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Harney Westwood & Riegels


  • Craigmuir Chambers
  • PO Box 71
  • Road Town
  • Tortola
  • Tortola
  • British Virgin Islands
  • VG1110
  • Tel:+1 284 494 2233
  • Fax:+1 284 494 3547
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  • Chairman: Peter Tarn
  • BVI Managing Partner: Sheila George
  • Number of partners: 33
  • Number of lawyers: 85
  • Languages: Cantonese, Danish, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Putonghua, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
  • BRAZIL São Paulo:Tel:Email: Av. Cidade Jardim, 400, 20 andar, Sala 2017, Ed.Dacon. CEP 01454-000 +55 11 3818 0811 brazil@harneys.com
  • CANADA Vancouver:Tel:Mobile:Email: 666 Burrard Street, Suite 500, British Columbia, V6C 3P6 +1 604 642 6120 +1 604 446 2930 vancouver@harneys.com
  • CAYMAN ISLANDS Grand Cayman:Tel:Fax:Email: 4th Floor, Harbour Place, 103 South Church Street, PO Box 10240, +1 345 949 8599 +1 345 949 4451 cayman@harneys.com
  • CYPRUS Limassol:Tel:Fax:Email: Omrania Centre, 2nd and 3rd floor, 313, 28th October Avenue, 3105 +357 258 20020 +357 258 20021 cyprus@harneys.com
  • HONG KONG Hong Kong:Tel:Fax:Email: 3601 Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central +852 3195 7200 +852 23195 7210 hongkong@harneys.com
  • SiINGAPORE Singapore:Tel:Fax:Email: 20 Collyer Quay #21-02, 049319 +65 3152 1930 +65 3152 1931 singapore@harneys.com
  • UNITED KINGDOM London:Tel:Fax:Email: Ground Floor, 5 New Street Square, EC4A 3BF +44 20 7842 6080 +44 20 7353 0487 london@harneys.com
  • URUGUAY Montevideo:Tel:Email: Zonamerica, Ruta 8, km 17, 500, Edificio @3, local 202-003, 91600 +59 82 518 2238 Fax: +59 82 518 2238 america.latina@harneys.com

Firm Overview:
Harney Westwood & Riegels is a leading international offshore law firm providing the world’s top law firms, financial institutions and corporations with legal services relating to British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Cayman Islands, Anguilla and Mauritius law. The firm has a long standing reputation for providing fast, accurate and commercially astute advice.
The firm has over 320 lawyers and staff operating in nine offices and provides Mauritius legal services through an association with BLC Chambers.
The firm’s associated corporate and private wealth services business, Harneys Services, delivers a full complement of company, trust and fund formation and administration services.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Banking & Corporate:
18 Partners; 35 fee earners
Areas of specialty include trade finance, debt restructuring, property and acquisition finance, international debt issues, derivatives transactions, joint ventures, private equity transactions, listings, mergers and acquisitions.
• BVI counsel for BP, with Harneys Services as registered agent for TNK-BP, on the closing of a USD55 billion mega-deal in which Russia’s state owned oil company Rosneft took over TNK-BP; the deal closing took place in Harneys BVI offices
• Cayman Counsel to Deutsche Bank Barclays, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley in a USD1.4 billion transaction in connection with their respective senior secured financing commitments for the acquisition of a 50% stake in a holding company that integrated Santander’s Asset Management businesses by Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic
• Cyprus counsel to VTB Capital PLC in a USD3.6 billion financing for the acquisition of 37.8% interest in Polyus Gold International Limited a company which has the third largest gold reserves in the world
• BVI counsel in relation to the largest ever IPO of a BVI company involving aspects of the company’s USD944 million listing on the New York Stock Exchange
• Cyprus Counsel for the underwriters of USD800 million senior secured notes issued by Far East Capital Limited a subsidiary of the FESCO Group one of the leading transportation and logistics companies in Russia Asia
Contact: Colin Riegels Tel: +65 3152 1934
Email: colin.riegels@harneys.com BVI
Contact: Russell Willings Tel: +1 284 494 4037
Email: russell.willings@harneys.com

Investment Funds:
10 Partners; 20 fee earners
Specialised advice on fund formation, restructuring, administration and regulatory issues in the BVI and Cayman Islands, with deep experience in distressed fund situations.
• BVI lead counsel for New York-based investment manager’s fund platform which has approximately USD25 billion under management
• Cayman Islands Counsel to Atlantic Security Bank a major financial institution in Latin America where the firm advises on a number of regulatory requirements to investment acquisitions, ISDAs and a range of other fund matters including litigation
• BVI counsel for the European investment manager that has established the largest fund of funds platform in the BVI that involves the use of over 500 different vehicles BVI
Contact: Philip Graham Tel: +1 284 852 2551
Email: philip.graham@harneys.com Asia
Contact: Jonathan Culshaw Tel: +852 3195 7238
Email: jonathan.culshaw@harneys.com

Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring:
15 Partners; 28 fee earners
Accurate, clear and timely advice relating to British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands law, with particular emphasis on high profile multi-jurisdictional commercial and insolvency disputes.
• BVI counsel for a consortium of international investors including Lloyds/TSB, Bank Julius Baer, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Trust Suisse and ABN AMRO in a USD1.45 billion claim filed in BVI court emanating from the Bernard Madoff fraud
• Cayman counsel to Kinetic Partners in a USD10 billion multi-jurisdictional fraud claim between two Saudi families
• Pioneered a change in BVI law for recognising foreign judgments and facilitated the enforcement of a USD100 million Liechtenstein judgment over BVI held assets
• Cayman counsel for BBX Capital Asset Management LLC in relation to a USD43 million claim under the Fraudulent Dispositions Law (1996 Revisions) against a Florida property developer and against Royal Bank of Canada as trustee of the Firetrucks Trust
• Acted for the largest creditor in relation ot the restructuring of US$500 million debt in a property developer based in the People’s Republic of China Asia
Contact: Ian Mann Tel: +852 3195 7236
Email: ian.mann@harneys.com UK
Contact: Phillip Kite Tel: +44 207 842 6081
Email: phillip.kite@harneys.com BVI
Contact: Andrew Thorp Tel: +1 284 494 3267
Email: andrew.thorp@harneys.com

Trusts & BVI Private Client:
7 Partners; 9 fee earners
The team specialises in the creation of all types of BVI, Cayman and Cyprus trusts, with particular emphasis on the creation of trusts to hold family trading and investing companies. The firm also advises on real estate, administrative, labour and general commercial matters in the British Virgin Islands.
• BVI counsel to a number of trust companies based in the BVI, Europe and Asia to update and expand their suite of BVI template trust deeds, especially for VISTA trusts following legislative changes to BVI Trust Law
• Cayman counsel and providing all Cayman trust, corporate and regulatory advice in relation to the formation of a STAR trust to hold the voting shares in a Luxembourg vehicle
• Advised a number of HNW clients in Latin America on the establishment of bespoke reserved power trust, including complex protector committee provisions
• BVI Counsel to lenders on a number of major developments in the BVI including the biggest publicprivate water-supply project to be undertaken in the BVI BVI
Contact: Sheila George (Private Client) Tel: + 1 284 494 6461
Email: sheila.george@harneys.com CAY
Contact: Henry Mander (Trusts) Tel: + 1 345 815 2927
Email: henry.mander@harneys.com

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Funds & Private Equity
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Shipping & Aircraft
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Private Client


  • Craigmuir Chambers,
  • PO Box 71,
  • Road Town,
  • Tortola,
  • British Virgin Islands
  • VG1110
  • Tel +1 284 494 2233
  • Fax +1 284 494 3547
  • Email : bvil@harneys.com
  • Website : www.harneys.com