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Banking and Finance


Expertise > Global  > Banking And Finance Law
Experience is what sets our banking and finance team apart from competitors and it is why clients trust Harneys for complex and challenging finance and banking work.

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. We are regularly instructed in respect of multi-billion dollar debt finance transactions involving top international banks. Our areas of speciality include trade finance law, debt restructuring, property and acquisition finance, international debt issues, and derivatives transactions.

We have significant experience in Asia, Latin America, the UK, the US, Canada, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and have equally impressive industry strength in the natural resources, banking, technology and insurance sectors. With the recruitment of restructuring specialists globally, we have formalised our restructuring group including corporate, insolvency and finance experts in BVI, Cayman and Cyprus law.

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.

Services

  • Loan finance
  • Debt capital markets
  • Derivatives
  • International project finance
  • Acquisition finance
  • Fund finance
  • Asset-based and property finance
  • Ship and Aircraft finance
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Local debt finance transactions
  • Structured finance
  • Share and all assets security
  • Islamic finance
  • Preparation and registration of security documents
  • Security enforcement and distressed debt


 

 

 

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More Information

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.


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

Harneys’ domestic banking practice is the high-end leader for complex commercial transactions and regulatory matters as well as high-value real estate deals in the BVI. 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 have assisted local and international banks, and lending syndicates, with acquisition and project finance advice in respect of all major developments in the BVI including hotels, private island developments and infrastructure development projects.

Contacts

Pavlos Aristodemou
Pavlos Aristodemou

Managing 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
Sheila George
Sheila George

Managing Partner
British Virgin Islands
Marco Martins
Marco Martins

Managing Partner
Cayman Islands
Greg Boyd
Greg Boyd

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Tanya Cassie-Parker
Tanya Cassie-Parker

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Patrick Colegrave
Patrick Colegrave

Partner
London
Nancy Erotocritou
Nancy Erotocritou

Partner
Cyprus
Ian Gobin
Ian Gobin

Partner
Cayman Islands
Rachel Graham
Rachel Graham

Partner
London
Johann E. Henry
Johann E. Henry

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Simon Hudd
Simon Hudd

Partner
London
Paul  Sephton
Paul Sephton

Partner
Hong Kong
Matt Taber
Matt Taber

Partner
Cayman Islands
Kristy Calvert
Kristy Calvert

Partner and Chief Representative
Shanghai
Monica Chu
Monica Chu

Counsel
Hong Kong
Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths

Counsel
Singapore
Shari Hawke
Shari Hawke

Counsel
Singapore
Raymond Ng
Raymond Ng

Counsel
Hong Kong
Michael  Skrbic
Michael Skrbic

Counsel
Bermuda
Irena Wu
Irena Wu

Counsel
Hong Kong
Lisa Akiri
Lisa Akiri

Senior Associate
London
Michelle Frett-Mathavious
Michelle Frett-Mathavious

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Christopher Hall
Christopher Hall

Senior Associate
London
Vanisha Harjani
Vanisha Harjani

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Hamish Masson
Hamish Masson

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Andrea  Moniz-DeSouza
Andrea Moniz-DeSouza

Senior Associate
Bermuda
Zitian  Ng
Zitian Ng

Senior Associate
Singapore
Styliani Constantinou
Styliani Constantinou

Associate
Cyprus
Kisha Frett
Kisha Frett

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Dimis Georgiades
Dimis Georgiades

Associate
Cyprus
Francesca Gibbons
Francesca Gibbons

Associate
London
Stephanie Havatzias
Stephanie Havatzias

Associate
Cyprus
Rhonda Hodge-Smith
Rhonda Hodge-Smith

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Joanna  Hossack
Joanna Hossack

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Marina  Ioannidou
Marina Ioannidou

Associate
Cyprus
Marios Koutsios
Marios Koutsios

Associate
Cyprus
Cristine Lam
Cristine Lam

Associate
Hong Kong
Demetris Nicolaou
Demetris Nicolaou

Associate
Cyprus
Alexia Shakou
Alexia Shakou

Associate
Cyprus
Matthew Watson
Matthew Watson

Registered Associate
Bermuda
Horacio Woycik
Horacio Woycik

Consultant
Montevideo
Ioulios Yiordamlis
Ioulios Yiordamlis

Consultant
Cyprus
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