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Walkers

Offshore

3 ranked lawyersBand 1United Arab EmiratesGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Seasoned team that is a popular choice among onshore lawyers seeking Cayman or British Virgin Islands counsel. Offers specialist expertise in investment funds, M&A and finance. Also able to provide on-the-ground Jersey law advice from Dubai, and to assist with Cayman-governed restructuring and insolvency matters. Well versed in Islamic and aviation finance, having advised on some of the MENA region's most significant transactions in these fields. Acts for a range of financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds and well-known corporations, including major regional airlines.

Strengths

"Walkers is a great firm and they've done a sterling job in Dubai. I’d recommend them wholeheartedly to anybody requiring top-quality offshore legal advice," enthused one interviewee.

Another source praised the team's combination of "ability, knowledge and expertise," and the way in which it "provides pragmatic solutions."

Work highlights

Advised the GFH Financial Group on the Cayman Islands aspects of its USD300 million sukuk.

Notable practitioners

Ciaran Bohnacker is well regarded for his assured handling of finance transactions. "His critical thinking, planning and commercial acumen ensure any complex engagement is dealt with swiftly and with exceptional ability," enthused one commentator.

Dubai managing partner Daniel Wood is particularly noted for his deep experience advising on investment fund matters. Sources describe him as "very responsive and commercially savvy," as well as "technically strong and prompt." Another interviewee added: "He is always helpful, and available when required."

Tom Cochrane is noted for his impressive capabilities in regard to investment fund launches and related matters. Sources report: "He is very strong on funds and governance work and extremely accommodating at finding solutions for his clients."

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Overview

Walkers’ Dubai office was opened in 2005 and is led by Managing Partner, Daniel Wood.

Our Dubai office provides our clients throughout the region with British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands legal advice in their own time zones. We provide first-class, commercially-focused advice that is attuned to our clients’ requirements and facilitates their business.

Our clients include global corporations, financial institutions, capital markets participants, investment fund managers and high net worth individuals located throughout the region, with a particular focus on the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

In addition, Walkers Professional Services provides registered office services, directors and company secretarial services to Cayman Islands and DIFC Special Purpose Companies, as well as, ADGM Special Purpose Companies and Restricted Scope Companies (SPVs).

We are a full service law office. Our core practice areas are:

  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Islamic Finance 
  • Investment Funds
  • Private Equity
  • Insolvency
  • Dispute Resolution

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Offshore

Walkers

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Location

Level 14, Burj Daman Building

DIFC

PO Box 506513

Dubai

Dubai

United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates

Offshore


Ciaran Bohnacker
Band 2
Daniel Wood
Band 1
Tom Cochrane
Band 2