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Property and Real Estate

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We have decades of experience assisting clients with property sales and purchases in the British Virgin Islands. We also have extensive experience advising clients on the use of BVI, Cayman and Cyprus vehicles in respect of the purchase of real property around the world.


We have real estate attorneys with experience in assisting clients with property sales and purchases in the British Virgin Islands. We also have extensive experience with BVI, Cayman and Cyprus corporate, tax and finance issues involving the purchase of real property around the world.

British Virgin Islands Property

Our BVI property team offers an unparalleled wealth of experience in property law and practice against the backdrop of the firm’s integral involvement in every major real estate development in the BVI over the last half century. The scope of our expertise is wide, and with the benefit of strong technical skill on the part of our real estate lawyers, puts us in the best position to provide timely, sound and commercially sensible advice. Our unmatched depth of understanding of local BVI law and practice is borne out in our continuing and preeminent relevance for complex real estate transactions.

We regularly advise on all aspects of the acquisition, ownership and disposition of BVI real property. We have specific prowess in, among other things, advising foreign nationals on the acquisition of BVI property, and devise ownership structures to satisfy the tax, regulatory, estate planning and other needs of each client. With an array of the best special purpose vehicles and talent in the business at our disposal, including the BVI Business Company and our boutique Trusts offerings, we are well-placed to reliably and usefully serve the widest cross-section of clients in this regard.

We have advised developers with respect to the establishment of a number of major developments in the BVI, including Nail Bay, Nanny Cay and Belmont Estates, West End, and have advised purchasers within a number of others including the Little Dix Bay, Long Bay and Oil Nut Bay Estates; we are particularly proficient at structuring and advising on estate covenants and constitutional documents. Our track record also includes advising on the acquisition and development of a number of privately-owned islands within the BVI, and of hotel and resort and commercial property, generally.

Corporate and Finance Transactions

Our team has unrivalled experience in advising a wide range of investors in real estate law, from private equity houses to individual private investors on a variety of transactions wherever real estate is the core asset.

Our real estate attorneys can assist in putting together efficient structures, whether companies, limited partnerships or trusts, for real estate holding vehicles, including real estate funds and joint ventures and assisting with Management buy outs. We also provide advice on financing involving BVI, Cayman and Cyprus corporate entities.

With offices in several major financial and offshore centres, we are able to offer clients time sensitive and comprehensive advice on all of the applicable offshore legal aspects of complex cross border real investments.


Banking and Finance

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.Read More


Harneys’ depth of knowledge and experience in the BVI is unmatched. We have been an integral part of the British Virgin Islands’ development as a premier offshore centre since its inception and no team has a better understanding of the...Read More

Cayman Islands

Our dynamic Cayman law firm has expanded significantly since its launch in 2008 and today consists of nearly 22 lawyers including 11 partners. This team of professionals, many of whom are from top international law firms and finance centres, serves a...Read More

Corporate and Commercial

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...Read More


Our Cyprus law firm was founded in 2006 as Aristodemou Loizides Yiolitis & Co and in 2009 merged with Harneys to become the first international law firm in Cyprus. The office now has more than 20 qualified lawyers including...Read More


Sheila George
Sheila George

British Virgin Islands
Johann E. Henry
Johann E. Henry

British Virgin Islands
Paul   Mellor
Paul Mellor

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Andreas Erotocritou
Andreas Erotocritou


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