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Colin Riegels Partner
Banking & Finance
+65 3152 1934 (Singapore)
+852 3195 7243 (Hong Kong)

Expertise and Professional Background

Colin Riegels is Global Head of Banking and Finance. His practice encompasses advising leading financial institutions and other clients on a wide range of credit and security issues. He also advises on offshore structuring and the offshore aspects of premium corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, takeovers and corporate restructurings. His recent practice has particularly focused upon insolvency and distressed debt, credit and security issues and derivatives. Colin has been involved in many of the largest financing transactions involving BVI vehicles, including a number of multi-billion US dollar debt financing transactions and joint ventures.

Before joining Harneys Colin practised as a barrister in London. He was formerly a judicial assistant (clerk) to Lord Woolf MR in the English Court of Appeal, and taught law at Oxford University.

Colin writes regularly on offshore finance and offshore structuring, and is also one of the general editors of British Virgin Islands Commercial Law, published by Sweet & Maxwell, now in its third edition.

Colin is a Notary Public of the British Virgin Islands.


Banking and Finance
Cayman Islands
Restructuring and Insolvency
Shipping and Aircraft

Education & Admissions

University of Oxford (BCL) 1997
Inns of Court School of Law 1996
University of Bristol (LLB) 1995
Bar Admissions
England and Wales 1996
British Virgin Islands 1999
Anguilla 2006
Hong Kong 2014


The British Virgin Islands’ (BVI) Arbitration Act 2013 came into force on 1 October 2014. It is a landmark piece of legislation which is expected to propel alternative dispute resolution in the BVI into high gear. The BVI is now well-positioned to... read more

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Acting as British Virgin Islands counsel to Goldman Sachs and its English law counsel Slaughter & May in connection with the US$613,000,000 refinancing of three sets of notes secured against put options written by Danone SA over the shares of a... read more


Colin is regarded as a leading lawyer in the British Virgin Islands by major legal directories.

Recommended by 2014 and 2015 IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer.
Chambers says he has "deep knowledge of BVI laws".
Legal 500 indicates he has "excellent business acumen".