Mr Matt Sanders > WALKERS > St Peter Port, Guernsey > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Investment Funds and Corporate


Matt is a group partner based in Walkers’ Guernsey office, where he is a member of the Corporate, Finance and Investment Funds Groups. Matt advises a range of clients on corporate and commercial matters, including investment fund establishment and regulation, financing transactions, corporate acquisitions and disposals, and commercial regulation. He specialises in resolving complex issues regarding Guernsey investment funds, including restructuring, highlights of which include working on the first conversion and migration of the cells of a Guernsey protected cell company to Malta.


Prior to joining AO Hall, Walkers (Guernsey) LLP’s predecessor firm in 2009, Matt practised with the Business and Trust Law Group at a leading offshore firm in Guernsey.

Before moving to Guernsey, Matt practised tax law in New Zealand at Russell McVeagh, one of New Zealand’s largest commercial firms.




Member, Guernsey Investment Funds Association


Admitted In:
New Zealand (not practising)

Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
LLB, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Investment funds

WALKERS advises a number of managers, many of real estate funds, on various issues concerning the uses of Guernsey protected cell companies. The team also handles investor-side work for sovereign wealth funds. Matt Sanders and Sam Shires – key names in the firm’s broader corporate, finance and funds practice – lead agenda-setting mandates. Among the firm’s senior counsel ranks, Stephen Ozanne is a new promotion and Zoe Hallam joined from the firm’s Cayman office.

Guernsey > Corporate and M&A

WALKERS works with leading UK and international firms on a range of international deals, as well as handling agenda-setting local work. Many mandates are cross-border with the BVI and Cayman Islands. Cross-border restructurings are another key area of expertise, while the firm is particularly popular with Middle Eastern and Asian clients. The key partners in the team are Sam Shires and Matt Sanders, with Stephen Ozanne a key senior counsel.

Guernsey > Banking and finance

WALKERS has expertise across the finance space, and is particularly well-connected in Asia with strong relationships with the Singapore branches of several investment banks. Sam Shires has a track record of handling acquisition  and real estate finance, as well as handling vessel finance – an area in which Matt Sanders is also active. Kim Paiva is a key counsel – she has particular expertise in aviation finance. Senior counsel Zoe Hallam relocated from the firm’s Cayman office, bringing with her fund finance expertise.