Stuart Walker

Partner, Dubai Office

Mr Walker's primary practice includes financial services regulation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and employment matters. He leads the field in advising parties during Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) investigations and, where necessary, negotiating settlements on their behalf.  Mr Walker was instructed by the first authorised firm to be fined by the DFSA

Mr Walker's primary practice includes financial services regulation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and employment matters. He leads the field in advising parties during Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) investigations and, where necessary, negotiating settlements on their behalf.  Mr Walker was instructed by the first authorised firm to be fined by the DFSA and has since gone on to advise in connection with a significant number of DFSA investigations.

Mr Walker is a regular contributor to Euromoney’s Global Banking & Financial Policy Review. He is the co-author of the UAE chapter, Financial Services Regulation in the Middle East, Oxford University Press (2008). He has contributed articles to various publications including the International Financial Law Reviews and Lawyer Monthly. 

Mr Walker joined Afridi & Angell in 2003 and became a partner in 2008. Prior to joining the firm Mr Walker was a solicitor in the banking department of Lovells in London. He lived and worked in London, Hong Kong, New York and Dubai. Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, he wrote for and edited various trade journals and other publications. 

‘Stuart Walker is noted for his regulatory knowledge and experience.’   One client remarked: ‘We are really impressed. He is very practical – he expresses himself clearly and explains things to us so we can understand them.’ -  Chambers Global 2013

‘Stuart Walker has emerged as the leading name for regulatory advice in the U.A.E.  He knows the market, is experienced dealing with the regulators and is always very well informed.’ – Chambers Global 2011

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Dubai International Financial Centre Laws
  • Banking and Financial Services in the UAE and DIFC
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance and Regulatory Compliance
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Employment

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association

EDUCATION

  • Legal Practice Course, College of Law, London, 1999
  • Common Professional Examination, University of Hong Kong, 1997
  • BA (Hons), Sociology and Economics, University of York, 1993

LANGUAGES

  • English

PUBLICATIONS