British Virgin Islands

As Ogier's BVI team prepares for Hurricane Maria to reach the area this week, our BVI team outside the BVI continues to provide a seamless, round-the-clock service to clients.

All those employees who wanted to evacuate in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma have been evacuated with their families and are relocating to Ogier's Jersey or Cayman offices.

Our business continuity processes worked extremely well and we have been able to continue to service BVI office clients throughout this period with minimal disruption.

Ogier's experienced BVI legal team based outside BVI, which complements the BVI office team, has aided our business continuity

Ogier's clients have not been materially impacted by Hurricane Irma, as all ongoing work has been serviced by BVI lawyers based outside the BVI during this period of disruption.

We have a small team still in BVI who are working with BVI Finance and other professional services firms who have remained on the ground to assist the island's business continuity initiatives.

The BVI office is currently open for business but with the approach of Hurricane Maria we will be monitoring the position very closely and BVI office hours will continue to be restricted for now, with our BVI teams in Cayman, European and Asian time zones making sure we have coverage around the clock.

Our thoughts are with everyone in the BVI and surrounding territories; we will be doing everything we can to make sure our people remain safe during this storm and to continue to help the rebuilding operation after it passes.

Our specialists in BVI law can be contacted as follows:

Urgent enquiries - Michael Killourhy

Service lines leads:

Banking and Finance - Michael Killourhy

Corporate law - Michael Killourhy

Dispute Resolution – Nigel Sanders

Investment Funds – Simon Schilder

Private Client and Trusts - Marcus Leese

Our BVI-based team continue to be supported by our BVI teams in Europe and Asia - all team contact details can be found here.

We act for leading global financial institutions, investment managers and corporate entities from start-ups to global household names and are also instructed by many leading law firms and other intermediaries on many of the noteworthy and complex transactions and cases that involve BVI law across sectors including financial services, investment funds, energy and infrastructure, consumer goods and retail, life sciences, leisure and entertainment, manufacturing and real estate.

We provide BVI legal advice from our BVI office, in Europe from our Guernsey and Jersey offices and in Asia from our Hong Kong office.

Click here to download our Legal Services in BVI brochure.

Ritter House Wickhams Cay II PO Box 3170 Road Town, Tortola British Virgin Islands VG1110

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Ogier in the BVI

Our track record in the BVI

Our BVI law team have advised on many firsts including;

  • the IPO of the largest listed  BVI company to date (Lenta Limited's US$ 1 billion listing on the Main Board of the London Stock Exchange and the Moscow Stock Exchange)
  • the largest acquisition/disposal of a BVI company (Rosneft's US$ 55 billion acquisition of TNK-BP)
  • the largest listed note issuance by a BVI issuer (Cemex's US$ 3 billion note issuance).
  • the creation of the BVI's largest joint venture company (TNK-BP)
  • the largest debt restructuring involving multiple BVI companies (UCR's US$ 18 billion global debt restructure)
  • the first takeover of a BVI company by way of a Court approved plan of arrangement
  • the largest receivership sale involving BVI companies (42 BVI property companies in a hotel chain receivership disposal)

Our BVI law team has a long-standing commitment to the jurisdiction and is independently sought out by governmental and public sector authorities to support and steer industry and regulatory best practice.

Why the BVI?

The BVI is a British overseas territory with a legal system based on English common law. Politically stable, the islands have established a thriving international business industry, recognised and ranked among the world’s top offshore jurisdictions.

As an international finance centre, BVI offers:

  • an independent and robust Financial Services Commission acknowledged as a strong and sophisticated Regulator.
  • an international platform with a global footprint where Government has created strong international trade and diplomatic relationships.