Philip Graham is global head of our Investment Funds and Regulatory groups and head of our transactional team in the British Virgin Islands. He advises on the laws of the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands and is a leading advisor on all aspects of offshore investment funds, including pre-formation strategy, regulatory compliance and restructuring.
Phil has over 15 years of experience advising in connection with all types of fund vehicles, including private equity and hedge funds, limited partnerships, and start-ups operating in the fintech space. He has extensive economic substance knowledge and has co-hosted a series of informative podcasts on the subject.
Phil serves as chairman of the BVI Investment Funds Association and consults regularly with government and the regulator on legislative development and the impact of regulatory change. He is senior editor of the Offshore Funds Blog, speaking and publishing regularly on topics including offshore funds, Cayman and BVI fund products, blockchain, cryptocurrency and regulatory matters such as information exchange and AML.
Philip is adept at guiding clients through the structuring of BVI vehicles, and sources praise him as a "good technical lawyer" as well as a "solid guy who knows what he's talking about."Chambers and Partners, 2019
Philip is ranked a “market leader”.IFLR1000, 2020
Philip is “excellent, a very good lawyer and very responsive". “He always provides practical advice and doesn't overcomplicate the issues." A source added: “He is the reason that I use Harneys, and it's always a pleasure to deal with.”IFLR1000
Philip is recognised as a “leading individual” in the British Virgin Islands Corporate and Commercial and Investment Funds rankings.Legal 500, 2020
Philip is recognised as an expert in the private funds space.Who's Who Legal, 2019
Philip has been ranked for his BVI Corporate & Finance expertise. He wins praise from clients, who comment that he is "extremely client-centric; he really understands our needs and works through the issues extraordinarily thoroughly."Chambers and Partners, 2020
- England and Wales (not practising)
- British Virgin Islands
- University of West England (LPC)
- University of Bristol (LLB)