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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Privy Council Offers Guidance on the Treatment of Non-Matrimonial Property in Divorce Proceedings

By Dr. Alecia Johns, Associate Attorney, O’Neal Webster The Privy Council handed down a December 2016 judgment in a matrimonial appeal from the British Virgin Islands which challenged the lower courts’ ruling on the division of property in divorce proceedings. … 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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Investment Fund Managers “Brexit” to the BVI

In the post-recession economy, investment managers are looking for increased flexibility and ways to maximise investor returns by minimising set up costs, government fees, and other related functionary and advisory costs. That is why many are now “Brexiting” to the … 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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Private trust companies: how to obtain the best of all worlds

By Christopher McKenzie, Partner, O’Neal Webster (UK) LLP (October 2016) Abstract This article considers why private trust companies are currently so popular, various structuring issues which those setting up private trust companies should take into consideration, and the private trust companies … Read more

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BVI Beacon Profiles O’Neal Webster Attorney, Dr. Alecia Johns

The BVI Beacon:  Thursday, September 8, 2016 BUSINESS PROFILE of Alecia Johns: O’Neal Webster Dr. Alecia Johns joined O’Neal Webster last year after receiving her doctorate degree in human rights law from the University of Oxford. Dr. Johns, a Jamaican … Read more

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Onshore vs Offshore – is there really a battle?

Over the past few months the issue of offshore jurisdictions and the role they play in the global economy has come under extreme scrutiny, especially from onshore governments seeking to increase tax revenues. The recent Panama Papers Leak has only … 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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Give your family a lasting act of kindness—prepare your estate plan now

Creating a Last Will and Testament if you reside in the BVI is both good for you and your loved ones. Having a Will is the cornerstone of an estate plan and one of the most fundamental acts of kindness you … 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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The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age | STEP Caribbean Conference 2016

The right to privacy has long been considered a fundamental human right and is widely recognised in numerous regional and international human rights instruments. For example, Article 12 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides that, ‘No one … 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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Corporate Law Evolution at its Best

(A synopsis of the recent amendments to the BVI Business Companies Act) 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, … Read more

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