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Philip Graham Partner

Investment Funds & Regulatory
+1 284 852 2551

Expertise and Professional Background

Philip Graham joined Harneys in 2008 and became a partner in 2011. He heads up the investment funds and regulatory team in the British Virgin Islands and advises on all aspects of the formation and restructuring of investment fund vehicles. Philip's team specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious financial services law and regulation, including advice on obtaining or transferring investment management, administration or banking licenses and guidance on the anti-money laundering regime, anti-bribery legislation, information exchange in tax matters and economic sanctions. The team have also advised on trust company and insurance regulation and regularly assist clients with any enforcement action taken by the BVI Financial Services Commission.

Phil is a member of the BVI Joint Anti-money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Advisory Committee (JALTFAC), the BVI Financial Services Commission's Focus Group on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and is Chairman of the BVI Investment Funds Association.

Before joining Harneys Philip worked in the corporate department of Wragge & Co as a senior associate where he specialised in mergers and acquisitions, public and private fund raisings, venture capital investments, joint ventures, corporate governance and international group reorganisations and structures.

Philip is a senior editor of The Offshore Funds Blog, a Harneys blog dedicated to explaining how offshore funds work and why investment managers use them.


Investment Funds
BVI Investment Funds
Distressed Funds

Education & Admissions

University of West England (Legal Practice Course) 2000
University of Bristol (LLB) 1999
Bar Admissions
England and Wales 2002
British Virgin Islands 2008


Subsequent to the announcement by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on 19 July 2016 - summarised in our article on ESMA passporting - the BVI has published the Securities and Investment Business (AIFMD) Regulations 2016 on 29 September... read more

Latest Deals

Harneys advised Quilvest Private Equity on its global reorganisation, which involved the structuring and incorporation of over 20 vehicles for new investments. Quilvest Private Equity has invested around US$4 billion in over 300 funds and 150 direct... read more


Phil is consistently recommended as a leading lawyer by independent legal directories Chambers & Partners, IFLR1000 and Legal 500. "Peers have enormous respect for Philip Graham", says Chambers & Partners, which also describes Phil as being sought after by fund managers for regulatory advice and launching funds. Clients describe Phil as "very responsive, eager to solve issues and has a comprehensive knowledge of BVI law."