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BVI Hosts International Disputes at New, State of the Art Arbitration Centre

There is no dispute that the 2017 hard-opening of the new ‘state of the art’ British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre signals the BVI’s intent to become the leading arbitral and dispute resolution destination in the Caribbean. The Centre, an … Read more

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UK Inheritance Tax Deadline Looms for “De-enveloping” your BVI Company

The UK Government’s recent consultation on tax reforms in respect of non-domiciled individuals, whether resident or not, has resulted in a shake-up of company law. The UK has announced that from April 6, 2017, residential property in the UK held … Read more

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O’Neal Webster Partner Vanessa King Elected to BVIFL Board of Directors

TORTOLA – Jan. 26, 2017 – O’Neal Webster is pleased to announce that Partner Vanessa King has been elected to the board of directors of BVI Finance Limited (BVIFL), formerly BVI Finance, for a term of three years. She has … Read more

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STEP Caribbean and Latin America Region Elects O’Neal Webster Partner Vanessa King as Deputy Chair

TORTOLA – Jan. 26, 2017 – O’Neal Webster announces that Partner Vanessa King has been elected Deputy Chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ (STEP) Caribbean and Latin America Region. She joins Chair Ivan Hooper of Uruguay, Secretary … Read more

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O’Neal Webster Partner Vanessa King earns STEP Founder’s Award for “Outstanding Achievement”

 Nov 24, 2016 – TORTOLA – British Virgin Islands-based law firm O’Neal Webster congratulates Partner Vanessa King as the recipient of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ ninth annual, prestigious Founder’s Award. The Award is presented to an individual … Read more

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Seven O’Neal Webster Lawyers Recommended by The Legal 500 Caribbean 2017

November 10, 2016 – Tortola – British Virgin Islands-based law firm O’Neal Webster announced today that the firm and seven lawyers in three key practice areas have been recommended by the editor of The Legal 500 in the 2017 Caribbean … Read more

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BVI House Asia’s trust seminar held at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

Private Trust Companies – The Best of Both Worlds was the topic of BVI House Asia’s trust seminar, held November 2, 2016 at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce’s Conference Room. The seminar, attended by more than 80 lawyers, trust practitioners … Read more

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Five O’Neal Webster Partners recognized in Citywealth’s IFC 2016 Leaders Lists

Oct. 2016, TORTOLA – The prestigious 2016 Citywealth IFC Power Women Top 200 List and 2016 Leaders List (Lawyers) recently recognized five O’Neal Webster Partners. The IFC Power Women recognizes 200 of the most powerful women in government, private wealth, … Read more

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Trust and Estates Partner Christopher McKenzie Recognized in Chambers and Partners Inaugural High Net Worth Guide

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, June 27, 2016 – O’Neal Webster partner Christopher McKenzie, a well-known name in the BVI trust market, has been ranked in Chambers and Partners’ inaugural High Net Worth Guide, published June 2016. Based in O’Neal Webster’s London … Read more

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O’Neal Webster Receives Licensed Trademark Agent Status Under BVI Trade Mark Act, 2013

Known worldwide for its robust shipping registry, trusts, funds, and corporate law sectors, the British Virgin Islands is emerging as a globally competitive jurisdiction for registering and protecting intellectual property, thanks to the enactment of the highly anticipated Trade Mark … Read more

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Global Law and Business Publishes 4th Edition of “Trusts in Prime Jurisdictions”

As globalisation continues, opportunities are arising for practitioners in trust jurisdictions that did not exist a few years ago. Growth continues in the traditional trust jurisdictions, especially in civil law jurisdictions where trusts have previously been used in a limited … Read more

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Announcing: 2016 STEP Caribbean Conference in St. Lucia

Thought provoking, engaging and always leading edge, STEP CC16 —the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners Caribbean Conference 2016— will showcase the best of the region along with some of the most interesting speakers in the global trust and wealth … Read more

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O’Neal Webster Earns Top Legal Adviser Status in Chambers Global for Corporate & Finance and Dispute Resolution

March 18, 2016 – TORTOLA – Once again, Chambers Global has recognized O’Neal Webster’s Corporate & Finance and Dispute Resolution practices in its 2016 edition. Also honored for their individual work were partners Vanessa King, Corporate & Finance and Trusts … Read more

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Business Companies Act Amendments Breakfast Forum

BVI Finance is hosting another installment in their breakfast forums series on March 9, 2016 from 8:00-9:30 AM. This forum will focus on the 2015 amendments to the BCA and is rightfully titled, “Business Companies Act 2015 Amendments, Cautions and Opportunities.” … Read more

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Signature event for H. Lavity Stoutt Community College accreditation celebration

The legendary, four-time Grammy award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo will take the stage at the Eileene Parsons Auditorium at the H Lavity Stoutt Community College, Tortola on February 23rd and 24th 2016 as part of their world tour and the … Read more

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O’Neal Webster adds depth to BVI practice, welcoming attorneys Dr. Alecia Johns and Ms. Jenelle Archer to its legal team

25 January 2016 – Road Town, Tortola – The law firm of O’Neal Webster expanded their capabilities in its British Virgin Islands-based litigation, real estate, banking, business, and trust and estate practices, with the recent addition of attorneys, Associate Dr. … Read more

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O’Neal Webster Litigation Team Scores Major Win for BVI Electricity Corporation

Jan. 18, 2016 – TORTOLA BVI – O’Neal Webster’s litigation team, led by Partner Paul Dennis QC, extended its winning record with a major victory this week for the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), the sole provider of electricity … Read more

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BVI Business Companies Act to be Further Enhanced

By Christopher Simpson, O’Neal Webster Partner. The renowned BVI Business Companies Act which came into effect 2005 and modernised the BVI corporate law regime promulgated under the earlier International Business Companies Act of 1984, is to be further enhanced through … Read more

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O’Neal Webster Partners, Willa Tavernier and Vanessa King, recognized for the third consecutive year in Citywealth’s IFC Power Women Top 200

Jan. 2016 – TORTOLA BVI – The prestigious Citywealth IFC Power Women Top 200 List has now been published for 2015, recognizing 200 of the most powerful women in government, private wealth, private client advisory, education, and philanthropy across the … Read more

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The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, BVI Branch, hosts first STEP BVI Conference for the financial services industry

13 October 2015 – ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands – The BVI Branch of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), under the leadership of Chair and O’Neal Webster Partner, Ms. Vanessa King, hosted its inaugural conference—STEP BVI 2015—at … Read more

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