Walkers Bermuda Maintains Tier 2 Ranking

December 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Walkers’ Corporate, Finance, Funds & Insurance practice group in Bermuda “has maintained its stance as a leader in the jurisdiction with the announcement of its Tier 2 ranking in the recently released IFLR 1000 legal directory.”

A spokesperson said, “Four lawyers in the firm’s Bermuda office were also acknowledged for their excellence in several specialty industries:

  • Jonathan Betts, Partner, Banking and Mergers & Acquisitions [Market Leader]
  • Adam Bathgate, Partner, Banking and Investment Funds [Highly Regarded]
  • Natalie Neto, Partner, Banking, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions [Highly Regarded]
  • Benjamin Green, Associate, Banking and Mergers & Acquisitions [Rising Star]

“In the rankings, clients praised the Walkers Bermuda team for its ‘excellent client service’ and rated the team’s responsiveness and pragmatic solutions to problems.

“The Asset Finance team was lauded for its ability to keep “the commercial elements of the deal in mind and guide us through certain nuances of Bermudan requirements” while the Investment Funds practice was said to be ‘very knowledgeable and up-to-date on current trends and regulations.’

“Meanwhile, one client described the banking team as being ‘extremely responsive and helpful. They were trusted advisors and made our jobs easier instead of harder. Quite often local counsel likes to provide lists of problems without any solutions – Walkers does the opposite.’

“Another client said ‘Walkers is highly responsive and able to meet very demanding deadlines on sophisticated transactions with ease. Their advice is invaluable to our company, and we have a very high level of confidence in their work.’

“On the Corporate Restructuring front, one client shared that ‘the entire team at Walkers is technically excellent but also remarkably responsive to all of our needs. Unexpected circumstances required a last-minute change to the transaction and the Walkers team responded with immediate suggestions to resolve and finalise the transaction on time.’

“Clients applauded the Regulatory & Risk Advisory team for their ‘strong understanding of regulatory requirements and good relationship with the regulator” with one reference stating: “The team at Walkers has developed a deep understanding of both the legislation and regulations that proved to be invaluable to us in the development of our business plan and throughout our application process with our regulator. From a relationship standpoint, [they] are exceptionally personable [and] we have developed a great and mutually respected working relationship.”

Partner Jonathan Betts, who leads the Bermuda Corporate, Finance, Funds & Insurance Group, said, “It’s a privilege to be recognised within the top legal directories like IFLR 1000. The team and I are tremendously thankful to our clients and industry partners for recognising our expertise in these industries.”

The spokesperson said, “In addition to the Bermuda rankings, Walkers’ British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands [Guernsey and Jersey], Hong Kong, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates [Dubai] offices were each recognised. In total 20 of the firm’s practice areas across the globe were ranked, with seven receiving the highest ‘Tier 1′ ranking. In addition 58 of its lawyers were individually recognised for their excellence.”

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