Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Corporate and commercial

Campbells provides guidance in all areas of corporate and finance transactions, attracting a spread of multinational corporations, emerging technology companies and financial institutions as clients. The recent addition of Guy Williamson, who joined from Maples Group, bolstered the team’s capabilities in corporate structuring and regulatory compliance work, acting for investment funds and regulated entities.

Corporate and commercial in British Virgin Islands


With a ‘solution-focused mindset’, Conyers‘ corporate practice continues to advise on some of the most complex M&A and corporate transactions in the jurisdiction, spanning the engineering, technology, telecoms, energy and healthcare sectors. Highly regarded for his wide-ranging experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial law, Robert Briant heads up the practice and has notable expertise in M&A, joint ventures and investment vehicles. Other key figures within the team include the ‘exceptional’ Anton Goldstein and Rachael Pape, who are noted for their transactional capabilities. Counsel Nicholas Kuria is a highly experienced practitioner whose corporate practice sees him acting for a variety of clients.

Practice head(s):

Robert Briant

Other key lawyers:

Anton Goldstein; Audrey Robertson; Nicholas Kuria; Rachael Pape


‘The Conyers team is a trusted adviser that brings a solution-focused mindset. They are extremely responsive and we always know things will be done correctly and efficiently.’

‘Responsiveness and partnership mindset.’

‘They were available 24/7, they were supportive to us in different jurisdictions, and they always responded on time.’

‘They assisted us in a complex reorganisation involving different jurisdictions. Counsel Nicholas Kuria was particularly versatile, understood the structure very quickly, and was quick to answer all our queries. He is a great lawyer.’

‘Fast turn around times, good availability of partners and great to work with.’

‘Rachael Pape, Partner – Very client friendly and responsive. Easy to deal with.’

‘The team at Conyers make it their primary focus to fully understand client needs, are very driven and will always meet client deadlines.’

‘Anton Goldstein and Rachael Pape are exceptional lawyers, and have a deep rooted understanding of the business, that means they can deliver tailored advice at short notice when required. They are incredibly reliable.’

Key clients

All Year Holdings


Kinross Gold Corporation

Flare Network Limited

GlobalLogic Inc.

The Flexi Group Ltd.

OSM Maritime Group AS

B2Gold Corp.

Baker Hughes Company

BTG Pactual SA

Iluka Resources Ltd

Seven Seas Water Group

Work highlights

  • Acted as BVI counsel to All Year Holdings Limited in relation to its $1.6bn restructuring involving real estate in New York including The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn.
  • Acted as BVI counsel to Kinross Gold Corporation in relation to the $225m sale of the Chirano mine in Ghana to Asante Gold Corporation.
  • Acted as BVI counsel to Finaro in relation to its $575m acquisition by US fintech company Shift4.

Maples Group

Maples Group acts for a client roster of public companies and private equity houses on high-value matters, with work including corporate restructurings, M&A and take-private mandates. Richard May leads the 'very knowledgeable' team, which has knowledge of the pharmaceuticals, energy, technology, logistics, education, hospitality, and asset management industries. Ruairi Bourke assists with cross-border mergers and venture capital fundraisings, while Christopher Newton  is a key contact for US public company work; clients also praise his ‘practical implementation’ when navigating complex restructuring mandates. Associate Amel Wehden advises on matters in the aviation and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Practice head(s):

Richard May

Other key lawyers:

Ruairi Bourke; Christopher Newton; Amel Wehden


‘Specialists in BVI company law. Very responsive to ad hoc requests for advice.’

‘Ruairi Bourke is always available to respond rapidly on niche questions regarding BVI corporate law.’

‘I work closely with Christopher Newton on a number of projects and tasks. Chris is without doubt one of the most detailed and smart lawyers I have had the opportunity to work with. His attention to detail and practical implementation when navigating challenging restructuring and other projects have been pivotal to the successes that we have shared.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable not only of the law, but also of its implications for business.’

‘Chris Newton and his team are very committed to providing innovative and timely solutions to their clients’ needs.’

Key clients



China Evergrande Group

Critical Metals Corp.

EQT AB and Baring Private Equity Asia Limited

Grant Thornton

Vahanna Tech Edge Acquisition I Corp

Wang & Lee Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Biohaven on its offer and take-private acquisition by Pfizer for a bid price of $11.6bn.
  • Acted for both EQT and BPEA, in relation to EQT’s €6.8bn acquisition of Hong Kong-based BPEA.
  • Advising China Evergrande Group in respect of the BVI aspects of its global restructuring.


The ‘outstanding’ corporate team at Ogier advises clients on multi-billion-dollar M&A transactions, capital markets deals, and restructuring mandates, with a primary focus on industries spanning the energy, transportation, healthcare and technology sectors. In the technology space, the team often partners with the firm’s dedicated technology and Web3 sector group, harnessing its commercial and fintech expertise to secure significant appointments, including representing some of the largest crypto funds. Leading the dynamic practice are Michael Killourhy, an expert in equity capital markets and M&A transactions, and Ray Wearmouth, who is renowned for his profound knowledge of BVI corporate law. In addition to spearheading billion-dollar transactions, Wearmouth is regularly sought after to provide expert evidence on BVI law to foreign tribunals. The team also includes David Matthews, who is highly regarded for his corporate finance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Michael Killourhy; Ray Wearmouth

Other key lawyers:

David Matthews


‘The team generally is very responsive which is important for us. We are kept informed on new legislation in the BVI, including the implementation of OECD guidelines. The information we receive is up-to-date and reliable.’

‘The partner in charge for our account is Michael Killourhy. He provides us with several support services, including opinions on a variety of topics. We find him and his team outstanding and always very attentive to our needs.’

‘The Ogier team takes a very proactive approach to collaborating with lead counsel.’

‘A well rounded team. My first point of contact if I need any BVI advice or guidance.’

‘Michael Killourhy has an encyclopaedic knowledge and is a very good transactional lawyer.’

‘Very responsive, very knowledgeable and very practical.’

‘Have worked with Michael Killourhy and his team. All are very personable and at the same time super responsive and knowledgeable. All advice is timely and very practical.’

Key clients

Bull Horn Holdings Corp

Constellation Oil Services Holding S.A.

East Stone Acquisition Corporation

Founder SPAC

Joint Liquidators of Three Arrows Capital, Ltd. (In Liquidation)

Nam Tai Property Inc.

National Energy Services Reunited

Oxbridge Re.

PLBY Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Bull Horn on its $175m merger with Coeptis Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that develops innovative cell therapy technologies for cancer.
  • Advising PLBY Group on its $250m joint venture “Playboy China” with Charactopia Licensing Limited and Fung Retailing Limited.
  • Advising East Stone Acquistion Corporation on the closing of its $2.5bn merger with electric vehicle manufacturer ICONIQ Holding Limited.


Advising on projects across Asia, Latin America and Africa, Appleby‘s BVI office is regularly instructed on cross-border M&A transactions. Practice chair Jeffrey Kirk  regularly handles multi-million-dollar M&A deals and corporate restructurings, while Andrew Jowett, who divides his time between BVI and Jersey, acts for various blue-chip and private companies in the energy sector. Further notable figures in the team also include Shana Simmonds, who has recently been involved in multi-jurisdictional transactions related to private equity takeovers and fintech companies; and David Clark, who frequently provides support for the team on cross-border financing matters, particularly those with Bermuda connections. ‘Proactive and solution-focused’ M&A specialist Brittany Cummings and Stuart Fee are key names at senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kirk

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Jowett; David Clark; Shana Simmonds; Stuart Fee; Britanny Cummings


‘Andrew Jowett and Brittany Cummings – proactive and solutions-focused.’

Key clients

The Baring Private Equity Asia

Shift4 Payments, LLC

Pluspetrol Resources Corporation B.V.

eToro Group Ltd

Orion Resource Partners (USA) LP

Thome Group Holding Ltd


Harneys‘ corporate team excels in a wide spectrum of public and private M&A, private equity transactions, IPOs and joint ventures, operating regularly on a cross-border basis and in collaboration with the firm’s capital markets and finance teams. George Weston leads the team and is noted for his expertise in SPAC and business combination transactions, as well as capital raisings and corporate reorganisations. Advising on BVI and Cayman law, Philip Graham is highly recommended for his deep knowledge of economic substance matters and fund vehicles; his recent highlights include advising funds venturing into the digital assets realm, and clients praise him as ‘the leading light for crypto and digital asset work’. Other notable figures in the team include Joshua Mangeot, who concentrates on transactional and regulatory issues, frequently advising financial institutions, private equity funds and high-net-worth individuals, while James Kitching and Melissa Thomas are key associates to note. Greg Boyd left the firm in April 2023 and joined Collas Crill.

Practice head(s):

George Weston

Other key lawyers:

Philip Graham; Joshua Mangeot; James Kitching; Melissa Thomas


‘Harneys are my go to firm because they stand out for responsiveness and the depth of their bench in the BVI.’

‘Harneys acted for us and did a stellar job. They were professional, discrete and efficient and helped steer us through what was a significant M&A deal. Harneys is the firm I trust for the things that really matter.’

‘George Weston – George is the future of Harneys. George is one of the leading figures in the market from a M&A perspective and an overall, excellent lawyer. Responsive, commercial, and easy to work with. His aptitude to always get things right is impressive!’

‘Phil Graham – Phil is the leading light for crypto and digital asset work and a person that always affords everyone his time and full attention. A rare human quality that should not be overlooked. His lawyering needs no recommendations – he is a stand out there.’

Key clients

ACG Acquisition Company Limited

Interpath Advisory


iSmash Group Limited

GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation

Talon Metals Limited

Aura Minerals

Evok AI

Capri Holdings Limited

Fat Projects

Antelope Enterprise Holdings Limited


BMR Energy Ltd

GoviEx Uranium Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised the issuer, ACG Acquisition Company Ltd, on its successful IPO and then a $1.2bn acquisition in the mining sector.
  • Provided BVI, Cayman, and Anguilla legal advice to Interpath with regards to its acquisition of offshore insolvency practice Kalo Caribbean.
  • Advised WISeKey SA, a Swiss and Swiss-listed entity and sole shareholder of SEALSQ, a BVI incorporated and US listed entity, on the structuring, prospectus, and associated constitutional and deal documents as it relates to the spin-off of WISeKey’s semiconductor business.

Walkers BVI

Walkers BVI's corporate, finance and funds practice is ‘well-resourced and attentive to client needs’, and acts for a substantial roster of asset managers, financial services companies and multinational conglomerates. Matthew Cowman leads the practice and garners praise as a ‘highly skilled’ adviser with cross-border expertise. Corporate finance expert Omonike Robinson-Pickering leverages her experience gained in the firm’s offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Cayman to provide advice on cross-border finance transactions from a BVI perspective. ‘Extremely competent’ senior counsel Alex Drysdale is recognised for his knowledge of Latin American markets, while senior associate Lauren Williamson is active in restructurings and financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Cowman

Other key lawyers:

Omonike Robinson-Pickering; Alex Drysdale; Lauren Williamson


‘Walkers BVI are invested in their clients’ success. Their experience, collaboration, precise advice, and commercial acumen set a new benchmark for legal services. They provide unparalleled legal expertise in the BVI jurisdiction.’

‘Well resourced and attentive to client needs, deliverables are prompt and of exceptional quality and clarity.’

‘Matthew Cowman is an accomplished adviser and leader in corporate and commercial practice. Highly skilled, he adeptly approaches complex issues with singular ingenuity and commercial nous. Matthew never loses focus of the client’s over-arching business imperatives and macro concerns while he leads his team in providing meticulous end-to-end advice. Matthew is approachable, responsive and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘More than a legal expert, Matthew Cowman is a strategic partner with a keen eye on the deal.’

‘Alex Drysdale is extremely competent, helpful, thoughtful, responsive, creative and commercial.’

Key clients

Pfizer Inc.

The Central America Bottling Corporation

NCL Corporation

Convoy Global Holdings Limited



AEA Investors LP

Work highlights

  • Represented Pfizer in its $11.6bn acquisition of NYSE-listed Biohaven Pharmaceutical, and in the subsequent restructuring of the Pfizer group companies.
  • Represented Uber in the spin-off of its Middle East non-rides businesses held by its BVI subsidiary, Careem.
  • Advising the FTX group on BVI and Cayman law matters pursuant to Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings brought in the US.

Carey Olsen

The Carey Olsen team, with its extensive international network, adeptly oversees transactions across Europe, Asia, and the US, specialising in cross-border deals and commercial issues. Leading the practice is Clinton Hempel, who guides his clients through the intricacies of corporate and commercial transactions and also lends his expertise to regulatory compliance and risk management matters. Elizabeth Killeen is renowned for her proficiency in advising multinational corporations and high-net-worth individuals on financing and investment structures. Counsels Jude Hodge and Katrina Lindsay also play key roles; Hodge, who is a financial services specialist, extends her corporate practice to cover corporate restructurings, M&A transactions, and corporate due diligence, while Lindsay has a focus on the emerging digital assets sector.

Practice head(s):

Clinton Hempel

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Killeen; Katrina Lindsay; Jude Hodge

Key clients

Aman Group S.a r.l.

Castle Island Ventures


Work highlights

  • Provided BVI legal advice and assistance to Aman Group in respect of a group restructuring involving more than 40 companies across more than six jurisdictions.
  • Assisted EQT AB with its acquisition of Barring Private Equity Asia, which involved the change of control and acquisition of significant interest of the Vistra Group of companies.
  • Advised Castle Island Ventures in respect of a venture capital investment into a blockchain related BVI limited company (Hidden Road) during its Series A funding round.

Collas Crill

Collas Crill in the BVI fields a dedicated team with a proven track record in handling an extensive spectrum of cross-border M&A, debt restructuring work, and investment fund mandates. The practice operates in close collaboration with both its Guernsey and Cayman offices, leveraging the firm's global network. The ‘commercially excellent’ Ellie Crespi leads the team and frequently advises on multi-jurisdictional transactions; she is supported by associate Aliki Skelton-Lettsome, who is experienced i corporate finance issues. The firm further extended its cross-border finance offering with the June 2023 hire of Greg Boyd from Harneys, as well as associate Annabel Bishop, who made the transition from the firm’s Guernsey office in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ellie Crespi

Other key lawyers:

Greg Boyd; Annabel Bishop; Aliki Skelton-Lettsome


‘The team are friendly, responsive, technically capable and transparent on their scope of work. They are keen to support and the speed of delivery of their work is good.’

‘Ellie Crespi is a superb partner – she is commercially excellent, quick to respond and support and very approachable.’

‘Hands-on partner involvement.’

‘Swift and personal response. They treat you as if you were their only client.’

‘Ellie Crespi treats you as if you were the only or most important client she has.’

Key clients

Cohort Capital

Highway Holdings Limited

Brand Ripplr

Partners for Growth

Velox Arbitrage Fund

Vector Capital

Site Technology, UAE

Exponential Age Asset Management

Thomson Hine (New York, Georgia)

AFRA (Panama)

Alcogal (Panama)

Aleman, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

BSG Valentine


Dajani & Associates

Smythe & Greenwood

Shimonov & Co

TMF Group

Trident Trust

Zodiac Maritime

Work highlights

  • Advising in relation to the $170m debt restructure of an insolvent international duty free business.
  • Advising a Middle Eastern software developer in relation to a $44m investment in a leading UAE telephone company
  • Advising a San Francisco based private equity company on its investment in a South African precious metals business.


Offering guidance across the full spectrum of corporate matters, including advising on cross-border technology M&A deals, the group at Mourant attracts a varied roster of multinational companies. The ‘client-oriented’ Ian Montgomery sits at the helm of the team and has particular expertise advising clients across the real estate, financial services, energy and technology sectors. Dual qualified in BVI and Cayman, Sara Galletly is knowledgeable of regulatory issues impacting corporate structures and other entities, including advising on economic substance and anti-money laundering compliance issues. Counsel Saraid Taylor is noted for her expertise in finance, capital markets and M&A transactions, while senior associate Martyn Heyes‘ experience includes advising on leveraged and real estate finance issues.

Practice head(s):

Ian Montgomery

Other key lawyers:

Sara Galletly; Saraid Taylor; Martyn Heyes


‘They are responsive and professional.’

‘Ian Montgomery is professional, responsive and client-oriented. He also helps whenever the matter relates to another jurisdiction. I always feel the client is in good hands when I refer them to Ian.’

Key clients

Asante Gold Corporation

Big River Gold Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Asante Gold Corporation in connection with an M&A transaction with KG Africa B.V. and Kinross Gold Corporation, and related entities Red Back Mining (Ghana) Limited and Red Back Mining No 2 (Ghana) Limited.
  • Advised Big River Gold Ltd in relation to the proposed acquisition of all of the shares in Big River Gold Ltd by Borborema LLC by way of scheme of arrangement.

O'Neal Webster

With a successful track record in transactions and financings involving BVI corporates, banks and funds, the corporate team at O'Neal Webster is regularly instructed on cross-border matters, including those involving Asia and Latin America. Leading the group is Christopher Simpson, who is a key point of contact for global law firms seeking due diligence on BVI companies and assistance with opinions and security documents for high-value M&A and financing transactions. Other names instrumental to the team’s success are the office’s managing partner Vanessa King, who is frequently engaged in establishing or amending BVI trusts and various forms of corporate finance work, and Kerry Anderson, who has expertise in the digital asset space.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Anderson; Vanessa King; Chris Simpson


‘My experience of ONW was that there were a number of sensible and level-headed individuals, who knew how to solve problems.’

‘I have worked with O’Neal Webster for the past 10 years. The team has proven their strength and ability to support on a diverse range of subject matters. They communicate clearly and provide sound advice. As a team, their turnaround time is very commendable, and they are well versed in both local and international legislation, which leads to their overall credibility.’

‘As Managing Partner, Vanessa King commands respect as a leader, having strong intellectual capacity in all corporate matters, combined with keen analytical and presentation skills. She also has strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.’

‘Kerry Anderson stands out relative to his strength in contract structure and reviews.’

Key clients

Auros Interparth as Joint Provisional liquidators for Auros

Mispaly S.A

Giant Manufacturing Co



FirstCaribbean International Bank

Insured Aircraft Title Service

PEH Technology Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Auros, a cryptocurrency trading company and investment fund founded in 2019, in a high stakes matter of potential insolvency following the collapse of FTX.
  • Avised Masplay, S.A. and its wholly owned subsidiary Equinox Los Andes SPA as BVI counsel on its multi-million-dollar acquisition of Nike de Chile Ltda.
  • Advised Giant Manufacturing Co (Giant) on the due diligence of Giant’s subsidiary Giant Light Metal Technology Co., Ltd., which itself owned several BVI subsidiaries, as it prepared for its IPO on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.