Walkers is pleased to announce it has retained its Band 1 ranking in the second annual Chambers and Partners Offshore FinTech directory, adding to its existing collection of top-ranked practices. Walkers' Irish office was also included in the rankings for FinTech legal services, highlighting the firm's expansive global footprint in financial technologies, deep bench of experts and book of established FinTech clients.
Walkers' Global FinTech Group (the "Group") officially formed in 2017, though the multi-disciplinary team has been working with FinTech clients for many years in what is believed to be the longest established offshore FinTech practice. Today, the Group maintains an offshore presence in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands and London as well as an onshore presence in Dublin, Ireland.
In the guide, Cayman Islands partner Melissa Lim received a Band 1 lawyer ranking for her practice. Additionally, Ireland partner Niall Esler is also ranked in the guide for his work in the Irish Fintech market.
Walkers' Global FinTech Group is diverse in both the make-up of the team and in the type of FinTech work it does and the clients it represents. The market-leading team is an integral member of the Cayman Islands BlockChain Association, the Cayman Islands Fintech legislative drafting committee, the Bermuda Business Development Agency's Technology Sub-committee, the Jersey Digital Assets Working Group and other governmental steering groups in the Channel Islands, Bermuda and the BVI. Walkers' unique vantage point has allowed the Group to combine industry experience in FinTech's core sectors with a specialist legal expertise, to create an offshore market-leading FinTech team. With experts from Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, Walkers understands that innovative businesses think beyond borders.
Natalie Neto, Bermuda partner and co-head of the FinTech group, celebrated the rankings by stating: "We are delighted to retain our Band 1 ranking in this year's iteration of the Chambers and Partners Fintech Guide. Across the globe, Walkers represents some of the most active and innovative entities in the sector and we are very grateful for their trust in us and look forward to the opportunities 2022 holds."