At A Glance Guide to BVI Fund Structuring Options

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With more than a decade in the jurisdiction, Ogier's partners includes some of the leading names in BVI law – and we are specialists in all aspects of the establishment and operation of investment funds.

Our expertise in BVI law extends to our global locations, with BVI-qualified lawyers in our European, Asian and Caribbean offices. In Asia, BVI companies are China’s second largest inward investor.

Given the global usage of BVI structures, to best serve our clients' needs we have structured our business to include BVI qualified lawyers in our offices across all time zones.

BVI Fund options

Established Manager

• Professional Fund

• Private Fund

• Public Fund

Family/friends offering

• Private Fund

• Approved Fund

Start-up Manager

• Professional Fund

• Private Fund

• Incubator Fund

Family Office

• Private Fund

• Approved Fund


5 fund structuring options in BVI

Professional Funds - Funds for "professional investors" only with each investor making a minimum investment of US$100,000

Private Funds - No minimum investment level but limited to a maximum of 50 investors, or offering on a private basis

Public Funds - No minimum investment level and no cap on the number of investors, the most regulated regime, suitable for retail fund offerings

Approved Funds - No minimum investment level, but restricted to a maximum of 20 investors and a maximum AUM of US$100 million

Incubator Funds - For up to 20 "sophisticated private investors" with a minimum investment of US$20,000 and a maximum AUM of US$20 million – must convert to another category after two years


5 things to know about Ogier worldwide

We more than 150 years' pedigree as a law firm, and we regularly win awards for the quality of our people and our advice

We advise on BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law in Banking & Finance, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Investment Funds, Private Client & Trusts, and Tax

Our teams include some of the leading names in the offshore world, and our clients include some of the world's biggest banks, asset managers and financial institutions

Nine of our practices are ranked as best in their jurisdiction and we have the capacity, the knowledge and expertise to handle the most demanding and complex transactions

We provide legal services in 99 countries and in 17 languages, with clients including 41 of the top 50 global law firms and 21 of the top 25 global banks

About Ogier

Ogier provides practical advice on BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law through its global network of offices. Ours is the only firm to advise on these five laws. We regularly win awards for the quality of our client service, our work and our people.


This client briefing has been prepared for clients and professional associates of Ogier. The information and expressions of opinion which it contains are not intended to be a comprehensive study or to provide legal advice and should not be treated as a substitute for specific advice concerning individual situations.

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