Harneys has announced that British Virgin Islands’ Managing Partner Colin Riegels will step down on 30 June 2019 to return to full time academia. Partner Tanya Cassie-Parker will become the new BVI Managing Partner from 1 July 2019.
Firm Chairman, Peter Tarn, said: “I would like to congratulate Tanya on her promotion and wish her every success in her new role. I am certain that under her leadership, the BVI office will continue to grow and thrive as it serves our international client base around the globe. Although Colin will be greatly missed, I am pleased we have managed to entertain someone of Colin’s intellectual calibre and inquisitiveness for so long.”
Colin commented: “I have worked with Tanya for just under 20 years now; she is a superb lawyer and manager. I feel very confident leaving the future of Harneys in the BVI in her eminently capable hands.”
Colin leaves the firm to return to the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, where he will be undertaking his doctoral thesis on cross-border enforcement of security. Colin will remain connected to Harneys on a consultancy basis.
Tanya joined Harneys in 1999, specialising in aircraft finance and ship finance. Prior to relocating to the BVI, Tanya worked in the firm's Hong Kong office. Today, she advises clients on various forms of corporate finance, including bilateral and syndicated loans, bond issues, project finance, property financing, lease finance and general aspects of banking and finance law.
Tanya commented: “I would like to wish Colin the best on his journey into academia, and to thank him for guiding the BVI office through the highs and lows of the last two years, in particular the very difficult period in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma.”
Harneys is the BVI’s largest and longest-established law firm, with dedicated practice groups for all areas of commercial legal practice, each led by experienced, market-leading professionals. Harneys also provides fiduciary services to our clients through our associated corporate, trust and private wealth services business, Harneys Fiduciary, and is one of the few law firms in the BVI to offer these type of services.