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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Brexit

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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Walkers Announces Admissions of 50th and 51st Caymanian Attorneys-at-Law

We are pleased to announce that Articled Clerks Gemma Cowan and Sophie Dibb have completed their legal training, both being called to the Cayman Islands Bar. 

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Cayman Islands Guide to Arbitration - Lex Mundi

The Lex Mundi Global Arbitration Guide provides information on arbitral institution rules, costs, processes and procedures in different jurisdictions around the world. The information is contributed by Lex Mundi member firm lawyers who specialize in dispute resolution.

Partner Nick Dunne and senior counsel Andrew Gibson have provided the overview to Cayman Islands arbitration.

 

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The Cayman Restructuring Toolkit: Exploring the Flexible Restructuring Options on Offer in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands provisional liquidation regime has proven to be an extremely useful and flexible tool to assist with complex financial restructurings. In circumstances where a Cayman Islands company is insolvent or potentially insolvent, its board of directors must have regard to creditors’ interests as a whole when discharging their fiduciary duties and ideally be engaging with the company’s creditors in order to try and agree upon a consensual restructuring solution. However, such a consensual out-of-court process would typically require unanimous support (or acquiescence) from all of the company’s creditors and therefore the company’s board of directors may wish to consider alternative options to mitigate the risk that a disgruntled creditor may seek to disrupt any restructuring process by commencing proceedings against the company. This article focuses on the provisional liquidation regime in the Cayman Islands and how it can be a useful tool for companies who are facing an imminent debt crisis.

 

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This article first appeared in Volume 15, Issue 6 of International Corporate Rescue and is reprinted with the permission of Chase Cambria Publishing - www.chasecambria.com 

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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Irish Funds: A year of change

Partner Nick Blake-Knox, of Walkers' Irish office, outlines the recent events, trends and regulatory occurrences which fund managers are dealing with in 2018 and beyond.

In terms of trends we are seeing an increasing role for ESMA. This is particularly the case with supervisory convergence, which has been identified by ESMA as an area of strategic importance and has been included in its 2019 Work Programme which sets out its priorities and areas of focus for 2019. ESMA views supervisory convergence as a necessary step in achieving its overall mission to enhance investor protection and promote stable and orderly markets.

One of the key objectives of the supervisory convergence programme is to remove regulatory arbitrage and this is particularly relevant in the context of firms seeking to relocate as a result of Brexit. A Supervisory Coordination Network (SCN) has been established by Esma at which EU national competent authorities are afforded the opportunity to share and discuss details of Brexit related relocation applications that they have received in order to allow for the adoption of a common supervisory approach across member states. The SCN process has resulted in the expectations of certain NCAs, particularly those in relation to local substance, evolving over the course of the authorisation process, which in some cases can take more than 12 months to complete.

 

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Originally published by HFM Global

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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