BVI notice - Hurricane Irma

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.

BVI and Cayman law in Europe and Asia

Why BVI?

BVI is, by a significant margin, the largest jurisdiction for the domicile of corporate entities, with approximately 400,000 companies active and registered in the jurisdiction.

The use of BVI entities is  popular with investors  based all over the world and across all industry sectors sectors. 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.

Why Cayman?

Cayman is the premier investment funds jurisdiction. A mature, sophisticated international financial services centre, the Cayman Islands provide an effective and cost-efficient tax-neutral platform for international capital flows.

With a long track record in the Cayman Islands – where we established in 1991 as the first transatlantic offshore law firm – ours is one of the largest, most stable teams in Cayman. Ogier is trusted to provide commercial legal advice by leading global financial institutions and international law firms, investment managers and corporate entities, boutique advisors and other intermediaries as their first choice to advise on Cayman matters. With our Cayman Islands law capability in the Channel Islands and Asia, we provide 24-hour commercial advice to clients based in financial centres around the globe.

BVI and Cayman law in Europe and Asia

Our specialist team providing BVI and Cayman advice in Europe and Asia provides clients and intermediaries with access to experienced lawyers advising on BVI and Cayman law in the following practice areas:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Digital, Blockchain & Fintech
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Investment Funds
  • Private Client and Trusts