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

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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, private client advisory, education, and philanthropy across the International Financial Centres, while the Leaders List is compiled of recommended UK and international private wealth lawyers in global jurisdictions.

O’Neal Webster Partners Vanessa King and Willa Tavernier appear in the IFC Power Women Top 200 for the fourth consecutive year. Managing Partner Kerry Anderson, Partner Christopher Simpson, and Partner Christopher McKenzie, as well as Ms. King and Ms. Tavernier, have each been recommended to the 2016 Leaders List. Additionally, Mr. McKenzie was designated a Prominent Figure, which recognizes professionals who are “highly” recommended.

Vanessa King is head of O’Neal Webster’s Commercial Department where her practice focuses principally on banking and finance, corporate and commercial, and BVI trusts. Clients include leading and domestic international financial institutions, law firms, and trust companies.

Willa Tavernier is head of O’Neal Webster’s Property and Business Department where she leads the firm’s real estate practice, advises a broad-based clientele on contentious and non-contentious matters, and advises businesses and investors on employment issues, corporate and commercial law, joint ventures, and commercial contracts.

Kerry Anderson is head of O’Neal Webster’s Funds and Regulatory Department, advising on domestic and international clients in complex, multijurisdictional corporate and commercial matters. Key clients include U.S. and EU-based fund managers, closed-ended funds, open-ended funds, public funds, and segregated portfolio company funds.

Christopher McKenzie is head of the firm’s Trust and Estate Department and advises on all aspects of law in trusts, wills, and estates. He was founding chair of the BVI branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and chaired its legislation drafting committee that was instrumental in drafting the Virgin Islands Special Trust Act, which revolutionized the trust industry in the BVI.

Christopher Simpson advises leading financial institutions, corporations, and law firms on all aspects of corporate finance, including joint ventures, initial public offerings, private placements, mergers, arrangements, corporate restructuring, bilateral and syndicated loans, bond issues, property financing, project finance, special purpose vehicles, investment funds, and general corporate law. He is regularly instructed on investment business and regulatory matters, as well as high value corporate, banking, and funds transactions.

 About Citywealth Leader Lists

Leader Lists are compiled from reputable sources, including research generated by former editions, recommendations from leading figures in the financial service industry, and from a call for submissions during the year. All entries are independently verified by Citywealth. Inclusion means individual expertise is recognised and recommended within various sectors.

The Power Women’s List recognizes professionals from diverse backgrounds as trailblazers in their field, helping to promote business excellence in their home jurisdiction and consolidating the reputations of the financial services industry globally.

 About O’Neal Webster

Since 1989 O’Neal Webster has held a commitment to providing high quality legal counsel, serving the British Virgin Islands and international clients in complex commercial litigation; corporate, banking, finance, and funds; trusts and estates; intellectual property protection; real estate transactions; admiralty; and corporate restructuring and insolvency matters. O’Neal Webster has offices in Road Town, Tortola, BVI and London, U.K. Learn more at

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