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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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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BVI adopts OECD’s Common Reporting Standard for financial institutions

By Vanessa King, Partner, Head of Corporate and Commercial Department, O’Neal Webster and Dr. Alecia Johns, Associate, Litigation Department, O’Neal Webster The integrity of tax systems around the world has been challenged for years, stymied by undetected, illegal evasion tactics. … 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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Unleashing the Power of the BVI Restricted Purposes Company

Modern day company law has largely moved away from the concept of “ultra vires” which sought to limit the ability of a company to enter into transactions outside its stated objects. The British Virgin Islands officially moved away from 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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Five O’Neal Webster Lawyers pinned as members of ‘Team BVI’ by BVI Finance

Five O’Neal Webster lawyers were formally pinned as members of Team BVI at a cocktail reception hosted by BVI Finance on 16th September, 2015. This event was held to celebrate and recognise the commitment of Team BVI members for their contributions to … Read more

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“Protecting Wealth: A jurisdictional guide” | China Edition

Introduction to the British Virgin Islands Jurisdiction The British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) remains one of the largest offshore domiciles in the world. There are some 800,000 companies registered with the BVI’s Registry of Corporate Affairs. Depending on the source, anywhere … Read more

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Legitimate Concerns: BVI Status of Children Act, 2014

The majority of offshore jurisdictions have long provided for equality in the legal rights and status of legitimate and ‘illegitimate’ children where trusts, estates and wills are concerned. As of 31 October 2014, the BVI joined such jurisdictions, instituting the … Read more

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Incubating Hedge Funds for the Future: A BVI perspective

To incubate is to keep something in a suitable environment for a term where it can develop to its full potential. Increasingly, the concept is being applied to hedge funds, where “to incubate” implies structured conditions for the development and … Read more

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Paul Webster, Queen’s Counsel, O’Neal Webster Senior Partner, Appointed to Court of Appeal of The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands – September 2, 2015 – BVI-headquartered law firm O’Neal Webster has today announced that Senior Partner and Queen’s Counsel Paul Webster, after a long and illustrious career at the private Bar, has been appointed … Read more

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