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British Virgin Islands

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Mourant' areas of specialisation encompass real estate finance, acquisition finance, asset finance, structured finance, leveraged finance and regulatory advisory matters. BVI managing partner Rachael McDonald heads up the BVI finance and corporate department, while Saraid Taylor is a key senior associate.

Corporate and commercial Tier 3

Mourant handles a variety of transactional and advisory corporate matters including mergers, joint ventures, private equity work, and corporate restructurings and reorganisations. BVI managing partner Rachael McDonald heads up the BVI finance and corporate department and advises on M&A work, private equity structures, corporate governance and regulatory matters, corporate reorganisations, directors' duties issues and joint venture arrangements. Saraid Taylor is an experienced senior associate and Gary Hall is the associate to note.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Mourant has 'a responsive team, which does not hesitate to dive into the middle of an ongoing matter and give timely, concise advice'. The practice is experienced in disputes involving insolvency aspects, trusts, shareholders, fraud elements, and interlocutory relief and enforcement issues. Eleanor Morgan heads up the litigation and insolvency department, which also fields recently promoted counsel Catriona Hunter and senior associate Shane Donovan. Nicholas Fox relocated to the firm's Cayman Islands office.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Jonathan Rigby
Managing partner, BVI Rachael McDonald
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jonathan Rigby photo Mr Jonathan Rigby
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