Ogier's top-tier Dispute Resolution team in the BVI is recognised as "the stand out offshore firm for complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration" in the new Legal 500 Caribbean 2021.
Headed by "exceptional litigator" and Leading Individual Brian Lacy, "their lawyers are pragmatic, efficient and technically very able. Their professionalism and commitment to each case is second to none," says a client. Nicholas Burkill, also a Leading Individual, is described as "an exceptionally good litigator…one of the most experienced lawyers in the BVI", Next Generation Partner Nicholas Brookes is described as a "determined and fearsome litigator… a star of the future" and Grant Carroll, also ranked as Next Generation Partner, is "a delight to deal with." Ewelina Clyde-Smith, Alexander Muksinov and Daniel Mitchell are all recognised as key lawyers.
The Banking & Finance, Corporate and Regulatory and Compliance teams, led by Leading Individuals Ray Wearmouth and Michael Killourhy, are praised for their "superb knowledge base" and for acting "as a great partner in difficult situations." The team's international cohesion is praised, with Ogier's global BVI law team described as "responsive" and "always well-coordinated", noting that Ogier's "large, well-staffed BVI office with excellent lawyers and support staff" is coupled with "further excellent BVI lawyers in its Jersey and Hong Kong offices servicing clients local to those areas. All have a wealth of experience". Rebecca Clark is ranked as a Rising Star and other key lawyers include Christian Burns-Di Lauro and David Mathews.
The Investment Funds team, led by Leading Individual Simon Schilder, is noted for expertise in complex fund formations and fund structures, with Marie-Claire Fudge ranked as a key lawyer in this area.
Head of the BVI office, partner Ray Wearmouth, said: "We are very proud that our team has been endorsed for their 'immaculate knowledge' combined with pragmatism, commitment and a user-friendly approach that clearly resonates with our diverse client base.
"It is particularly pleasing to see our multi-disciplinary regulatory and compliance team recognised in a new category for their expertise in financial services regulation and anti-money laundering compliance issues."