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Andrew Thorp Partner

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Expertise and Professional Background

Andrew Thorp heads up the BVI litigation and insolvency practice group.

For over a decade, Andrew has advised law firms, banks, funds, private equity houses and trust companies on all aspects of BVI contentious law.

Andy is particularly sought after by clients for cross-border asset recovery and insolvency work and is a recognized industry leader. Much of his focus is on pre-emptive remedies including freezing orders, provisional liquidations and discovery orders, often against a background of fraud. He has acted in numerous successful asset retrieval operations across CIS, Latin America and Asia alongside teams from Harneys, other international law firms and investigatory professionals.

Andrew has been at the forefront of developing insolvency law in the BVI having successfully led teams in the seminal hedge fund cases following the liquidity crises and high profile frauds of the last 10 years. Additionally he has pioneered a number cross-border protocols between court officers and is regularly retained to advise on restructuring of international distressed structures.

Andrew is a director of INSOL Global as well as Chairman of RISA (Restructuring and Insolvency Professional Association). He is also an honorary member of COMBAR and the Chancery Bar Association.

He is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers & Partners in the British Virgin Islands; recommended by Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Citywealth Leaders List; and recognised as being amongst the world’s leading asset recovery and private client lawyers by Who’s Who Legal.


Restructuring and Insolvency
Investigations, Corporate Crime and Fraud
BVI Litigation & Insolvency
Distressed Funds

Education & Admissions

Chester College of Law 1996
​University of Nottingham (LLB) 1994
Bar Admissions
England and Wales 1998
British Virgin Islands 2005
Anguilla 2012


On 20 September 2016, the BVI Commercial Court clarified the question of whether the BVI Insolvency Act 2003 (the Act) provided a basis for liquidators to draw fees on account before having formal approval from either a creditors’ committee or the... read more

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IFLR 1000 2017: Andrew is singled out for “restructuring, insolvency and cross-border insolvency matters, in which he regularly excels”.

Legal 500, 2016: Andrew is recognised as a “great strategist" and is recognised for his "detailed familiarity of the finer points of governing local law". He is also noted for being an "exceptionally good lawyer and very intelligent".
Chambers Global, 2016: Andrew is ranked as a Band 1 leading lawyer by Chambers Global and described as specialising in international asset tracing and insolvency work. Andrew is "exceptional on the detail" and clients "highlight his exceptional client-handling skills and first-rate strategic guidance". Chambers interviewees say Andrew "really knows how the courts work and what we need – the level of service is absolutely top-notch." He is also recognised a "strong lawyer who leads the team," and whose "experience helps him navigate through tricky situations".

Citywealth: Andrew is recognised as a leading lawyer in the private client space

Who's Who Legal: Andrew is recognised as being "at the forefront of international asset tracing and recovery".