Cayman Islands: Walkers Has Most Band 1 Practices In The Chambers And Partners Global Guide 2018 Of Any Offshore Law Firm
Last Updated: 9 March 2018

This year Walkers received 10 Band 1 practice rankings in the Chambers and Partners Global Guide, more than any other offshore law firm

"We are delighted with these results which speak volumes to the quality of the mandates we work on globally and the long-term relationships we have built with our clients," commented Global Managing Partner Ingrid Pierce.

Walkers' Band 1 practices are:

Asia - Offshore

BVI - Insolvency & Dispute Resolution

Cayman - Corporate & Finance

Cayman - Insolvency & Dispute Resolution

Cayman - Investment Funds

Global - Offshore

Ireland - Banking & Finance: Asset Finance

Ireland - Capital Markets: Debt

London - Offshore (Cayman Islands)

United Arab Emirates - Offshore

Furthermore, Walkers had 60 individual lawyers ranked in the guide, the highest number in Walkers' history. These rankings span Walkers' leading position in markets including Cayman, Ireland, BVI, Bermuda*, London, Asia and the Middle East.

Walkers' received top rankings (Eminent Practitioner or Band 1) for 11 partners this year. Walkers' top ranked lawyers are listed below:

Ingrid Pierce, Eminent Practitioner, Investment Funds Cayman Islands

Global managing partner Ingrid Pierce is lauded as "a pre-eminent name in this area" with "a very strong reputation." She provides ongoing advice to many of the world's leading asset managers, banks and trust companies. She is further praised for her "commercial understanding and market knowledge" and acknowledged for her particular expertise regarding distressed funds.

Arwel Lewis, Band 1, Investment Funds, Hong Kong

Arwel Lewis is a highly prized corporate and investment funds practitioner who specialises in fund formation, frequently acting for private equity funds. He is lauded by numerous interviewees, who describe him as a "great lawyer" who "knows all the ins and outs of the market."

Colette Wilkins, Band 1, Insolvency & Dispute Resolution, Cayman Islands

Colette Wilkins has extensive experience and is described as being "up there with the best lawyers in Cayman." She specialises in contentious insolvency matters, as well as hedge fund disputes. A source declared: "Her reputation is phenomenal and she is a wonderful advocate who will always represent the client in the most diligent manner."

Daniel Wood, Band 1, Corporate, Finance & Investment Funds, Dubai

Clients value Daniel Wood's commerciality and responsiveness, and regard him as a very strong leader of the team. Sources observe: "He understands what clients want and is focused on delivering it, both in his own work and by inspiring his team to do the same." He is especially noted for his investment funds expertise.

Fraser Hern, Band 1, Insolvency & Dispute Resolution, Singapore

Fraser Hern heads the firm's insolvency and dispute resolution practice in Asia and comes highly recommended by clients, with one noting: "What stands out is his ability to translate the law into practical advice and his in-depth knowledge of some fairly challenging technical issues."

Jack Boldarin, Band 1, Finance & Corporate, London

London head of corporate and finance Jack Boldarin specialises in BVI law. He works on M&A, divestitures and finance, including restructurings. Sources say: "He is incredibly hard-working, bright and very client-focused."

John Rogers, Band 1, Finance & Corporate, Singapore

John Rogers is appreciated by interviewees for being "responsive, commercial and pragmatic" and has a broad practice which encompasses banking and finance, capital markets and corporate transactions.

Ken Rush, Band 1, Finance & Corporate, Ireland

Ken Rush has a well-established aviation finance practice. Clients view him as "one of the best Irish counsel for aviation" and "very user-friendly and technically good."

Neil Lupton, Band 1, Insolvency & Dispute Resolution, Cayman Islands

Neil Lupton regularly advises on major restructuring and insolvency matters. Sources praise him as "a top-level lawyer." A peer noted: "His forte is restructuring and he is very good at it. I have always rated him highly over the years." Another source added: "Commercially, he is incredibly switched-on."

Philip Paschalides, Band 1, Finance & Corporate, Cayman Islands

Philip Paschalides is described as "a lawyer who can handle the most complex and sizeable matters." He advises on the full range of structured products work, in addition to securitisations and debt securities issuances. One peer said: "He has wonderful judgement and knows everything there is to know about Cayman matters. He is very intelligent and very astute." Another insider remarked that "technically, he is one of the best ever."

Rolf Lindsay, Band 1, Investment Funds, Cayman Islands

Rolf Lindsay is described as "a luminary in the field and a go-to person if you need serious strategic advice on Cayman issues." He is recognised for his specialist expertise in relation to private equity funds, and also advises on the structuring of fund sponsor vehicles. A market insider explained: "He is a very, very bright man and has some very well-established relationships with big private equity firms."


* Walkers works in exclusive association with Taylors in Bermuda, a full service commercial law firm providing advice on all aspects of Bermuda law.

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