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Our Chinese name means Justice and Strength. Justice reflects the firm’s collegiate and meritocratic environment where the progression of our attorneys is based solely on their ability and hard work. Strength was chosen because over half of our lawyers in Asia have more than 10 years experience as practising attorneys and our senior lawyers are experts in their respective fields.

Key Contacts

Jonathan Culshaw

Managing Partner
Hong Kong
"Clients praise the practice's
'sound and commercial
legal advice'."
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Harneys acted as BVI counsel to Greenland Global Investment Limited and its onshore counsel Davis Polk in connection with the establishment of its US$3 billion medium term note programme and the issuance of US$500m notes thereunder. The notes are... read more


The Hong Kong Court of First Instance confirmed in its recent decision in Wong Ming Bun v Wang Ming Fan [2014] 1 HKLRD 1108 that in any claim by way of derivative action on behalf of a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands it is mandatory to... read more

Harneys’ Hong Kong and Singapore offices are the focal points of our expanding British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands legal practice in Asia.

Onshore lawyers and other clients based in Asia work to demanding timeframes and we believe that an office weighted towards senior experienced lawyers who can provide rapid and high level advice is essential. Our office structure allows us to ensure that a senior lawyer works on all matters to guarantee quality of advice and service and to provide a constant point of contact for clients.

Chinese clients are free to transact with our lawyers in the language of their preference. Several of our lawyers speak Cantonese and Mandarin and can read and write Chinese to a business level.

BVI transactional practice

Colin RiegelsHarneys has been the leading firm for BVI law for decades; we helped write the commercial law and no other firm comes close to our collective expertise. Lawyers from our Hong Kong and Singapore offices advise on a wide range of matters covering the core transactional practice areas including banking and finance, capital markets, corporate, trusts and investment funds. We are regularly instructed by a majority of the world's leading onshore practices and financial institutions.

For more information about our BVI transactional practice contact Colin Riegels (pictured above) or Timothy Bridges.

Cayman transactional practice

Timothy BridgesLisa PearceHarneys' Cayman transactional practice in Asia advises on banking and finance, corporate, capital markets, funds and trusts matters. We have particular expertise on the establishment and maintenance of all types of closed and open ended Cayman Islands funds and the structuring of downstream corporate transactions for private equity and venture capital funds. Through a team of expert senior lawyers we offer the very highest level of advice and service and a credible and cost-effective alternative to the larger Cayman practices.

For more information about our Cayman Islands practice in Hong Kong contact Jonathan Culshaw, Lisa Pearce (pictured above) or Timothy Bridges (pictured above).

BVI and Cayman litigation and restructuring

Our Litigation and Restructuring Department in Hong Kong undertakes all aspects of litigation in BVI and Cayman Islands courts including shareholders disputes, just and equitable windings up, insolvency proceedings, corporate restructurings, contentious trusts disputes and asset tracing/enforcement. All pleadings, drafting, and advocacy can be done by lawyers in our Hong Kong office. For emergency injunctions our lawyers work closely with our BVI and Cayman based litigators and use the time zones to provide 24 hour service to ensure no assets are wrongfully dissipated pending the final resolution at trial.

For more information about BVI and Cayman Litigation and Restructuring contact Ian Mann (pictured above).

Corporate and fiduciary services

Our affiliated services company, Harneys Asia (Offshore) Limited (HAOL) provides corporate, partnership and trust incorporation or formation services, as well as ongoing registered office, registered agent and other administrative support. HAOL is part of Harneys Services.

Additional services

The Asian offices also provide clients with a real time interface for Harneys' Anguilla and Cyprus law practices and its British Virgin Islands intellectual property, regulatory, private client and shipping practices.