Sara Hall > Walkers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Walkers
6 GRACECHURCH STREET
LONDON
EC3V 0AT
England

Work Department

Regulatory / Digital Assets

Position

Sara Hall is a partner in Walkers’ Global Regulatory & Risk Advisory Group. With almost 30 years’ experience in global senior in-house roles as well as in private practice, Sara now practises Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law.

Sara specialises in all aspects of financial services and international regulation. Since joining Walkers, she has expanded her practice to advise on digital assets, DAOs, cryptocurrencies and NFTs.

With a global client base of onshore firms, financial institutions, custodians, exchanges, founders, directors and investors, Sara advises on matters relating to the scope of regulation, as well as anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance, data protection, and tax-related OECD initiatives such as economic substance.

Sara frequently works with onshore counsel to advise clients how offshore regulation might impact their business. Where a business is in scope of offshore regulation, she leads on the licence application process, and supports clients once licensed with their ongoing regulatory obligations.

Career

Prior to joining Walkers’ London office in January 2019, Sara held senior leadership roles at well-known financial services institutions. These included Global Head of Regulatory Compliance at a European headquartered global bank and Head of Global Litigation at an Italian headquartered global bank.

Sara also worked as a senior counsel at the UK financial services regulator (now the UK Financial Conduct Authority) and held a number of senior roles at a US global bank. Sara began her legal career in an international magic circle law firm headquartered in London, England and has enjoyed a number of postings overseas.

Admitted in:
The British Virgin Islands – 2019
England and Wales (not practising) – 1994

Education

Qualifications:
MA (Oxon) in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford
Law Society’s Final Examination (Distinction)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Offshore firms in London > Offshore firms in London

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 newly promoted parter 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.

British Virgin Islands > Regulatory and compliance

Helmed by the Cayman Islands-based Lucy FrewWalkers BVI is engaged by numerous leading investment banks, fund managers, and private equity houses for its expertise in a host of regulatory matters. The London-based Sara Hall is noted for her expertise in OECD compliance, advising clients on economic substance laws, reporting regimes, and anti-money laundering initiatives. Lodewijk Van Setten has left the practice to an in-house role.