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Harney Westwood & Riegels

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British Virgin Islands

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British Virgin Islands

Within Corporate and commercial, Harney Westwood & Riegels is a first tier firm,

Harney Westwood & Riegels has ‘truly excellent technical skills and vast industry knowledge’. Recent highlights include acting as BVI counsel to BP on closing a $55bn mega-deal in which Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft took over TNK-BP; the transaction was the largest takeover deal in Russian history. The team also acted for Kaisa Property Group (Hong Kong) in relation to an issue of $500m senior notes. Russell Willings ‘knows his field extremely well and cuts to the nub of the issue’, and Tanya Cassie-Parker, Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall and Philip Graham are also key contacts. Senior associate Ayana Hull joined from Maples and Calder in September 2013.

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Within Dispute resolution, Harney Westwood & Riegels is a first tier firm,

Harney Westwood & Riegels is ‘proactive and offers pre-eminent service levels’. The practice represented the successful claimants in the Chemtrade Commercial Division trial, the longest commercial trial in BVI history. Andrew Thorp is a ‘great strategist and has deep knowledge of local law’, and Phillip Kite is ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’. Kissock Laing and senior associates Jeremy Child and Claire Robey are also highly rated. ‘Hardworking and efficient’ senior associate Jonathan Addo joined from 5 St Andrews Hill; Richard Brown joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP in London; and Mungo Lowe joined from Thirteen Old Square Chambers .

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Within Trusts/private client, Harney Westwood & Riegels is a third tier firm,

Harney Westwood & Riegels regularly provides advice on the establishment and restructuring of BVI trusts, including VISTA trusts, private trust companies, purpose trusts, unit trusts and employee benefit trusts, and has seen an increase in contentious issues. Lawrie Kearns is now with Ogier.

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