Firm Profile > WALKERS > St Helier, Jersey

WALKERS
PO BOX 72,WALKER HOUSE
28-34 HILL STREET
ST HELIER
JE4 8PN
Jersey

Jersey > Banking and finance Tier 2

The predominantly lender-side banking and finance practice at WALKERS advises on the full spectrum of transaction types. Driving the fund finance offering, 'absolute star' senior counsel Julia Keppe is instructed by an impressive set of alternative lenders. Alexandra Corner is also a key lawyer in this space. Practice head Nigel Weston is a go-to name for UK-based real estate and Africa-based infrastructure financings. Senior counsels Louise Hamilton and Tristan Maultby regularly advise on leveraged finance deals, including those with Sharia-compliant obligations.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Weston

Other key lawyers:

Julia Keppe; Alexandra Corner; Nigel Weston; Louise Hamilton; Tristan Maultby

Testimonials

‘Walkers, in our experience, are very experienced and knowledgeable practitioners in Jersey law.’

‘We worked closely with Tristan Maultby and Nigel Weston who have been excellent. In addition to their knowledge of local and securitisation law they have proved to be very responsive in time-sensitive matters and are able to take a pragmatic, commercial approach.’

‘We worked with Walkers on a transaction recently which involved taking security in Jersey and Ireland. They were very responsive and commercial and took full responsibility for their work stream while continuing to keep us updated. This is especially important when you are coordinating multiple local counsel.’

‘Julia Keppe stands out. Her positive attitude throughout really helped!’

‘Always willing to help even with very short notice. Always demonstrate a positive solution-driven attitude and willing to explore alternative solutions to achieving client expectations.’

‘I have worked with Louise Hamilton on a number of complex refinancing transactions over the last 12 months. The transactions were time critical with the added challenge of working from home. At every stage, even over the Christmas holidays, the team at Walkers were very responsive even late at night to ensure the transactions were completed. Without the support of Walkers at critical points I doubt we would have been able to complete.’

‘Julia Keppe is an absolute star – she provides clear, practical advice based on years of experience. Always available, pragmatic and reassuring – no issue or deadline is unresolvable for Julia. Our first pick in Jersey for financing matters.’

Key clients

Blackstone

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC

African Frontier Capital (Mauritius) LLC

Affinity Private Wealth Limited

Postbridge Capital LLP

Jersey > Corporate and commercial Tier 2

WALKERS’ corporate group has recently experienced a period of exceptional growth which has seen the addition of numerous private equity and venture capital experts, including Dilmun Leach from Collas Crill and senior associate Olivia Palloch from Mourant on the investment funds side. Impressive recent mandates have included advising on the large-scale and highly complex corporate restructuring of the Travelex Group, led by practice head Jonathan Heaney , working alongside senior counsel Guy Morris and senior associate Tom Fothergill. Fothergill also applies his regulatory expertise (having previously worked at the States of Jersey) to issues of economic substance and the AIFMD framework. Real estate is a strong point for Christopher Reed, who leads on acquisitions of prime UK-based properties; while funds specialist Leanne Wallser also handles a range of corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Heaney

Other key lawyers:

Dilmun Leach; Guy Morris; Christopher Reed; Tom Fothergill; Leanne Wallser

Testimonials

‘Walkers offers a first-rate corporate practice, with capacity to support across a number of jurisdictions.’

‘Jonathan Heaney leads a very good team, but always leads from the front, makes himself available and is across each matter or transaction for which he assumes responsibility.’

‘Commercial and timely advice, and a good sense of ownership and client focus.’

‘A knowledgeable firm made up of friendly and interesting partners, the firm has pulled together a team made up of the best from the larger firms and as such they stand up very well against the largest firms in the Jersey.’

‘They seem to be on the same wavelength as the clients. They are human and a joy to work with. Some of their competitors are incredibly knowledgeable however they lack the ability to speak to clients. The partners at Walkers are well-rounded people with great knowledge and the ability to pitch their communications at the right level.’

Key clients

Affinity Trust Limited

Travelex

Postbridge Capital LLP

Trinova Real Estate & Marood Investment Company

Ocorian

Alinda Capital Partners LLC

Apache Capital Partners

Dispute resolution Tier 2

WALKERS’ insolvency and dispute resolution team houses Fraser Hern, who is frequently engaged in cross-border restructurings, often in tandem with the firm's BVI desk. Trust litigation experts include practice head Nigel Sanders and associate James Turnbull; instructions are received from beneficiaries and trustees. Rounding out the partnership, Marc Seddon is a go-to name for breach of trust actions, constructive dismissal claims, recovery actions and partnership disputes. The practice works with the firm’s banking and finance professionals to handle security enforcements.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Sanders

Other key lawyers:

Fraser Hern; James Turnbull; Marc Seddon

Testimonials

‘Highly engaged and focused.’

‘Nigel Sanders is highly technical, commercial and great to work with.’

‘Responsive, fast turnaround times and technical accuracy.’

‘Walkers undoubtedly have a really strong insolvency disputes practice, who were able to act brilliantly on an international cross-border insolvency dispute. They were proactive, pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Nigel Sanders – stand-out insolvency disputes lawyer. A great guy and a pleasure to work with. Very sharp and cuts to the commercial chase quickly and effectively. Very responsive and a high recommendation.’

‘The team at Walkers were extremely user friendly; they understood our issue from the get go and always applied acute commercial awareness. Legal knowledge of process and laws (both local and cross-jurisdictional) interplayed with the team’s flexible approach to work (differing time zones) and availability.’

‘James Turnbull – switched on, all over the detail, very good instincts and a highly capable lawyer. Marc Seddon steers the ship effortlessly, unflappable.’

‘Fraser Hern is smart, responsive and pragmatic. He works around his clients’ individual needs and isn’t shy about putting in a late night shift when required. Fraser also deals directly rather than trying to pass work to juniors.’

Key clients

Consolidated Minerals Limited

EFG Wealth Solutions (Singapore) Limited

Limora Investments Limited

RBC Trustees (CI) Limited

Travelex Limited

Jersey > Employment Tier 2

WALKERS’ employment practice focuses on contentious mandates, with highlights seeing ‘sharp, knowledgeable and to-the-point‘ practice head Daniel Read representing employers and senior executives in contentious exits, breach of contract claims and discrimination proceedings before the Employment Tribunal. Regular non-contentious instructions include workforce reductions, advice on employee share schemes, contract and policy reviews, restrictive covenant work and immigration matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Read

Testimonials

‘When you walk into Walkers you walk in to an energetic practice that wants the win or next best for the client either a settlement or just the believable realisation that perhaps your case doesn’t have merit. In my case, I thought my Christmas of 2019 was decimated by a pre-Christmas threat of termination. One hour into my meeting all those worries vanished and I genuinely felt I had the weight of the world shifted from my shoulders and the weight of a potent force behind me.’

‘My lead has been Daniel Read. My goodness that chap is sharp, knowledgeable, and to-the-point efficient! He keeps me abreast of the political landscape, my options and strategies every step of the way. You feel like you have someone in charge- no nonsense in your corner. Strategic. Pragmatic. A true force to be reckoned with.’

‘Daniel Read – in the case of legal matters, he was always available to deal with any questions we had and always delivered documentation in a timely matter. Furthermore when he was involved in a project, he clearly communicated timelines and delivered prior to set deadlines.’

‘Daniel Read – good technically, practical, quick, pragmatic, solutions-driven.’

‘The quality of service, speedy response times, excellent summary of meetings, use of technology to facilitate Covid requirements was all first class.’

‘The employment team are engaging and collaborative and above all have excellent technical knowledge and skills that are applied in a practical way.’

Key clients

Affinity Private Wealth

Consolidated Materials

Jersey > Investment funds Tier 2

At WALKERS, private equity and real estate fund formations are handled in equal measure under the leadership of Jonathan Heaney. Leanne Wallser is also retained by an impressive client roster of international private equity managers. Dilmun Leach, who was a recent hire from Collas Crill, has specialist knowledge of venture capital funds with an ESG focus. Christopher Reed leads on private fund formation mandates. In addition to Leach, other key hires include senior counsel Rachel Amos, a regulatory expert who previously worked at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Senior counsel Tatiana Collins joined from Ogier.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Heaney

Other key lawyers:

Leanne Wallser; Dilmun Leach; Christopher Reed; Rachel Amos; Tatiana Collins;  Olivia Palloch

Testimonials

‘Broad practice; covers all major jurisdictions.’

‘Dilmun Leach is excellent.’

‘Christopher Reed stands out as being technically strong, responsive and focused on finding solutions.’

‘Very accessible and knowledgeable. They have a deep bench so you are not reliant on a single individual, with consistent levels of service across the board.’

‘Dilmun Leach and Jonathan Heaney are both outstanding funds practitioners. They are not only strong on client interaction for live matters, but regularly reach out proactively to update on local law developments and offer team training.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and always keen to help out and apply their experience to a given situation. Unlike some firms in their field, they are willing to help their UK counterparts and provide additional guidance where it is needed.’

Key clients

Westbrooke Yield Plus Plc

Westbrooke Rhythm Limited

Global Customised Wealth LLP

Productivity Media Inc

Westgrove Partners Ltd

Prescient Capital LLP

The Mint Fund

JP Morgan

Goldman Sachs International

Société Générale Group

Global Opportunities Fund PC/Kimberley PCC

J G Pears Holdings (Jersey) Limited

Jersey > Private client, trusts and tax Tier 2

WALKERS’ private capital and trusts practice is highly active in the foundations space. Team head Robert Dobbyn and senior counsel Sevyn Kalsi advise ultra-high-net-worth clients from South Africa on trust transfers and bespoke philanthropic structures, while a high proportion of clients are sourced from the local fiduciary market, the Middle East, LATAM and the non-resident Indian community. Marc Seddon is experienced in handling trustee removal applications and trust break-ups.

Practice head(s):

Robert Dobbyn

Other key lawyers:

Sevyn Kalsi; Marc Seddon

Testimonials

‘The Walkers team have an incredibly professional approach to private client work, which is not surprising given the number of industry-leading experts they have in the field. Walkers are excellent at working a one-firm approach meaning that cross-border matters are handled efficiently and in a client-friendly manner.’

‘Always accessible, provide high-quality advice and have good turnaround times. They are available to discuss matters before beginning the engagement so scope can be agreed.’

‘Easy to deal with, articulate, technically strong and provide high-quality advice. Rob Dobbyn is our go-to person on the private client side.’

‘A deep practical understanding of Jersey trust and foundation law, which gives me a great deal of confidence when dealing with them. Their wider international presence is also valuable for ever growing cross-jurisdictional matters that arise in the normal course of business.’

‘Rob Dobbyn is my principal senior contact and it is always a delight to work with him. His knowledgeable and calm approach to all matters, irrespective of size or complexity, is very reassuring. Rob is very quick to respond and will always have time to discuss the matters at hand.’

‘The Walkers team are approachable, leaders in their field and offer practical, commercial solutions. They are a go-to firm for trust solutions.’

‘Robert Dobbyn and Sevyn Kalsi are both approachable, helpful, technically adept and keen to work on interesting and complex cases. Both are essential support to my clients needs and are outstanding.’

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 Jersey and Guernsey 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Insolvency and Dispute Resolution Nigel Sanders nigel.sanders@walkersglobal.com +44 (0) 1534 700 862
Investment Funds and Corporate Jonathan Heaney Jonathan.Heaney@walkersglobal.com +44 (0) 1534 700 786
Banking and Finance Nigel Weston nigel.weston@walkersglobal.com +44 (0) 1534 700 788
Private Capital and Trusts Robert Dobbyn Robert.Dobbyn@walkersglobal.com +44 (0) 1534 700 773
Employment Daniel Read Daniel.Read@walkersglobal.com +44 (0) 1534 700 764
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Ms Tatiana Collins photo Ms Tatiana Collins Tatiana Collins is a Senior Counsel in Walkers’ Jersey Investment Funds &…
Ms Alexandra Corner  photo Ms Alexandra Corner Alexandra Corner is a partner in Walkers’ Jersey Banking & Finance team…
Mr Robert Dobbyn  photo Mr Robert Dobbyn Robert is one of the leading non-contentious trusts practitioners in Jersey, and…
 Tom Fothergill photo Tom Fothergill Tom Fothergill is a corporate, funds and regulatory lawyer in Walkers’ Jersey…
 Louise Hamilton photo Louise Hamilton Louise Hamilton is a Senior Counsel in Walkers’ Jersey Banking & Finance…
Mr Jonathan Heaney  photo Mr Jonathan Heaney Jonathan Heaney specialises in M&A transactions involving regulated financial services business, corporate…
Mr Fraser Hern  photo Mr Fraser Hern Fraser Hern is widely regarded as one of the leading offshore lawyers…
 Sevyn Kalsi photo Sevyn Kalsi Sevyn Kalsi is a private wealth specialist experienced in advising corporate trustees,…
Ms Julia Keppe photo Ms Julia Keppe Julia Keppe is an experienced Banking & Finance lawyer, specialising in fund…
 Dilmun Leach photo Dilmun Leach Dilmun Leach is a Group Partner in Walkers’ Jersey Investment Funds &…
 Tristan Maultby photo Tristan Maultby Tristan Maultby is a Group Partner in Walkers’ Jersey office. Tristan joined…
 Olivia Palloch photo Olivia Palloch Olivia joined Walkers in January 2021, and is a senior associate in…
 Daniel Read photo Daniel Read Daniel is a senior counsel in Walkers’ Jersey Employment Law Group who…
 Christopher Reed photo Christopher Reed Christopher Reed is a Group Partner* in Walkers’ Jersey office. He joined…
Mr Marc Seddon  photo Mr Marc Seddon Marc Seddon is a partner in Walkers’ Jersey Insolvency and Dispute Resolution…
 James Turnbull photo James Turnbull James trained with Allen & Overy LLP and spent time in the…
 Leanne Wallser photo Leanne Wallser Leanne Wallser is a Group Partner* in the Walkers’ Investment Funds and…
Mr Nigel Weston  photo Mr Nigel Weston Nigel Weston is based in Walkers’ Jersey office and heads up the…
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