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Conyers Dill & Pearman's practice is highly rated for advising on offshore IPOs on all major exchanges as well as significant banking and finance deals. Robert Briant oversees the corporate and finance team; Briant provided BVI legal advice to J.P. Morgan Securities and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken in connection with the purchase and resale of high-value senior secured notes; and Anton Goldstein provided BVI law advice to Buenos Aires-headquartered online travel company Despegar on its successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Other highlights include acting for Premier Oil, one of the UK’s largest independent oil and gas companies, on the successful restructuring of $3.8bn of debt facilities. Counsel Audrey Robertson has extensive experience in public offerings and multi-jurisdictional financing transactions, particularly involving commercial and private aircraft. Cora Miller is a key counsel and Rachael Pape joined as associate from Carey Olsen.

'Always proactive and diligent', Harneys' 'very responsive, great value-for-money, commercially astute' BVI-based banking and finance practice is supported by a global network of lawyers, particularly in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Cyprus, and Vancouver. The practice experienced a growing number of instructions involving blue-chip and complex finance deals, from syndicated lending, margin financing, asset and real estate financing deals, to restructuring and structured finance work. Colin Riegels is the managing partner of the BVI office and global banking and finance head; Riegels acted for the National Bank of the Virgin Islands on a multimillion-dollar share issuance. Tanya Cassie-Parker has 'an unflappable nature, a positive attitude and excellent technical knowledge, and is extremely efficient and responsive, making herself available outside of BVI office hours throughout deals'. Peter Tarn is chairman of the firm's executive committee, and the 'responsive and pragmatic' Michelle Frett-Mathavious 'provides a consistently excellent level of service at a good price point and is a pleasure to deal with'. Russell Willings relocated to the firm's London office, and former counsel Hamish Masson left for Blackfinch Investments.

Maples and Calder's BVI-qualified lawyers handle a variety of complex matters, including asset and project finance, general banking, and equity and debt capital markets. Typically advising issuers, banks and multilaterals, Richard May heads the corporate and finance team in the BVI office; the majority of his work emerges from North America and Europe, with a particular focus on the natural resources sector and project and asset finance. Christopher Newton led advice to Stoneway Capital, a Canadian issuer, on a $165m additional bond offering to provide additional funding for a thermal power project in Buenos Aires. Ruairi Bourke's clients include issuers, banks, asset managers, privately owned companies and venture capital firms. Guy Williamson is a notable associate.

Ogier consistently advises on large and complex BVI transactions, including high-value financings, global restructurings, bond issuances, debt capital markets matters and IPOs. Ray Wearmouth is the longstanding managing partner of the BVI office; in one of the most technical and complex advisory mandates of the year, Wearmouth led advice to Toys "R" Us on its high-value debt restructuring and US Chapter 11 proceedings. He also acted for HSBC in a financing package for Nord Anglia. Michael Killourhy's practice includes debt and equity capital markets work as well as structured finance.

Walkers BVI advises on the BVI aspects of secured and unsecured financings, subordinated and syndicated lending, securities issues, leveraged and acquisition finance, project and cross-border real estate finance, and derivatives and structured products. The team also stands out for its robust regulatory practice in the BVI, which is headed by senior counsel Lisa Penn-Lettsome. BVI managing partner David Collins advised Natixis on the amendment of the financing arrangements provided to the Hawaiki group for the construction of a cross-sectional capacity network cable between Australia and New Zealand, Hawaii and the US. Patrick Ormond is another key finance partner, and Omonike Robinson-Pickering is a highly regarded senior counsel. Senior associate Jude Hodge was hired from Mourant Ozannes, while Ashley Davies and Rowena Lawrence joined Campbells' Hong Kong office and the British Foreign Office, respectively. Former senior counsel Nick Egan left the firm.

Appleby is regularly instructed by major financial institutions to advise on secured syndicated facilities, project finance and asset-backed finance, including shipping and aircraft financing; the team also assists with capital markets deals and is experienced in derivatives. BVI managing partner Jeffrey Kirk is also the global head of the firm's Islamic finance practice group. Other recommended advisers include David Clark, who frequently acts for major European, US and Asian banks and multinationals on complex, cross-border financing structures; and Andrew Jowett, who is particularly focused on representing clients in the mining, oil and gas, energy, and natural resources sectors.

Regularly working on finance transactions that involve numerous BVI companies, Mourant Ozannes predominantly acts for well-known international lenders. The practice's specialisms include real estate, acquisitions, asset and structured finance; other areas of strength are leveraged, structured trade and emerging market finance as well as regulatory matters. It advised HSBC Bank on extending an existing property financing facility. Rachael McDonald leads the BVI finance and corporate department, Saraid Taylor is an experienced senior associate and associate Gary Hall relocated to the BVI from the Guernsey office.

Real estate finance is a key sector for Carey Olsen's BVI finance practice. The team advised Advanced Idea Holdings on the financing of London's 70 Gracechurch Street. Counsels Elizabeth Killeen and Sharon Mungall are experienced advisers, while Clinton Hempel, who divides his time between South Africa and the BVI, is the BVI practice group managing partner.

Forbes Hare's 'extremely helpful' José Santos is recommended for debt and equity financing, public financing (including listings on all major markets) and structured finance. Santos led advice to Wilmington Savings Fund Society, in its capacity as security trustee and collateral agent, on taking security over BVI-registered Toys "R" Us-owned entities.

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