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Jan Golaszewski joins Walkers team in London as Insolvency & Dispute Resolution partner

Leading offshore Insolvency & Dispute Resolution lawyer Jan Golaszewski has joined Walkers team in London in a lateral partner hire from another offshore law firm in the City.

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What can we learn from recent enforcement actions in the Cayman Islands?

Walkers' regulatory partners Lucy Frew and Ian Mason consider the learning points for financial services providers (FSPs) from recent enforcement actions by Cayman regulatory bodies.

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Walkers announces 29 senior legal and professional services promotions

Walkers, the international financial services firm, is boosting its legal and professional services teams with 28 senior promotions effective from 1 July.

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Walkers Advises Pasaca on Bermuda Class 3A Insurer Licence

Walkers is pleased to have acted as Bermuda counsel to Pasaca Insurance Co. Ltd ("Pasaca") in their application for a Bermuda Class 3A insurer licence from the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

Pasaca is part owned by Pasaca Group, a PE investment firm with core expertise in the life sciences industry and owns one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits.  Pasaca will be a primary insurer of Pasaca Group including global product liability and professional liability risks.   

The Walkers team was led by partner and co-lead of Re/Insurance & ILS Peter Dunlop and Regulatory & Risk Advisory senior counsel Melanie Fullerton.

Walkers (Cayman and Jersey) Acts on Further Global's Investment in Phaidon International

Walkers is pleased to announce it acted as Cayman Islands and Jersey counsel to Further Global Capital Management, L.P. in relation to its investment in Phaidon International, a professional services firm focused on identifying, sourcing and securing business critical talent for clients globally. Further Global's investment will continue to fuel Phaidon International's growth which will see the business scale to beyond 1,400 staff and 15 offices around the world by the end of 2022.

The Walkers team of Matt Bernardo, Erin Panton, Jennifer Sangaroonthong and Melissa Lim in the Cayman Islands, and Christopher Reed, Luke Steele and Ruth Donnellan in Jersey, were delighted to have had the opportunity to assist Further Global with another important acquisition.  

Walkers advises on one of the first foreign limited partnership continuance under new regime in Jersey

Walkers has advised on one of the first continuances of a foreign limited partnership into the Island of Jersey.

A Walkers team, led by Group Partner Christopher Reed, advised on the migration of the limited partnership working alongside lead counsel in the Netherlands, and corporate services provider Hawksford in Jersey.

Christopher was assisted by a team including Senior Associate Ruth Donnellan.

The transaction involved the migration of a foreign limited partnership into Jersey using the newly introduced statutory migration scheme for the continuance of non-Jersey limited partnerships pursuant to the Limited Partnerships (Continuance) (Jersey) Regulations 2020 (Walkers' briefing on the subject can be found by clicking here).

A Hawksford team, led by Director Darren Toudic and Associate Director James Quinn, assisted with the corporate administration aspects of the continuance.

Walkers' Investment Funds & Corporate Practice Group has specialist experience in M&A, restructuring and general corporate matters involving regulated and unregulated businesses, often working with teams across multiple jurisdictions.

Christopher Reed, Group Partner, Walkers said: "We are very pleased to have advised our clients on this novel transaction – we expect this new migration regime to provide a useful route into Jersey for many clients looking to redomicile their partnership vehicles, thereby enabling them to take advantage of the fantastic financial services environment that Jersey has to offer."

James Quinn, Associate Director, Hawksford, added: “We are delighted to have worked closely with Walkers as a trusted partner, supporting our client with their corporate structuring requirements.  This is an important development for Jersey, and one which makes it easier for existing structures to access Jersey’s political and economic stability, robust regulatory environment, and deep pool of industry expertise.”

Walkers acts as Bermuda Counsel to Canopius ILS Ltd in US$75 million Multi-Peril Cat Bond

Walkers (Bermuda) Limited has acted as Bermuda counsel to Canopius ILS Ltd, a Bermuda based insurance agent in relation to Finca Re Ltd, a Bermuda special purpose insurer and issuer of an US$75 million multi-peril 144A catastrophe bond ("cat bond") listed on the Bermuda Stock Exchange ("BSX").

Launched in June 2022, the Finca Re Ltd. Series 2022-1 cat bond benefits a number of Canopius underwriting entities, including Canopius Syndicates 4444 and 1861, and provides aggregate reinsurance protection for US named storms and earthquakes on an industry indexed trigger basis, for a three year term.

Walkers Bermuda's insurance team was led by partners Peter Dunlop and Sarah Demerling and included senior counsel Melanie Fullerton and senior associate Cathryn Minors, who worked on the formation and licensing of Finca Re Ltd. and advised on the Bermuda legal and regulatory aspects of the cat bond issuance. Partner Natalie Neto advised on the BSX listing.

Walkers Advises on Orange Capital RE DAC (Series 2021-1) - Insurance-Linked Securities Deal

Walkers Ireland office is delighted to have advised on Orange Capital Re DAC, a new catastrophe bond programme structured through an Irish Solvency II MA SPV. This deal was named Finance Dublin's Deal of the Year 2022 for Debt Capital Markets: Insurance-Linked Securities.

Orange Capital Re DAC is the first multi-arrangement catastrophe bond programme sponsored by NN Re (Netherlands) N.V. and the second multi-arrangement catastrophe bond programme to be approved by the Central Bank of Ireland. 

Orange Capital Re DAC reflects NN Group's commitment towards the transition to a sustainable economy and the growing appetite amongst investors in the Insurance Linked Securities (ILS) market for the integration of environmental, societal and governance (ESG) factors in such transactions. NN Group is a proud member of the NZIA and is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (ranking amongst the top 10% of the sector).

As a large international financial services company, responsible investment is an important element of NN Group’s strategy. NN Group integrates environmental, societal and governance factors in many of its processes. In its underwriting process, NN Group applies specific policies for sensitive sectors following its risk assessment which indicates increased or unacceptable risks on the basis of sanctions regulations and compliance risks.  For example, there is no exposure in the cat bond to industrial properties such as large chemicals, mining, coal, oil refineries. In addition, there is no commercial greenhouse exposure in the initial portfolios of Orange Capital Re DAC.

With the modelling of the exposure, NN Re deliberately included not only the more traditional winter storms as perils but also the recently launched severe convective storms as modelled by RMS, making the portfolio more resilient to the effects of climate change.

Ireland is the long-standing European jurisdiction of choice for locating special purpose vehicles for catastrophe bond transactions and Walkers Ireland is delighted to have advised on this significant transaction the Insurance Linked Securities (ILS) market. Congratulations to the deal team which also included Cadwalader, Wickersham & Partners, Swiss Re Capital Markets, Aon Securities and BNYM. 

"Walkers was delighted to advise on this award-winning deal, the second multi-arrangement catastrophe bond programme to be approved by the Central Bank of Ireland. With Ireland firmly recognised as the European jurisdiction of choice for alternative risk transfer, our team is proud to have been involved in this significant deal for the ILS market and to have advised on all Solvency II cat bonds structured through Ireland to date," commented Noeleen Ruddy, Partner, ILS Group.

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