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Global Guide
Department Profile

O'Neal Webster Corporate & Finance Department

British Virgin Islands

  • Profile
  • Commerce House, 2nd Floor
  • Road Town
  • Tortola
  • Tortola
  • British Virgin Islands

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The British Virgin Islands is among the most attractive jurisdictions in the world, enjoying modern and favorable laws and a strong regulatory framework. The BVI is white listed by all three international reporting standards organizations.

With deep roots in the BVI, the firm’s attorneys easily navigate local governing bodies, courts, administrative offices, and enforcement regimes, ensuring clients receive prompt and effective representation. Possessing excellent knowledge of the jurisdiction and the business of the territory, they advise clients on new products and legislation, and work closely with Government in the development of the offshore finance and trust industries and BVI legislation.

Corporate attorneys adeptly handle general and complex bank representations, stock exchange listings, private equity transactions, joint ventures, redomiciliations, corporate arrangements, mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and restructuring.

The Investment Funds and Regulatory Practice handles general investment fund applications and complex applications for licensing under the BVI Securities and Investment Business Act, the Bank and Trust Companies Act, and Financing and Money Services Act.

Recent successes include obtaining BVI licenses for the only group of foreign funds to offer services in the BVI; helping one of only three money service providers in the BVI to obtain a license; and enabling licensing for the provision of Forex business, which is a tightly regulated activity.


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Global Reach. The firm offers seamless collaboration in multiple jurisdictions to serve its clients’ global interests. O’Neal Webster’s BVI footprint is augmented by an office in the UK and complemented through membership as the exclusive BVI law firm in Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms, and World Services Group, a globally recognized resource for professionals and their clients in legal, investment banking, and accounting.

Culture and Clientele. The firm maintains a sophisticated yet accessible and collegial culture. Clients benefit from its commitment to offering the most current sound and practical advice, punctuated with attentive and personalized service.

International clients include high net worth individuals, major banks, funds and fund managers, financial services companies, trusts, and other law firms.

Company formation and administration services are provided through O’Neal Webster’s affiliated financial services company, Coverdale Trust Services Limited.