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Walkers

190 ELGIN AVENUE, GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN KY1-9001, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Tel:
Work +1 345 949 0100
Fax:
Fax +1 345 949 7886
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Web:
https://www.walkersglobal.com
Dubai, DUBLIN 1, Grand Cayman, Hamilton, Hong Kong, London and 4 more

Cayman Islands

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Walkers Cayman

Walkers Cayman advises on asset finance, banking and fund finance matters. Other areas of strength include project finance, restructuring, structured products, capital markets, and regulatory issues. The team acted as Cayman counsel to Bank of America, as lender, in Broadcom’s acquisition of Avago Technologies; it also acted as Cayman counsel for the initial purchasers, regarding the $200m private placement of senior secured notes. Cayman managing partner Antonia Hardy, Philip Paschalides, Rob Jackson, Ramesh Maharaj, Richard Munden and James Burch are all recommended. Alexandra Woodcock was promoted to partner, Zoe Hallam and Paul Osborne were made senior counsels and Lucy Frew joined from Kemp Little LLP to lead the Cayman-headquartered global regulatory department.

Leading individuals

Philip Paschalides - Walkers Cayman

Next generation lawyers

Paul Osborne - Walkers Cayman

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Walkers Cayman

Walkers Cayman recently hired Lucy Frew from Kemp Little LLP to lead a standalone global regulatory Cayman-headquartered department. The practice is highly rated for high-profile, complex and innovative finance transactions and it regularly assists with corporate matters, M&A, restructuring, insurance, and regulatory work. James Burch acted as Cayman counsel for Liberty Media Corporation on its acquisition of Formula One, the global motorsports business, from a consortium of sellers led by CVC Capital Partners, and Rob Jackson, who β€˜has excellent experience and is good at meeting deadlines’, led advice as Cayman counsel to Microchip Technology Incorporated (MTI), a NASDAQ-listed provider of micro-controller, mixed-signal, analogue and flash-IP solutions, on its approximately $3.5bn acquisition of NASDAQ-listed Atmel Corporation and the subsequent integration of the Atmel group into the MTI group. The client list also includes Apollo Aviation Group, Bank of America, Blackstone, Cerberus, Phoenix Group Holdings, and Shelf Drilling. Antonia Hardy is Cayman managing partner; other highly rated partners include Tim Buckley, Ramesh Maharaj, Richard Munden, Philip Paschalides and Rolf Lindsay, alongside Jason Allison, Caroline Williams, Melissa Lim and Alexandra Woodcock. Senior counsel Zoe Hallam is β€˜always efficient and good at liaising with London-based law firms’.

Leading individuals

Rob Jackson - Walkers Cayman

Next generation lawyers

Zoe Hallam - Walkers Cayman

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Walkers Cayman

Walkers Cayman’s β€˜industry knowledge is excellent and the firm puts together very effective teams across the world to give its clients a Rolls-Royce service’. The practice routinely covers restructuring, insolvency and corporate recovery; commercial litigation; arbitration; trust disputes; and employment law. Neil Lupton, who β€˜brings gravitas and a cool head to any situation’ and Rupert Bell, who is β€˜an excellent insolvency technician with commercial acumen and the appetite to fight hard on the points that matter’, acted for Caledonian Bank’s joint official liquidators in US Securities and Exchange Commission proceedings. The work involved negotiating the settlement of creditor claims and repatriation of assets into the estate, and making sanction and directions applications to the Cayman Court. Other matters included Nick Dunne, who is β€˜a very thoughtful and careful attorney with great analytical skills and a real feel for a case’, leading the enforcement of a Russian judgment against an oligarch. β€˜An excellent communicator and developer of policy and strategy on cases’, Colette Wilkins is β€˜calm, measured, thoughtful and committed to advising clients in a principled, constructive and effective way’; the β€˜resilient and absolutely delightful to work with’ Shelley White is β€˜an excellent operator, who is fantastically bright and gives lightning-fast responses, and has an unfailing work ethic’; Matthew Goucke is β€˜an exceptional advocate’; and Barnaby Gowrie β€˜has an impressive practice’. Fiona MacAdam is a highly rated senior counsel.

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Insurance/reinsurance
Insurance/reinsurance - ranked: tier 1

Walkers Cayman

β€˜Impressing clients with its proactivity, industry knowledge and appropriateness of advice’, Walkers Cayman β€˜has dedicated, experienced and focused local insurance and reinsurance legal capabilities’. The practice acts for Cayman-based insurance managers in incorporations, applications and document reviews, change-in-control filings, and migrations. It also has a robust reinsurance practice and has assisted with several new recent reinsurer establishments, and regularly advises on Cayman insurance mergers. Other areas of note are secured lending and distressed insurance work. Ramesh Maharaj and senior counsel Derek Stenson are β€˜both proactive, responsive, solutions-focused, efficient and collaborative’. Barnaby Gowrie acts in contentious insurance matters.

Next generation lawyers

Derek Stenson - Walkers Cayman

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Walkers Cayman

Walkers Cayman’s β€˜work is very good, the consistently excellent lawyers respond quickly, and they are easy to reach’. The firm’s highly rated offshore fund practice covers hedge funds, private equity funds and distressed funds; it advises on all aspects of fund formation and capitalisation, financing, buy-outs, and downstream-spend transactions. The team recently acted on the establishment of several new funds, while transactional highlights included assisting First Reserve with the sale of its Energy Infrastructure Fund to BlackRock. In other areas, the practice advised Nasdaq-listed insurance company Global Indemnity on its migration by scheme of arrangement from Ireland to Cayman. Ingrid Pierce is global managing partner, Dawn Howe is β€˜very knowledgeable, professional and responsive’, and Nicholas Pattman is β€˜knowledgeable, to the point and very agreeable as a person’. Ashley Gunning, Caroline Williams, Rolf Lindsay, Tim Buckley, and Michael Padarin are also key advisers, as are Melissa Lim, Jason Allison, Tim Ludford-Thomas, James Melen, Dorothy Scott, Caroline Heal and senior counsel Bicrom Das.

Next generation lawyers

Bicrom Das - Walkers Cayman

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Walkers Cayman

Acting for international private equity funds, lenders, developers, corporations, multinationals and private clients, the β€˜highly responsive and commercial’ Walkers Cayman is well regarded for acquisitions, financings, disposals, developments, management matters, and leasing. Senior counsel Stuart Rowe is β€˜very personable and proactive’.

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Trusts/private client
Trusts/private client - ranked: tier 1

Walkers Cayman

Walkers Cayman’s β€˜advice is of the highest quality; the team’s combined experience and industry knowledge is unsurpassed’. Representative work includes assisting with the establishment, administration and termination of trusts, both private and commercial; it also advises on associated regulatory requirements, as well as complex international trust disputes. β€˜Never failing to provide an excellent service’, global wealth structuring head Andrew Miller is a former chairman of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners in Cayman, and is β€˜one of the leading and most experienced trust lawyers in Cayman’. The β€˜highly personable’ senior counsel Monique Bhullar is β€˜a great all-round trust lawyer’; senior counsel Lucy Diggle was hired from Collas Crill’s Jersey office; and former senior counsel Anthony Partridge joined Ogier.

Leading individuals

Andrew Miller - Walkers Cayman

Next generation lawyers

Monique Bhullar - Walkers Cayman

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