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Walkers' Singapore team advises Japan-based private equity firm Aspirant Group on launch of JPY50 billion fund

Walkers acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Japan-based private equity firm Aspirant Group, Inc. on the launch of its third fund series, the 'AG III Series Funds', with the fund closing at a hard cap of JPY50 billion (US$463 million).

Based in Tokyo, the middle-market buyout firm helps companies pursue better profitability and sustainable growth.

Limited partners who invested in the fund include both domestic and international investors, such as pension funds, financial institutions, insurance companies, funds of funds, and family offices.

The Walkers team was led by Singapore-based partners Thomas Granger and Timothy Stevens, with support from associate Michael Kenny. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett acted as lead counsel to Aspirant Group.

Walkers Advises £38 Million Guernsey Investment Fund on its Largest Investment Yet

Walkers' Guernsey team has advised the £38 million Guernsey Investment Fund ("GIF") on its largest investment to date.

GIF, which is majority owned by the States of Guernsey, targets opportunities for long-term capital growth through investments which have a Bailiwick of Guernsey focus or which the board and its investment manager, Ravenscroft, view as having potential benefits for the development of the Bailiwick. Its Technology & Innovation Cell invests in a diversified portfolio of technology companies and innovative companies which have the potential to create new or disrupt existing industries.

A team led by Funds partner Kate Storey has acted as lead counsel on GIF’s latest cornerstone investment, which has taken it past the point of investing more than half of its committed capital.

The fund does not publicise individual investments, but has confirmed that it has funded 11 projects since launching 18 months ago, including two large cornerstone investments, with values ranging between £100,000 and many millions of pounds.

Investments have been made by way of both equity acquisitions and structured loans. More than 100 applications for funding have been made to GIF, and the successful applicants have included both established companies and start-ups.

Kate led a Walkers team including Stephen Ozanne (Regulatory and Technology), Wandi Sishi and Mark Finlayson (Corporate), Louise Hall (Employment) and Sarah Brehaut (Litigation and Commercial Property).

Kate said: "We are pleased to have advised the Guernsey Investment Fund on its largest investment to date, which utilised Walkers’ expertise across several specialisms, including Funds and M&A, Technology and Intellectual Property.”

"Because so much of our work is international, it is interesting to be involved in an initiative which has so much potential to support and enable economic activity here in the Island, and we look forward to continuing to work with the fund."

Walkers Singapore acts on Liberty Bitcoin Fund

Walkers is pleased to announce that its Singapore office has acted as Cayman Islands counsel to CMCC Global on the launch of Liberty Bitcoin Fund - the first Asian single-asset passive tracker fund that provides direct exposure to Bitcoin for accredited and institutional investors.

All Bitcoin held by the Liberty Bitcoin Fund are covered by insurance and protected through a Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed custodian company, ANXOne custody. The fund is structured as a mutual fund and functions similar to a traditional commodity tracker fund.

Walkers partner James Twigg and associate Heather Murray acted on the matter.

Walkers Acts on Magazine Luiza's $115 Million acquisition of Netshoes

Walkers is pleased to have acted as Cayman Islands legal counsel, and as co-counsel alongside Milbank LLP, for Magazine Luiza S.A. ("Magalu") in respect of the recent merger of Magazine Luiza Cayman Ltd (Magalu's wholly-owned Cayman Islands subsidiary) with New York Stock Exchange listed online sporting goods retailer Netshoes (Cayman) Limited (NYSE:NETS) ("Netshoes") for cash consideration of US$3.70 per share (the "Merger"), equivalent to a total Merger value of approximately US$115 million.

The Merger represents a strategic acquisition for Magalu, one of Brazil's largest physical and online retailers. During the course of the Merger Magalu were faced with the need to evaluate repeated competing offers from a competing bidder. The Magalu offer was strengthened by having obtained necessary anti-trust approvals in Brazil and two subsequent increases to the cash consideration offered in response to the competing bids. Magalu's offer was recommended by the Board, and ultimately accepted by shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting of Netshoes held in São Paulo.

The Walkers team that advised on corporate, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance and all general aspects of the deal was led by Caroline Williams (Partner) and Theo Lefkos (Partner) and assisted by Chris Brett Young (Associate), James Campbell (Associate), and Daniel Walford (Associate). On the dispute resolution aspects of the deal, the team comprised Rupert Bell (Partner), Nick Dunne (Partner) and Siobhan Sheridan (Associate). 

Walkers Sponsors Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dublin 2020

Walkers is delighted to once again sponsor the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dublin 2020 conference, which takes place from 19 - 22 January 2020.

The conference will be attended by around 3,000 delegates representing the world's largest airlines, lessors, financial institutions and advisors. Walkers' attendees include senior members of our multi-disciplinary aviation finance practice, made up of asset finance and professional services experts from across our global network. 

If you are attending, please feel free to stop by our exhibition stand. 

Walkers' sponsorship of the Dublin conference is in addition to our sponsorship of the Airline Economics conferences in Dubai, New York and Hong Kong enabling us to engage with our aviation clients who are spread across the globe.


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