Walkers Legal Internship Programme nurtures future talent

Walkers is delighted to announce that its Legal Internship Programme ran for three weeks, from 17 July to 4 August.  Hosting 10 students this summer, the programme was designed to provide these aspiring legal professionals with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a leading global law firm.

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Jan Golaszewski joins Walkers team in London as Insolvency & Dispute Resolution partner

Leading offshore Insolvency & Dispute Resolution lawyer Jan Golaszewski has joined Walkers team in London in a lateral partner hire from another offshore law firm in the City.

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What can we learn from recent enforcement actions in the Cayman Islands?

Walkers' regulatory partners Lucy Frew and Ian Mason consider the learning points for financial services providers (FSPs) from recent enforcement actions by Cayman regulatory bodies.

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Walkers announces 29 senior legal and professional services promotions

Walkers, the international financial services firm, is boosting its legal and professional services teams with 28 senior promotions effective from 1 July.

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Sea change in the Cayman Islands: A new restructuring officer regime

Legislative reforms to Part V of the Cayman Islands Companies Act will shortly be coming into force which will, amongst other things, introduce a new restructuring officer regime available to certain debtors in financial distress. This new tool in the Cayman Islands’ restructuring arsenal will provide debtors with a global moratorium which will automatically arise upon the filing of the application seeking the appointment of restructuring officers (without the need for any Court hearing) within which a restructuring may be proposed and implemented by way of a Cayman Islands scheme of arrangement, a restructuring process in a foreign jurisdiction or consensually with all stakeholders.


Article first published in the International Insolvency & Restructuring Report 2022/23.

Laying The Foundations - Cayman Islands Foundation Companies

Monique Bhullar and James Glover review the benefits of foundation companies in the Cayman Islands, five years on from their introduction.

Introduced by the Foundation Companies Law 2017 (the Law), a foundation company is a type of company governed by the laws of the Cayman Islands. The same body of law applies to a foundation company as to any other Cayman Islands company, unless modified or excluded by the Law. The constitution is set out in a memorandum and articles of association, which may be supplemented by a set of by-laws (similar to a letter of wishes for a trust). The foundation company is managed by a board of directors, although other persons, including the founder, may be granted various degrees of control over the affairs of the foundation company.


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This article was first published in the STEP Journal Volume 30; Issue 3, 2022,

Irish Quarterly Legal and Regulatory Report - Asset Management and Investment Funds

Welcome to the January – March 2022 issue of our Irish Quarterly Legal and Regulatory Developments report for asset management and investment funds. This report covers key developments during the quarter under the following headings:

  • AIFMD developments;
  • UCITS developments;
  • Central Bank developments; and
  • other legal and regulatory developments

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Key Themes from the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dublin 2022 Conference

Key members from Walkers' Global offices across the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Ireland were delighted to attend the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Conference in Dublin recently. Emerging from a very challenging two years for the aviation industry, the event signalled renewed optimism and provided key insights into the industry's collective road to recovery.

Core themes considered throughout the conference included:

  • Recovery fuelled by resilience – despite the enormous challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presented to the aviation industry, the industry has once again proven its resilience and ability to innovate. Lessors and financiers have dynamically supported their airline customers by utilising the leasing model to provide sustainable cash flow solutions including renegotiating leases, sale-leasebacks, order and rent deferrals and power-by-the-hour contracts.
  • Alternative financing – the attractiveness of alternative financing through private equity investment and the unsecured bond markets continues to grow beyond filling the asset-backed securitisation (ABS) vacuum sparked by the pandemic. Notwithstanding this, with increasing market stability, ABS looks set to make a strong and welcome return in the near future.
  • Thinking green – fuel efficiency and new technology propel the climate change demands being sought by shareholders and investors. A net zero emission commitment by 2050 across the global air transport industry will certainly be challenging, however, the ambitious goal is a progressive move towards protecting the industry long-term through innovative greener infrastructure including carbon offsets, sustainable fuel, alternative technologies and improving energy efficiencies.
  • Consumer driven cargo – the pandemic imposed a paradigm shift in consumer behaviour with e-commerce emerging as one of few winners driven by the sheer necessity of online shopping during lockdowns. As a consequence, air cargo demand soared in parallel with the decline of air passenger flights. The need for freight provided airlines and industry investors alike with the opportunity to quickly pivot and recover revenue lost elsewhere. As we continue to emerge from restrictions, cargo demand may have softened but e-commerce behaviours look set to stay.
The key take away from the conference was one of cautious optimism. Renewed appetite for air travel demonstrates the remarkable resilience of the aviation industry. Whilst current market volatility, inflation, rising interest rates and lagging lease rates present certain challenges for the industry, there is confidence that this robust and forward-looking industry will continue to prevail.

How can Walkers help?

At Walkers, our integrated global legal and professional services offering has advised on a number of market-leading and award-winning deals including United's pathfinding Airline Loyalty Scheme-backed financing, the PIMCO/AerCap JV (known as Gilead), a carbon-offset repackaging programme involving Tramontana Asset Management and the establishment of the ST Engineering/Temasek cargo conversion platform (known as Juniper). Our extensive experience together with our global network makes Walkers perfectly placed to provide the specialist teams required as the market recovery continues. For advice or further information, please reach out to your usual Walkers contact.

Private Banker International: After the Gold Rush

News of the gold flakes discovered by James Marshall in the American River at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains caused such an influx of prospectors that the non-native population of California rose from 1,000 to over 100,000 in less than 5 years. Surprisingly (or perhaps not), there are limited accounts of where successful gold miners went, and what they did, after the Gold Rush.

One might surmise that those who left California with any significant wealth, headed for places which allowed them privacy, freedom to multiply their fortunes without interference and a good pipeline of opportunities to do so. Almost 200 years later, entrepreneurial families who have mined gold in its various forms - physical, paper or virtual – continue to seek the same characteristics when choosing a jurisdiction from which to base their future investment activities.

This thought leadership article examines why the Cayman Islands is one of the most attractive locations for UHNW individuals and families and ideal for satellite family offices and stand-alone single family offices.


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