Colette Wilkins QC to Head Walkers Asia Litigation Practice

Walkers is pleased to announce that Cayman Islands partner, Colette Wilkins QC, will be relocating to the firm's Hong Kong office to lead its Asia litigation practice from January 2022.

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Walkers Expands Market Leading Professional Services to the BVI

Walkers is pleased to announced that Walkers Professional Services (WPS) is expanding its operations to the British Virgin Islands.

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Walkers Launches Online AML Training Solution in Bermuda

Walkers Professional Services has announced that it has launched an innovative e-Learning Anti-Money Laundering Training platform in Bermuda.

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Walkers London Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Walkers is pleased to announce that its London office is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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Walkers leads the way with 10 "Band 1" practice area rankings (out of a market leading 23 practice areas) and an overall "Band 1" ranking in 'Global Offshore'.

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Walkers Wins Best Legal Adviser Award at European Captive Review Awards

Walkers has been named the winner in the Legal Services category of the European Captive Review Awards marking excellence in legal services to the captive insurance market across Europe.

The Walkers Insurance team – spanning the key insurance jurisdictions of Bermuda, Cayman, Guernsey and Ireland – was crowned at the awards event in Luxembourg on Monday evening.

The award is a new category at the long-running European Captive Review Awards, and "recognises contributions to the captive market through legal expertise and innovation, strategic vision and business winning client care".

Walkers Partner Kate Storey – from the firm's top-tier Guernsey Insurance practice – said that the team was delighted to be recognised.

"This is hugely rewarding – we are delighted that the panel of independent judges has recognised our unique offering to clients in this way,' she said.

"The Walkers Insurance team advises on the laws of Bermuda, Cayman, Guernsey and Ireland – four key jurisdictions for insurance globally, and specifically the captive insurance market."

Kate was a finalist in the Captive Service Professional of the Year category in 2019.

Walkers partner Sarah Demerling, who jointly leads the firm's Bermuda Insurance team with partner Peter Dunlop, added: "Our multi-jurisdictional offering resonates with our international clients, and as we continue to invest in and develop our insurance offering, we have seen instructions from an increasingly diverse set of clients touching on every part of our global organisation in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East, as well as US clients."

Walkers Ireland LLP Appoints Jonathan Sheehan as Next Managing Partner

Today leading international financial services law firm Walkers is pleased to announce that Jonathan Sheehan has been appointed as Managing Partner of its Ireland office effective 1 January 2022. Jonathan will take over from Garry Ferguson who will complete his successful 9 year term as Managing Partner of Walkers Ireland LLP at the end of the year. Jonathan will remain client facing and continue in his role as Head of Tax.

"I would like to pay tribute to Garry's outstanding contribution as Managing Partner," Jonathan said. "It is an exciting time to be in the global legal business and we will continue to build on the growth that Garry has achieved since opening the Irish office with a staff of 2 in 2010. We now have over 140 staff in Dublin across our legal, listings and corporate services business – no other law firm in Ireland has had this level of growth in the same period."

"I am extremely proud to have served as Managing Partner of Walkers Ireland LLP over the last 9 years. In addition to our growth in Ireland, Walkers now has ten offices spanning across 3 continents worldwide, and I have also been very proud to have served as a member of the Global Management Committee of the firm. I look forward to assisting with the transition to a new generation of leadership in the Ireland office in the coming months," said Garry.

Global Managing Partner Ingrid Pierce commented, "Garry has been a huge contributor to the firm since he joined as partner in 2010 and we are extremely grateful for his many contributions as Managing Partner and head of our Irish Finance and Capital Markets group. We are delighted with Jonathan's appointment and look forward to supporting him in his new role. As part of the transition plan, I would also like to congratulate Noeleen Ruddy and Andrew Traynor who recently stepped into the role of co-head of the Finance and Capital Markets team on 11 October, which also marked the 11th anniversary of the opening of the Irish office and the initial launch of this team."

Jonathan joined Walkers in 2015 as partner and Head of Tax in Dublin. Jonathan's practice encompasses the provision of tax and legal advice to clients on a wide range of areas including structured finance and capital markets, investment funds, financial services, corporate, banking and real estate.

Prior to joining Walkers, Jonathan was a partner in a large Irish law firm. Jonathan graduated from Trinity College Dublin and went on to do a Master of Laws at Cambridge. He is also a Chartered Tax Advisor with the Irish Tax Institute.

Praised by World Tax as "an impressive tax attorney", by Legal 500 as an "exceptional tax lawyer", and by Chambers Europe as being "technically excellent", Jonathan is highly recommended by all of the major legal directories for tax. A recognised expert in his field, Jonathan is highly sought after by major financial and business media to provide commentary on developments in the complex global tax sector.

Jonathan is a member of the tax committees of the Irish Debt Securities Association (IDSA) and of Irish Funds (IF) and is also the Vice Chair of the Irish Funds International Tax Working Group. Jonathan also serves on the firm's Global Partnership Committee.

Jonathan Sheehan and Garry Ferguson - Ireland Managing Partners

Jonathan Sheehan and Garry Ferguson

Walkers Wins at IFLR Middle East Awards

Walkers (Dubai) LLP is delighted to have won an award at the 2021 IFLR Middle East Awards. The IFLR Awards recognise law firms as well as individual private practice and in-house lawyers for their work on a range of different corporate and financial transactions across the MENA region.

Walkers, alongside global law firms Dentons and Allen & Overy, and Bahraini firms Hassan Radhi & Associates and Zu'bi & Partners Attorneys and Legal Consultants, won 'Debt and Equity-Linked Deal of the Year' for their collective work on the Khaleeji Commercial Bank Additional Tier 1 Sukuk.

Walkers acted as Cayman Islands counsel for Khaleeji Commercial Bank BSC on instructions from international law firm, Dentons, in connection with the issue of US$159,151,000 Additional Tier 1 Capital Certificates by a Cayman Islands incorporated issuer SPV called KHCB Tier 1 Sukuk Limited (the "Trustee"). The Walkers team was led by Dubai Partner, Ciaran Bohnacker and Senior Counsel, Terry-Ann Arch with Walkers Fiduciary Limited providing share trustee and directorship services to the Trustee.

Ciaran Bohnacker commented: "It is always extremely satisfying to win an award for your hard work and my congratulations go to the other firms which also worked on this deal, as well as my colleagues here at Walkers."

"This recognition is testament to the calibre of work we are privileged to work on from our Dubai office and we are grateful to our clients and the law firms we work with for their continued trust in our firm".

The full list of award winners can be found here

Walkers Wins Nine Aviation Deal Awards

Walkers is delighted to have been involved with six of the high profile award winning deals recognised across nine categories at the recent Ishka Global and Airline Economics awards events in New York. The transactions involved leading lawyers across Walkers' global asset finance and aviation group from its Cayman Islands, Dublin, Dubai and Asia offices.

The Ishka Deal of the Year Awards highlight the best aviation financing transactions of 2020, recognising financing transactions and M&A for airlines, lessors and investors:

  • Best American Deal of the Year 2020 - Delta Air Lines SkyMiles $9bn financing
  • Best MEA Deal of the Year 2020 - TAAG Dash 8-400 financing
  • Most Innovative Deal of the Year 2020 - United Airlines $6.8bn Loyalty financing
  • Best Restructuring Deal of the Year 2020 – Virgin Atlantic £1.2bn Recapitilisation plan

In its tenth year, Airline Economics Aviation 100 awards celebrate all of the very best companies, individuals and transactions in the aviation finance and leasing sector over the past year:

  • Global Leaders Overall Deal of the Year 2020 - United Airlines MileagePlus $6.8bn secured bond and term loan
  • Global & Americas M&A Deal of the Year 2020 - $7.4bn Marubeni/Mizuho Leasing Aircastle Acquisition
  • Americas M&A Deal of the Year - Carlyle Aviation Partners acquisition of FLY Leasing
  • Americas Editor’s Deal of the Year 2021 (YTD) - Carlyle Aviation Partners acquisition of FLY Leasing
  • Americas Overall Deal of the Year 2021 (YTD) - American Airlines $10bn AAdavantage loyalty programme package

Cayman Islands aviation expert Sarah Humpleby commented, "It is fantastic to see market recognition for all the hard work our clients have put in over the past 12 months and we are proud to have partnered with them in what has been another challenging period for the aviation industry. I am delighted that the matters the Walkers global asset finance team have worked on have benefitted the strategy and operations of the businesses we represent.”

Walkers' Asset Finance practice is backed by an experienced bench of aviation and shipping specialists across our 10 global offices. Our global asset finance team provides Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Irish and Jersey law advice in relation to a wide range of transactions. Through Walkers Professional Services and our dedicated asset finance director bench, we provide specialised corporate, fiduciary and administration services to special purpose vehicles that participate in all forms of asset finance transactions.

Walkers Named #1 Global CLO Market Offshore Service Provider in Creditflux's CLO Census 2021

Walkers is pleased to announce that Walkers Professional Services (WPS) has been ranked as number one for 'Best Offshore Fund Administration Services' for a fourth consecutive year in Creditflux's fifth annual CLO Census for services provided to the global collateralised loan obligation (CLO) market.

Walkers has also been recognised as the number one firm for offshore legal services to the CLO market.

WPS partners with its clients to provide best in class fiduciary and administrative services to a broad range of structured and asset finance vehicles across multiple jurisdictions, all within a competitive cost model.

WPS Chief Executive Officer, Steven Manning, comments, "We are delighted to be named for the fourth year running as the top offshore CLO service provider. WPS works tirelessly to deliver high-quality, incisive service and ensure that our clients achieve their business and operational objectives. It is a testament to our integrated approach that both the fiduciary-side and legal-side of the business have been recognised in this manner."

Creditflux's CLO Census surveys global CLO market participants on an annual basis, including, arrangers, investors, managers and service providers, on a series of questions designed to gauge the current sentiment of the market, investigate views on controversial topics and highlight the industry’s preferred service providers.

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