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BVI


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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 jurisdiction’s nuances and flexibility.

Overview

The British Virgin Islands is a leading international finance centre with a strong domestic economy driven by high-end real estate developments and international private sector investments. As a British Overseas Territory the British Virgin Islands enjoy the reputation of being a tax neutral, politically stable and economically secure jurisdiction. This reputation, together with a legal system based on English common law, tight control policies and modern legislation has resulted in BVI companies being both recognised and accepted as reputable investment vehicles worldwide.

Harneys – the original BVI law firm – has more than 50 years experience assisting clients from all around the world with a wide range of BVI legal and commercial issues. We have been an integral part of the British Virgin Islands’ development as a premier offshore centre and no team has a better understanding of the jurisdiction’s nuances and flexibility.

Clients choose us for our attentive and personal service, the excellence of our work, and for our experience and leadership in the BVI. We are consistently ranked as the leading law firm in the British Virgin Islands by independent legal directories including Chambers, IFLR1000 and the Legal 500. Harneys’ depth of knowledge and experience in the BVI is unmatched.

Driving our success for more than 50 years is a simple yet unyielding commitment to helping our clients meet their goals. No two clients are exactly the same but our promise remains consistent; responsiveness, personal service and absolute quality in the work we deliver.

 

Our BVI Practice Areas


•    Banking & Finance 
•    Corporate & Commercial 
•    Domestic Business 
•    Investment Funds 
•    Litigation & Insolvency 
•    Regulatory 
•    Trusts

Related

BVI Banking & Finance

Our BVI based finance lawyers together have over four decades on the ground in the BVI, a level of experience that none of our competitors can approach.Read More

BVI Corporate & Commercial

No team has a stronger understanding of the nuances and flexibility of the BVI’s renowned corporate regime. We put this unparalleled expertise to work for our clients.Read More

BVI Domestic Business

Harneys’ domestic practice is the high-end leader for complex commercial transactions and regulatory matters as well as high-value real estate deals in the BVI.Read More

BVI Investment Funds

Harneys is without question the market leader when it comes to investment funds in the BVI.Read More

BVI Litigation & Insolvency

Partner-led service, jurisdictional expertise and a unique global footprint give Harneys a significant edge; an edge we leverage for our clients.Read More

BVI Regulatory

Harneys is the only law firm in the British Virgin Islands with a dedicated regulatory law practice and the firm has over 15 years of experience with the BVI’s investment business regime. We are highly experienced in the provision of bespoke...Read More

BVI Trusts

Harneys has the largest non-contentious BVI trusts team in the Caribbean.Read More

Contacts

Peter Tarn
Peter Tarn

Chairman
British Virgin Islands
Phillip Kite
Phillip Kite

Managing Partner
London
Marco Martins
Marco Martins

Managing Partner
Cayman Islands
Colin Riegels
Colin Riegels

Managing Partner
British Virgin Islands
Oliver Bell
Oliver Bell

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Indira Birkwood
Indira Birkwood

Partner
London
Greg Boyd
Greg Boyd

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

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Jeremy Child
Jeremy Child

Partner
London
Lewis Chong
Lewis Chong

Partner
Vancouver
Monica Chu
Monica Chu

Partner
Hong Kong
Patrick Colegrave
Patrick Colegrave

Partner
Cayman Islands
Aki Corsoni-Husain
Aki Corsoni-Husain

Partner
Cyprus
Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall
Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Sheila George
Sheila George

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Claire Goldstein
Claire Goldstein

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Philip Graham
Philip Graham

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Rachel Graham
Rachel Graham

Partner
London
Louise Groom
Louise Groom

Partner
Cayman Islands
Johann E. Henry
Johann E. Henry

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Henry Mander
Henry Mander

Partner
Cayman Islands
Ross Munro
Ross Munro

Partner
London
Raymond Ng
Raymond Ng

Partner
Hong Kong
William  Peake
William Peake

Partner
London
Lisa Pearce
Lisa Pearce

Partner
Singapore
Andrew Thorp
Andrew Thorp

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Russell Willings
Russell Willings

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Simon Hudd
Simon Hudd

Head of Corporate
Bermuda
Jonathan Addo
Jonathan Addo

Counsel
British Virgin Islands
Stuart Cullen
Stuart Cullen

Counsel
British Virgin Islands
Peter Ferrer
Peter Ferrer

Counsel
British Virgin Islands
Michelle Frett-Mathavious
Michelle Frett-Mathavious

Counsel
British Virgin Islands
Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths

Counsel
Singapore
Hazelann Hannaway
Hazelann Hannaway

Counsel
British Virgin Islands
Shari Hawke
Shari Hawke

Counsel
Singapore
Bronwyn King
Bronwyn King

Counsel
Hong Kong
Hamish Masson
Hamish Masson

Counsel
British Virgin Islands
Natalie Bell
Natalie Bell

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Henno Boshoff
Henno Boshoff

Senior Associate
Singapore
Jayesh Chatlani
Jayesh Chatlani

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Shuvra Deb
Shuvra Deb

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Francesca Gibbons
Francesca Gibbons

Senior Associate
London
Laura Hair
Laura Hair

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Ayana Hull
Ayana Hull

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Paula Kay
Paula Kay

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Mirza Manraj
Mirza Manraj

Senior Associate
Hong Kong
Marcia McFarlane
Marcia McFarlane

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Fergal McLoughlin
Fergal McLoughlin

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Paul   Mellor
Paul Mellor

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Zitian  Ng
Zitian Ng

Senior Associate
Singapore
Sarah Lou Rockhead
Sarah Lou Rockhead

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
George Weston
George Weston

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Kimberly K. Crabbe-Adams
Kimberly K. Crabbe-Adams

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Laura De Heer
Laura De Heer

Associate
Hong Kong
Kisha Frett
Kisha Frett

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Matthew Howson
Matthew Howson

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Cristine Lam
Cristine Lam

Associate
Hong Kong
Natalie Lee
Natalie Lee

Associate
Hong Kong
Deirdre  MacNamara
Deirdre MacNamara

Associate
London
Tamara Maduro
Tamara Maduro

Associate
British Virgin Islands
James  McKnight
James McKnight

Associate
Hong Kong
Lauren Murrell
Lauren Murrell

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Christopher Pease
Christopher Pease

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Mark  Rowlands
Mark Rowlands

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Kimberly Seagojo
Kimberly Seagojo

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Brittney  Smith
Brittney Smith

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Persia  Tobin-Evelyn
Persia Tobin-Evelyn

Associate
British Virgin Islands
Rebecca King
Rebecca King

Professional Support Lawyer
Hong Kong
Richard Parsons
Richard Parsons

Consultant
British Virgin Islands
Publications

Webinars

Interim Measures in the BVI 
Video: Directors' duties in the BVI 
Video: What Lenders and Borrowers Need to Know - A Snapshot of Changes to BVI Law in 2015 
Video: Derivatives law in the offshore context 
Video: Review of Security Registration Requirements in BVI and Cayman 
Webinar: The BVI Incubator and Approved Funds 

Articles & Updates

BVI's new beneficial ownership regime to take effect on 1 July 2017 
Divided loyalties – the issue of directors’ duties in joint ventures 
Security registrations in BVI – a closer look at difficult issues 
The company’s property – litigation funding and insolvent companies 
Class rights in BVI company law 
Getting financial services licensees in shape for the Caribbean FATF inspection 

Guides

Key benefits of using BVI structures 
Purpose Trusts: an overview 
Succession planning for your BVI company shares 
BVI Trusts - an overview 
Private Trust Companies: an overview 
VISTA Trusts – an overview 

Recent Experience

Harneys advises on Central America Bottling Corporation’s US$500 million notes offering 
Harneys advises on largest-ever domestic M&A deal in BVI 
Harneys advises on Studio City's Senior Secured Notes Offering and Super Senior Revolving Credit Facility 
Harneys advises on sale of a £2.4 billion stake in leading data centre company Global Switch 
Harneys advises Virgin on acquisition of renewable energy group 
​Harneys advises on investment in Southern Russia Irrigated Farming Project