Walkers loses funds duo to Appleby

Appleby has hired two funds partners from offshore rival Walkers, six months after Walkers lost a 10-lawyer funds team to Maples and Calder.

Ian Gobin has joined Appleby’s Guernsey office and Deborah Poole is to join Appleby’s London office in May next year. Poole helped found Appleby’s City presence in 2002 before moving to Walkers in 2006. He left the firm in November 2011.

The hires follow Maples’ raid on Walkers’ Cayman and British Virgin Islands (BVI) funds practice in March (30 March 2012), which saw the firm pick up seven partners and three senior associates. That team began work at Maples last week.

Gobin will be based in Appleby’s Guernsey office, advising on BVI and Cayman law. Poole will be based in London and is the second Walkers partner to leave the firm in a matter of weeks, after Catherine Ross quit to set up the City office for BVI firm Forbes Hare (17 September 2012).

Appleby’s global funds and investment services group head Alex Erskin said the firm was driving to boost its funds offering, particularly in hedge funds and private equity.