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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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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.

Partner Sarah Brehaut Appointed Chair of the Guernsey Bar

Walkers is pleased to announce that Advocate Sarah Brehaut has been appointed Bâtonnier of the Guernsey Bar.

A partner at Walkers Guernsey, Sarah was elected by her fellow members of the Bar and has taken over from Advocate Clare Tee.

The Bâtonnier is the chair of the Guernsey Bar and is appointed for a period of two years. The role carries wide responsibilities including dealing with complaints of professional misconduct and liaison with the States of Guernsey on legislative reform.

Bâtonnier Sarah Brehaut commented: "I am very honoured to have been elected as the representative of the Guernsey Bar and am looking forward to this new opportunity and all the challenges it will bring."

A former pupil of the Ladies' College Guernsey and with a degree in Law, Sarah was called to the English Bar in 1999. In 2001, Advocate Brehaut was called to the Guernsey Bar and earlier this year was awarded the Law Officers' of The Crown Pro Bono Legal Award 2018.

Sarah Brehaut is a partner in the Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group in Walkers' Guernsey office. Her significant experience includes all aspects of commercial dispute resolution with an emphasis on insolvency, trusts and investment funds litigation. She has considerable experience of appearing in the Magistrate’s Court, Royal Court and Court of Appeal. Sarah was recognised in the 2018 Chambers Global & Europe Guide - (Dispute Resolution) as a Notable Practitioner.

Walkers Guernsey Hosts Successful Global Business Conference

Last week, Walkers Guernsey held a conference to consider how post-Brexit Crown Dependencies will overcome future business challenges as well as how to update its future positioning within international markets.

An impressive roster of 22 speakers presented to 100 attendees throughout the day. Walkers' lawyers from Guernsey, Jersey, Hong Kong and Dubai were joined by guest speakers from the States of Guernsey, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, the Law Officers, Wilberforce Chambers, Trust Corporation, KPMG, Baker Mackenzie, XXIV Old Buildings, Kleinwort Hambros, Garm Consulting and Grant Thornton.

The event included a keynote speech from Dorey Financial founder Martyn Dorey, who asked delegates to consider upcoming significant technological and demographic changes and how Guernsey needs to position itself to stay current, relevant and commercial.

This though provoking start was followed by a panel session which saw Richard Walker (States of Guernsey), Fiona Crocker (GFSC) and Crown Advocate Frederic Raffray (Law officers of the Crown) provide the room with valuable insight into what the authorities will require and how businesses should position themselves in order to meet the regulatory and legal requirements of various jurisdictions.

The event progressed to inter active breakout sessions, which considered how best to do successful business in the Americas, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle and Far East. The focus was on the challenges that can be faced and how they can be overcome. Panels discussed issues from the take on of new business, through the maturing of the business relationship and finally completion.

Walker's partner and head of IDR Alison Ozanne, who chaired the event, said

"Guernsey is a transparent, well-regulated jurisdiction with high quality mature professional services on offer and whilst we as an IFC are already doing good business with the Americas, Africa, Eastern Europe and Middle and Far East, we need to equip ourselves with the necessary tools to remain a leading jurisdiction of choice on the global stage. The Channel Islands must continue to innovate and with Brexit on the horizon we considered it to be good timing to host an event on future challenges and how we can rise to meet them. It was encouraging to see so many local firms attend the event and the fantastic feedback we got was that it provided meaningful insights and food for thought."

Walkers Leads Key Global Markets in ILFR 1000

International law firm Walkers has had eighteen practice areas from eight offices ranked in the 2019 IFLR1000 legal directory. 57 of Walkers' lawyers have also been individually recognised for their practices, more than any other offshore law firm.

In Walkers' Irish office, the Capital Markets Group was promoted into the top tier after a strong year and highly positive peer reviews. The Banking, Regulatory, Investment Funds, Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring & Insolvency Groups were also ranked in the guide. Client feedback described Walkers as "high quality, diligent and reliable" with an "excellent standard of service, highly responsive and a good understanding of the key issues that impact our business on each deal." Partners Garry Ferguson, Sarah Maguire, Brendan O'Brien, Eoin O'Connor, Noeleen Ruddy, Ken Rush, Gavin Smith and Andrew Traynor were all ranked as "Highly Regarded" practitioners.

The British Virgin Islands' Finance and Corporate Group received top tier status in the 2019 guide, a reward for Walkers' purposeful investment and expansion in the jurisdiction. Partners Patrick Ormond and David Collins were included in the "Highly Regarded" category.

Walkers' Cayman Islands office maintained its top tier status for the Finance & Corporate and Investment Funds Groups. IFLR describes the office as "a true leader in the Cayman Islands’ legal space, Walkers is one of only two firms with top tier rankings in both tables" and client feedback noted that Walkers is "responsive, knowledgeable, and a real value-added." Partners Rolf Lindsay, Philip Paschalides, Ingrid Pierce and Caroline Williams were awarded "Market Leader" status, while partners Tim Buckley, James Burch, Ashley Gunning, Rob Jackson and new partner Oliver Bell are noted as "Highly Regarded".

In Hong Kong, the Finance & Corporate Group retain their top tier status for offshore law. Partner Denise Wong is ranked as a "Highly Regarded" practitioner.

Walkers' transactional practices in Bermuda, Dubai, Guernsey and Jersey are also included in the 2019 guide. Walkers Bermuda partner Jonathan Betts was ranked as a "Market Leader" and Dubai partner Daniel Wood is "Highly Regarded". In the Channel Islands, Guernsey partners Matt Sanders, Sam Shires and new partner Kate Storey and Jersey partners Mark Crichton, Jonathan Heaney, Guy Morris and Nigel Weston are all "Highly Regarded"

Commenting on Walkers rankings, Global Managing Partner Ingrid Pierce said "I am thrilled that the hard work, commitment and diligence from our lawyers across all regions has been recognised by IFLR1000. These rankings go a long way to reflect the high standards that we set for ourselves."

Walkers Channel Islands Growth Evident in Legal 500 Rankings

Walkers' Channel Islands offices have had four practice areas promoted in the annual Legal 500 directory, including both Guernsey and Jersey's investment funds and insolvency and dispute resolution practices.

Seven lawyers have also been singled out for individual accolades. In the Jersey office Partners Jonathan Heaney and Nigel Weston have been ranked as 'Leading Individuals' and partners Robert Dobbyn and Mark Crichton have been ranked as 'Next Generation Lawyers'.

In Guernsey, Louise Hall, Alison Ozanne and Walkers Guernsey's new partner Kate Storey have been ranked as 'Leading Individuals'. For Louise and Alison this follows on from their recognition in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame 2018, a new accolade from Legal 500 which highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients.

"These results are very pleasing and I congratulate the teams for their hard work and dedication. It is especially pleasing as the market is clearly noticing the work we are doing to expand the Walkers Channel Islands offering," stated Jersey Managing Partner, Jonathan Heaney

"There is some very well deserved movement up the rankings and some excellent individual comments in these results. A tribute to the hard work and effort put in by all of the team at Walkers," commented Guernsey Managing Partner, Louise Hall

Extracts from the guide read:

At Walkers Guernsey, 'advice is knowledgeable and tailored to the transaction' and clients value the 'extremely good service provide'.

At Walkers Guernsey, the team offers an 'excellent service', 'technical expertise and negotiation skills'.

Walkers Jersey is ‘as responsive and efficient as any New York or London firm’.

Walkers Jersey ‘always delivers on time and the work commissioned is always completed to exceptionally high standards’.

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