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Banking and Finance


Expertise > Global  > Banking And Finance Law
We advise the world's most significant banks and financial institutions, and regularly act for borrowers and issuers. Areas of speciality include trade finance law, debt restructuring, property and acquisition finance, international debt issues, and derivatives transactions.

Overview

Our finance and banking law practice group has decades of experience in offshore credit and security legal issues relating to debt finance, including loan finance, debt issuance, lease financing, shariah compliant finance, distressed debt and enforcement of security and derivatives. Key clients include Bank of America, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Gazprombank, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS and VTB Capital.

Derivatives

Harneys is one of the few law firms in the world which provides close-out or collateral opinions for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) for three different jurisdictions (BVI, Anguilla and Cyprus). We are counsel to almost all major industry bodies including the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the International Capital Market Association, the Stock Lending and Repo Committee of the Capital Adequacy Directive Working Group, The Futures & Options Association, The British Bankers’ Association, The Bond Market Association as well as ISDA.

Loan Finance

Our financial lawyers can advise on all types of syndicated and bilateral lending including asset finance (aircraft and ships), trade finance, debt restructuring, structured finance, balance sheet lending, property and acquisition finance.

Note Issuance

In the capital markets sphere our team advises lead managers, issuers and investors on international debt issues. We advise on the full range of debt issues including medium-term note programmes, stand-alone eurobonds, tiered capital issues and euro-commercial paper/programmes.

Security Enforcement and Distressed Debt

We have extensive experience advising lenders and debt holders in relation to distressed debt, including issues relating to insolvency and liquidation, enforcement of security, receivership as well as restructuring options.

British Virgin Islands Domestic Banking

Our domestic banking law practice is the oldest in the BVI, and our client list includes several domestic and international private and institutional lenders. Our banking team has developed a reputation for unrivalled expert knowledge on local debt finance transactions and the taking of BVI security. We offer acquisition, asset-based and property finance advice, and have advised on the financing of major developments in the BVI including Scrub Island and the Little Dix Bay Estate on Virgin Gorda. We advised the lending syndicate on the BVI leg of the financing of the acquisition of the Caribbean operations of Shell Oil by the SOL Group, and have assisted local and international banks and lending syndicates with acquisition finance in respect of a number of hotel developments and multi-million dollar enterprises.

More Information

Cyprus Banking Group

Harneys is at the forefront of advising on all aspects of the evolving banking situation in Cyprus. Our lawyers in Cyprus and elsewhere in the world are able to provide high-level, timely and independent legal advice on a wide range of issues stemming...Read More

Islamic Finance

The use of offshore companies and fund vehicles in Islamic finance and investment is driven by many of the same factors as in the conventional space, as tax-efficiency, bankruptcy-remoteness and privacy are considerations common to most cross-border...Read More

Restructuring and Insolvency

Harneys has been at the forefront of the development of offshore jurisprudence in the field of restructuring and insolvency for decades and our restructuring and insolvency practice leads the offshore market in both global reach and expertise.Read More

Shipping and Aircraft

The firm's shipping and aircraft law practice has gained an international reputation for commercially sensitive legal advice relating to all aspects of the acquisition, registration, financing, disposal and operation of ships and aircraft in the...Read More

Contacts

Pavlos Aristodemou
Pavlos Aristodemou

Partner
Cyprus
Indira Birkwood
Indira Birkwood

Partner
London
Louise Groom
Louise Groom

Partner
Cayman Islands
Colin Riegels
Colin Riegels

Partner
Singapore
Russell Willings
Russell Willings

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Peter Tarn
Peter Tarn

Chairman
London
Jonathan Culshaw
Jonathan Culshaw

Managing Partner
Hong Kong
Tanya Cassie-Parker
Tanya Cassie-Parker

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Patrick Colegrave
Patrick Colegrave

Partner
London
Nancy Erotocritou
Nancy Erotocritou

Partner
Cyprus
Sheila George
Sheila George

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Johann E. Henry
Johann E. Henry

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Simon Hudd
Simon Hudd

Partner
London
Marco Martins
Marco Martins

Partner
Cayman Islands
Matt Roberts
Matt Roberts

Partner
Hong Kong
Fiona Chan
Fiona Chan

Counsel
Hong Kong
Shari Hawke
Shari Hawke

Counsel
Singapore
Lisa Akiri
Lisa Akiri

Senior Associate
London
Jenelle Archer
Jenelle Archer

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Monica Chu
Monica Chu

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Ellie Crespi-McCarthy
Ellie Crespi-McCarthy

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Michelle Frett-Mathavious
Michelle Frett-Mathavious

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths

Senior Associate
Singapore
Christopher Hall
Christopher Hall

Senior Associate
London
Vanisha Harjani
Vanisha Harjani

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Hamish Masson
Hamish Masson

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Irena Wu
Irena Wu

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Styliani Constantinou
Styliani Constantinou

Associate
Cyprus
Kisha Frett
Kisha Frett

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Rhonda Hodge-Smith
Rhonda Hodge-Smith

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Marios Koutsios
Marios Koutsios

Associate
Cyprus
Cristine Lam
Cristine Lam

Associate
Hong Kong
Zitian  Ng
Zitian Ng

Associate
Singapore
Demetris Nicolaou
Demetris Nicolaou

Associate
Cyprus
Horacio Woycik
Horacio Woycik

Consultant
Montevideo
Ioulios Yiordamlis
Ioulios Yiordamlis

Consultant
Cyprus
Joanne Lau
Joanne Lau

Legal Assistant
Hong Kong
Publications

Webinars

2012 Amendments to the BVI Business Companies Act 
Corporate Reconstructions in the BVI: Court-approved options 

Articles & Updates

Update to Banking Regulations Further Enhances Cayman's Appeal 
Islamic finance from Cayman to the Middle East and beyond 

Guides

Guides to new banking laws in Cyprus 
Freedom of Establishment of Credit Institutions in Cyprus 

Recent Experience

Harneys acts as Cayman counsel in acquisition financing 
Harneys Hong Kong advises Cathay United Bank