Walkers > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Firm Profile

Walkers
190 ELGIN AVENUE
GEORGE TOWN
GRAND CAYMAN KY1-9001
Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Leveraging ‘decades of experience‘ at the top end of the Cayman market, the team at Walkers handles an assortment of complex, bet-the-company transactions, acting for an array of lenders, borrowers and sponsors. The ‘exceptionally smartPhilip Paschalides handles debt capital market issuances, securitisations and CLOs; David Collins has considerable expertise in fund financing, bilateral and syndicated lending work, acquisition financings and corporate financings; and Rob Jackson focuses on project finance transactions; while James Burch specialises in debt capital markets deals. At the senior counsel level, aviation finance specialist Sarah Humpleby and structured finance specialist Paul Osborne (who ‘provides technically sound advice in a clear manner‘) are the standout names. Also highly rated in the banking and finance space are Hugh Anderson and Justin Hart, both of whom were promoted to partner in July 2020. In June 2021, Paige Gaston-Thiery moved in-house.

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Testimonials

Walkers is our go-to firm for asset-based secured loans to private investment funds in the Cayman Islands. They have decades of experience in the space, their advice is highly practical and commercial, and they are incredibly responsive.’

Walkers has a solid bench of capable partners and senior attorneys. Paul Osborne, in particular, stands out for the transactions that we engage Walkers on.’

‘The team is incredibly responsive and constructive in solving problems.’

Strong CLO and finance practices. Responsive. Insightful on complex legal issues.

Philip Paschalides is my contact there and orchestrates his team’s business. Exceptionally smart, not just on a relative level to those in his jurisdiction, but relative to international practitioners.’

‘The Walkers team is able to provide excellent advice on any number of complex structures.’

‘Paul Osborne efficiently provides technically sounds advice in a clear manner. He understands the commercial aspects of our deals and is able to deliver practical advice.’

‘I work mostly with Walkers’ superb CLO team. They have deep experience, provide outstanding client service and have terrific technical and drafting skills. However, I value (above all of those excellent qualities) that nuanced judgement and commercial/practical approach to lawyering, which has, on more than one occasion, saved the day, when we have been faced with documents that are inadequate or ambiguous with regard to a critical issue.’

Key clients

Anchorage Capital

Apollo Global Management

BlackRock

Cerberus

Credit Suisse Asset Management

Goldman Sachs

Hellman & Friedman

Morgan Stanley

Neuberger Berman

PGIM

Redding Ridge Asset Management

PineBridge

Silicon Valley Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

The Carlyle Group

Wellfleet Credit Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Goldman Sachs on the American Airlines loyalty programme financing, the world’s largest financing using an airline’s loyalty programme as security to date.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel for Titan Aircraft Investments I, Ltd. in preparing corporate authorities and legal opinions in respect of the Parent guarantor as well as reviewing all transaction documents and advising on matters of Cayman Islands law arising.
  • Advising Pacífico on a Cayman special purpose vehicle and its establishment of a diversified payment rights program.

Cayman Islands > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Walkers stands out as ‘one of the largest restructuring and litigation teams in the Cayman Islands, providing a Rolls-Royce service‘ to a broad range of clients. The group receives a steady flow of commercial litigation instructions relating to multijurisdictional insolvencies, asset recovery issues, hedge fund disputes, fraud disputes and trusts claims. Within the department, Neil Lupton (‘very experienced and well established internationally‘) and Colette Wilkins concentrate on cross-border restructurings and insolvencies, Matthew Goucke (who is ‘at the top of his profession and widely respected as a litigator‘) differentiates himself through his experience in distressed fund cases, Shelley White ‘s practice is an impressive fusion of trusts disputes and commercial litigation, and Rupert Bell  (who is ‘renowned for aggressively pursuing his client’s interests’) primarily focuses on investment funds disputes. Fraud and asset recovery specialist Nick Dunne , Peter Kendall (who was promoted to partner in 2020), and senior counsels Fiona MacAdam and Chris Keefe are other standout advisers.

Testimonials

‘Rupert Bell and Niall Hanna are very competent, practical and responsive.’

‘The Cayman practice is superb. Real strength in width and depth. They are very clued into complex issues worldwide and provide a superb service to clients. They are also exceptionally hard-working!’

‘Shelley White is not only extremely bright, but a real client person. No one will fight your corner harder. Colette Wilkins is one of the best in the business, with her finger on the pulse.’

Walkers has immense depth of legal talent and analytic strength. The dispute resolution practice is immensely responsive and focused. They combine legal expertise and forensic talent. This is definitely the firm in Cayman that you would want to have on your side.’

One of the largest restructuring and litigation teams in the Cayman Islands, providing a Rolls-Royce service.’

Neil Lupton provides excellent leadership and is client-focused; he is commercial and pragmatic in his approach, with deep experience. Matthew Goucke is at the top of his profession and widely respected as a litigator. Highly professional, highly responsive and extremely pragmatic in his approach. Rupert Bell is deeply experienced and well-regarded counsel who is renowned for aggressively pursuing his client’s interests. Pete Kendall is a rising star amongst his peer group. Widely respected and client-focused.’

Perhaps the largest team in the Cayman Islands, well represented on all major matters and very commercial approach.’

Peter Kendall has a highly responsive approach, while Neil Lupton is very experienced and well established internationally, which helps on big ticket matters.’

Key clients

Alvarez & Marsal (Cayman Islands) Limited

Apollo Management International LLP

BDO CRI (Cayman) Ltd

Credit Suisse AG

Deloitte & Touche

EY Cayman Ltd.

FFP (Cayman) Limited

FTI Consulting Ltd

Grant Thornton

KPMG (Cayman Islands)

KrisEnergy

KRyS Global

Maso Capital Investments Limited

PwC

R&H Restructuring

Cayman Islands > Investment funds Tier 1

Hugely responsive and commercial’, the investment funds team at Walkers is widely praised as one of the premier market leaders in the offshore investment funds space, where it advises on all aspects of fund formation and capitalisation issues, financings, buyouts, regulations and downstream transactions. It is instructed by many of the best-known names from the global investment funds sector, spanning hedge fund groups, private equity houses, asset managers and institutional investors. Lauded as ‘one of the very best private equity funds lawyers on this planet‘, Rolf Lindsay principally concentrates on private equity funds and their activities, and global managing partner Ingrid Pierce specialises in managing distressed funds in volatile markets, while Caroline Williams handles matters pertaining to co-investment and alternative investment vehicles. Elsewhere, Tim Buckley, Andrew Barker, Theo Lefkos, Bicrom Das, Matt Bernardo, Christine Ballantyne-Drewe and Ed Pearson are further standout names in the Cayman funds world. Ashley Gunning retired from the practice in September 2020.

Testimonials

‘Rolf Lindsay is without question one of the very best private equity funds lawyers on this planet. There is no other lawyer I would entrust to represent our organisation in the formation of our venture capital funds or the transactions undertaken by our Funds in the structuring of investments and syndication of financings. Rolf has a very rare quality seldom found in lawyers–absolutely the best commercial sense that is invaluable toward achieving closings for our Funds and closings for our Funds investments.’

‘Rolf’s team is exceptional. specifically Ed Pearson.’

‘Dedicated attention, specialised knowledge and advice and speedy response times.’

‘Speed of response stands out and effectiveness of guidance. Ed Pearson stands out in his practice area.’

Practical, efficient and responsive. It all begins and ends with the law, but then Walkers goes the extra step to work through with you the practical implications and likely scenarios.’

Tim Buckley is terrific — always makes himself available and is right there with you. Ed Pearson is an up-and-coming partner who is responsive, knows the law and provides actionable advice.’

The team is hugely responsive and commercial. Andrew Barker is very knowledgeable and able to marshal and shepherd his wider team very efficiently and effectively. He is always available and able to deal with matters at short notice.’

Key clients

Apollo

BNP Paribas

CVC Capital

Deutsche Wealth & Asset Management

First Reserve Corporation

GSO Capital Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Stone Point Capital

The Blackstone Group

The Carlyle Group

UBS AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Queen’s Gambit Growth Capital on all aspects of the incorporation and listing of its $300m Special Purpose Acquisition Company.
  • Advising AlpInvest on the Cayman Islands law aspects of the launch of its $9bn Secondaries Programme.
  • Advised Churchill capital on the Lucid Motors $11.75bn Special Purpose Acquisition Company merger, the largest SPAC merger to date.

Cayman Islands > Regulatory and compliance Tier 1

Walkers fields an increasingly large team of dedicated financial, regulatory and compliance specialists, all of whom bring experience as either financial regulatory lawyers, in-house regulatory counsel, or offshore and onshore regulators to bear on complex regulatory projects. Leveraging an operational compliance service that complements its legal offering, the group is renowned for acting as regulatory counsel for a significant number of large investment funds and insurance and reinsurance entities with operations in Cayman, advising on anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist and proliferation financing matters, international sanctions, regulatory capital requirements, investigations and regulatory disputes. The key names to note are global regulatory head Lucy Frew , who handles the full spectrum of mandates from strategic advice to financial regulatory compliance issues, and senior counsel Tony De Quintal, who excels in applications and notifications to the CIMA. Senior counsel Andrew Howarth and associate Colm Dawson provide key support in this area.

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Testimonials

We have found Walkers support on Cayman regulatory matters to be exceptionally helpful – they are very responsive and able to provide contextual as well as pragmatic advice.’

We work primarily with Colm Dawson and indirectly with Lucy Frew who we find to be exceptional business partners in assisting us with resolving and crafting solutions to Cayman matters. Their timeliness and responsiveness is particularly notable.’

Key clients

Anchorage

Apollo Management

Bank of America

Blackstone

Cerberus

CVC Capital Partners

First Reserve Corporation

GSO Capital Partners

HarbourVest Partners

Oak Hill Capital Management

Oaktree Capital Management

PineBridge

Pine Brook

Prudential

Stone Point Capital

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Carlyle Aviation and its Cayman Islands entities on a range of regulatory matters on an ongoing basis, including the application of the developing Cayman Islands beneficial ownership regime to Carlyle Aviation entities and any applicable reporting requirements.
  • Advised Apollo and its Cayman investment funds on a range of regulatory matters on an ongoing basis, including with the regulatory aspects of launches and closings.
  • Advised PineBridge and its Cayman investment funds and on a range of regulatory matters on an ongoing basis.

Cayman Islands > Trusts/private client Tier 1

Fusing ‘leading trust and estate advice with expertise in other disciplines such as capital markets, compliance and fintech‘, Walkers‘ private capital and trusts group routinely assists institutional trustees, ultra-high-net-worth private clients and large family offices and businesses. On the non-contentious side, the key contact is David Pytches, who handles the full gamut of matters concerning the preservation, investment and passing on of private capital. He and his team are particularly active in the formation, administration and restructuring of trusts and foundations, private trust companies and charitable and philanthropic ventures, as well as complex will and succession planning mandates. Cited as a ‘stand-out in the team’, Shelley White  takes the lead on a large proportion of contentious trust matters, including unit trust disputes, litigation with enforcers, contested applications for Beddoe relief and contentious probate matters. The ‘very responsiveMonique Bhullar, Clive Thomas, senior counsel Lucy Diggle and banking and finance specialist Philip Paschalides are other key practitioners.

Testimonials

The Walkers team is the only one in the market, that I’m aware of, which combines leading trust and estate advice with expertise in other disciplines such as capital markets, compliance and fintech. Superb.’

The key selling points of the Walkers trust team are the depth of knowledge and experience in this area of the law, and the unfailing ability to combine technical ability with a sharp appreciation of the client’s commercial drivers. It is a winning combination.’

Shelley White is a stand-out in the team. She is thorough, responsive, unafraid to challenge others to think harder, and supportive of her clients and her team. Advice is always partner-led, but I have also had positive experiences with Lucy Diggle.’

The team is strong in numbers, technical knowledge and strong pragmatic advice. They work very closely together.’

Lucy Diggle and Shelley White have been particularly helpful on a recent contentious matter getting to the heart of the matter very quickly. Monique Bhullar is always very responsive to any requests for informal or formal advice.’

Key clients

Butterfield Trust

CIBC

Genesis Trust

Intertrust

Rawlinson & Hunter

Zedra

Grant Thornton, Saad Investments Company Limited (In Official Liquidation)

Bessemer Trust Company (Cayman) Limited

Saffery Champness

Work highlights

  • Successfully negotiated a confidential settlement for the plaintiff, the JOLs of 9 Saad Entities, in a long-running, high-value fraud case.
  • Acting for the Plaintiffs in major cross-border trust litigation against a Liechtenstein trustee seeking to set aside or amend the settlement, both on grounds of mistake and under Israeli matrimonial law.

Cayman Islands > Corporate and commercial Tier 2

Walkers is retained by high-end investment funds, alongside FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies drawn from a wide range of industries. As well as seeing an upswing in Special Purpose Acquisition Companies matters, the group also handles the full spectrum of traditional corporate and commercial law work, particularly M&A, strategic joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, corporate restructurings and commercial contracts. David Collins has a proven track record in advising financial institutions, funds, corporations, issuers and institutional investors on corporate transactions; Rob Jackson regularly advises on share acquisitions and disposals; and Caroline Williams displays knowledge of the sale and purchase of portfolio investments and secondary transactions; while Rolf Lindsay  has extensive experience advising on the structuring, formation and management of general partners. In July 2020, both Hugh Anderson and Justin Hart were promoted to the partnership.

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Testimonials

Walkers’ emphasis on exceptional client service, knowledge of the client’s business and the regulatory requirements surrounding it, and their commitment to always providing an appropriate team for the situation, has stood out among my experiences with them and in comparison to other firms we work with.’

Whether a partner or associate, I received their immediate attention with respect to requests regardless of the complexity. The team stays on top of project status whether they are directly involved or just looped in and worked very efficiently to keep costs and time to a minimum — organisational skills are superb.’

Top-notch Cayman counsel. Professional, cordial, responsive and always available to assist.’

They are very responsive, efficient and truly kind and enjoyable individuals to work with.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

BlackRock

Cerberus

Hellman & Friedman

CVC Capital Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

The Blackstone Group

The Carlyle Group

Oakhill Advisors

First Reserve Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised the founding partner of Colle Capital Partners I, LP on all aspects of the incorporation and listing of a SPAC.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands legal counsel to Apollo Global Management Inc. in respect of the establishment and listing of its $750m special purpose acquisition company, Apollo Strategic Growth Capital, on the NYSE.
  • Advising Vector Capital on all aspects of Cayman Islands law with respect to the formation of the SPAC, drafting the constitutional documents, shareholder approvals and board approvals for the NASDAQ listing, reviewing the S-1 and all other transaction documents.

Cayman Islands > Insurance/reinsurance Tier 2

Walkers fields a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers who collectively have a deep well of experience across regulatory, corporate, structured finance, derivatives, insolvency and litigation issues that emanate from the insurance and reinsurance space. Among the key pillars of the practice are handling the establishment and licensing of life and non-life insurers and reinsurers, financing arrangements, M&A, restructurings, alternative risk transfer structures and regulatory issues. Insurance-linked securities expert Philip Paschalides and global regulatory lead Lucy Frew  head up the group, which also includes Tony De Quintal, who 'is really solid on the regulatory side' where his ‘experience, knowledge and professionalism definitely stand out’.

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Testimonials

‘Members of the team do not operate in ‘silos’ and act in the best interests of their clients.’

‘Tony De Quintal has shown leadership and created a knowledgeable team and created a strategy that the client could follow, has shown a personal approach and ability to listen to clients.’

‘Solid all-round team with good breadth of knowledge and excellent bench strength.’

‘Tony De Quintal is really solid on the regulatory side.’

‘Team or teamwork are terms that are used very commonly but Walkers actually exemplifies these ideas. You do feel like you are working with a team and not an isolated individual. From a client perspective, this is very reassuring as it connotes consistency, durability and resiliency.’

There are a number of good law firms in the Cayman Islands, but Walkers most clearly demonstrates a team approach.’

‘In the insurance/reinsurance sector, Tony De Quintal’s experience, knowledge and professionalism definitely stand out. This is particularly true in respect of regulatory affairs, which has become a major area of focus. Tony is very accessible and his ability to quickly grasp the underlying issues, the client perspective and devise solutions is quite unique. Much of this is predicated on really listening to the client, which is a skill often discussed but rarely observed.’

‘Philip Paschalides has extensive structuring and deal expertise that helps guide clients through the process and reach their desired strategic objectives.’

Key clients

FGL Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised FGL Holdings on a multi-jurisdictional Class D reinsurance licence application with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority and incorporation of the legal entity applying for the class D licence.

Bermuda > Regulatory and compliance

The regulatory and risk advisory team at Walkers attracts praise for its ‘ability to tackle complex regulatory considerations and structures by providing commercial and practical solutions’. Working in tandem with colleagues from other international offices on a cross-jurisdictional basis, the department primarily advises financial institutions including banks, investment funds, fintech companies, corporate service providers and insurance entities on day-to-day financial regulatory compliance issues, AML and counter-terrorist and proliferation financing work, the economic substance regime, international sanctions, private funds requirements, automatic exchange of information matters, FATCA reporting work and regulatory issues arising from the fintech and digital assets spheres. Globally, Cayman-based Lucy Frew  leads the practice, which also includes Natalie Neto, who has been instrumental in the development of Bermuda’s digital assets legislation. Senior associate Melanie Fullerton (top-notch knowledge of regulatory matters) adds a unique perspective on regulatory issues, having previously worked at the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

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Testimonials

‘Ability to tackle complex regulatory considerations and structures by providing commercial and practical solutions.’

‘Melanie Fullerton has top-notch knowledge of regulatory matters and is well connected in the industry, providing easy to digest advice on complex matters and overlays the practical.’

Key clients

Diamond Standard

Kettle Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Diamond Standard Ltd. on its application and subsequent approval from the Bermuda Monetary Authority for a Class M License in accordance with the Digital Asset Business Act 2018 (as amended).
  • Advised Kettle Ltd. on the formation and licensing of a new innovative insurance agent with the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

British Virgin Islands > Trusts/private client

Under the leadership of David Pytches, Walkers BVI‘s private capital and trusts practice guides clients through all aspects of BVI trusts and succession law, including the formation, administration and restructuring of trusts, succession planning matters, wealthy family and family office relocations, commercial trust and foundation structures, and charity and philanthropy matters. In addition, the ‘very intelligent, but also intensely practical team’ also exhibits notable contentious trust capabilities, routinely representing ultra-high-net-worth clients from Russia, the CIS and Africa before BVI courts. Elsewhere in the department, Oliver Clifton  and Rosalind Nicholson  (‘a tough and practical litigator who brings her experience at the English bar to bear very effectively’) are prominent names for contentious mandates.

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Testimonials

‘They have a very intelligent, but also intensely practical team, which is the perfect blend.’

‘Rosalind Nicholson is a tough and practical litigator who brings her experience at the English bar to bear very effectively. I would much rather have her in my corner than against me.’

‘Capable collaborative team.’

Key clients

Intertrust

Rawlinson & Hunter

Trident Trust

Nerine Trust Company (BVI) Limited

British Virgin Islands > Regulatory and compliance

Benefitting from a large global footprint, Walkers BVI’s practice is led from Cayman by the firm’s global regulatory and compliance head Lucy Frew . Fluent in BVI regulations, Frew provides specialist regulatory advice on a whole host of the jurisdiction’s regulatory frameworks, ranging from anti-money laundering and terrorist financing requirements to sanctions, exchange of tax information issues, economic substance requirements, reporting of beneficial ownership and data protection regimes. Senior counsel Lodewijk Van Setten remains the most active regulatory specialist located in the firm’s BVI office.

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Key clients

Citibank

JPMorgan

Santander

Deutsche Bank

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

China Minsheng Banking Corp

Work highlights

  • Advised HUMAN Protocol on BVI and Cayman regulatory matters and associated compliance issues.
  • Advised Hermez DAO on the BVI regulatory aspects of its proposed activities.

The firm: Walkers is a leading international law firm that provides legal, corporate, fiduciary and compliance services to global corporations, financial institutions, capital markets participants and investment fund managers. Clients include FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 companies, as well as the most innovative firms and institutions across the financial markets. Walkers’ lawyers are experienced, entrepreneurial, committed to client service and held in high regard by clients for their ability to deliver outstanding legal advice.

Walkers is experienced in all types of international and cross-border transactions, covering a broad range of sectors, with a particular focus on both contentious and non-contentious corporate and finance law, investment funds, private equity, structured products, capital markets, private capital and trusts. Walkers delivers excellent, clear, practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and Ireland. The firm is consistently ranked in the top tier of leading global legal directories. Clients describe Walkers as “a top-class firm,” and “stellar,” adding: “They are dedicated and responsive…”

Asset finance: Walkers’ asset finance team advises on all aspects of the financing, leasing and trading of aircraft, aircraft engines, helicopters and other heavy transportation assets, such as rolling stock and vessels. The team consists of specialists who have extensive experience in complex onshore and offshore asset finance transactions and act for lending lessors, lessees and financiers.
Contacts: James Burch and Sarah Humpleby

Banking: Walkers’ banking team is one of the most experienced transactional banking teams in the offshore market. It advises agents, arrangers, banks, international financial institutions and corporations on an extensive range of domestic and international cross-border banking and finance transactions. It advises on all aspects of loan and credit facilities, ranging from short-term unsecured loans to multi-currency syndicated loans and revolving facilities, leveraged finance, acquisition finance, asset finance, debt restructuring, structured finance and capital markets.
Contacts: Rob Jackson and David Collins

Corporate: Walkers’ corporate group advises global corporations and private equity managers on a wide variety of transactions and company, commercial and corporate law matters. The team has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and clients include international companies of all sizes across all industry sectors, banks, private equity providers, a number of state and government entities, and sovereign wealth funds. The team is highly experienced in advising on all corporate matters including mergers, acquisitions and disposals, SPACs, corporate re-structuring, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and commercial contracts and agreements of every nature.
Contacts: Tim Buckley and Rolf Lindsay

Insolvency and dispute resolution: Walkers advises investment managers, companies, directors, general partners and insolvency practitioners on all aspects of litigation, corporate recovery, restructuring, insolvency and dispute resolution. The team is internationally recognised as having the premier insolvency and corporate recovery team amongst the International Financial centre law firms, and has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional restructurings and litigation. Among the team are qualified arbitrators and trained mediators. They advise creditors, debtors, private equity and hedge funds and other stakeholders and have worked with many of the leading international law and accounting firms.
Contacts: Neil Lupton and Matthew Goucke

Insurance: Walkers has a multidisciplinary insurance and reinsurance team that has deep industry experience, providing clients with market leading legal, regulatory and licencing advice for the establishment, structuring and on-going operation of all forms of insurance vehicles. The team prides itself on its ability to offer practical industry advice to its clients based on first-hand experience and knowledge. The team provides services to the world’s leading insurers and reinsurers, capital markets and fund specialists, as well as contentious and non-contentious re/insurance law advice to policyholders, cedants, reinsurers, and retrocessionaires.
Contacs: Philip Paschalides and Tony De Quintal

Investment funds: Walkers’ investment funds group is one of the largest specialist investment funds teams worldwide. They advise many of the world’s most prominent asset managers, fund promoters and institutional banks and investors on all aspects of offshore investment funds including fund formation, structuring, regulation, fund restructuring, fund re-domiciliation, all aspects of distressed funds, termination and on-going general advice to investment funds and managers.
Contacts: Ingrid Pierce and Melissa Lim

Private capital and trusts: Walkers’ private capital and trusts group is a multijurisdictional team of specialist lawyers who focus on serving the needs of high-net individuals, entrepreneurs, family offices, professional trustees and onshore advisers. The team’s work includes establishing private capital investment funds, direct investing, private and commercial trusts, wealth and succession planning, wills and probate, charitable and philanthropic trusts and entities, trust litigation and a broad range of corporate services designed to support back office operations. Clients have come to rely on Walkers as a trusted advisor for its expertise, discretion and individually tailored advice with a long-term, multi-generational perspective.
Contacts: David Pytches and Philip Paschalides

Private equity: Walkers’ private equity group acts for most of the world’s largest and most successful private equity firms. It advises on all aspects of fund formation and capitalisation of investment vehicles, public and private mergers and acquisitions and down-stream transactions, subscription line financing, leveraged buyouts, group restructuring, secured lending, take-private and IPO formation and due diligence.
Contacts: Caroline Williams and Rolf Lindsay

Regulatory and risk advisory: Walkers’ regulatory and risk advisory team comprises dedicated specialist financial regulatory and risk management advisory lawyers who bring unique insight from having worked inside various national regulators, including the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. The team regularly advises non-regulated and regulated financial institutions on the interpretation and application of regulatory rules, policies and procedures. Clients include a wide range of businesses in the banking, insurance and reinsurance, investment fund, administrator, fiduciary and investment management, advice, broker-dealer and arranger sectors.
Contacts: Lucy Frew and Tony de Quintal

Structured products and capital markets (SPCM): Walkers’ SPCM team advises the world’s leading international financial institutions, managers, arrangers, agents and trustees on the full range of debt, equity, equity-linked, credit-linked and asset-backed securities, insurance-linked securities, derivatives and other structured products. The team’s expertise includes securitisations, repackagings, collateralised bond and loan offerings, note programmes, commercial paper and depository receipt programmes and convertible debt and warrants issues.
Contacts: Philip Paschalides and James Burch

Walkers Professional Services
Walkers Professional Services (“WPS”) is a leading provider of corporate, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and fiduciary services to corporate and institutional clients across global financial centres.

WPS offers market leading expertise and value for spend, and its unique integrated legal and professional services team, combined with state of the art technology, positions WPS to deliver on this.
Contacts: Steven Manning (CEO, WPS) and Anne Dolan (COO, WPS)

Global managing partner: Ingrid Pierce
Cayman Islands managing partner: Tim Buckley
Number of Cayman Islands partners: 35
Number of partners worldwide: 124
Number of Cayman Islands lawyers: 116
Number of lawyers worldwide: 420

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Asset Finance, Structured Products & Capital Markets James Burchjames.burch@walkersglobal.com+1 345 814 4634
Asset Finance Sarah Humplebysarah.humpleby@walkersglobal.com+1 345 814 6843
Banking Rob Jacksonrob.jackson@walkersglobal.com+1 345 914 4281
Banking David Collinsdavid.collins@walkersglobal.com+1 345 814 4503
Corporate, Private Equity Rolf Lindsayrolf.lindsay@walkersglobal.com+1 345 914 6307
Corporate, Private Equity Tim Buckleytim.buckley@walkersglobal.com+1 345 814 4646
Corporate, Private Equity Caroline Williamscaroline.williams@walkersglobal.com+1 345 914 6342
Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Neil Luptonneil.lupton@walkersglobal.com+1 345 914 4286
Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Matthew Gouckematthew.goucke@walkersglobal.com1 345 914 6332
Investment Funds Ingrid Pierceingrid.pierce@walkersglobal.com+1 345 814 4667
Investment Funds Melissa Limmelissa.lim@walkersglobal.com+1 345 814 4512
Insurance, Structured Products & Capital Markets, Private Capital & Trusts Philip Paschalidesphilip.paschalides@walkersglobal.com+1 345 814 4675
Insurance, Regulatory & Risk Advisory Tony de Quintaltony.dequintal@walkersglobal.com+1 345 914 6388
Private Capital & Trusts David Pytchesdavid.pytches@walkersglobal.com+1 345 814 6831
Regulatory & Risk Advisory Lucy Frewlucy.frew@walkersglobal.com+1 345 814 4676
Walkers Professional Services Steven Manningsteven.manning@walkersglobal.com+1 345 814 7612
Walkers Professional Services Anne Dolananne.dolan@walkersglobal.com+1 345 814 7620
Cayman Islands partners : 35
Partners worldwide : 124
Cayman Islands lawyers : 116
Lawyers worldwide : 420
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