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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 Advises New Unicorn, Facily, on $135 Million Series D-1 Round Financing

Walkers has acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Facily, a Latin American social commerce platform, in its $135 million Series D-1 financing, led by venture capital investors Goodwater and Prosus. The Series D-1 round brings the total amount raised by Facily to more than $500 million in twelve months, giving the startup unicorn status with a valuation in excess of $1 billion.

Facily is the first social commerce platform in Latin America and the company will apply the latest funding towards geographic expansion and technology and product development.

Walkers acted alongside US counsel, Cooley LLP, and was led by Cayman Islands Partners Tim Ludford-Thomas and Jason Allison with assistance from Associates James Murrie and Aoife Murphy.

Walkers advises Pyypl on its US$ 11 million Series A Round

Walkers has advised Dubai-based blockchain start-up, Pyypl, on the successful raising of US$ 11 million in funding for its Series A round. Participants in the round included a diverse range of international family offices, as well as high-net-worth individuals. Pyypl provides digital payments and financial services for smartphone users to carry out online transactions, without the need for a bank account or credit card. The new capital will be deployed to continue Pyypl's growth in its core GCC markets and expand further in Africa, particularly Kenya and Mozambique.

Walkers acted as BVI legal counsel for Pyypl on the early-stage funding round, alongside Al Tamimi & Company as lead counsel.

Walkers (Bermuda) Limited Acts on BlockFi International's Digital Assets Business Licence

Walkers is pleased to announce it has acted as Bermuda counsel to Block Fi on its Class F Digital Assets Business Licence for its Bermuda Subsidiary, BlockFi International Ltd.

BlockFi, a crypto financial services company, will centralize its existing products and services for non-U.S. retail and institutional clients in Bermuda under a comprehensive and clear regulatory framework for cryptocurrency financial service providers. In addition, BlockFi will open a new office in Bermuda to be staffed by a combination of local talent and existing BlockFi staff.

"This license and the sound regulatory framework that Bermuda provides are a strong fit for our global business and our ambitions for the future," said Zac Prince, CEO and Founder of BlockFi. "We look forward to collaborating with the Bermuda Monetary Authority as we expand our presence in Bermuda, continue to deliver innovative products and services to our clients worldwide, and remain the most trusted financial service provider in crypto."

Walkers' lead partner, Natalie Neto commented: "We are delighted to welcome BlockFi to Bermuda. Walkers is thrilled to have assisted the lovely team at BlockFi with the establishment and license of its business in Bermuda and look forward to the continued expansion of its global business."

Walkers' Bermuda team acted as the primary legal advisors to BlockFi in this matter and were led by partner Natalie Neto with assistance from senior associate Melanie Fullerton and associate Julian Wheddon.

Walkers Acts on EPIC Acquisition Corp's Euronext Amsterdam IPO

Walkers is delighted to have acted as Cayman Islands counsel advising EPIC Investment Partners LLP on the pioneering admission to listing of EPIC Acquisition Corp as a special acquisition company (SPAC) on Euronext Amsterdam. The ordinary shares and warrants began trading on 6 December 2021.

Led by EPIC in the UK, and TT Bond Partners in Hong Kong, the company will look to identify, acquire and develop an innovative company operating in the consumer sector in the European Economic Area or the United Kingdom which has the potential for significant growth in Asian markets.

Transactions such as this, requiring innovation and collaboration across jurisdictions, are the most rewarding for any corporate lawyer. The Walkers team was fortunate to have worked alongside the most collegiate of colleagues at Latham & Watkins LLP and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, and was led in the Cayman Islands by partner Theo Lefkos and associate Jennifer Sangaroonthong, assisted by Dalton Turner.

Walkers Acts for Our Kettle Inc. in licensing of Kettle Re Ltd. Collateralised Insurer

Walkers is pleased to have acted as Bermuda counsel to Our Kettle, Inc. ("Kettle") on the formation and registration of collateralized reinsurer, Kettle Re Ltd. ("Kettle Re"). Kettle Re will focus on California wildfire reinsurance and its aim is to be the world's most technologically advanced reinsurer.

Kettle Re is committed to protecting the world against extreme natural catastrophes associated with climate risk and uses advanced quantitative analytical tools to address reinsurance of volatile risks, presently unmet by the traditional insurance market. Kettle Re's proprietary technology is part of a digital renaissance in re/insurance and is paving the way towards Bermuda establishing itself as the 'Silicon Valley of the Mid-Atlantic' - at the intersection of the technology and risk-transfer industries.

Peter Dunlop, Partner and Co-Lead of the Re/insurance and ILS group at Walkers Bermuda, commented, 'It has been a thrill and a great privilege to work with Kettle these past years. They are bringing cutting edge analytics to a risk area only deteriorating as a result of continued climate change. Kettle's use of Bermuda's hybrid collateralized insurer class is exciting and provides added flexibility and risk capacity. It is a testament to the reputation of the BMA and the Bermuda market that Kettle is choosing Bermuda."

The Walkers Bermuda Team was led by Peter Dunlop and Senior Associate, Melanie Fullerton.

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