Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Queen’s Counsel Paul Dennis leads the firm’s litigation team, which has earned a reputation for excellence in resolving disputes from insolvency and restructuring to asset tracing and general commercial litigation. International and local clients look to O’Neal Webster for practical and cost effective solutions. The attorneys combine creative, innovative legal strategies with the dedication of advocates experienced before all levels of the local and regional courts, including several appearances in the Privy Council. The team of experienced trial attorneys, along with a litigation support group to handle tasks involved in complex cross-border litigation emanating from the BVI, collaborate with clients and their advisers to keep them involved in every stage of the process. The team is committed to providing results, and clients can be assured that their matters will be dealt with promptly and professionally.
Banking & Finance:
The banking and finance team has extensive experience in advising financial institutions and borrowers on international and local banking transactions. Under the leadership of Vanessa King, head of the firm’s commerical department, the team is on legal panels for many international banks. O’Neal Webster is a BVI law firm of choice to advise on transactions such as property acquisition financing, asset and project financing, debt financing, and general banking transactions involving BVI entities. O’Neal Webster’s representation of banking institutions within the BVI is unmatched, and includes the majority of BVI branches of international banking institutions and the BVI’s only domestic bank
Investment Funds & Regulatory:
The BVI funds legislation provides a flexible, user-friendly framework for establishing collective investment vehicles. The firm’s funds team, under the leadership of managing partner Kerry Anderson, offers efficient, practical, and cost effective advice to new or established fund managers setting up or restructuring BVI funds. The team is known for its expert advice on fund formation, offering documentation, and service providers, and drafting of agreements with investment managers, administrators and custodians.
Corporate & Commercial:
The corporate and commercial team has a wide breadth of expertise and experience in international and local corporate and commercial transactions, including advising on stock exchange listings, private equity transactions, joint ventures, redomiciliations, corporate arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, corporate restructuring, and related aspects of corporate and commercial law. The team is regularly instructed by leading financial institutions, law firms, trust companies, investment houses, and corporations on high value commercial transactions and has a reputation for providing quality advice and solutions to clients.
Trusts and Estates:
The trusts team provides practical commercial advice on all aspects of BVI trusts law, whether clients are seeking to take advantage of cutting edge legislation by utilising a VISTA trust or simply wish to adopt a more standard structure. The team advises trustees (individuals and corporations) and beneficiaries alike on issues such as wealth protection, probate planning, trust creation, administration, and termination. Partner Christopher McKenzie leads the trusts department.
The firm’s intellectual property practice is part of the firm’s commercial department, and covers trademark and patent registrations, as well as protection of intellectual property rights, and represents clients in Trade Marks Registry proceedings and litigation before BVI courts. As a BVI licensed trademark agent, the firm is authorised to handle all matters under the BVI Trade Mark Act, 2013. The firm routinely handles large portfolios for major corporate clients and can provide customised reports to suit individual requirements.
Real estate in the BVI is tightly regulated. Licenses are required for foreign ownership of real estate, and the regulatory framework involved is complex. Led by Partner Willa Tavernier, the firm’s experience in commercial, hotel, and residential real estate in the BVI is virtually unparalleled. Members of the real estate team work with clients through all phases of development including title verification, planning and design approval, corporate structuring, and financing. The team has gained particular expertise in tourism projects from concept phase through construction and sales.
Shipping & Admiralty:
The BVI’s reputation as a premier sailing destination has also made it an attractive choice for the registration of vessels, and is a full category 1 REG Registry, capable of registering pleasure and commercial vessels of any type, size, and tonnage. There is no VAT or any other levy imposed with respect to registration in the BVI, except for the basic registration fee. O’Neal Webster offers the full range of services required to secure the registration of vessels in the BVI and advises on all matters relating to the acquisition, financing, operation, and transfer of vessels in the territory.
The firm receives instructions from a wide range of international clients, in particular other law firms and professional services companies seeking local counsel in the BVI. Overall, the firm’s goal is to provide the highest level of service to our international clients, whether they are incorporating a business, protecting trademarks, purchasing property, registering ships, establishing a private fund, arranging for the listing of a fund on a stock exchange, setting up BVI trusts, or resolving cross-border commercial disputes in the BVI.
O’Neal Webster also assists with identification of counsel and service providers throughout the world, as members in esteemed international networks; Lex Mundi and World Services Group