BVI Corporate & Commercial


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No team has a stronger understanding of the nuances and flexibility of the BVI’s renowned corporate regime. We put this unparalleled expertise to work for our clients.

Overview

Harneys helped write the BVI corporate law statute 30 years ago and we have been the authority on BVI corporate law ever since. Our team of corporate lawyers combines unmatched technical skill with a practical, commercial approach appreciated by clients. We excel at complex cross border transactions involving BVI vehicles, and our outstanding experience list includes complex mega-deals, high value private equity transactions, landmark IPOs and the full spectrum of M&A and JV deals.

Harneys has always been at the forefront of BVI corporate law. Clients trusted us to advise on the first-ever listing of a BVI company on the London Stock Exchange, and the largest ever IPO of a BVI company. We advised on the first-ever scheme of arrangement in the BVI, and the first plan of arrangement under the BVI Business Companies Act. Our corporate lawyers have strong networks in key markets around the world and understand the business environment in which their clients operate. They also work alongside incorporation experts and corporate secretaries from Harneys Fiduciary to provide integrated corporate and legal services to clients who require them.
 

Services

  • Equity capital markets
  • Private equity
  • Joint-ventures
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Re-organisations
  • Disposals
  • BVI start-ups
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Intellectual property, including BVI trademarks

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Corporate and Commercial

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Restructuring and Insolvency

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Contacts

Oliver Bell
Oliver Bell

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Greg Boyd
Greg Boyd

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall
Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Sheila George
Sheila George

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Rachel Graham
Rachel Graham

Partner
London
Johann E. Henry
Johann E. Henry

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Russell Willings
Russell Willings

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Simon Hudd
Simon Hudd

Head of Corporate
Bermuda
Christopher Hall
Christopher Hall

Counsel
London
Hamish Masson
Hamish Masson

Counsel
British Virgin Islands
Nadia Menezes
Nadia Menezes

Counsel
British Virgin Islands
Fergal McLoughlin
Fergal McLoughlin

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Sarah Lou Rockhead
Sarah Lou Rockhead

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
George Weston
George Weston

Senior Associate
British Virgin Islands
Jessie Xu
Jessie Xu

Associate
Hong Kong
Publications

Webinars

Video: Directors' duties in the BVI 
Video: What Lenders and Borrowers Need to Know - A Snapshot of Changes to BVI Law in 2015 

Articles & Updates

BVI exempts certain categories of people from work permit requirements 
Shareholder activism – considerations for BVI companies 
BVI enacts legislation to change work permit fee calculation 
BVI's new beneficial ownership regime to take effect on 1 July 2017 
Will Brexit have an impact on offshore financial services? 
BVI Business Companies: new Registry fees from 1 January 2018 

Guides

BVI and Cayman companies and UK property investments – a perfect match? 
Key benefits of using BVI structures 
Q&A for solvent voluntary liquidations for BVI companies 
The BVI Trade Marks Act 2013, A Practical Overview 
Using BVI Companies for International Listings 
Using BVI Companies for International Listings - A Comparison 

Recent Experience

​Harneys advises on $20 million NASDAQ IPO 
Harneys advises on largest-ever domestic M&A deal in BVI 
Harneys advises on sale of a £2.4 billion stake in leading data centre company Global Switch 
Harneys advises Virgin on acquisition of renewable energy group 
Harneys advises on Metminco purchase of Minera Seafield from RMB Australia 
Harneys advises LeniGas Cuba on reverse takeover of Knowlton Capital Inc