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Our lawyers advise clients ranging from global financial institutions leveraging cutting-edge technology, to start-ups changing the status quo with innovative products and services.

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Walkers Launches Compliance Services Offering

Walkers Compliance complements Walkers' legal, corporate and fiduciary services to deliver a one-stop-shop for clients looking to use the Cayman Islands jurisdiction for their business needs.

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Walkers IDR Among Top Global Law Firms in GRR 30

Walkers' Global Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group has been ranked as the 13th strongest global law firm for restructuring and insolvency by Global Restructuring Review

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Walkers Leads Landmark Defence of Mega-Litigation

Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi Brothers Company (AHAB) v. Saad Investments Company Limited (In Official Liquidation) (SICL) and Others, a case in which claims and counterclaims at their height amounted to over US$17 billion.

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Following the result in the United Kingdom's EU referendum, Walkers has created a Brexit page dedicated to providing our clients relevant information about the jurisdictions in which we practise.

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Promotions 2018

Walkers' Promotions Highlight Growth of Global Firm

We are pleased to announce that 8 attorneys across our 10 global offices have been invited to join the partnership. In addition, 18 associates have been promoted to senior counsel, or local equivalent.

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Smashing Records – Venture Capital and PE in Asia

Records are made to be broken. In the private equity and venture capital spaces this seems to be a global theme in 2018. 2017 saw an unprecedented amount of capital raised in the private equity space (at US$453 billion) and projections indicate that venture deal and dollar volumes will surpass dot-com records1. However, in Asia, records aren’t simply being broken – they are being shattered. Global private equity and venture capital financing grew by 11.5% globally in 2017. But in Asia, at 37.6% that rate is more than tripled2. And that remarkable statistic is only the tip of the iceberg. 

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Sarah Maguire | Finance Dublin "A Day in the Life"

Sarah Maguire, Irish Investment Funds Partner, was featured in Finance Dublin's "A Day in the Life" article in their October 2018 edition.

Click on the link below to view the full article (reproduced with permission from the publishers).

 

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Walkers' Strengthens Aviation Finance Practice

Walkers is pleased to announce the arrival of Sarah Humpleby and Richard Williams who both join the Cayman Islands office as senior counsel in the Finance & Corporate Group. Both Sarah and Richard bring to the firm significant expertise in the aviation finance sector.

In addition, Walkers is pleased to announce that Aaron Bennett has joined Walkers Dubai as a vice president at Walkers Fiduciary Limited. Aaron's arrival in Dubai enables Walkers to offer a truly global fiduciary service. Walkers Fiduciary now offers incorporation, fiduciary, regulatory compliance and corporate administration capabilities to clients using Cayman SPV, Dubai SPC and ADGM SPV's in this jurisdiction.

"I am delighted that Sarah, Richard and Aaron have agreed to join Walkers. These new appointments demonstrate Walkers' commitment to asset finance as an integral pillar of our Finance & Corporate Group. Our aviation finance team is unparalleled in the Cayman Islands and now, with Sarah and Richard's onshore aviation experience, Walkers has strengthened our position further. The speed of growth that this practice has enjoyed will be greatly buoyed by the arrival of these talented practitioners," commented Ken Rush, Global Head of Asset Finance.

Sarah Humpleby joins from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in London where she was counsel in the Asset Finance practice and Richard Williams joins Walkers from Dentons in London where he was counsel in the Banking & Finance practice. Both Sarah and Richard advise clients across the aviation industry including financial institutions, issuers, rating agencies, leasing companies, operators, airlines and manufacturers on a variety of financings and leasing transactions including syndicated financings, structured financings, warehouse financings, asset-backed securitisations, private placements, EETCs, portfolio sales, mergers and acquisitions, pre-delivery payment facilities and operating and finance leasing.

Aaron Bennett joins from another leading fiduciary services provider in Dubai, where he worked for five years. Aaron has extensive experience with respect to the administration of companies which engage in a wide range of structured and asset finance transactions. Aaron's experience spans Sharia compliant Islamic finance transactions, conventional finance structures and asset finance transactions. His experience also includes incorporation, fiduciary, regulatory compliance and corporate administration for DIFC SPVs and ADGM SPVs.

Cayman Islands Managing Partner Tim Buckley stated: "I am pleased to welcome Sarah, Richard and Aaron to Walkers. Our aviation finance and fiduciary services are of vital importance to the Cayman Islands and the firm globally and the abilities these three new joiners hold will greatly enhance our service offering".

Steps Cayman Funds Should Take Now to Comply With New Requirement to Appoint AML Officers

The September 30, 2018, deadline for funds formed in the Cayman Islands to comply with the new requirement to designate natural persons as anti-money laundering officers – i.e., Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer, Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer – is quickly approaching.

In a recent interview with The Hedge Fund Law Report, Walkers partner Lucy Frew discussed the new requirement arising from the Cayman Islands Anti-Money Laundering Regulations (2018 Revision) (2018 AML Regulations) to designate AML Officers, practical considerations for deciding whom to appoint to serve in these roles and steps that funds should take to ensure they comply with this requirement.

 

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This article first appeared in The Hedge Fund Law Report Vol. 11, No. 35.

Peter Dunlop Joins Walkers Bermuda as Partner

Walkers Bermuda* is pleased to announce that Peter Dunlop has joined the firm as Partner in the Insolvency & Dispute Resolution practice.

Peter adds significant re/insurance law expertise and litigation/arbitration experience to Walkers' bench having developed significant practices in Bermuda and London. Peter has over 20 years of legal experience, having practiced in London at Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) and in Bermuda at another leading Bermuda law firm. Peter is an experienced advocate and specialises in the arbitration of complex international re/insurance disputes across a broad range of industries, as well as non-contentious advice in the areas of contract drafting and new products underwriting support to the world's leading (re)insurers and ILS funds. Peter also has extensive experience in the litigation of corporate/commercial disputes, fraud cases and insolvency-related matters, advising directors, shareholders, Bermuda companies, private equity and hedge funds, and insolvency practitioners and other advisors.

Peter is also a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter having spent nearly five years at XL Catlin, Bermuda creating a pioneering portfolio of re/insurance business in the areas of transactional liability, litigation risk containment, contingency, structured credit and regulatory capital arbitrage, tax and alternative risk transfer. Peter also has significant regulatory experience and spent six months on secondment at General Re UK Ltd in London working on the global regulatory investigations in to finite reinsurance practices.

Given Peter's experience in-house and his background as an underwriter, he has a truly unique, on-the-ground insight in to structuring 'pathfinder' re/insurance solutions, which complements his contentious expertise in the re/insurance space.

Managing Partner and Head of Walkers Bermuda's Insolvency & Dispute Resolution group, Kevin Taylor, commented, "Peter brings with him a wealth of experience and we are very pleased that he has agreed to join our team. His expertise and experience will enhance our already strong contentious practice in Bermuda."

*Walkers works in exclusive association with Kevin Taylor, trading as 'Walkers Bermuda', a full service commercial law firm providing advice on all aspects of Bermuda law.

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