International financial law firm Walkers has appointed Ingrid Pierce as global managing partner.
Ms Pierce joined Walkers in 2002 having enjoyed a successful career as a barrister in London. She regularly represents major financial institutions and leading global investment fund managers in all aspects of investment funds. She was made a partner of the firm in 2007 and is the Head of Walkers’ Cayman Islands Investment Funds Group, one of the largest in the international funds sphere.
Lauded by the Chambers Global Guide 2011 to the World’s Leading Lawyers as a “phenomenal lawyer”, Ms Pierce is recommended by major legal directories for investment funds. A renowned expert in her field, she is highly sought after by major financial and business media to provide commentary on developments in the complex global funds sector. Ms Pierce is a frequent guest on Bloomberg Television.
Ms Pierce replaces Diarmad Murray as Walkers’ global managing partner. He will remain with the firm as part of the global management committee. Ms Pierce will also continue in her role as the leader of Walkers’ Cayman Islands Investment Funds Group and will remain involved in transactional work.
“I would like to pay tribute to Diarmad’s outstanding contribution in this position,” Ms Pierce said. “It is an exciting time to be in the global legal business and to be part of the new management of Walkers. We will continue to build on our strengths in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and across the Americas to deliver premium service to our clients.”
From offices in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Jersey, London and Singapore, Walkers provides legal services to leading FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 global corporations and financial institutions, capital markets participants, investment fund managers, and growth-and middle-market companies.
Walkers’ global management committee comprises of senior partners representing all the key jurisdictions in which the firm operates, alongside a dedicated C-Line management team.
Today’s development comes at a particularly exciting time for Walkers globally. The firm’s Irish office has grown significantly during its first two years with close to 30 lawyers in place, while business has been active in Singapore, where Walkers established a presence in February 2009.
“I have been proud to have served both as managing partner of the Cayman Islands office and subsequently as global managing partner of Walkers. I look forward to assisting with the transition to a new generation of leadership in the firm in the months to come,” Mr. Murray said.
“Everyone at Walkers is delighted with the news of Ingrid’s appointment,” said Antonia Hardy, Managing Partner of Walkers’ Cayman Islands office. “We are extremely proud to have been helmed over the years by some of the most talented and capable leaders in the global legal business. Ingrid’s appointment continues in this tradition of strong management and orderly succession, which has built Walkers into the highly regarded firm that it is today.”