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Indira Birkwood Partner

Banking & Finance
+44 203 752 3603

Expertise and Professional Background

Indira Birkwood is a partner with over 14 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of British Virgin Islands banking and finance transactions. Particular areas of expertise include emerging market debt including bilateral and syndicated finance, structured debt, derivatives, asset finance, project finance, capital markets, property finance transactions, insolvency, receivership and Islamic finance.
 
Indira frequently advises on multi-million dollar transactions. Recent experience includes advising Delancey, the specialist real estate investment and advisory company, on its US$892 million acquisition of the London Olympic Village as a joint venture with Qatari Diar and advising the borrower in a real estate financing involving VTB France (S.A.) and Lesnaya Plaza in Moscow.  In 2010 Indira advised on BVI elements of the acquisition of Pactiv Corporation by Reynolds Group for approximately US$4.6 billion and continues to advise the Reynolds Group on a regular basis.
 
Indira joined Harneys in 1998 and practised in the firm's BVI office for 10 years before relocating to London where she is now based. She became a partner in 2011.

Indira is recommended as a BVI expert in London by Chambers Global and Legal 500

Directories

Chambers Global: Indira is described as being "consistently available at short notice, unflappable and dependable". 

Legal 500: Indira is singled out as a "go-to BVI lawyer" and "very knowledgeable and responsive".

Education & Admissions

Education
University of the West Indies (LLB) 1995
University of the West Indies (BA) 1992
Bar Admissions
Trinidad and Tobago 1997
British Virgin Islands 1998

Expertise

Banking and Finance
BVI
Shipping and Aircraft
Russia
Islamic Finance

Latest Deals

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