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by Andrew Thorp

Restructuring and Insolvency - British Virgin Islands: restructuring and insolvency

Harneys partner Andrew Thorp and senior associate Mark Rowlands contributed “British Virgin Islands: Restructuring & Insolvency” in The In-House Lawyers, Restructuring & Insolvency Country Comparative Guide. The chapter is...

Restructuring and Insolvency - BVI adopts guidelines for communication and cooperation between courts

The BVI today adopted new guidelines for communication and cooperation between courts in cross-border insolvency matters. The initiative, which was the result of work by the Judicial Insolvency Network[1], has proved very popular. The BVI is the...

BVI - Arbitration in the BVI: an introduction

The BVI International Arbitration Centre (IAC) opened on 16 November 2016 and the BVI IAC Rules (the BVI Rules) came into force on the same date giving full force to the Arbitration Act 2013 effective as of 1 October 2014 in the British Virgin Islands...

BVI - LatAm focus: litigating trusts disputes in the BVI

The British Virgin Islands has long been hailed as a leading offshore jurisdiction for wealth management and asset protection amongst Latin American high net worth families and individuals. Over the next four years, Latin American HNWIs, family offices...

Tax and Regulatory - TIEAs and Your Company's Right to Information: New Court Guidance

Today’s significant decision in the cases of Quiver Inc. & Friar Tuck Limited v International Tax Authority in the BVI Administrative Court confirms that public bodies must strike a balance when discharging their international obligations...

Restructuring and Insolvency - Judges lead the way on cross-border insolvency initiatives

The last decade has exposed the bankruptcy courts across the globe to a large volume of international work, and with that experience in mind, the Judicial Insolvency Network (JIN) held its inaugural meeting in Singapore in late 2016, as outlined in...

Litigation - BVI Commercial Court appoints three new judges

Harneys is pleased to report three judicial appointments to the BVI Commercial Court which are designed to increase the capacity of the Court in 2017. Justices Gerhard Wallbank and Roger Kaye QC are appointed to terms...

BVI - More questions of standing of beneficial shareholders

In a recent decision in the case of TIPP Investments PCC v. Chagala Group Ltd. et al (BVIHCM 102/2016), Mr Justice Davis-White clarified the issue of the standing of beneficial shareholders that we highlighted in our previous article. As we had said...

Restructuring and Insolvency - Unfair prejudice and beneficial shareholders: a confused noise

While the position regarding the standing of struck off companies in BVI is relatively clear (see last year’s English Commercial Court decision of Maritime Investment Holdings Inc v Underwriting Members of Syndicate 1183 Lloyd’s and Others)...

Litigation - Widening the Net: BVI Court expands post judgment Norwich Pharmacal jurisdiction

In UVW v XYZ (27 October 2016), the BVI Court gave an important judgment in relation to the obligations of a registered agent to provide third party disclosure to assist a foreign judgment creditor with tracing assets. This judgment is a broadening...

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