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Colin Riegels Partner
Banking & Finance
+65 3152 1934 (Singapore)
+1 345 815 2916 (Cayman Islands)

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 in textbooks and periodicals.  He acts as general editor of British Virgin Islands Commercial Law (3rd ed., Sweet & Maxwell, 2014).  He also writes the British Virgin lslands chapter for Spitz & Clarke’s Offshore Service (Butterworths, 2013), and contributed the British Virgin Islands chapter to Neate & Godfrey’s Bank Confidentiality (6th ed., Bloomsbury, 2015).

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


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


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Harneys represented the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) in connection with a US$1.3 billion put option-based financing for SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.Ş. (STEAS), a subsidiary of SOCAR which was partly structured through offshore special... read more


Colin is recommended as a leading offshore lawyer by Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR1000. He is ranked as a notable practitioner who is a highly regarded BVI corporate and finance lawyer in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global in the Asia Pacific region. He is described as having a  "deep knowledge of BVI laws" in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global and the 2014 edition of Legal 500 describes him as having "excellent business acumen".