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Andrew Thorp Partner
Litigation
+1 284 852 2571

Expertise and Professional Background

Andrew Thorp heads up the BVI litigation and insolvency practice group.
 
For approaching a decade, Andrew has advised major international law firms, banks, investment funds and trust companies on all aspects of BVI contentious law.
 
He is well known for his cross-border work and has a particular interest in international asset tracing and preservation. Much of his focus is on pre-emptive remedies including freezing orders, provisional liquidator appointments and discovery orders, often against a background of fraud. He has been instructed on successful asset retrieval matters across Asia, the CIS and South America on behalf of various banks and insolvency professionals, most recently in July 2013, by a major Russian bank leading teams from Harneys’ BVI and Cyprus offices in the successful retrieval of collateral. 
 
Since the onset of the global financial crisis, Andrew has been at the forefront of developing insolvency law in the BVI. He successfully led the legal teams in the seminal hedge fund cases of Barfield Nominees v Westford Special Situations Fund Limited and Aris Multi-Strategy Lending Fund Ltd v Quantek Opportunity Fund, Ltd that have set the BVI apart and defined the status of creditors and the ability of hedge funds to continue in the face of illiquidity. Most recently, Andrew led the successful appeal in Monarch Pointe Ltd (in liquidation) that decided the order of distribution of assets in BVI liquidations.
 
Andrew has recently pioneered a number of cross-border protocols between court appointed officers and has advised on restructuring and corporate rescue procedures.

Andrew is Chairman of RISA (Restructuring and Insolvency Professionals Association) in the British Virgin Islands and a member of COMBAR and the Chancery Bar Association.

Expertise

BVI
Litigation
Restructuring and Insolvency
Anguilla
Investigations, Corporate Crime and Fraud
Russia & CEE
Cyprus Banking Group

Education & Admissions

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

Publications

The volume of asset holding structures in the BVI often draws the attention of foreign insolvency and bankruptcy professionals. To what extent will they enjoy recognition in the BVI and in what circumstances? read more

Latest Deals

On Thursday 5 December the ECSC Court of Appeal handed down an order bringing much needed clarity to the Eastern Caribbean Civil Procedure Rules (the CPR) relating to service out of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Harneys worked with Justin... read more

Directories

Recommended by Legal 500 as a “great strategist and has deep knowledge of local law" and as an "exceptionally good lawyer and very intelligent".

Ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global and described as specialising in international asset tracing and insolvency work. Interviewees say he "really knows how the courts work and what we need – the level of service is absolutely top-notch."

Described as "at the forefront of international asset tracing and recovery" by Who's Who Legal, Asset Recovery.

Recognised on Citywealth's leading lawyer's list 2014.