Advocate Kevin McQuillan has joined Walkers’ Jersey office in a lateral partner hire from another offshore firm.

Kevin, who has spent almost ten years practising in Jersey and who is recognised by Chambers UK and Legal 500, joins Walkers’ Investment Funds & Corporate practice group, led by Managing Partner Advocate Jonathan Heaney.

He becomes the sixth partner in the rapidly-growing team, along with partner Tatiana Collins, and group partners Dilmun Leach, Christopher Reed and Leanne Wallser.

Kevin advises US and UK private equity sponsors, institutional clients, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds and HNWIs on M&A, private equity, equity capital markets and restructuring mandates.

He has acted on numerous take-private transactions implemented by members’ scheme of arrangement as well as the first take-private in Jersey of a Jersey listed company implemented by a statutory merger under the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991.

Jonathan Heaney said: “Our Investment Funds & Corporate practice group has almost doubled in headcount in the past three years in response to increasing client demand across M&A, advisory and restructuring work.

“Jersey’s popularity as an offshore structuring choice amongst tax advisers and onshore counsel in London and further afield continues to strengthen, and Kevin’s experience and expertise across the full range of Jersey corporate work will enhance our offering to clients.”

Kevin trained and qualified with Mills Selig in Belfast, before practising with Arthur Cox LLP in the city, and moved offshore to Jersey in 2014. He was sworn in as a Jersey Advocate in 2019.

Fraser Hern, the head of Walkers’ Channel Islands business, said: “With six partners bringing a diverse and complementary skillset across all aspects of Jersey funds and corporate law, and a fully integrated offering across Jersey, Guernsey, BVI, Bermuda, Irish and Cayman law with our Guernsey, London and Irish colleagues, our offering in the European timezone is having a real impact with clients.

“Kevin’s reputation in the market and his experience further strengthens and enhances that client offering, and we are delighted to welcome him aboard.”