10 Walkers' Lawyers Recognised in Asia Business Law Journal's Top 50 Offshore Lawyers 2022

10 lawyers across Walkers' Bermuda, Cayman, Hong Kong and Singapore offices have been recognised in the Asia Business Law Journal’s A-List of top offshore lawyers.

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Walkers Celebrates Record 72 Lawyer Rankings in Chambers Global Guide 2022

Walkers is celebrating a record year as 72 of its lawyers have been included in the guide, representing an 18% uplift from the 2021 guide.

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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 Maintains Tier 1 Ranking in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2022 edition

Walkers Dubai has reinforced its preeminent position as the go-to offshore law firm in the region with a top tier status in Legal 500's EMEA 2022 edition.
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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 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.

Walkers' London office confirmed as top offshore team in the City with Tier One rankings for BVI & Cayman law

Walkers' London office has been confirmed as the top offshore legal team in the City, with new rankings from prestigious industry guide Chambers and Partners confirming its place as the only team ranked in the top tier for both BVI and Cayman law advice.

The team – which over the last 12 months has introduced a new Bermuda law offering, to add to its BVI and Cayman law offering in the City – has retained its top-tier ranking for BVI and Cayman law, and has also seen five of its ten partners ranked by Chambers across Banking & Finance, Investment Funds, Corporate and Dispute Resolution.

Partner Jack Boldarin (Banking & Finance) is ranked Tier 1 by Chambers for both BVI law & Cayman law, with partners Hughie Wong (Investment Funds), Tatziana Paraguacuto-Maheo (Investment Funds) and John O'Driscoll (Insolvency/Dispute Resolution) ranked for Cayman law, and Neil McDonald (Corporate M&A) ranked for BVI law.

Walkers is the largest offshore law firm in London and provides time zone sensitive Bermuda, BVI and Cayman law support to clients in the EMEA region. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Walkers London office.

Client feedback quoted by Chambers' independent researchers highlighted that the team has "excellent and commercial legal advice alongside being able to leverage extensive and wide-ranging experience in the industry" and "excellent communication between their worldwide offices and good cooperation between them".

Individual feedback for the lawyers within the team included one client's description of Tatziana Paraguacuto-Maheo as "the perfect go-to person for any client’s Cayman needs", and feedback for John O'Driscoll as "very bright, switched-on, commercial and user-friendly".

Jack Boldarin said: "We are delighted to have retained our Tier 1 ranking across both BVI and Cayman law in Chambers and Partners latest guide, and appreciate the tremendous support of our premium client base - who have equally supported the launch of our Bermuda law capability out of the London time zone."

"We continue to grow in terms of both headcount - which has risen by 25% in London in the last 12 months - and market share, and I am particularly pleased to see client feedback which confirms our team's standing as the premiere offshore law firm in London."

Note: Walkers does not practise English law and instead works alongside leading international law firms to provide integrated offshore and onshore support.

Walkers' Jersey Team Advises Babylon on $4.2 Billion Merger and NYSE Listing

Walkers' Jersey team has advised Babylon Holdings Limited, a leading global digital-first value-based care company on its definitive merger agreement with Alkuri Global Acquisition Corp (a Special Purpose Acquisition Company).

The transaction was approved on 20 October 2021 by Alkuri's shareholders and Babylon's Class A ordinary shares and its warrants began trading on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") on October 22, 2021 under the new ticker symbols "BBLN" and "BBLN.W", respectively.

The company – which will continue to operate as Babylon - was founded in the UK in 2013 and is contracted to serve over 24 million people in 16 countries. Year over year H1 2021 revenue growth was 472%, on the wake of 394% growth from 2020 to 2021.

Please see the Babylon press release here for more detail on the transaction.

The Walkers team are longstanding advisers on matters of Jersey law for Babylon. Partner Jonathan Heaney and Group Partner Dilmun Leach led the Walkers team working with Allen & Overy (London) and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (New York) on the deal. The team included Senior Associates Ruth Donnellan and Tom Fothergill and Associate Luke Steele.

Walkers' Jersey team advised on the Jersey corporate and regulatory aspects of the business combination and listing as well as on the corporate governance, incentive schemes and operational requirements around becoming a listed public company.

Jonathan Heaney said: "Having worked with Babylon as their Jersey counsel since 2015, we are delighted to have advised – alongside onshore counsel Allen & Overy and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati on this significant matter."

Dilmun Leach added: "The high value and profile of this deal demonstrates again how attractive Jersey companies are for major international transactions. We are very pleased to have been able to advise our client on this latest stage of their growth and development."

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