohnacker, is noted as a "Leading Individual" and Tom Cochrane, Funds/Corporate Partner, is ranked as a "Next Generation Partner". Luke Petith has also been ranked as a "Next Generation Partner" in his first year as Partner.

Johanna Hendry and Cate Barbour are ranked as "Rising Stars". Key lawyers also mentioned include Nicholas Davies (Partner).

What Walkers Dubai is known for:

"Walkers is noted for the considerable breadth of its expertise, being the only offshore law firm in the region to provide advice on the laws of the Cayman Islands, BVI, Jersey and Bermuda. The practice is also unique in that it is able to offer clients an on-the-ground dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring presence. Daniel Wood is managing partner of the Dubai office, covering funds, corporate and finance transactions. Ciaran Bohnacker is experienced in aviation and Islamic finance, while Tom Cochrane and Nicholas Davies head the investment and corporate practice. Luke Petith was promoted to partner in July 2022 and senior counsels Terry-Ann Arch, Cate Barbour and Johanna Hendry are also highly regarded."

Client testimonials: 

"Cate Barbour is absolutely exceptional. She works extremely hard in challenging circumstances to help her client achieve a great result in both the Cayman and BVI Courts. She is extremely knowledgeable and user-friendly and acted as a great interface to her Cayman and BVI colleagues."

"Dubai based Cate Barbour is a highly regarded litigator and very proactive. A pleasure to work with and simplifies complex cross border procedural issues with ease."

"Exceptional investment funds practice. The team excels on all aspects of fund structuring, formation and launch as well as restructurings."

Walkers' Ranked Lawyers:

Managing Partner, Daniel Wood, heads up the Dubai office. He has specialist experience in investment funds of all types, including private equity funds, hedge funds and Islamic funds.

Partner, Ciaran Bohnacker advises on Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Bermuda law in relation to general banking, asset and project finance, acquisition finance, private equity and general corporate transactions. 

Partner, Tom Cochrane's primary focus is on investment funds (including hedge funds, venture capital funds and private equity funds). Tom also has significant corporate and commercial experience, including advising on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, preference share issues and other corporate transactions.

Partner, Luke Petith heads up the Insolvency and Dispute Resolution Group. Luke advises on British Virgin Islands law and Cayman Islands law.

Johanna Hendry is a senior counsel and a member of the firm's Finance Group. She advises on Jersey, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands law in relation to general banking, leveraged, acquisition and project finance and private equity and general corporate transactions.

Cate Barbour is a senior counsel and a member of Dubai's Insolvency and Dispute Resolution Group. Cate has broad commercial litigation experience, including company and shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, trust disputes, and fraud claims. She regularly acts for clients based in the Middle East, and has particular experience in assisting clients in relation to freezing orders and other urgent injunctive relief.

Terry-Ann ArchSenior CounselT +1 345 814 7674terry-ann.arch@walkersglobal.com

Daniel WoodManaging PartnerT +971 4 363 7912daniel.wood@walkersglobal.com
Ciaran BohnackerPartnerT +971 4 363 7901ciaran.bohnacker@walkersglobal.com
Tom CochranePartnerT +971 4 363 7913tom.cochrane@walkersglobal.com
Luke PetithPartnerT +971 4 363 7926luke.petith@walkersglobal.com
Cate BarbourSenior CounselT +971 4 363 7917cate.barbour@walkersglobal.com
Johanna HendrySenior CounselT +971 4 363 7928johanna.hendry@walkersglobal.com

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