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Walkers Bermuda

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Global Managing Partner: Ingrid Pierce Office
Managing Partner: Kevin Taylor
Number of Bermuda partners: 6
Number of partners worldwide: 100+
Number of Bermuda lawyers: 13
Number of lawyers worldwide: 300+
Languages: 20+ languages including Cantonese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Walkers is a leading international law firm. The firm provides legal, corporate and fiduciary services to global corporations, financial institutions, capital markets participants and investment fund managers. Clients are FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 companies as well as the most innovative firms and institutions across the financial markets. Its clients rely on Walkers for its ability to provide solutions to their most important legal and business issues. The firm develops globally-minded, entrepreneurial lawyers who are experts in their field and committed to client service. Walkers is consistently ranked in the top tier of the leading global legal directories. Recognised for being a ‘dynamic team that is very user friendly’, a regular comment by clients is that Walkers is the ‘go-to’ firm for offshore legal advice. *Walkers works in exclusive association with Kevin Taylor, trading as ‘Walkers Bermuda’, a full service commercial law firm providing advice on all aspects of Bermuda law.

Main Areas of Practice:

Asset Finance:
Walkers Bermuda acts for the world’s leading financial institutions and arrangers in relation to asset finance transactions. These transactions include the sale and purchase of aircraft, ships, telecommunications systems and other ‘big ticket’ items. The firm also regularly advises on the acquisition of all types of equipment through secured loan financing and finance leasing, as well as ship and yacht registration.
Contacts: Paul Nystrom, Jonathan Betts

Banking:
Walkers Bermuda has an experienced transactional banking team which operates across all major industry sectors and has extensive experience, particularly with respect to financings for projects, infrastructure, energy (including oil and gas), technology, media and telecommunications, aviation and shipping. It advises on all aspects of banking, including leverage and acquisition financing, bi-lateral, syndicated and structured loans and financing transactions documented through ISDA and other market standard documentation.
Contacts: Paul Nystrom, Jonathan Betts

Corporate:
Walkers Bermuda’s corporate group advises global corporations on a wide variety of company, commercial and corporate law matters. It has extensive experience advising on all corporate matters including mergers, acquisitions and disposals, corporate re-structuring, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and commercial contracts and agreements of every nature.
Contacts: Jonathan Betts, Natalie Neto

FinTech:
Walkers Bermuda’s fintech group advises businesses specialising in digital assets, blockchain, alternative model finance and a wide range of related activities and services including funds, issuers, custodians and broker dealers. The team has specialist knowledge of licensing, marketing, data protection, tax transparency, outsourcing, international anti-money laundering regulation and other aspects relevant to FinTech businesses.
Contacts: Natalie Neto, Sarah Demerling

Insolvency & Dispute Resolution (IDR):
Walkers Bermuda’s IDR team advises on a full spectrum of insolvency and commercial litigation matters, including out of court restructuring, enforcement of security, and all types of contentious and non-contentious insolvency proceedings. The practice also includes corporate liquidation on various grounds, including ‘just and equitable’ liquidation, appointment and removal of liquidators and receivers; matters concerning the rights and duties of liquidators and receivers; cross-border and international insolvency; securing and tracing corporate assets and the full range of claims by and against liquidators, provisional liquidators and receivers. The team also has considerable experience assisting clients in relation to shareholder disputes, contentious trusts disputes, professional negligence and employment matters.
Contacts: Kevin Taylor, Nicole Tovey

Insurance & ILS:
Walkers Bermuda’s insurance team provides clients with market leading legal, regulatory and licensing advice for the establishment, structuring and on-going operation of all forms of insurance vehicles, including for the issue of insurance linked securities, as well as insurance managers, agents and brokers. It also routinely advises clients on corporate and transactional matters in the insurance space. The team routinely advises re/insurers and ILS funds on contract and policy wordings, and are uniquely placed to advise on the structuring of novel re/insurance products. It also has experience in portfolio transfers and commutations.
Contacts:
Jonathan Betts, Sarah Demerling, Peter Dunlop

Insurance Dispute Resolution:
Walkers Bermuda’s insurance dispute resolution team has decades of experience advising policyholders and re/insurers in Bermuda litigation and international arbitrations (Bermuda Form, ad hoc and institutional arbitrations) on a wide variety of disputed coverage and rescission claims and subrogated recovery claims across all re/insurance business lines in a broad array of industries, including captive insurance, pharmaceuticals, life, health and medical malpractice, oil and gas and financial reinsurance. The firm is routinely instructed to advise on enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards and injunctive relief. It also has considerable expertise in multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations for major reinsurers.
Contact: Peter Dunlop

Investment Funds:
Walkers Bermuda’s investment funds group advises many of the world’s most prominent asset managers, fund promoters and institutional banks and investors. It advise on all aspects of offshore investment funds including fund formation, structuring, regulation, fund restructuring, fund re-domiciliation, termination and on-going general advice to investment funds and managers.
Contacts: Sarah Demerling, Jonathan Betts

Private Equity:
Walkers Bermuda’s 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, capital call and subscription line financing, leveraged buy out, group restructuring, secured lending, take-private and IPO formation and due diligence.
Contacts: Jonathan Betts, Natalie Neto, Sarah Demerling

Regulatory & Risk Advisory:
Walkers Bermuda’s regulatory and risk advisory team offers advice on compliance and regulatory matters on a global basis. The team has an active advisory practice and regularly advises regulated and non-regulated financial services institutions on the interpretation and application of regulatory rules, policies and procedures.
Contacts: Natalie Neto, Sarah Demerling

Restructuring:
Walkers Bermuda advises on all aspects of restructurings and reorganisations including complex cross-border financial and corporate restructurings, debt to equity swaps, distressed debt, asset finance and capital market products.
Contacts: Natalie Neto, Paul Nystrom

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