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British Virgin Islands

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Eleanor Morgan heads up Mourant’s litigation and insolvency department, which specialises in liquidation and insolvency matters. The team also focuses on shareholder disputes, contentious trust disputes, asset-tracing matters and interlocutory relief and enforcement issues. The department’s client roster encompasses leading financial institutions, corporations, public organisations, private equity houses and investment funds, as well as ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families. Morgan is ably assisted by counsel Catriona Hunter and senior associate Shane Donovan.

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‘The BVI is not the easiest jurisdiction to find a ‘deep’ team, but Mourant pulls it off.’

‘Eleanor Morgan is my go to in the BVI when I have a piece of litigation involving trusts and corporate structures. She gives timely, practical, sound advice.’

‘Highly dedicated and professional litigation team with a vast experience in dealing with BVI litigation and dispute resolution.’

‘Shane Donovan and Catriona Hunter are both experienced counsel in the team and are always diligent and commercially minded.’

‘The dispute resolution team is one of the most approachable in the jurisdiction. They are willing to engage in open discussions with instructing parties and, from those discussions, deliver issue specific and commercially astute advice. Their team is also staffed by long standing practitioners in the jurisdiction who have vast experience of dealing with the nuances of BVI commercial litigation.’

‘Both Eleanor Morgan and Shane Donovan are technically excellent and willing to engage in open discussions with instructing parties. On top of their technical excellence they both appreciate the need to be commercial and are not blinkered in their approach. They are anticipatory and identify potential obstacles and solutions ahead of time which leads to a cost effective and efficient delivery.’

Key clients

Kalo BVI Limited

Borrelli Walsh

KPMG (BVI) Limited


Grant Thornton

Rawlinson Hunter


R&H Restructuring Limited

Regulatory and compliance Tier 3

Leading Mourant’s regulatory team for the BVI and Cayman, Sara Galletly, who made partner in 2020, has practised BVI law since 2019 and focuses on regulatory developments impacting fund, finance and corporate structures. Key areas of strength include advising on anti-money laundering issues, sanctions, beneficial ownership matters, economic substance work and funds regulations. The regulatory group is regularly assisted by colleagues in the firm’s Guernsey, Jersey and Cayman offices, and counts regulated financial services, insurance and banking businesses on its client roster. Local managing partner Rachael McDonald is also noted for her work in the regulatory space.

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‘Pragmatic and structured approach to our request. They understood our requirements on the cost / benefit side and worked with us to agree a fixed quote. The requirements changed at the end of the project due to additional regulatory releases, they considered this and amended the scope to include the extra information.’

‘Sara Galletly was straightforward and pragmatic to work with.’

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Utilising its strong relationships with leading US and UK firms, Mourant advises on a broad range of finance-related matters, including acquisition and leveraged financings, asset finance work, derivatives issues, structured products, and insolvencies. The team has recently been particularly active in real estate transactions involving high-value residential properties in the UK. The key name to note is Rachael McDonald, who is practice head and BVI office managing partner.

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‘I think the uniqueness is simply in the fact that it brings the well established professional London standard level of services in this jurisdiction. It is exactly what any in-house peer would be looking for.’

‘Obviously, Rachael McDonald is excellent. We have also had an excellent experience with Saraid Taylor – always to the point, practical and a shrewd business person.’

Key clients

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A

Corporate and commercial Tier 4

Led by finance and corporate department head Rachael McDonald, Mourant 's group handles an assortment of transactional and advisory corporate matters. Recent mandates include restructurings and reorganisations, corporate governance work, joint ventures, regulatory issues and private client matters with a corporate dimension. Working closely with colleagues in London, Jersey and the Cayman Islands, the team primarily advises financial services, technology and energy companies.

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‘Knowledgeable, well experienced practitioners with depth of understanding. They are at the top of their game in the BVI/Caribbean. They act professionally in all matters. The experience of a major city firm within a more regionalised marketplace. In addition they are top calibre without being too stuffy or unapproachable.’

‘Very approachable whilst maintaining a professional service and excellent delivery with knowledge base. Always accurate with their advice, efficient with the delivery of work loads as well as precise on their scoping and charging of works produced. A pleasure to deal with and enjoyable to work with them. Nothing has been out of their limit nor do they ever become fazed by a challenge. Work is produced very promptly each time as well.’

‘I have found Mourant to be enthusiastic, attentive, quick to respond and accommodating. Our project is substantial and there have been great partners to work with. In particular I would highlight Rachael McDonald who has lead the team who has been extremely helpful when we have met challenges and obstacles and dynamic in moving the project forward at all times.’

Key clients

Westpark Capital, Inc. and Univest Securities LLC

Rawlinson & Hunter

The firm: Mourant Ozannes is a leading global offshore law firm, advising on the laws of the BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey with offices in each of those locations as well as in Hong Kong and London.

The firm has a long tradition of exceptional service and expertise that underpins its profound relationships with its clients, and many of the world’s most respected international law firms.

Types of work undertaken: Mourant Ozannes’ BVI practice specialises in:

Banking and finance: the firm’s banking and finance practice covers all aspects of banking and finance transactions and advice. It is highly respected for its work on the most complex and demanding transactions, where the firm’s strength-in-depth and hands on multi-jurisdictional, partner-led approach can make all the difference. Expertise includes: acquisition and leveraged finance; asset finance; derivatives and structured finance; insolvency, restructuring and security enforcement; Islamic finance; project finance; real estate finance; securitisation; CBOs, CDOs, CLOs and other debt repackagings; and convertible bonds.

Corporate: Mourant Ozanne brings its expertise, versatility and outcome-driven focus to all of the work that it does, whether the job is large or small. The firm is best known for its work on the most complex and demanding transactions, where its strength-in-depth and hands on, multi-jurisdictional, partner-led approach can make all the difference. Corporate work is at the heart of the firm’s practice. The corporate practice covers all aspects of corporate transactions and advice. Expertise includes: preference share structures; corporate migrations and continuations; corporate governance and directors’ duties; corporate reorganisations; employee incentive schemes; IPOs and secondary offerings; joint venture and other co-ownership arrangements; mergers and acquisitions; private equity structures and investments (including pre-IPO financings); private placements; and voluntary liquidations.

Financial services and regulatory: the financial services and regulatory practice provides specialist and focused advice on the conduct of BVI regulated financial services, including investment and banking business. It provides specific, highly commercial, robust legal and strategic advice in relation to regulatory issues for those conducting or wishing to conduct BVI-regulated activities in accordance with BVI’s financial services legislation. Expertise includes: AML policies, procedures and failings; compliance; conduct of regulated financial services activities, including (financing and money services, funds, investment business and banking and trust company services); licensing (including licensing of investment managers and advisers); and sector specific advice (telecommunications).

Funds: Mourant Ozannes has an international reputation as one of the leading investment funds practices in offshore jurisdictions. The firm advises on the formation, structuring and regulation of investment funds in the BVI and provide ongoing legal advice to funds, fund managers and investment advisers. Clients range from start-up ventures to leading asset managers and fund promoters. Expertise includes: distressed funds; hedge funds; hybrid funds; private equity funds; and other asset classes: hybrid funds; mezzanine funds; infrastructure funds; and multi-strategy funds.
Insolvency and restructuring: the insolvency and restructuring team has played a leading role in the largest and most high-profile insolvency-related cases in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. These are usually cross-border in practice and the firm is able to provide the efficient, coordinated advice these matters require. It deploys carefully integrated, multi-disciplinary teams to work closely with leading professionals worldwide, advising on all aspects of complex corporate restructurings, providing pragmatic solutions for clients.

Intellectual property: the firm’s dynamic intellectual property (IP) team provides specialist IP law advice in the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. It takes a creative and pragmatic approach in addressing clients’ needs. It prides itself on providing a commercial and bespoke approach both in the conduct of IP litigation and in the negotiation of IP related contracts.

Litigation: Mourant Ozannes has a reputation for being at the forefront of offshore litigation, and it is involved in many of the largest and most complex disputes currently before the Courts. The firm provides accurate, timely, and clear advice to clients, and is able to draw on its global network of litigation practitioners, many of whom are leaders within their fields. Much of the firm’s work centres around international and cross-border issues, and it works closely with its clients so as to ensure the most efficient, and cost-effective, approach (whether judicial or nonjudicial) is taken to address their particular needs. Clients include major financial institutions, trust companies, regulators, public authorities and prosecutors, and high-net-worth individuals.

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Managing partner Jonathan Rigby
Managing partner, BVI Rachael McDonald
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Number of partners : 2
Number of other fee-earners : 7
Other offices : Cayman
Other offices : Guernsey
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Jersey
Other offices : London