Walkers > London, England > Firm Profile

Walkers
6 GRACECHURCH STREET
LONDON
EC3V 0AT
England

Offshore firms in London Tier 1

Operating at ‘the top of the market’, Walkers’ Cayman Islands focused practice is highlighted for its robust expertise across banking and finance, investment funds and litigation. Managing partner Jack Boldarin  is consistently singled out for his transactional expertise in BVI law. Backed by an enviable client roster made up of leading US and European banks and energy companies including Saudi Aramco, the team has an extensive coverage across the EMEA region. Key contacts include senior counsel Catherine Overton, joint heads of insolvency Fraser Hern  and John O’Driscoll , and Sara Hall who heads the regulatory practice. Tatziana Paraguacuto co-heads the investment funds practice with Hughie Wong . On the asset finance side, Mark Galazzi is the key name. The group also has a London based Bermuda team led by Neil McDonald  and Patrick Ormond​​​​ who is rated by clients.

Practice head(s):

Jack Boldarin; Hughie Wong

Other key lawyers:

Tatziana Paraguacuto; Neil McDonald; Fraser Hern; John O’Driscoll; Sara Hall; Catherine Overton; James Denham; Patrick Ormond; Matthew Bloomfield

Testimonials

‘A core team of top professionals with access to round the clock experts. Neil McDonald is across all of the key issues on a case and is very easy to deal with. James Denham provides a top quality client service with amazing attention to detail..

‘Great client service, competitive fees and very responsive. James Denham in particular is my go to person on all matters where there is an overseas element. Fraser Hern – thoughtful advice combining legal analysis with an understanding of the commercial situation.

‘At the top of the market. Very responsive. Technically excellent. User-friendly: helpful, clear advice delivered efficiently. The number one choice, every time.’

‘Jack Boldarin: phenomenally responsively, technically superb, a pleasure to work with, on top of all detail. A genuinely impressive operator. Catherine Overton: knows her stuff, user-friendly, hard-working and switched on. Always a pleasure to work with. Patrick Ormond: technically excellent, has the usual superb responsiveness of a Walkers lawyer, very easy to work with.’

‘Patrick Ormond stands out as an excellent lawyer. He’s technically able, very responsive, pragmatic and cost-effective in his approach.’

Hughie Wong is one of the smartest guys in the business, as well as being personable and helpful. Matt Bloomfield is incredibly responsive, commercial and really goes the extra mile to provide clients with solutions. Tatziana Paraguacuto is fantastically experienced – she’s seen it all and knows exactly what does and doesn’t work in practice – not just in theory.’

Sara Hall and Patrick Ormond are brilliant. A wonderful corporate and regulatory combination. Both were very client-centric, available whenever I needed them and took the time to understand my business and needs. I have no hesitation recommending both to prospective clients.’

Jack Boldarin rightly stands out as a leading legal practitioner both on BVI and Cayman law. His in depth knowledge, responsiveness and efficiency are among his top qualities, but he has also excellent management skills and is also great in coordinating cross border transactions and seeing to their successful closing. Jack is very well respected and rightly ranked in top tier in his areas of expertise, banking and finance. Jack is preferred counsel of very prestigious clients which include large financial institutions and top global private equity groups.

Key clients

JP Morgan

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

Standard Chartered Bank

Black Rock

Barclays Bank

Carlyle Group

Saudi Aramco

The Blackstone Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Walgreen Boots Alliance in connection with a corporate restructuring in relation to the sale of its pharmaceutical wholesale business to AmerisourceBergen Corporation, with the company deploying proceeds of $6.5bn to reduce debt and accelerate growth of its core retail pharmacy and healthcare businesses.
  • Advised Queens Gambit Growth Capital, a NASDAQ listed Cayman Islands incorporated SPAC on the Cayman Islands and BVI aspects of its business combination with SWVL Inc., the BVI incorporated tech start-up which provides transformative mass transit and shared mobility solutions.
  • Aacted as BVI counsel to the senior lenders on the $450,000,000 senior financing related to the acquisition by TNOG Oil and Gas of a stake in OML-17, an onshore asset in Nigeria.

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

They are pragmatic and get the job done‘, says one client of the investment fund and corporate lawyers at Walkers. The group has broad experience in restructuring work such as amalgamations and migrations, in addition to a strength in the corporate aspects of real estate transactions. Matt Sanders  is a seasoned M&A lawyer and jointly takes the lead alongside ‘brilliantKate Storey , who has a niche in M&A involving insurance companies. Chris Hutley-Hurst (‘clear and commercial in his advice‘) provides corporate tax advice, in addition to handling regulatory aspects of corporate and commercial activities. Senior associate Jessica Robinson has built a practice involving trust companies and in April 2022, Craig Cordle joined the group from Ogier.

Practice head(s):

Matt Sanders; Kate Storey

Testimonials

‘I have had the pleasure of working with Chris Hutley-Hurst, who has been very proactive and helpful to some of my clients who are considering establishing fund structures in Guernsey, either to list in London or on the International Stock Exchange. Chris is very clear and commercial in his advice and clients have been impressed with how proactive he is to achieve their aims.’

‘I have dealt with most of the top tier, and magic circle law firms in London. I have also dealt with smaller boutique firms across the UK, her territories and those in the EU. I would say that the personable attitude of Walkers really stands out. They are human: they are very approachable, pragmatic and get the job done. Very well. I would also say that their re-assurance, guidance, and advice is well delivered and very comprehensive. It gives clarity, when it matters. Because it matters. I would, in particular say that my personal dealings with Chris Hutley-Hurst have been a real pleasure. I enjoy working with him, and his wider team.’

‘Kate Storey was brilliant – engaging, clear and concise – a real asset on a Guernsey deal.’

‘This practice is unique in its excellent client care which coupled with their pro-active and commercial approach to all issues and documentation make the team a definitive stand-out! We have continually thrown business ideas at them and they have responded with considered practical advice. They are collaborators that we can trust.

Matt Sanders is a brilliant mind with a humble attitude and has become one of our stand-out go-to advisors.’

‘Walkers has a global presence in offshore jurisdictions and an excellent reputation. This was why we went to them and selected them among others. We need legal services regarding investment management and debt products and we were very satisfied with the level of services, knowledge and experience offered by our counsels. What we did like the most was that Walkers is always ready to find solutions rather than problems or issues to the questions and that we submit to them.’

‘The team is always enthusiastic and easy to talk to that is something we appreciate very much. They are also very pragmatic and understand pretty well the financial markets outside of legal work (which is our area of expertise) and that is something that is often overlooked when selecting a law office.’

‘The Walkers Corporate and M&A team are a pleasure to work with. The team are responsive and pragmatic; they have a wealth of technical knowledge and still manage to remain commercial and practical.’

Key clients

ITI Trade Ltd

Stanley Capital

The House of Green Limited

Kistler Underwriting Guernsey ICC Limited

Argos Holdings (Jersey) Limited

Guernsey Investment Fund PCC

Work highlights

  • Acted as onshore counsel for Kirkland & Ellis International LLP to provide time sensitive Guernsey corporate law input on the formation of a Guernsey company as part of the holding/sponsor structure for a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC).  
  • Acted as principal Guernsey counsel to The House of Green (THOG) on its establishment as one of the first producers of medicinal cannabinoids under licence from The States of Guernsey.
  • Advised a family-owned group of real estate holding structures (Argos Group) on the Guernsey and Jersey law elements of their internal corporate restructuring.

Guernsey > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The team at Walkers is ‘personable and able to express often complex technical arguments into a more understandable lay language‘, qualities it brings to bear in contentious and semi-contentious fiduciary and insolvency matters, and regulatory disputes. It is well integrated into the firm’s wider office network, enabling it to handle complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters. Heading the team is Alison Ozanne , who is a qualified mediator, and has experience in ta variety of trust disputes. Sarah Brehaut  is on the steering committee for reform to the Royal Court procedure rules, and is a founding member of the women’s insolvency and restructuring confederation. Adam Cole has a background in insurance and reinsurance litigation, but has a more general offshore litigation practice that includes contentious insolvencies, trust and fiduciary disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alison Ozanne

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Brehaut; Adam Cole; Jamie Bookless; Helena Lavin

Testimonials

‘The Walkers team are very personable and are able to express often complex technical arguments into a more understandable lay language. Litigation can be overwhelming at times and the Team is able to lead and guide clients through the process whilst at the same time giving reassurance and clear options.’

‘Very good team; high quality advocates and lawyers’

‘Walkers Guernsey is an extremely diverse and knowledgeable team with a well balanced and experienced skill set.’

‘Sarah Brehaut is a very experienced and calm litigator who is very adept at providing sensible advice with a minimum of fuss. She delegates and uses her team very effectively to provide a seamless and cost effective client experience.’

‘Alison Ozanne is a superb advocate; truly exceptional in her qualifications, case management, strategy and remarkable in terms of her ability to provide genuine client support. She truly cares about her clients and this resonates with her prompt response and continuous contact. Alison is a rare breed of advocate who utilises empathy, integrity and the highest level of legal prowess to move cases forward and is very well respected for her ability locally. She has earned the respect provided to her and achieves results.’

‘Walkers’ Guernsey Team stands out from its competitors in three respects: 1. They exude a non arrogant confidence which only comes from a thorough mastery of their case; 2. They quite obviously put their clients’ interests at the forefront of their conduct of the case without falling into the trap of myopic indifference to the realities of their clients, position. 3. In the many mediations I have conducted for the team they epitomise the adage of “agreeing to disagree agreeably” which disarms their opponents and advances their clients interests far more successfully than the aggressive bullishness chosen by so many lawyers. Above all they are charming and obviously work together as a team

‘The team at Walkers have always bee very helpful and we have engaged with them in multiple areas. They are very cognisant of our commercial requirements and have been prepared to provide advice at short notice when necessary.’

Key clients

Leonard Curtis

Rusnano Group

Grant Thornton

KRyS Global

Nabarro Olswang LLP

Swedish Sea Rescue Society

Sovereign Trust (Guernsey) Limited

White Rock Insurance Company PCC Limited

The Bangkok Commerce Public Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Administrators of BSG Resources Limited c/o Alvarez and Marsal in the largest and most high profile administration before the Royal Court and represents a significant “win” for Guernsey’s IDR team in acting for the office holders.
  • Acting for the joint voluntary liquidators of c/o Grant Thornton in the Victus European Student Accommodation Fund IC Limited in relation to all aspects of the liquidation.
  • Acting for a former Thai National Bank through its official receiver seeking to recognise a number of Thai Judgments in excess of £80 million in Guernsey pertaining to assets frozen within the jurisdiction.

Guernsey > Employment Tier 1

The Walkers team works on a pan-Channel Island basis, handling the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious issues facing employers. The group, under the able leadership of Sarah Ash ('proactive and exceptional at identifying solutions and resolutions'), is knowledgeable in new developments in Guernsey's discrimination and equalities laws. Senior counsel Victoria Pratt specialises in data protection, executive exits, team moves and employment matters associated with regulated financial services businesses. In October 2021, Jenny Brunton joined from Law at Work, bringing with her substantial experience in tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ash

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Exceptional sector knowledge, supported by a diverse team to ensure full cover and perspective is available. Really proactive, meaning that issues can be identified early on and managed effectively.’

Sarah Ash has been my key contact and she stands out as a partner rather than a service provider. Sarah regularly steers me through potentially tricky areas and helps me to ensure that my company is on the right track. She is proactive and exceptional at identifying solutions and resolutions.

Accessible and friendly team. Always there to pick up the phone to advise and always confidently provides reliable advice when we need it the most. Also hugely grateful for their regular employment law coffee clubs and webinars which are on trend, relatable and easy to understand. Head and shoulders above competitors.’

The Walkers team combine their undoubted technical knowledge of the employment sector in Guernsey but in a way that recognises that ultimately we are dealing with real people. This comes through in their application of the law to the particular matter at hand. In our business we always want to do right by our employees no matter what the particular issue may be.’

We deal with Sarah Ash and Victoria Pratt. They are both very responsive and helpful and often act as a sounding board on a no cost basis where they can point us in the right direction or simply affirm a position we have taken. They are both highly personable and empathetic we sets the right tone for how we deal with our employees. No question is ever “stupid” and they take the time to put their advice into context.’

The team has helped us on a few issues in last few years. significant experience in the Guernsey employment sector. Engaging and collaborative approach, able to pivot and prioritize resource where time sensitive and deliver positive outcomes that are cost effective.’

Victoria Pratt and Sara Ash will always pick up the phone when you need their help and are always able to advise on any new issue and guide us as the employer through the process to adopt.’

Guernsey > Insurance Tier 1

At Walkers, the insurance team is set up to handle all aspects of Guernsey insurance law, under the ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic, clear and engaging‘ leadership of Kate Storey , who heads the overall cross-jurisdictional insurance practice at the firm. Areas of expertise include the formation and regulation of insurance structures, insurance sector M&A, regulatory and coverage issues, as well as the use of insurance wrappers as a wealth structuring tool. Senior associate Jessica Robinson is another lawyer to note, with experience in insurance-related corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Kate Storey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Walkers team and Kate Storey in particular are very supportive of the insurance industry in Guernsey. They are committed to the long term success of the industry as a whole and their clients in particular contributing to thought leadership, product development and to enable prospects to turn ideas into reality.’

I deal with Kate Storey in particular who works in a flexible and responsive way to support our clients to develop insurance solutions which meet their needs. She is innovative and always up for a challenge. Kate communicates regularly to ensure all parties are kept up to date and expectations are met.’

Kate Storey has a deep understanding of the complexities of longevity swap transactions and highly responsive in recognition of challenging transaction time frames.’

The company has very strong local expertise and it is very well known on the island and is highly regarded.’

Kate Storey was the lead Partner on the Walkers team, and was central to providing us with the advice we needed. She pulled in her colleagues as needed to provide us with additional advice on ancillary issues, and was proactive in her advice.’

Kate Storey is knowledgeable, pragmatic, clear and engaging. I trusted her to walk the client through the issue and enable their understanding in a clear and simplistic way – a challenge given the complex nature of the issues she was assisting with.

Key clients

Guernsey International Insurance Association

White Rock Insurance Company PCC Limited

ICL Pension Trust Limited

ICL IC Limited

Prudential Staff Pensions Limited

Scafell Insurance IC Limited

Quest Group

Kistler Underwriting Guernsey ICC Limited

Allied Universal Security Services LLC

g Reinsurance Limited

Astaara Company Limited

ANT Insure

Fuel Insurance PCC Limited

Steadfast Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing a multi-jurisdictional insurance market survey to Guernsey International Insurance Association
  • Advised ICL Pension Trust, the UK pension scheme of Fujitsu, on a £3.7bn longevity risk hedge using a Guernsey incorporated cell captive.
  • Advised the Danish Red Cross on using Guernsey to domicile its innovative catastrophe bond structure, hailed as a world first in sustainable finance, being the very first humanitarian catastrophe bond covering pure volcanic eruption.

Guernsey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 1

Walkers fields a growing team, with a strength in non-contentious private capital and trusts work. The department is led by Rupert Morris , whose practice encompasses all forms of trust and structuring work, in addition to a growing amount of instructions relating to decentralised autonomous organisation structures. Rajah Abusrewil is the name to note for wealth structuring issues. Associate Nitrisha Doorasamy is a specialist in trust, foundation and family office structures. In April 2022, the group was joined by David Cooney from Collas Crill.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Morris

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Walkers provides a first rate service to clients, with solid legal expertise and knowledge of the Guernsey legalscape. What sets this team apart, at least for Rupert Morris who is both a trust law practitioner as well as a trust litigator, is the combination of understanding and expertise of both elements. This makes litigation solutions more applicable and practical as he understands the legal impact of such solutions on the practicalities of a trust administration.’

Rupert Morris is a star performer in this efficient team of professionals – he maintains a commercial perspective on the issues at hand whilst consistently seeking to minimise the heavy human toll on the families and individuals involved in contentious matters. Rupert is proactive, reliable and accessible, warm of character, and able to convey complex issues for lay clients with ease.’

The team in Guernsey is part of a group in various offshore jurisdictions. Its primary focus is advice in this sector.’

Rajah Abusrewil is hugely knowledgeable and dynamic. Nitrisha Doorasamy is also extremely strong.’

Key clients

Terraform Labs Pte. Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Terraform Labs Pte. Ltd and K&L Gates on the creation of the first DAO Purpose Trust to enable the Terra Community to enter into their recently announced partnership with the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team.

Guernsey > Banking and finance Tier 2

The Walkers banking and finance offering is a single unit across the Channel Islands, with expertise in finance transactions for real estate and funds, Islamic finance, as well as debt capital markets. Jointly leading the team are Zoë Hallam , who specialises in assisting borrowers and lenders with subscription and net-asset-value facilities;  and Kim Paiva, who is an expert in shipping and aviation finance. Senior counsel Alex Wickens joined from Collas Crill in October 2021, bringing with him knowledge in real estate finance, and the ability to advise on Shariah-compliant finance structures.

Practice head(s):

Zoë Hallam; Kim Paiva

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Outstanding partner engagement when difficult issues crop up; willing to provide advice in addition to a good standard of commoditised flow work.’

‘They are very pragmatic, commercial and client service focused.’

‘Alex Wickens is very approachable and have been very helpful on recent transactions with their quick delivery and high quality service.’

‘The Walkers team is always very attentive and responsive – they are totally dependable and meet very tight deadlines, always appreciating that their performance is crucial to overall delivery for clients on the wider transaction. Their approach to problem-solving and giving advice is also pragmatic and to the point. The level of consistency and interconnectedness between offices is noticeable and makes the experience of instructing the firm across multiple jurisdictions very efficient.’

‘Zoe Hallam leads a highly competent team. They are knowledgeable, well-organised and very responsive. Overall, the Walkers Guernsey team is very easy to work with, which is crucial when working on complex, time sensitive cross-border transactions.’

‘Very responsive, knowledgeable and commercially driven. And just very nice people to work with.’

‘The banking and finance team at Walkers are very efficient in their work. They turn around transactions in a timely manner whilst having the attention to detail that is required.’

‘Kim Paiva at Walkers has assembled a wonderful team that is approachable yet driven to provide the best service for their clients. Kim in particular has the ability to perform her role as Group Partner yet manage each transaction with the oversight and knowledge required.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC

AO “Alfa-Bank”

Apex

Barclays Bank plc

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

Investec Bank plc

OakNorth Bank plc

Royal Bank of Scotland International

Standard Chartered Bank

VTB Bank (PJSC)

Work highlights

  • Acted as Guernsey counsel to Raiffeisen Bank International AG in relation to a subscription line facility, to Gresham House British Sustainable Infrastructure Fund II LP.
  • Acted as Guernsey counsel to Falko Regional Aircraft Limited (a market leading aircraft operating leasing and asset management company focused on the regional aircraft sector) and related transaction parties on the de-reregistration of four aircraft.
  • Advised Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC in relation to a £7,442,500 commodity murabaha facility to LS Investments Limited (a Guernsey company) in relation to the acquisition of Olympus House in Birmingham, prime commercial real estate leased to a law firm.

Jersey > Banking and finance Tier 2

The ‘high-quality and collaborativeWalkers team has a broad practice spanning real estate, secured, and leveraged acquisition finance, as well as debt capital markets, restructuring and enforcement issues, and Shariah-compliant finance transactions. Taking the lead is Nigel Weston, who has strong ties to Middle Eastern clients. Alexandra Corner  is a banking and finance generalist, also chairing the firm’s diversity and inclusion committee for the Channel Islands. Jon Le Rossignol is an expert in non-contentious debt restructurings. Tristan Maultby is appreciated by clients for being ‘very organised and very hands on with transactions‘.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Weston

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Corner; Jon Le Rossignol; Tristan Maultby; Louise Hamilton

Testimonials

‘High quality, collaborative team. Willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Jon Le Rossignol – Excellent quality of advice and commercial approach.’

‘Responsive, knowledgeable’

‘The team had a can do attitude and worked together to keep the deal moving’

‘The Walkers team has done a fantastic job serving as local counsel for us on a facility with complex structure and numerous credit parties in multiple jurisdictions. Walkers is always incredibly responsive and they have consistently provided sound and commercial counsel throughout the entire process.’

‘Walkers in Jersey are a leading banking firm and have a good depth of knowledge’

‘They’re hardworking and keen to develop relationships’

‘Tristan Maultby provides top-tier advice and oversight which really compounds trust in the Walkers firm. This trust is then validated by the can-do attitude, transparency on overruns and overall quality of the matter from start to finish. I can’t recommend Tristan highly enough and his practice is the go-to team for banking and finance matters offshore. Tristan really engages with his clients to deliver rational solutions. Undisputed market leader in his field.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

AO Raiffeisenbank

Babylon Health

Debt funds managed by Blackstone

Eagle Street Partners

Standard Chartered Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising on the external financing aspects of on the merger of Babylon Health, a leading global digital-first value-based care company and Alkuri Global Acquisition Corp (a Special Purpose Acquisition Company), a GBP £1,500,000,000 transaction.
  • Advising Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank on the Jersey law Islamic financing aspects of the acquisition by Kuwait Business Town Real Estate Company of a significant UK retail asset. The transaction represented the first UK real estate investment by Kuwait Business Town Real Estate Company.
  • Advised on a listing on The International Stock Exchange. The relevant securities (valued in excess of GBP £300m) were issued in relation to a large scale group restructuring and refinancing.

Jersey > Corporate and commercial Tier 2

Smart, efficient, informed and responsive‘, the team at Walkers is praised by clients for bringing ‘a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table‘. The group is well-versed in a variety of corporate transactions, including M&A, restructurings, joint ventures and management buy-ins and buy-outs, backed up with expertise in Jersey regulations. Jonathan Heaney  heads the group, specialising in M&A and corporate group structuring. Christopher Reed, Leanne Wallser and Dilmun Leach are the names for funds work. Joining from Ogier in 2021, senior counsel Tatiana Collins has developed a strong practice relating to on- and offshore corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Heaney

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Walkers team are smart, efficient, informed and responsive. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and it doesn’t take long on an engagement to see the value that the Walkers team bring to the table.’

Dilmun – fantastic lawyer, lots of value add in his engagements – tends to see what others don’t and catch problems before they arise. Chris – first class lawyer, strong technical skills and considerable experience in corporate work. Leanne – strong funds lawyer, knows her craft inside/out – flexible, responsive and reliable. Jonathan – robust leader, hands on approach with clients, highly reactive and quality assured.’

‘We worked with Bedell as co-counsel on a Jersey transaction. We worked well as a team and presented a united front to the client. I was impressed by their collaborative nature.’

‘Guy Westmacott is very commercially-minded, pragmatic and responsive.’

‘The team are fantastic at understanding the full scope of the matters put before them for consideration and rather than just give answers to the issues posed they offer alternative perspectives and give pro active advice. They are open to discussion about issues and generally keep an open mind. Very important to note that they are truly independent which is very rare in the legal community.’

‘Jonathan Heaney is the lead partner and handles our requirements efficiently and diligently’

Key clients

Aquapersions Limited

Babylon Health Group

Baupost Group and Goldfinch Partners

Celenase Corporation

Davidson Kempner

Entain Plc

Harbert Management Corporation

Outright Games

Postbridge Group/Eagle Street Partners

Thoma-Bravo Group

Travelex Group

WorldPay

Zest Consulting BVBA, Icon Consulting BVBA and Premier Group Nominees Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Babylon Holdings Limited on a $4.2 billion acquisition of the Alkuri Special Purpose Acquisition Company (a Delaware SPAC listed on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Advised Baupost Group (a $30.21 billion US based hedge fund) and Goldfinch Partners (a US$15bn US based private equity firm) on their joint venture acquisition of the business services unit of the Western Union Group.
  • Advised Entain plc on a CAD 300 million acquisition of Avid Gaming (an online gaming platform provider).

Dispute resolution Tier 2

The dispute resolution and insolvency team at Walkers is made up of experts in Jersey and international litigation and insolvencies, with a strong focus on multi-jurisdictional matters. An area of focus that stands out for the group is high-value trust litigation, but it also has sizeable commercial litigation, shareholder disputes and contested regulatory practices. On the insolvency and restructuring front, the group is well-versed in contentious and non-contentious matters. Veteran commercial litigator Nigel Sanders heads the team and is admitted in Jersey, England, BVI and Cayman, allowing him to handle a variety of cross-border disputes. Fraser Hern takes the lead on numerous offshore insolvency matters, and is also an expert in asset recovery. Marc Seddon combines commercial litigation expertise with contentious trusts and regulatory knowledge. Senior associate James Turnbull is also recommended, specialising in fraud-related, regulatory and trust disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Sanders

Other key lawyers:

Fraser Hern; Marc Seddon; James Turnbull

Testimonials

‘Incredibly reactive when needed, proactive and very considered in managing risk around dispute. A very approachable team who have taken the time to fully understand the issues, personalities and history.’

‘Marc Seddon – outstanding. Proactive and very measured, giving significant consideration to the handling of approach, communication, documentation and actions. Always available.’

‘A sizeable team very well versed in Jersey litigation and imaginative in approach’

‘Marc Seddon – great client skills, delivers sensible and realistic advice calmly and professionally James Turnbull – excellent strategist, sees the big picture, and impressive on the law. Craig MacLeod – an up and coming associate; determined and driven.’

‘Responsive, sophisticated and good at thinking creatively about problems. Good team players and joined up across their different offices.

‘Nigel Sanders and Marc Seddon are exceptional litigators that truly understand the client’s needs and objectives.’

‘The team is proactive and highly proficient. The occasional legal opinions they have produced have been detailed, relevant and surprisingly readable. On top of this they seem approachable and sympathetic to my clients’ needs. I have recommended them to others.’

‘Largely by coincidence, Marc Seddon and I have been working together on three separate matters, one of which is highly complex, high value and multi-jurisdictional. Marc is a great support with a clear understanding of the issues and an ability to focus on what is important. His knowledge of Jersey trust law is excellent but he also has a sound feeling for the right approach to adopt in contentious circumstances. I hope to work with him further on other matters.’

Key clients

Consolidated Minerals Limited

Limora Investments Limited

RBC Trustees (CI) Limited

Jasmine Trustees Limited

Lutea Trustees Limited

IQ-EQ

Work highlights

  • Representing Consolidated Minerals as defendant in its defence of a claim for constructive dismissal and breach of contract by a former CEO.  Matter involves complex factual analysis across a global business of the role of claimant.
  • Representing RBC Trustees as the trustee of five charitable sub-trusts in litigation known as Trilogy Management Limited –v- YT Charitable Foundation International Limited & Others. The case was the first of its kind in Jersey where the Royal Court had to consider the nature and ambit of its quasi-parental jurisdiction to supervise charitable trusts.
  • Represented the trustees of two trusts in relation to in principle decisions to distribute all the assets of the trusts.

Jersey > Employment Tier 2

Walkers predominantly advises the firm’s regulated financial services clients on the gamut of employment law issues, with experience in immigration law and matters arising from M&A transactions. Taking the lead is senior counsel Daniel Read, an English barrister and Jersey advocate who is known for contentious employment matters relating to restrictive covenants, unfair dismissal claims, team moves, as well as redundancies and senior executive terminations.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Read

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Brunton

Testimonials

‘I couldn’t have asked for a better employment lawyer than Dan Read: knowledgeable, experienced and capable under pressure. I have no hesitation recommending him.’

‘The regular contact, updates and events have provided the foundation for a strong professional relationship. The team are readily available for quick queries. They are always forerunners to bring DE&I material so we can stay on the front foot. Very relevant pandemic related work advice was provided virtually and allowed us to avoid potential pitfalls.’

‘We predominantly deal with Dan Read who we have found to be personable and professional while delivering the relevant advice, concisely and on time.’

‘Excellent responsiveness, outstanding knowledge, pragmatic focussed advice. First class all round.’

‘Our main contact has been Dan Read and he has provided exceptional service and support. Quick to respond, expert knowledge and pragmatic focussed advice. First class all round and excellent value.’

‘The Walkers team guided us with very precise notes for the meetings with an employee throughout the process, responded very quickly to the questions/comments. The process was very well organised and was very cost-effective.’

‘Commercial and pragmatic – easily digestible advice’

‘Dan Read – my “go to” person in Jersey for employment matters. Clear, user friendly advice with a commercial stance.’

Key clients

Clarivate

Entrust

KPMG

Vistra

G4S

Norman Piette

Jersey > Investment funds Tier 2

The Walkers investment funds practice handles matters throughout a fund’s lifecycle, assisting funds, intermediaries and fund service providers in cooperation with colleagues throughout the firm’s office network. The group has expertise in fund formation and regulation, restructurings and reorganisations, acquisitions and redomiciliation. Jonathan Heaney  heads the department and is an English solicitor, BVI attorney and Jersey advocate, specialising in fund structuring and launches. Dilmun Leach is a core team member whose practice spans fund establishment and restructurings, across a wide range of asset classes, including CLOs and open-ended hedge funds. Leanne Wallser is an expert in private equity and real estate, and is active in the sustainable finance space.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Heaney

Testimonials

‘The Walkers’ investment funds practice has breadth and depth. They have been re-energised in the UK office in recent years and have a friendly and entrepreneurial approach to their work.’

‘In the last year I have worked with the Jersey funds team and with partner, Leanne Wallser. I have also dealt with Hughie Wong in London. They both operate efficiently and at a practical level, handling matters promptly. Some law firms in Jersey can be outdated in their approach, but I have found a young team with a fresh approach in Walkers Jersey.’

‘A growing and proficient Investment Funds team offering an alternative to other Channel Island firms.’

‘Dilmun Leach and Tatiana Collins make a great team supporting clients and building a partnership with administrators.’

‘Great team, highly responsive, pleasure working with them. Always on the ball.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge of investment funds.’

‘Individuals are well rounded with vast and diversified experience.’

‘Dilmun Leach – very responsive and keeps up to date with main commercial and legal trends.’

Key clients

Consus Asset Management Co Ltd

Millennium Capital Jersey Limited

Olduvai Capital LLC

SilverTree Equity Partners LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised in the establishment of a Jersey fund manager and a corporate Jersey Private Fund that proposes to invest in African securities with an ESG focus.
  • Advised with the launch of new single asset SilverTree Funds II, III, IV, V and VI structured as Jersey limited partnerships investing in European businesses with focus on technology.

Jersey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 2

The team at Walkers brings together multi-jurisdictional expertise via its international office network, to advise on the spectrum of Jersey private capital, trusts and foundations matters. In senior counsel Sevyn Kalsi, the team has an expert in reorganising complex trust and company structures; and he is also instructed by high-net-worth families and their family offices on coordinating their offshore interests. Practice head Robert Dobbyn  is a Jersey foundation expert, also advising on trust structuring for a variety of Middle East-based clients. Disputes lawyer Nigel Sanders is the name to note for contentious trust issues.

Practice head(s):

Robert Dobbyn

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Sanders; Sevyn Kalsi; Marc Seddon; Charlotte Yates

Testimonials

‘The team provides pragmatic advice, particularly in relation to trusts (their creation, amendment and winding up). The Walkers team are easy to work with and take a genuinely collaborative approach to working across teams of advisors to provide the best result for the ultimate client.’

‘Robert Dobbyn is practical and easy to work with. His advice is clear and commercial.’

‘A very collaborative team of highly knowledgeable individuals. I find the team at Walkers incredibly supportive and responsive in helping you achieve your objectives.’

‘Robert Dobbyn and Sevyn Kalsi- very responsive, pragmatic and extremely knowledgeable in the private client space.’

‘It has been a pleasure to work with a pragmatic and innovative Team, their knowledge on Foundations is the best on Island. Always excellent client service when referring clients over.’

‘Robert Dobbyn – knowledgeable and commercial. Always on the end of the phone to share thoughts and advice. Sevyn Kelsi – great service and excellent technical skills.’

Key clients

Jasmine Trustees Limited and Lutea Trustees Limited

IQEQ (Jersey) Limited

UHNW Middle Eastern Family

RBC Trustees (CI) Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Jasmine Trustees Limited and Lutea Trustees Limited in a long-running highly contentious trusts dispute involving two trusts
  • Advising and representing trustee client IQEQ (Jersey) Limited in a blessing application relating to the trustees’ decision to contribute a large proportion of the trust assets to a philanthropic foundation at the request of the family for whom the assets are held.
  • Representing the trustees of five charitable sub-trusts (which are beneficiaries of a charitable foundation) in long-running litigation known as Trilogy Management Limited –v- YT Charitable Foundation International Limited & Others and subsequent decisions. The case was the first of its kind in Jersey where the Royal Court had to consider the nature and ambit of its quasi-parental jurisdiction to supervise charitable trusts.

Guernsey > Investment funds Tier 3

Walkers‘ investment fund and corporate team grew in 2022, with the arrival of Craig Cordle from Ogier, adding an experienced hand in fund structuring and transactions. The group is jointly led by Kate Storey , whose practice spans investment fund structuring and finance, as well as equity raising and listings; and managing partner Matt Sanders , who often coordinates multijurisdictional fund deals involving the Channel Islands and London offices. Chris Hutley-Hurst has substantial experience in private equity fund and listed fund formation, as well as a variety of fund transactions. Senior associate Jessica Robinson is a lawyer to watch for transactional issues.

Practice head(s):

Kate Storey; Matt Sanders

Key clients

Singapore Exchange Limited

Stanley Capital

Strawberry Star

Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

IlliquidX Limited

Guernsey Investment Fund PCC

Longship AS

Longship Fund I LP

Longship Fund II LP

g Capital Limited

Network Innovations Inc

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised IlliquidX on the establishment and launch of a new Guernsey protected cell company Canaima Global Opportunities Fund PCC Limited, the cells of which will focus on purchasing distressed sovereign and corporate debt in emerging economies including Venezuela.
  • Instructed by Wong Partnership LLP, Singaporean counsel, to assist with the Guernsey legal aspects of Singapore Exchange Limited’s US$200m investment in a Guernsey limited partnership managed by 7Ridge.
  • Advised Network Innovations Inc on minority limited partner rights in respect of the rollover of management equity rights from a technology company headquartered in Illinois, Chicago into a Guernsey limited partnership, in connection with the private equity investment by Cinven, including reviewing final limited partnership and investment documents.

Guernsey > Capital markets

British Virgin Islands > Corporate and commercial Tier 2

Jointly led by Matthew Cowman and Omonike Robinson-Pickering, who was promoted to partner in 2020, Walkers BVI’s practice provides assistance to a variety of multinational clients drawn from Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America on complex cross-border transactions, encompassing the whole gamut of corporate law. More specifically, the department takes the lead on public and private acquisitions and disposals, mergers and consolidations, corporate reorganisations, plans of arrangement and joint ventures. Brittney Smith, who is an associate within the department, plays a key supporting role in many noteworthy BVI matters.

Testimonials

‘Responsiveness and great availability. business minded. noteworthy expertise.’

‘Great availability and excellent communication between the lawyers of the same law firm when partner in charge of file is absent.’

Key clients

The Central America Bottling Corporation

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Citibank

JPMorgan

Santander

Deutsche Bank

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

China Minsheng Banking Corp

Macquarie Group

EagleTree Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised NCL, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, on a private offering of $675m aggregate principal amount of its 12.25% senior secured notes due 2024.
  • Advised The Central America Bottling Corporation on its issuance of an additional $200m of its 5.75% Senior Guaranteed Notes due 2027.
  • Advised EagleTree Capital on its acquisition of Integreon, Inc., a leading global managed services provider.
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