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Managing Partner | Group Head, Corporate | British Virgin Islands


Jeffrey Kirk is the managing partner of the Appleby British Virgin Islands office and he leads the BVI office Corporate Practice Group. He advises on public and private M&A, capital markets, banking & finance, investment funds & services, private equity, (re)insurance and other corporate matters. He is also the global head of the Appleby Islamic Finance Practice Group. Jeffrey has worked in the Appleby London, Bermuda, Hong Kong and BVI offices and has extensive experience advising on the laws of the BVI, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

His pre-Appleby experience includes being in practice at leading London law firms, in-house counsel at Lloyd´s of London and at an international asset management group and general counsel for a leading underwriting firm.

Jeffrey is a frequent speaker and panellist at seminars and conferences including AFSIC (Africa Financial Services Investment Conference, London), Business BVI Outlook, the Fund Forum Asia, Islamic Finance News Hong Kong Road Show, Business Bermuda and the Islamic Real Estate World Asia Conference. He is often interviewed and invited to write articles on all aspects of offshore finance, hedge funds, (re)insurance, SPVs and other corporate issues and has contributed to numerous publications including The Lawyer, the Hedge Fund Journal, China Offshore, Banking Today, Bloomberg; Asia Insurance Review, Middle East Insurance Review, Legal Week, Business Today, the Bermuda Royal Gazette and the China Business Law Journal. He is a co-author of the BVI chapter of the Asset Management Review.


His memberships include being a member of the Hong Kong Insurance Law Association, the Bermuda Bar Association, the Law Society of Hong Kong (registered foreign lawyer), the Law Society of England & Wales (non-practicing) and the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (South Africa) (non-practicing) and he is also admitted to practice as a solicitor in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands).


University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
BPP Law School, London (England)

British Virgin Islands

Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

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.

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Corporate and commercial

Within: Leading individuals

Jeffrey Kirk - Appleby

Within: Corporate and commercial

Appleby fields lawyers with substantial experience in M&A and restructuring and who have sector experience in energy and natural resources, infrastructure and insurance. The team advised a private equity and investment advisory firm on the regulatory aspects of the acquisition of a provider of specialist business services. BVI corporate department head Jeffrey Kirk advises on public and private M&A, capital markets, banking and finance, investment funds, private equity, (re)insurance and other corporate-related matters. The other key contacts are David Clark and Andrew Jowett.

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