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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 Advises Sidra Capital on US$155 million Shari'a-Compliant Fund Structure

Walkers has advised Sidra Capital, a leading Shari'a-compliant asset manager headquartered in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the formation and launch of a Shari'a-compliant fund structure in the Cayman Islands.

The purpose of the fund is to facilitate investment into industrial property assets in the United States by Islamic investors within the Kingdom. The fund was fully subscribed at US$155 million within three weeks of the launch.

International law firm Mayer Brown acted as lead counsel to Sidra Capital, with Walkers acting as Cayman Islands counsel. The Walkers team was led by Partner Tom Cochrane, with assistance from Senior Associate Tom Hagger.

Tom Cochrane commented: "We are working on a lot of these types of fund structures from our Dubai office and they are becoming increasingly popular among asset managers looking to raise capital from Islamic investors. These investors typically have significant capital to deploy and these structures allow them to do so in a Shari'a-compliant manner."

"We are delighted to have worked with Sidra Capital and Mayer Brown on this very significant mandate".

Walkers Cayman Acts on IHS Holding Limited's NYSE IPO

Walkers is pleased to have acted as Cayman Islands counsel in respect to IHS Holding Limited's initial public offering which valued the company at US$7 billion. The ordinary shares from the IPO began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 14, 2021 under the ticker symbol “IHS”.

Launched in 2001, IHS Holding Limited is one of the largest independent owners, operators, and developers of shared telecommunications infrastructure in the world.

The Walkers team worked alongside Latham & Watkins' London and New York teams and was led by Cayman Islands partners Rolf Lindsay and Andrew Barker, with assistance from associate Sam Francis.

Walkers (Cayman) acts on Vector Acquisition Corporation's business combination with Rocket Lab to create a publicly traded end-to-end space company

Walkers' Cayman Islands office is pleased to have acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Vector Capital in connection with Vector Acquisition Corporation's business combination with Rocket Lab, a leader in end-to-end space services spanning launch, spacecraft manufacture and on-orbit spacecraft management, which has commenced trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker "RKLB".  Gross proceeds to Rocket Lab totalled $777 million, combining funds held in Vector Acquisition Corporation's trust account and concurrent PIPE financing.

Walkers was instructed by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and was led by Cayman Islands partner Melissa Lim and senior counsel Matt Bernardo, with assistance from associates Jennifer Sangaroonthong and Aoife Murphy.

Walkers Advises on the Take Private and Delisting of Clear Media Limited

Walkers acted as Bermuda and Cayman Islands counsel in connection with the take private of Clear Media Limited ("Clear Media") and its delisting from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Clear Media is the largest operator of bus shelter advertising panels in China with leading market shares of more than 70% in top-tier cities. All remaining shares of the company were acquired by a consortium of investors through Ever Harmonic Global Limited (the "Offeror"). The consortium comprises Mr. Han Zi Jing, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Media, Antfin (Hong Kong) Holding Limited, JCDecaux Innovate, and China Wealth Growth Fund III L.P. Following the take private, Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) also holds about 10% in the Offeror which now wholly-owns Clear Media. The offer was valued at approximately HK$3,857,000,000.

Partners Kristen Kwok, Jo Lit, Natalie Neto, Jonathan Betts, senior associate Kate Pang and legal manager Beverly Lui acted for Offeror while partner Rupen Shah and associate Benjamin Green acted for the Lender.

Walkers Advises Kitopi on US$415 Million Series C Funding Round

Walkers acted as British Virgin Islands counsel to leading managed cloud kitchen platform Kitopi on its US$415 million Series C funding round. The round was led by Softbank Vision Fund 2, with participation from Chimera, DisruptAD, B. Riley, Dogus Group, Next Play Capital, and Nordstar.

Kitopi, which stands for Kitchen Utopia, is headquartered in Dubai with over 2,500 staff.  Kitopi will channel the new funding to fuel its continued expansion within the Middle East and support entry to new markets such as Southeast Asia.  Kitopi will also continue to innovate and expand its tech stack, grow its strategic restaurant partnerships and build a best-in-class team across the organization.

Walkers' team was led by Associate Yannick Whorms with support from Partners Daniel Wood and Tom Cochrane.

Mahmoud Awad, Chief Legal Officer at Kitopi, commented: "With parties in various time zones around the world, Walkers went above and beyond to make themselves available - working odd hours and long weekends. The team, in particular Yannick Whorms and Daniel Wood, provided sound and practical advice which proved to be instrumental in getting the deal over the finish line. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the entire process."

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