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Cayman Islands Partner Barnaby Gowrie Relocates to Walkers Dubai

Walkers is pleased to announce Cayman Islands partner Barnaby Gowrie has relocated to Dubai to lead the Insolvency and Dispute Resolution practice.

Barnaby's secondment to the Dubai office is an integral part of Walkers' strategy to provide the best-in-class contentious and restructuring legal services in the Middle East region.

Barnaby brings over 17 years of experience to the Dubai practice and specialises in the complex international contentious and non-contentious restructuring of Cayman Islands companies and partnerships. He also regularly advises governments, sovereign wealth funds, private equity and hedge funds, insolvency practitioners (including Court appointed liquidators) and other market participants with respect to insolvent, distressed or litigious situations.

Dubai managing partner Daniel Wood said, "we are delighted that Barnaby has joined us in Dubai to help cater to our growing clients' needs for insolvency and dispute resolution work. Barnaby's move demonstrates our commitment to our clients in the Middle East and is an invaluable addition as we grow our Dubai insolvency and dispute resolution offering."

Barnaby has also commented, "Walkers is the only offshore firm in the Middle East that has a dedicated, on-the-ground insolvency and dispute resolution presence. We are able to assist Middle Eastern clients on a real time basis which is vital in distressed situations. Walkers Dubai are currently providing innovative offshore solutions to a number of key Middle Eastern market participants regarding a variety of distressed offshore situations across a number of different asset classes. It is an exciting time to be in the region!"

Walkers Acts on $1.65 Billion Shipping Merger

Walkers is pleased to have acted as Cayman Islands legal counsel to DSS Holdings L.P. ("DSS Holdings") in respect of the merger with the tanker business of Capital Product Partners L.P. ("CPP") for approximately US$1.65 billion to create the third largest publicly listed operator of crude and product tankers in the world.

The transaction involved a restructure whereby CPP spun off its crude and product tanker business into a separate publicly listed company, Diamond S Shipping Inc. ("DSSI"). Immediately following the spin-off, a number of sequential mergers facilitated the acquisition of DSS Holdings, which merged into DSSI. DSSI shares were subsequently listed on New York Stock Exchange.

The Walkers team that advised on corporate, fund structuring and all general aspects of the deal under Cayman Islands law was led by partner Rolf Lindsay and assisted by associates Christopher Brett Young and James Campbell.

Walkers Acts for HK Bellawings Jet in Establishing a Cayman Islands SEZ

Walkers has acted as Cayman Islands counsel to HK Bellawings Jet in establishing Cayman Bellawings Jet SEZC, a Cayman Islands special economic zone company, in order to obtain a Cayman Islands Air Operator Certificate (“AOC”).

The Civil Aviation Authority of Cayman Islands has now officially issued the AOC to Cayman Bellawings Jet SEZC, which highlights the fact that the local Caymanian authorities have recognised Bellawing's excellence in terms of aircraft operations, maintenance services and flight support.

Walkers was led by Cayman Islands senior counsel Sarah Humpleby.

Walkers advises IMF Bentham on the launch of new USD$500 million fund

Walkers has advised IMF Bentham as Cayman Islands counsel on the launch of a new USD$500 million fund (Fund 5) to invest in litigation cases across Australia, Asia, Canada and Europe.

Fund 5 will provide finance for law firms, companies, groups and individuals, across a broad range of dispute types including insolvencies, group actions, international arbitration and commercial litigation.

Fund 5 has been established as a Cayman Islands exempted limited partnership, with IMF Bentham and its related entities providing investment advisory services.

IMF is one of the leading global dispute resolution funders, headquartered in Australia, with offices in the US and Canada (where it operates as Bentham IMF), Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK. IMF has approximately AUD2 billion in combined funds under management globally.

DLA Piper acted as international counsel to IMF Bentham and was led by partner Emma Kendall. Walkers (Singapore) acted as Cayman Islands counsel and was led by partner Thomas Granger supported by senior associate Tania Toh