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O’Neal Webster is recruiting for a senior Legal Secretary for its litigation department.

The successful candidate will be required to provide support to senior legal professionals with minimum supervision and will generally be responsible for:
·    drafting correspondence and court documents
·    preparing and filing court documents
·    file management
·    liaising with clients
·    client billing
·    attorney desk management

The ideal candidate will have:
·   at least five years relevant experience in a law office
·   a wide knowledge of professional office procedures and skills
·   excellent written and oral communication skills
·   a high level of competence with MS Word
·   strong typing and organizational skills
·   proficiency with the ECSC E-Litigation Portal is an asset but not a requirement

Qualified candidates may submit their résumés to The deadline for submission of application is September 30, 2023.

Chambers Global Practice Guides: Enforcement of Judgments 2023 – British Virgin Islands

O’Neal Webster Senior Partner Paul B. Dennis, K.C., Senior Associate Asha Johnson-Willins, and Associate Paul Edwards contributed the British Virgin Islands chapter to Chambers Global Practice Guide: Enforcement of Judgments 2023 Law & Practice.

A judgment that cannot be enforced is of little or no value. It is therefore important for those involved in commercial disputes to understand, before embarking on legal proceedings, where an opponent’s assets are located, what judicial assistance (if any) will be available in locating assets against which to enforce and the process for enforcement.

Link here to view an excerpt and the table of contents and to download the British Virgin Islands chapter for both foreign and domestic judgments.

We are delighted to announce that O’Neal Webster’s Corporate, Banking, and Funds practices and three partners have been recognized by IFLR1000, Financial and Corporate in its 2023 edition for the British Virgin Islands.

Managing Partner Vanessa King is ranked “Highly Regarded” for her work in capital markets, banking, and M&A; Kerry Anderson is “Highly Regarded” in the practices of banking and M&A; and Christopher Simpson is “Highly Regarded” for investment funds and banking. 

IFLR1000 evaluates law firms and lawyers by practice area within a jurisdiction on the basis of transactional evidence by how complex or challenging the work is or whether there was any innovation involved in the deal or its structuring.

Kerry Anderson speaks at British Virgin Islands Government trade mission to Guyana.

BVI Trade Mission to Guyana

O’Neal Webster is pleased that our partner Kerry Anderson was able to join a diverse, 17 member delegation on a trade mission to Guyana from 30 July to 4 August 2023, initiated by The Government of the British Virgin Islands, represented by Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services, Labour and Trade, the Hon. Lorna Smith, OBE. This trade mission is comprised of delegates from the BVI financial services industry and various business sectors, as the public and private sector seek ways to increase engagement between the two countries.

Meet Nadine Whyte Laing

At O’Neal Webster, we’re beyond proud to introduce one of the brightest stars in our litigation department – Nadine Whyte Laing. With an unwavering commitment to her clients, Nadine’s expertise shines through her research prowess, razor-sharp critical thinking, and exceptional case strategy skills.

Her journey with us spans years of dedicated service, where she has taken on significant challenges in commercial disputes, corporate insolvency, and probate litigation, earning a spot as a standout litigator in the BVI.

BVI Statutory Mergers: A valuable tool for business combinations and restructurings globally

The BVI statutory merger process is recognized globally and has been used effectively for many years. However, today, more global entities increasingly use BVI statutory mergers in high-value cross-border transactions. This shift substantiates the BVI’s corporate regime, which is valued for its ample flexibility in facilitating cross-border business combinations and restructurings, supporting the evolution of businesses over time.

The statutory nature of the BVI merger process provides certainty regarding the exchange of shares, other securities, assets and liabilities, which are critical elements in most business combinations and restructurings. As such, the BVI remains an essential jurisdiction in the mergers and acquisitions market for small, medium and global players. To learn more about how BVI statutory mergers work, link here.

O’Neal Webster is pleased to announce that Chambers Global Guide has named Partner Christopher Simpson in its 2023 edition as a ranked lawyer in area of British Virgin Islands Corporate & Finance, including Investment Funds. Chambers rankings are the definitive mark of excellence across the international legal industry. A ranking from Chambers shows that a particular lawyer or firm stands out in the most rigorous, independent, and in-depth research process of any legal directory on the market and has emerged as one of the best in their field.

Simpson is recognized by Chambers for his international and domestic work advising a client base of leading financial institutions, corporations and law firms on corporate finance; investment business and regulatory matters, including fin tech and digital assets; general aspects of corporate law; and investment funds, including crypto funds.

In addition to Simpson’s entry into the Chambers Global Guide this year, O’Neal Webster’s Corporate, CommercialInvestment Funds and Dispute Resolution practices were also recognized in the 2023 rankings.

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UN General Assembly Adopts UN Convention on the Judicial Sales of Ships

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN Convention on the International Effects of Judicial Sales of Ships on 7 December 2022. The Convention looks to ensure certainty on an international scale regarding legal aspects of a ship’s judicial sale.

Overall, when the Convention comes into force sometime in 2023, it will enhance legal certainty by creating a uniform regime for the international effects of judicial sales of ships. For the international maritime community, the Convention is encouraging, beneficial, and delivered at the most appropriate time. Read the full article here.

O’Neal Webster advises Masplay on its acquisition of Nike de Chile Ltda

O’Neal Webster acted as British Virgin Islands counsel to Masplay, S.A. and its wholly owned subsidiary Equinox Los Andes SPA on its multimillion-dollar acquisition of Nike de Chile Ltda.

Masplay is the leading Andean region marketer and distributor of athletic footwear, apparel, and equipment for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities, including the exclusive distribution of Nike in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and now Chile.

The success of Masplay’s transaction adds to O’Neal Webster’s reputation as an advisor and legal partner to multinational entities in their significant cross border transactions involving the BVI.

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