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Walkers is delighted to announce that its Legal Internship Programme ran for three weeks, from 17 July to 4 August.  Hosting 10 students this summer, the programme was designed to provide these aspiring legal professionals with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a leading global law firm.

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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 Acts on Queen's Gambit Growth Capital (the First Women-Led SPAC) in its Business Combination with Swvl Inc.

Walkers is pleased to have acted as Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands counsel to Queen’s Gambit Growth Capital (the "Company"), the first special purpose acquisition company founded and led entirely by women, in connection with its combination with Swvl Inc. (“Swvl”), a global provider of transformative tech-enabled mass transit solutions. With the genesis of the Company, it was most befitting that the transaction closed on 31 March 2022, the last day of women's history month. The combined company has changed its name to Swvl Holdings Corp. On April 1, 2022, Swvl Holdings Corp’s Class A ordinary shares and warrants commenced trading on NASDAQ under the ticker symbols “SWVL” and “SWVLW”, respectively.

The Walkers team that of Jennifer Sangaroonthong, Sophie Dibb, Arezou Rezai and Tim Buckley in the Cayman Islands and Omonike Robinson-Pickering and Alex Drysdale in the British Virgin Islands were delighted to have had the opportunity to act on this transaction.

The Company's US counsel was Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Walkers Acts as Bermuda Counsel to Inigo Insurance in US$115 million Multi-Peril Catastrophe Bond

Walkers has acted as Bermuda counsel to Inigo Insurance, a London-based specialty insurance and reinsurance underwriter at Lloyd's, in relation to Montoya Re Ltd., a Bermuda special purpose insurer and issuer of a $115 million multi-peril cat bond.

Launched on 30 March 2022, the Montoya Re Ltd Series 2022-1 cat bond benefits Inigo's Lloyd's Syndicate 1301 and provides aggregate reinsurance protection for international natural catastrophe perils on an indexed trigger basis, for a three year term.

Walkers' Bermuda insurance team was senior associate Melanie Fullerton and associate Malacia Madden, led by partners Peter Dunlop and Sarah Demerling, who worked on the formation and licensing of Montoya Re Ltd and advised on the Bermuda aspects of the cat bond issuance. Walkers Bermuda's listing team of partner Natalie Neto and associate Julian Wheddon acted as BSX listing sponsor of the cat bond.

Walkers BVI Acts on first USD Sustainability-Linked Bond by bottler in the Americas

Walkers' British Virgin Islands ("BVI") office has acted as BVI counsel to The Central America Bottling Corporation (CBC) in relation to its US$1.1 billion Sustainability-Linked Bond ("SLB") offering. The offering is the first US dollar-denominated SLB by a bottling company in the Americas region, as well as being the first SLB by a Central American issuer, and the second largest single tranche SLB by a Latin American issuer ever.

CBC believes that the SLB exemplifies CBC’s strong commitment to making a positive impact in the world by integrating certain ESG dimensions to respond to numerous challenges that Latin America is facing and ultimately to generate prosperity for the entire region.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as initial purchasers in connection with the offering and dealer managers in connection with the associated tender offer and consent solicitation.

Walkers was led by BVI Managing Partner Matthew Cowman, with support from partner Omonike Robinson-Pickering.

Walkers London Acts on Hamak Gold Limited IPO

Walkers' London office is pleased to have acted as British Virgin Islands ("BVI") counsel to Hamak Gold Limited (LSE: HAMA), a BVI incorporated gold exploration and development company focussed on highly prospective and underexplored areas of Liberia, on its recent initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange.

Hamak Gold Limited listed on the standard segment of the Official List of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, and its ordinary shares were admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange plc main market for listed securities.

The Walkers London team was led by partner, Neil McDonald, with assistance from senior counsel, James Denham, and senior associate, Thomas Mawson.

Mr. McDonald commented: "We are delighted to have assisted Hamak in relation to its IPO. Hamak’s leadership team has extensive experience in the resources and mining sector in Africa, and the company is well-placed to achieve exploration success".

Walkers worked alongside Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP on the transaction.

Walkers successfully advises SHUAA Capital on NASDAQ New York SPAC listing

Walkers advised long-standing client SHUAA Capital, a leading UAE-based asset management and investment banking firm, on the establishment and listing of its first Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) on the NASDAQ New York exchange. The SPAC raised US$100 million from investors and will now look to deploy those funds by identifying and merging with technology and/or tech-enabled financial services businesses based in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (“MENAT”) region. This is one of the first SPACs to be launched out of the MENAT region.

Walkers advised as Cayman Islands counsel alongside lead counsel Baker Botts. The Walkers team was led out of Dubai by Senior Associate Tom Hagger, with support from Partners Daniel Wood and Tom Cochrane, and Associate Reghard Smith.

Commenting on the transaction, Daniel Wood said: "We are very pleased to have been able to work with the teams at SHUAA Capital and Baker Botts on this very significant transaction."

"While SPACs have taken off in a big way in other markets as a tool for raising and deploying capital, the uptake in the MENAT region has been somewhat slower. However, with the commitment to SPACs shown by leading firms like SHUAA Capital, we only expect the level of SPAC activity in the region to increase."

Fawad Tariq Khan, MD and Head of Investment Banking at SHUAA Capital added “We have a long standing relationship with Walkers across many of our business lines and are pleased to have partnered up again with them on the launch of our SPAC. We are excited about moving ahead with this initiative which will play a key role in enabling tech businesses across the region to fund their growth and expansion

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