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Oliver Bell Partner

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

Expertise and Professional Background

Oliver is a partner in Harneys’ British Virgin Islands office. He is a recognised leader in pre-formation strategy, organisational structure, regulatory compliance, document preparation and transactional activities for both private equity, hedge funds and fintech startups, particularly in the blockchain and crypto currency arenas. Oliver has been actively involved in a number of recent BVI legislative developments, including the drafting of the new Limited Partnership Act and recent changes to the BVI Business Companies Act. He is routinely sought out by the public sector for guidance on the funds industry, and speaks regularly on the topic at industry events. He is 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.

IFLR 1000, 2018: Oliver is described as extremely friendly and knowledgeable; willing to go the extra mile to meet client demands; savvy client management skills.

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