VANESSA KING

Managing Partner
Head of Banking & Finance

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

  • University of the West Indies, BA (Hons); LL.B (Hons)
  • Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica, Certificate of Legal Education

BIOGRAPHY

O’Neal Webster Managing Partner Vanessa King’s practice covers the major financial centers of the world, where her clients include international and domestic financial institutions, law firms, family offices, trust companies, and high net worth individuals. She is frequently instructed to establish or amend BVI trusts and various forms of corporate finance, such as bilateral and syndicated loans, project finance, property finance, and restructuring. As managing partner, she leads the law firm in areas of strategic vision and growth, client satisfaction, process improvement, and other management initiatives.

Currently, Vanessa serves as deputy chair of the BVI Financial Services Commission Appeals Board and chairs the Caribbean and Latin America Region of STEP, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and the BVI STEP Branch. Additionally, she sits on the STEP Caribbean Conference Steering Committee and is a member and former secretary of the BVI Bar Association.

In the community, she serves as the co-chair of the Board of Directors of Green VI Ltd., is the deputy chair of the Board of Trustees for Cedar International School, and contributes countless hours, annually, to pro-bono services.

In 2016, Vanessa was the global recipient of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ ninth annual Founder’s Award. In 2021, she was distinguished as the BVI Financial Services Awards’ 2020 “Lawyer of the Year.”

Vanessa’s expertise is globally recognized by highly respected ranking bodies, including The Legal500, Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000, and CityWealth IFC.

DISTINCTIONS

  • “An excellent lawyer.” “Commercial Expert” “…significant experience advising major clients on a wide range of BVI corporate and commercial matters.” “Reliable and experienced legal adviser.” “Level of service is absolutely first class.”– Legal500
  • “Leader in her field.” “Very responsive and works well under pressure.” “Operates a broad commercial practice. She is especially active in advising trust companies and financial institutions.” – Chambers Global
  • Citywealth Leaders List  and Citywealth IFC Power Women 200
  • “Vanessa turns things around quickly and accurately.” “…wins praise from peers and clients.”– IFLR1000

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