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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 Anguillan government has published a bill for a new Insolvency Act for public review and consultation. Background Reform of Anguillan insolvency law is long overdue. Personal bankruptcy is presently regulated under the Bankruptcy Act (Cap B.15... read more

Latest Deals

Harneys has been instructed by the Ad Hoc bondholder group in relation to the proposed US$2.78 billion restructuring of LDK Solar Co. Ltd (in Cayman Islands provisional liquidation), a leading producer of solar wafers and manufacturer of photovoltaic... read more


Colin is regarded as a leading lawyer in the British Virgin Islands by major legal directories.
Colin is recommended in 2014 by Legal500 Asia Pacific as a leading offshore lawyer.
He is recommended by 2014 and 2015 IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer.
Colin is ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific as a notable practitioner.

Chambers says he has "deep knowledge of BVI laws".
Legal 500 indicates he has "excellent business acumen".