Walkers > St Peter Port, Guernsey > Firm Profile
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ST PETER PORT
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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 ‘brilliant‘ Kate 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. Recently promoted senior counsel Jessica Robinson has built a practice involving trust companies and in April 2022, Craig Cordle joined the group from Ogier.
Matt Sanders; Kate Storey
‘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.’
ITI Trade Ltd
The House of Green Limited
Kistler Underwriting Guernsey ICC Limited
Argos Holdings (Jersey) Limited
Guernsey Investment Fund PCC
- 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.
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Brehaut; Adam Cole; Jamie Bookless; Helena Lavin
‘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.’
Nabarro Olswang LLP
Swedish Sea Rescue Society
Sovereign Trust (Guernsey) Limited
White Rock Insurance Company PCC Limited
The Bangkok Commerce Public Company Limited
- 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 1The 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.
‘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 1At 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. Jessica Robinson , after recent promotion to senior counsel, is another lawyer to note, with experience in insurance-related corporate transactions.
Other key lawyers:
‘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. ‘
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
Kistler Underwriting Guernsey ICC Limited
Allied Universal Security Services LLC
g Reinsurance Limited
Astaara Company Limited
Fuel Insurance PCC Limited
Steadfast Group Limited
- 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.
‘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.’
Terraform Labs Pte. Ltd
- 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.
Offshore firms in London Tier 1Operating 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.
Jack Boldarin; Hughie Wong
Other key lawyers:
‘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.‘
Standard Chartered Bank
The Blackstone Group
- 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.
Zoë Hallam; Kim Paiva
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC
Barclays Bank plc
First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC
Investec Bank plc
OakNorth Bank plc
Royal Bank of Scotland International
Standard Chartered Bank
- 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 2The ‘high-quality and collaborative‘ Walkers 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‘. Christine Fox joined the firm from Collas Crill.
‘High quality, collaborative team. Willing to go the extra mile.’
‘Jon Le Rossignol – Excellent quality of advice and commercial approach.’
‘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.’
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Debt funds managed by Blackstone
Eagle Street Partners
Standard Chartered Bank
- 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.
‘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’
Babylon Health Group
Baupost Group and Goldfinch Partners
Harbert Management Corporation
Postbridge Group/Eagle Street Partners
Zest Consulting BVBA, Icon Consulting BVBA and Premier Group Nominees Limited
- 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 2The 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. Richard Holden has recently joined from Carey Olsen.
Other key lawyers:
Fraser Hern; Marc Seddon; James Turnbull
‘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.’
Consolidated Minerals Limited
Limora Investments Limited
RBC Trustees (CI) Limited
Jasmine Trustees Limited
Lutea Trustees Limited
- 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 2Walkers 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 recently promoted partner 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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Jersey > Investment funds Tier 2The 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.
‘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.’
Consus Asset Management Co Ltd
Millennium Capital Jersey Limited
Olduvai Capital LLC
SilverTree Equity Partners LLP
- 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.
‘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.’
Jasmine Trustees Limited and Lutea Trustees Limited
IQEQ (Jersey) Limited
UHNW Middle Eastern Family
RBC Trustees (CI) Limited
- 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 3Walkers‘ 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 counsel Jessica Robinson is a lawyer to watch for transactional issues.
Kate Storey; Matt Sanders
Singapore Exchange Limited
Chrystal Capital Partners LLP
Guernsey Investment Fund PCC
Longship Fund I LP
Longship Fund II LP
g Capital Limited
Network Innovations Inc
- 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.
Walkers > Firm Profile
The firm: Walkers is one of the largest and most prestigious offshore law firms. It provides first-class, commercially focused advice that is attuned to clients’ requirements and facilitates their businesses. Walkers advises global corporations, financial institutions, capital markets participants, investment fund managers and high-net-worth individuals on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Ireland and Bermuda*. The Channel Islands offices work seamlessly with the firm’s global network of offices across the Americas, Middle East, Asia and Europe. This unique global footprint makes Walkers one of the leading international offshore law firms globally. The firm regularly advises clients on all types of international and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of sectors on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Principal areas of work include all facets of banking and finance, corporate and capital markets, employment, investment funds, insolvency and dispute resolution and private capital and trusts.
Employment: Providing high calibre advice on the full cycle of both contentious and non-contentious employment issues. Clients derive from both local Guernsey and Jersey entities as well as the offshore arms of leading, global financial institutions and corporates across various industry sectors.
Insolvency and dispute resolution: Advising private equity funds, hedge funds, investment banks, fund managers, administrators, corporates and insolvency practitioners on high value, multijurisdictional and complex insolvency and dispute resolution matters.
Investment funds and corporate: Advising banks, fund managers, hedge funds, prominent private equity firms, investment managers both locally and globally on complex domestic and cross border transactions, with first-hand extensive experience in M&A, corporate re-organisations, fund formation, fund financing, investment vehicles, IPOs and joint ventures.
Banking and finance: Representing both local and international financial institutions, banks, corporates, funds, private equity providers on complex, cross border transactions with extensive experience in asset finance, derivatives, distressed investment, real estate finance and leveraged real estate acquisitions and structured products and capital markets.
Private capital and trusts: Providing ultra high-net-worth individuals, their advisors as well as many of the leading local and international trustees, family offices and other financial institutions, with advice on all forms of contentious and non-contentious trusts advice, regulatory requirements and private capital and structuring matters.
|Employment||Sarah Ashfirstname.lastname@example.org||01481 748 935|
|Insolvency and Dispute Resolution||Alison Ozanne||Alison.Ozanne@walkersglobal.com||01481 748 905|
|Investment Funds and Corporate||Matt Sanders||Matt.Sanders@walkersglobal.com||01481 748 914|
|Banking and Finance||Zoë Hallamemail@example.com||01481 748 920|
|Private Capital and Trusts||Rupert Morrisfirstname.lastname@example.org||01481 748 936|
|Ms Rajah Abusrewil||Rajah Abusrewil advises local and international fiduciaries, family offices and UHNWIs on…||View Profile|
|Ms Sarah Ash||Sarah is a Group Partner in the Employment team, based in Guernsey.…||View Profile|
|Mr Jamie Bookless||Jamie Bookless is a Senior Counsel based in the Guernsey office. He…||View Profile|
|Mrs Sarah Brehaut||Sarah is a partner in Walkers’ Guernsey Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group…||View Profile|
|Mr Adam Cole||Advocate Adam Cole is a partner in Walkers’ Guernsey Insolvency & Dispute…||View Profile|
|Adam Cole||Advocate Adam Cole is a partner in Walkers’ Guernsey Insolvency & Dispute…||View Profile|
|David Cooney||David Cooney is a Group Partner in Walkers’ Guernsey Private Capital &…||View Profile|
|Craig Cordle||Craig Cordle is a Partner in Walkers’ Guernsey Investment Funds & Corporate…||View Profile|
|Ms Nitrisha Doorasamy||Nitrisha Doorasamy is a private capital and trusts lawyer with substantial in-house…||View Profile|
|Zoe Hallam||Zoë Hallam is a Group Partner* in the Banking & Finance team…||View Profile|
|Ms Zoë Hallam||Zoë Hallam is a Group Partner in the Banking & Finance team…||View Profile|
|Mr Chris Hutley-Hurst||Chris Hutley-Hurst is a Senior Counsel in Walkers’ Investment Funds & Corporate…||View Profile|
|Ms Helena Lavin||Helena Lavin is a Senior Associate in Walkers’ Guernsey Insolvency and Dispute…||View Profile|
|Mr Rupert Morris||Rupert Morris is a partner and head of Walkers’ Private Capital and…||View Profile|
|Ms Alison Ozanne||Alison is a partner and head of the Guernsey Dispute Resolution team.…||View Profile|
|Ms Kim Paiva||Kim Paiva is a Group Partner in Walker’s top-tier Guernsey Banking &…||View Profile|
|Mr Adam Pickering||Adam Pickering is a Senior Associate in the Investment Funds and Corporate…||View Profile|
|Ms Victoria Pratt||Victoria is a Senior Counsel in Walkers’ Guernsey Employment Law Group. Her…||View Profile|
|Ms Jessica Robinson||Jessica Robinson is a senior associate based in Walkers’ Guernsey office, specialising…||View Profile|
|Mr Matt Sanders||Matt is the Managing Partner of Walkers’ Guernsey office, where he specialises…||View Profile|
|Mrs Kate Storey||Kate Storey joined Walkers’ Guernsey office in 2018, where she is a…||View Profile|
|Mr Alex Wickens||Alex Wickens is an experienced Banking & Finance lawyer specialising in real…||View Profile|
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