Walkers Appoints Jonathan Tonge

03 Apr, 2012

Walkers’ Jersey Appoints Jonathan Tonge as Managing Partner – Investment Funds & Corporate Lawyer Heads a Series of Promotions & New Appointments 


Walkers, a leading international financial law firm, today announced five new appointments to its Jersey practice, led by the confirmation of Jonathan Tonge as its new Managing Partner.


The appointments reflect the key role expected by the Firm to be played by its Investment Funds, Finance and Corporate Groups as it continues to grow its operations in Jersey.


Jonathan Tonge moves to Jersey from Walkers’ Cayman Islands office and brings with him 17 years of experience with the Firm. Formally Global Head of the Hedge Funds Practice at Walkers, he has extensive experience advising investment funds and corporate clients including the Blackstone Group, Blackrock and UBS. He is ranked as a Leading Lawyer for Investment Funds by Chambers and Partners and is recommended in the International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers 2012. Mr. Tonge also holds the position of Managing Partner – Regions with the Firm.


In addition, Joss Morris, who brings with him over 10 years PQE, has relocated from the Cayman Islands to Jersey, becoming Senior Counsel and working in Walkers’ Finance and Corporate Groups with a particular focus on the Commonwealth of Independent States and Central & Eastern Europe. Joss previously worked in Walkers’ Cayman Islands Finance & Corporate and Private Equity groups and is admitted as an attorney in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.


The Firm’s Corporate practice is strengthened further by the appointment of three experienced associates. Alex Carus, who has 11 years PQE, is a dual qualified Jersey Advocate and English Solicitor who advises on corporate and banking transactions with extensive experience in securitisations and structured finance, including Shariah-compliant financing. He joins Walkers from Bedell Cristin.


Mark Crichton joins from Fladgate LLP and has worked on a range of corporate and investment funds transactions, and Johanna Hendry joins from Guernsey-based Carey Olsen, having worked on offshore investment funds, finance and corporate work for a variety of clients.


Jonathan Tonge, Managing Partner, Jersey, commented: “I am delighted to have joined the firm’s Jersey office, where we will be working to develop further Walkers’  Jersey funds, finance and corporate practices, alongside our highly regarded disputes team. The Firm is seeing an increasing number of international clients who see Jersey as an attractive jurisdiction in which to do business, with great potential for growth. Because of Jersey’s geographic location, it appeals to clients operating across multiple jurisdictions. These appointments reflect our commitment to meeting these increased and changing client demands, as well as injecting additional strength and breadth to our capabilities in these practices.


We are also extremely pleased to welcome Alex Carus, Mark Crichton and Johanna Hendry to further increase our skills and depth of experience in this field. The move by Joss Morris, with the focus on the Global Commonwealth of Independent States and Central & Eastern Europe Group, reflects our desire to build on our niche strength in Central and Eastern European finance and corporate work, as well as adding additional depth to our multi-jurisdictional experience in Jersey.” 

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