At a recent hearing in the Grand Court, Mr. James Melen was admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands by Justice Nigel Meeson. The application was made on behalf of Walkers by Mr. Diarmad Murray, a partner in the Litigation Department.
Mr. Murray told the court that Mr. Melen obtained a post-graduate diploma in Legal Practice and an honours degree in Law from the University of Liverpool in 1997. He achieved a course record for the Business Law exam and overall module honours while obtaining his distinction in the Legal Practice course.
Mr. Melen was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2001. Upon qualifying with leading regional practice Geldards, England, he specialised in mergers and acquisitions, particularly advising large PLCs on their transaction programmes.
He then spent four and a half years with corporate finance boutique, Heatons, in Manchester. During his tenure at Heatons, Mr. Melen specialised in acquisitions, demergers and private equity transactions. He advised leading European investors and multi-brand retailers on several high profile retail deals.
Mr. Murray said he and his partners were very pleased to have someone of Mr. Melen’s qualifications and experience join Walkers. He will work in the firm’s Corporate and International Finance Department as a member of the Private Equity Group and Hedge Funds Group.
Justice Meeson welcomed Mr. Melen to the Cayman Islands Bar and said he was fortunate to be joining such a well-known firm. He reminded Mr. Melen of his duties as an officer of the court and wished him well in his future career in the Cayman Islands.