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Corporate and Commercial


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Our experienced team of corporate and commercial lawyers combine unmatched technical skill with a practical, commercial approach. As a result, we are regularly instructed by the world’s leading law firms on behalf of household names in industry and commerce.

Overview

Our corporate and commercial team excels at complex cross-border transactions involving BVI, Cayman Islands and Cyprus vehicles and our outstanding deal list includes complex mega-deals, high value private equity transactions, landmark IPOs and the full spectrum of mergers and acquisitions and joint venture deals.

Harneys’ corporate lawyers have strong networks in key markets around the world and understand the business environment in which their clients operate. We also work alongside incorporation experts and corporate secretaries from Harneys’ associated corporate services business to provide integrated services to clients who require them.

Services

  • Equity capital markets
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and shareholder arrangements
  • Re-organisations and disposals
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Stock exchange listings
  • Sale and purchase documentation
  • Regulatory advice
  • Aircraft registration
  • Ship registration
  • Establishment of ownership structures
  • Management and administration of ownership structures
  • Intellectual property
  • Trademarks

 

 

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More Information

Across all of our offices, our experienced corporate and commercial lawyers are regularly instructed by the world's leading law firms on behalf of household names in industry and commerce.

Equity Capital Markets

The opportunity to advise BVI, Cayman and Cyprus companies in relation to listings on stock exchanges in New York, Singapore, London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Oslo means that our lawyers have developed considerable expertise in this area. Clients have trusted our team with the first-ever listing of a BVI company on the London Stock Exchange and the largest IPO of a BVI company in the jurisdiction's history. Representative clients include Michael Kors Holding Limited (New York Stock Exchange); Renesola Ltd. (NASDAQ); Flex LNG Ltd. (Oslo Stock Exchange); Copper Development Corporation (AIM - London Stock Exchange); Kingtone Wireless (NASDAQ); and KEE Holdings Company Limited (Hong Kong Stock Exchange).

Private Equity

Experienced corporate and commercial lawyers across all our offices have assisted clients in connection with substantial private equity transactions including management buy outs, public to private transactions, closed end private equity funds and a variety of venture capital deals. Examples include acting for DV4 Limited in connection with the close of its UK and European real estate fund which has equity commitments in excess of €1.5 billion and will have the capacity to invest up to €6 billion; the £500 million management buy out of Allied London Properties from Deutsche Bank, JER Partners and Others where Harneys acted for RBS Private Equity; and the $1.6 billion acquisition of Tommy Hilfiger.

Joint Ventures

Decades of experience and the suitability of the BVI, Cayman and Cyprus corporate vehicle for cross border joint venture deals means that we have unrivalled expertise in putting together such structures, whether as companies or limited partnerships. Noteworthy transactions include the Virgin Galactic transaction which saw investments by Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group where we acted for Virgin. Another was the ground breaking TNK-BP transaction, the largest Western investment in Russia. As well as advising on key documentation such as shareholders agreements, we have the resources to provide specialist IP and commercial law advice on the ancillary agreements, such as marketing, distribution, license and supply agreements.

Mergers & Acquisitions

We have advised both sellers and purchasers in the BVI, Cayman and Cyprus on the full spectrum of M&A deals from a share or asset purchase to a takeover of a listed company. The flexible merger regime in BVI, quite similar in many respects to Delaware law, has been successfully used time and time again to achieve the desired commercial results. Recent transactions include the first Scheme of Arrangement in the BVI involving Amber Petroleum Ltd.; the first Plan of Arrangement under the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 involving Rio Verde Minerals Development Corp.; the acquisition of Playtech Limited and its subsidiary companies by William Hill; the sale of Maktoob.com to Yahoo!; and the €1.2 billion acquisition of Reso Guarantia by AXA in Russia.

Reorganisations

BVI, Cayman and Cyprus vehicles are commonly used in pre-sale planning and group rationalisations due to their flexibility and tax neutral effect within a group. Recent examples of reorganisations include the pre-sale restructuring, by our team in the Cayman Islands, of the CableTel Group.

British Virgin Islands Domestic Commercial Advice

Our domestic BVI commercial law practice group is renowned for its commitment to consistently delivering responsive, comprehensive and thoughtful advice to match the specific needs of each client. We assist clients with all aspects of general commercial law, and regularly advise on BVI start-ups, joint-ventures, corporate restructurings and business sales and purchases of varying complexity, among others. We also assist clients with obtaining trade licences, work permits, Hotel Aid licences, Pioneer Status and other regulatory concessions, consents and approvals, whether in the context of a larger transaction or otherwise.

Contacts

Jonathan Culshaw
Jonathan Culshaw

Managing Partner
Hong Kong
Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall
Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Rachel Graham
Rachel Graham

Partner
London
Simon Hudd
Simon Hudd

Partner
London
Demetris Loizides
Demetris Loizides

Partner
Cyprus
Marco Martins
Marco Martins

Partner
Cayman Islands
Russell Willings
Russell Willings

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Junko Shiokawa
Junko Shiokawa

Counsel
Hong Kong
Pavlos Aristodemou
Pavlos Aristodemou

Partner
Cyprus
Greg Boyd
Greg Boyd

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Lewis Chong
Lewis Chong

Partner
Vancouver
Patrick Colegrave
Patrick Colegrave

Partner
London
Nancy Erotocritou
Nancy Erotocritou

Partner
Cyprus
Sheila George
Sheila George

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Louise Groom
Louise Groom

Partner
Cayman Islands
Margarita Hadjitofi
Margarita Hadjitofi

Partner
Cyprus
Johann E. Henry
Johann E. Henry

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Andrew Morehouse
Andrew Morehouse

Partner
Cayman Islands
Matt Roberts
Matt Roberts

Partner
Hong Kong
Sean Scott
Sean Scott

Partner
London
Emily Yiolitis
Emily Yiolitis

Partner
Cyprus
Fiona Chan
Fiona Chan

Counsel
Hong Kong
Shari Hawke
Shari Hawke

Counsel
Singapore
Raymond Ng
Raymond Ng

Counsel
Hong Kong
Marc Parrott
Marc Parrott

Counsel
Hong Kong
Lisa Akiri
Lisa Akiri

Senior Associate
London
Sailaja  Alla
Sailaja Alla

Senior Associate
Cayman Islands
Oliver Bell
Oliver Bell

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Monica Chu
Monica Chu

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

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Thomas Dugdale
Thomas Dugdale

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Valentina Hadjisoteriou
Valentina Hadjisoteriou

Senior Associate
Cyprus
Christopher Hall
Christopher Hall

Senior Associate
London
Vanisha Harjani
Vanisha Harjani

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Val Lam
Val Lam

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Hamish Masson
Hamish Masson

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Ian Montgomery
Ian Montgomery

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Zitian  Ng
Zitian Ng

Senior Associate
Singapore
Murray Roberts
Murray Roberts

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Sarah Lou Rockhead
Sarah Lou Rockhead

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Carolynn Vivian
Carolynn Vivian

Senior Associate
Cayman Islands
Irena Wu
Irena Wu

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Styliani Constantinou
Styliani Constantinou

Associate
Cyprus
Eric Flaye
Eric Flaye

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Kisha Frett
Kisha Frett

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Sonia Hamshaw
Sonia Hamshaw

Associate
Cyprus
Marios Koutsios
Marios Koutsios

Associate
Cyprus
Cristine Lam
Cristine Lam

Associate
Hong Kong
Elina  Mantrali
Elina Mantrali

Associate
Cyprus
Fergal McLoughlin
Fergal McLoughlin

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Demetris Nicolaou
Demetris Nicolaou

Associate
Cyprus
Elkie Rose
Elkie Rose

Associate
Cayman Islands
Adriana  Varela
Adriana Varela

Associate
Montevideo
Elena Xystouri
Elena Xystouri

Associate
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

Operational Enhancement: The Cayman Exempted Limited Partnership 
Cyprus chapter: The Mergers & Acquisitions Review, 8th edition 

Guides

Directors' Duties Under Cayman Islands Law 
Using BVI Companies for International Listings 

Recent Experience

Harneys advises on £1.1 billion sale of property management portfolio 
Harneys provides BVI advice in connection with largest AIM IPO of 2014