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Oliver Bell Partner

British Virgin Islands
+1 284 852 2556
+1 284 340 5869

Expertise and Professional Background

Oliver joined the firm’s Investment Funds and Regulatory Team in July 2014. Oliver advises on all aspects of investment funds law in the British Virgin Islands, including pre-formation strategy, organisational structure, regulatory compliance, document preparation and transactional activities for both private equity and hedge funds.

Prior to joining Harneys, Oliver was a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Investment Funds Teams at Ogier in the British Virgin Islands where, in addition to advising on investment funds law, Oliver represented clients in domestic and international mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures involving combinations of public and private companies.

Oliver is also a contributing editor of The Offshore Funds Blog, a Harneys blog dedicated to explaining how offshore funds work and why investment managers use them. He is recommended by Legal 500 and IFLR 1000.


IFLR 1000, 2017: Oliver is listed as a "rising star" by IFLR 1000.

Legal 500: Oliver is recommended for funds advice by Legal 500.

Who’s Who Legal 2018: Oliver is recognised as being one of the world’s leading private funds lawyers.

Education & Admissions

The College of Law (Legal Practice Course) 2006
The College of Law (Graduate Diploma in Law) 2005
University of Durham (BA) 2003
Bar Admissions
British Virgin Islands 2011
England and Wales 2008 (not practising)


Corporate and Commercial
Investment Funds
Tax and Regulatory
BVI Investment Funds
BVI Corporate & Commercial
BVI Regulatory
Distressed Funds


The BVI is recognised globally as a leading funds jurisdiction. It has built up this reputation over the course of many successful decades, based upon the essential building blocks of being tax neutral, politically stable and economically secure... read more