SERVICES

Banking & Finance

Led by Managing Partner Vanessa King, the banking and finance practice counts major international and domestic banks and trust companies among its prestigious client base, including the only BVI-based financial institution. The team offers comprehensive, practical, cost effective service to render general legal advice, regulatory requirements, and matters affecting the daily business concerns of the banking industry in the BVI. The team provides due diligence in relation to borrowers, advice regarding corporate capacity of borrowers, corporate documentation for borrowers to satisfy corporate structure requirements to meet financing terms, and more.

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Corporate & Commercial

Instructed by top financial institutions, law firms, trust companies, investment houses, and corporations to handle high-value commercial transactions, O’Neal Webster’s commercial attorneys are highly valued for providing quality advice regarding commercial opportunities, efficient services in BVI company formations and maintainance, and viable solutions to challenging issues that arise. The team’s deep roots in the BVI provide a seamless experience in navigating local governing bodies, courts, administrative offices, and enforcement regimes, saving time and reducing costs for clients.

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Funds & Regulatory

Led by Kerry Anderson, head of O’Neal Webster’s New York office, the Investment Funds & Regulatory Department handles general investment fund applications and complex applications for licensing under the BVI’s Financing and Money Services Act, Securities and Investment Business Act, and the Bank and Trust Companies Act. The team is deeply experienced in the initial structuring of investment vehicles or amendments to investment vehicles, and often provide continuing legal advice and support throughout fund operations. Clients include U.S. and EU-based fund managers, closed-ended funds, open-ended funds, public funds, and segregated portfolio company funds. They also advise international clients on complex, multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial matters.

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Intellectual property

A leading registered BVI Trademark Agent authorised to address all trademark services under the modern and attractive BVI Trade Mark Act, 2013, the firm’s intellectual property team offer clients—both large and small—premium services that range from initial filings, renewals, and assignment recordings, to change of ownership, license agreements, change of address, oppositions and infringement, and trademark matters involved in mergers and acquisitions. The firm manages a large portfolio of intellectual property clients worldwide, including reputable law firms and famous brand owners. The firm’s IP litigation team has earned a reputation for excellence in handling complex intellectual property business disputes.

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Litigation

Recognized as one of the most experienced and effective litigation teams in the Virgin Islands, under the leadership of Queen’s Counsel Paul Dennis, O’Neal Webster’s Litigation Department handles a range of complex cross-border and domestic commercial matters, including shareholder disputes, enforcement of banker’s securities, liquidations, insolvency and asset recovery, interim asset preservation, general business litigation, probate, and individual family matters. The litigation team is particularly experienced in matters of distressed funds; debt restructuring and rescheduling; schemes of arrangement, tracing, and recovery action; fund liquidation; and appointment and removal of liquidators, receivers, and corporate trustees.

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Property & Business

O’Neal Webster’s Property and Business Law Department, led by Managing Associate Jenelle Archer, is highly regarded for its ability to serve persons or companies wishing to purchase or sell property in the territory, such as commercial and residential real estate, or engage in business and/or employment in the BVI. The team counts among its successes major commercial transactions and public and private development projects in the BVI, including five-star resorts and the purchase and successful transference of businesses located in the BVI. 

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Shipping & Admiralty

The British Virgin Islands’ reputation as a premier sailing destination has also made it an attractive choice for the registration of vessels. With over 30 years experience in handling BVI ship registration and admiralty disputes, O’Neal Webster offers the full range of services required to secure the registration of vessels in the BVI and advises on all matters relating to the acquisition, financing, operation, and transfer of vessels in the territory. The firm’s litigation practice boasts a significant admiralty component, advising and acting for an international clientele in matters concerning the arrest and bail of vessels, claims for and against vessels, and limitation of liability for maritime claims.

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Trusts & Estates

Led by Partner Christopher McKenzie (London), an internationally noted expert, O’Neal Webster’s trusts & estates team advises trustees—individuals and corporations—and beneficiaries on the full complement of issues related to wealth preservation; probate planning; and trust creation, administration, and termination. Whether clients are seeking to take advantage of cutting edge legislation by utilising a VISTA trust, or simply wish to adopt a more standard structure, the firm’s highly experienced lawyers offer confidential counsel in all phases of estate planning, trust, and probate matters. 

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