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Walkers Grows Jersey Teams in Banking, Funds and Insolvency & Dispute Resolution

Banking and finance specialist Tristan Maultby has joined Walkers' Jersey Banking & Finance team as senior counsel as one of four new lawyers in the team this month.

Tristan's arrival follows that of new Group Partner Leanne Wallser, and coincides with the recruitment of Insolvency and Dispute Resolution associate Craig Macleod and Banking & Finance legal assistant Matthew Allen.

The four are part of Walkers' strategic growth in Jersey which has also this year seen the arrivals of Insolvency & Dispute Resolution partner Nigel Sanders, Banking & Finance senior counsel Jon Le Rossignol, Investment Funds associate Joseph Barker-Willis and listings manager Grace Pickering.

Jonathan Heaney, the managing partner of Walkers' team in Jersey, said: "The growth of our banking, disputes and funds teams reflect not just our confidence in the market here in Jersey, but also the growth we are seeing in current client demand.

"Leanne, Tristan, Craig and Matthew are very welcome arrivals to the team as our strategic growth here in the Channel Islands continues, and we look forward to them playing a part in the development of our funds, banking and litigation practices."

Tristan qualified as a Solicitor of England & Wales at Norton Rose Fulbright's London office, where he subsequently spent four years in the Banking & Restructuring team, followed by six years at another offshore firm, where he advised global financial institutions, corporates, trustees and other entities on a wide range of financing transactions as well as on the structuring of the Jersey elements of those transactions.

Craig Macleod joins the Jersey Insolvency & Dispute Resolution team as an associate, having qualified at leading Scottish commercial firm Burness Paull LLP, with experience in litigation, tax, banking and funds.

Matthew Allen has joined the Jersey Banking & Finance team as a legal assistant pending admission as a Northern Ireland-admitted Solicitor, having completed his training contract with A&L Goodbody.

Leanne Wallser Joins Walkers Jersey Funds Team as a Group Partner

Leanne Wallser has joined Walkers' Jersey office as a Group Partner as part of the firm's strategic growth in the Island. Leanne joins Walkers' global Investment Funds Group.

Leanne is the fourth new partner in the Jersey team in the last 18 months, following the relocation of Fraser Hern from the firm's Singapore office, the lateral hire of Nigel Sanders from another leading offshore firm, and Christopher Reed's promotion to the partnership.

Overall, headcount across the Jersey office has increased by more than a third in the last year.

Leanne has worked offshore since 2003 with previous experience in Hong Kong and London as well as in Jersey – she is a specialist in Jersey fund structures, and in particular, in ESG and impact investing.

Jonathan Heaney, the managing partner of Walkers' Jersey office, said: "We are delighted that Leanne has joined us, her arrival means that we now have three specialist investment funds partners in the team, supported by an excellent bench of associates and senior counsel.

"The growth we have seen in the last 18 months shows our confidence in the jurisdiction – we're investing in our growth here and in Guernsey because we see enormous potential in the Islands, and consistent client demand."

Leanne said: "I am delighted to be joining Walkers' Jersey team at what is clearly an exciting time, and to playing a part in developing the investment funds practice.

"Walkers has a renowned global investment funds team with an enviable client base and I look forward to building on this further."

Walkers Partner Kate Storey a Finalist for Another Insurance Award

Walkers partner Kate Storey is a finalist for Captive Service Professional of the Year at The European & UK Captive Review Awards in London next month.

Kate, a partner in Walkers' fast growing Guernsey team, is a past Chair of the Guernsey Commercial Bar Association, and has previously been recognised as Global Law Experts Annual Awards Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyer of the Year in Guernsey, and as Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyer of the Year in Guernsey.

Earlier this year she was also ranked in Intelligent Insurer's Influential Women in Re/Insurance for the second year running.

The European & UK Captive Review Awards 2019 will take place on Wednesday 23rd October at the Banking Hall in London. The Captive Review awards are the only awards dedicated to captive insurance expertise in Europe.

Kate, chair of the Guernsey Pensions De-risking Steering Group, specialises in insurance and investment fund matters in Walkers' Guernsey team.

Kate, the only lawyer nominated in her category, said: "I am very pleased to have been included in the final shortlist for this prestigious award.

"Our insurance practice in Guernsey is going from strength to strength and is complemented by Walkers' global reach as the only law firm that can offer a combined Guernsey, Jersey, Bermuda and Dublin insurance team."

Bermudian Associates Boost Walkers Asia Finance & IDR Offering

Walkers is pleased to announce that two of its Bermuda associates, Shannon Dyer and Ben Green, will be seconded to the firm's Hong Kong office in October.

These moves are being made in response to the continued growth in demand for Bermuda legal services in the firm's Asia offices and to provide Walkers' Bermuda lawyers with opportunities to continue their professional development in one of the world's foremost financial centres.

Walkers is one of the largest offshore firms in Asia. With offices in the region since 2003, Shannon and Ben will join a team of over 175 staff based in Asia.

Shannon is a senior associate in the Bermuda Insolvency & Dispute Resolution practice where he specialises in insurance and reinsurance disputes, regulatory disputes and investigations, and general commercial litigation and arbitration. Prior to joining Walkers, he was legal counsel at Bermuda's financial regulator, the Bermuda Monetary Authority, within the policy, legal, and enforcement departments.

Shannon comments, "I am excited to be seconded to Walkers' Hong Kong office. Walkers has one of the largest offshore Insolvency and Dispute Resolution teams globally and I look forward to providing Bermuda law advice in real time to the benefit of our Asian clients."

Ben is an associate in the Bermuda Finance and Corporate team. He has experience advising lenders in relation to financing transactions, including in the shipping and aircraft space, and has been very actively involved in advising Asian banks and other financial institutions since Walkers' Bermuda office opened in January 2016. Ben also advises on a broad range of corporate matters, including mergers, amalgamations, continuations and discontinuations. He was recently recognised in the 2019 IFLR 1000 as a rising star in the field.

Ben states, "I am grateful to Walkers for affording me this opportunity and look forward to working with the team in Hong Kong. Being based in the same time-zone as our Asian clients is a real advantage and a great opportunity to promote Bermuda legal services in the region generally."

Kevin Taylor, Managing Partner of Walkers Bermuda, remarks, "We are delighted to be able to offer Shannon and Ben the opportunity to live and work in a city like Hong Kong. There is no better way to gain experience than to immerse yourself in a new culture and interact with clients from the region on a daily basis. We have no doubt that Shannon and Ben will demonstrate the depth of legal talent in Bermuda and enhance our service offering in Asia."

Andy Randall, Managing Partner of Walkers Hong Kong states, "Walkers' firm culture revolves around high achievement through training, support and development. We regularly second associates to our offices around the globe. Our strategy has always been to listen to our clients and their needs, then exceed them. We continue to see an increase in demand for Bermuda legal services in Asia and Walkers is very pleased to welcome Shannon and Ben to the Hong Kong team."

Walkers Announces Record Promotion Round for 2019

Walkers is pleased to announce that 18 attorneys across its global offices have been invited to join the partnership. In addition, 13 associates have been promoted to senior counsel, or local equivalent, highlighting the continued growth of the firm over the past year.

In total, there were 31 promotions globally, which represents Walker's largest round of promotions to date. In effect from July 1 2019, there are nine promotions in the Cayman Islands, six in Ireland, five in Hong Kong, four in London, three in Singapore, two in Jersey and one the British Virgin Islands and Guernsey offices respectively.

Walkers' Global Managing Partner, Ingrid Pierce, states, "We are delighted to announce this year's partner and counsel promotions. The number of promotions we have made this year is indicative of the depth of skill across the firm and the commitment to our clients. I am proud to work with such talented colleagues who bring a wealth of expertise to our core legal services."

18 New Partners Announced

In the Cayman Islands office, Bicrom Das (Investment Funds), Clive Thomas (Private Capital & Trusts), Ed Pearson (Investment Funds), Monique Bhullar (Private Capital & Trusts) and Tamsin West (Investment Funds) have all joined the partnership.

In Ireland, Eimear Keane (Investment Funds), Ian McNamee (Finance), Niall Esler (Regulatory & Risk Advisory) and Paddy Rath (Finance) are made partners.

In Hong Kong, Alice Molan (Regulatory & Risk Advisory), Jo Lit (Investment Funds & Corporate) and Rupen Shah (Finance) have joined the partnership.

In London, Mark Galazzi (Finance) and Sara Hall (Regulatory & Risk Advisory) are made partners.

In Singapore, Tim Stevens (Investment Funds & Corporate) and Shirleen Tan (Finance) take up partner roles.

In the British Virgin Islands, Murray Laing (Insolvency & Dispute Resolution) is made a partner.

In Jersey, Christopher Reed (Investment Funds) joins the partnership.

We also recognise the following 13 new appointments:

  • Victoria Pratt (Guernsey) is now Senior Counsel in the Employment Group
  • John Cartwright (Hong Kong) is now Counsel in the Investment Funds Group
  • Stuart D'Adonna (Hong Kong) is now Counsel in the Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group
  • Caitlin Friel (Ireland) is now Of Counsel in the Finance & Corporate Group
  • Shane Martin (Ireland) is now Of Counsel in the Regulatory Group
  • Louise Hamilton (Jersey) is now Senior Counsel in the Finance & Corporate Group
  • Christine Ballantyne-Drew (Cayman Islands) is now Senior Counsel in the Investment Funds Group
  • Jo-Anne Stephens (Cayman Islands) is now Senior Counsel in the Private Capital & Trusts Group
  • Matt Bernardo (Cayman Islands) is now Senior Counsel in the Investment Funds Group
  • Shamar Ennis (Cayman Islands) is now Senior Counsel in the Finance Group
  • Catherine Overton (London) is now Senior Counsel in the Finance & Corporate Group
  • Ian Williams (London) is now Senior Counsel in the Investment Funds Group
  • Adam Hinks (Singapore) is now Counsel in the Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group

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