Firm Profile > Ogier > Tortola, British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Ogier attracts praise for its expertise in banking and finance matters and is also recognised for its equity capital markets (ECM) work and assistance with complex financial reorganisations and reconstructions. Ray Wearmouth handles complex and high-profile transactions, and Michael Killourhy is particularly noted for ECM work. At managing associate level, Rebecca Clark regularly advises on fund, property and asset financings, and Christian Burns-Di Lauro, who divides his time between the BVI and Jersey, assists a wide range of financial institutions and companies with banking and finance deals.

Key clients

Colliers International Group

Constellation Oil Services Holding


Greenland Acquisition Corporation

Longevity Acquisition Corporation

Seven Energy International

Toys R Us

Barclays Bank (New York)

Corporate and commercial Tier 2

At OgierRay Wearmouth has led many of the BVI’s most complex and high-profile transactions, and BVI corporate head Michael Killourhy regularly advises on public and private M&A, and complex corporate reorganisations. Killourhy is also highly regarded for his expertise in the use of BVI companies as listed special purpose acquisition companies. Wearmouth and Killourhy recently advised hypermarket chain Lenta on its takeover by Severgroup. Managing associate Rebecca Clark is experienced in multi-jurisdictional M&A deals.

Key clients

Bison Capital Acquisition

Constellation Oil Services Holding


Greenland Acquisition

Hilco Capital


National Energy Services Reunited

Seven Energy International

Tenzing Acquisition

Toys “R” Us

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Ogier's BVI dispute resolution team is praised by clients as 'one of the best in the BVI in terms of legal ability, quality of service and plain old fashioned client care'. The group has particular expertise in commercial disputes and fraud matters, restructuring and insolvency work, contentious regulatory advice and contentious trust mandates. The practice also has a significant Russian and CIS and Far East client base. Brian Lacy leads the BVI dispute resolution team, which includes international litigation and arbitration specialist Nicholas Burkill, whose expertise extends to civil fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and asset tracing cases. Grant Carroll was recently promoted to the partnership and Nicholas Brookes was made managing associate. Senior associates Ewelina Clyde-Smith and Alexander Muksinov are also key names to note.


Winning decent work, Ogier has some very impressive team members at all levels and it comes up with novel approaches and solutions‘.

The Ogier team is pragmatic, responsive and highly-skilled at dealing with multi-jurisdictional “bet-the-company” disputes. It is a pleasure to work with them.

It is a team which has great clients for good reason: very capable, excellent quality of advice and hard working.

The super busy and impressive team includes Nicholas Burkill and Brian Lacy and has a genuinely global client base and particular expertise in dealing with CIS clients.

Nicholas Burkill brings years of City of London experience to the Caribbean and is a great strategist‘.

Brian Lacy has excellent understanding of Russian and CIS disputes‘.

Grant Carroll considers issues from all angles and is a fantastic problem solver‘.

Managing associate Nicholas Brookes has great knowledge of rules of practice and procedure‘.

Key clients

Essar Global Fund

QGOG Constellation

VTB  – Miccros Group


CHC Investments Holding

BNP Paribas

Investment funds Tier 3

Ogier assists with existing and new fund structures, and also provides general regulatory advice; the group also increasingly handles new and emerging financial asset classes and the fintech aspects of new investment structures. The BVI funds practice is led by Simon Schilder, who divides his time between Jersey and the BVI. Michael Killourhy is also singled out for his investment funds work.


The group provides good practicel advice.

Simon Schilder is very practical and helpful.

Ogier is very knowledgeable, efficient, professional and courteous and reasonably priced, and fields a terrific team.

The team is very responsive and thoughtful, and has a “get it done” mind set.

Key clients

Appaloosa Management

Graham Capital

Passport Capital

Global Sigma Group


Alpine Associates Management

AEW Capital Management

Baker Steel Capital Management

GPS Investimentos

Digital Asset Capital Management


JP Morgan

Apache Capital Management


The firm


Ogier provides practical advice on BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law through our global network of offices across the Asian, Caribbean and European timezones. With a growing team of more than 550 people around the world, they regularly win awards for innovation, client service and quality.


Ogier acts for leading global financial institutions, investment managers and corporate entities from start-ups to global household names and are also instructed by many leading law firms and other intermediaries on many of the noteworthy and complex transactions and cases that involve BVI law across sectors including financial services, investment funds, energy and infrastructure, consumer goods and retail, life sciences, leisure and entertainment, manufacturing and real estate.


Areas of practice


Banking and Finance: advice on all areas of banking regulation, documentations, financing structures, margin lending, NAV facilities, GP/Management Company Facilities


Corporate: extensive experience advising on the establishment of many forms of domestic and cross-border corporate vehicles, investment trusts and partnerships, as well as advising on private placements, initial and other public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, joint ventures and disposals.


Investment Funds: advice on fund formation, structures, regulation, deregistration, termination and ongoing advice to investment funds and managers. Many of the firm’s specialists have played a leading role in developing market practice and drafting progressive funds legislation across a number of our jurisdictions. The firm’s Regional Managing Partner, James Bergstrom is the principal architect of Ogier’s Cayman funds practice and recognized as a leading specialist in the industry. The team has particular strength in advising private equity sponsors and investors on all aspects of closed-ended funds including portfolio company transactions. With the additional support of the experienced fund finance and dispute resolution specialists, the team provide a one-stop-shop for the full funds lifecycle ranging from fund formation, structuring, regulation, corporate governance and investor disputes through to management of liquidity and business interruptions, strategic investor arrangements and wind-down and termination situations.


Dispute Resolution: Ogier has one of the largest offshore teams advising on technical, strategic and procedural aspects across the spectrum of contentious commercial issues and disputes. This includes advice in relation to trusts, funds, companies, shareholder issues, director’s duties, investment performance, banking and other financial transactions. Our team has a pedigree in local and cross-border trust dispute resolution. Ogier counts as its clients a large number of the leading institutional and independent fiduciary businesses offshore. Ogier’s Restructuring and Insolvency team offers legal advice to banks, financial intermediaries and corporates, as well as onshore counsel and other professional services providers in connection with company structures. The firm also has excellent relationships with regulators in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.


Private Wealth: The team has extensive experience of advising on the establishment of private trusts, foundations, purpose trusts and other vehicles typically used by private clients, relocation of ultra-high net worth clients to the Cayman Islands and the establishment of complicated trust structures. The team also has a strong focus on succession planning for family owned businesses.


Property: Ogier has particular expertise in complex real estate development, large infrastructure projects and clean energy projects. The team also advises on commercial property portfolio acquisitions and disposals and residential property purchases. The team recently advised on a record breaking ultra-luxury residential purchase valued at $9.45million.


Local Legal Services: one of the largest locally based teams of specialists in the Cayman Islands. Ogier has considerable experience in negotiations with both the Government of the Cayman Islands and the various statutory boards that approve necessary licenses and permits. The team regularly assists clients with the acquisition and disposal of businesses, aircraft and yacht registration, employment, immigration, property finance, special economic zone businesses, wills and trusts.


Regulatory: Our multi-disciplinary team can help you navigate these increasingly regulated environments through each stage in the business lifecycle: start up and relocation, operation, expansion and change. Prevention of issues is preferable but where things have gone wrong, we provide effective solutions to clients including banks, major corporates, investment managers, fund administrators, trust companies and private clients. Our team has particular expertise with Financial services regulation, data protection, authorisation, licensing and registrations, anti-money laundering and corruption, cross border investigations and enforcement and risk management. The firm has longstanding and professional relationships with industry regulators in both Cayman (The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority) and the BVI (Financial Services Commission).


Restructuring and Insolvency: Ogier’s team handles challenging domestic and cross-border assignments. Our Restructuring and Insolvency team covers multiple jurisdictions and includes lawyers who specialise in a range of legal disciplines including corporate, finance, litigation and arbitration.

The team advises banks, financial intermediaries and corporates, and have extensive international experience advising on contentious and non-contentious offshore restructuring and insolvency matters. Ogier often advise in conjunction with onshore counsel and other professional services providers in connection with company structures.


Structured Finance: Ogier provides specialist offshore legal advice on all aspects of establishing and operating offshore special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and listing agent services in relation to listings of debt on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange. The team has in depth knowledge of aircraft and other asset finance, asset backed securities, debt issues, CDOs, CLOs, CBOs and CFOs and set-off and netting advice.


Listings: Ogier has specialist teams offering exceptional levels of expertise to assist issuers wishing to list on the CSX, where Ogier has been a full listing agent since 2004. The CSX specialises in the listing of mutual funds, hedge funds, structured debt securities, Eurobonds, Islamic products, preferred shares, depository receipts, derivative warrants and international equity. The firm is a recognised leader in the industry and has the largest share of Eurobond listings across the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange (CSX). The services provided by Ogier includes helping with the initial listing process and ensuring that all continuing CSX obligations are observed in respect of those listings.


Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution
Banking and Finance
Private Client and Trusts
Investment Funds
Structured Finance
Restructuring and Insolvency
Listing Services
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicholas Burkill  photo Nicholas Burkill
 Christian Burns-Di Lauro  photo Christian Burns-Di Lauro
 Grant Carroll  photo Grant Carroll
 Michael Killhoury  photo Michael Killhoury
 Brian Lacy  photo Brian Lacy
 Ray Wearmouth  photo Ray Wearmouth
Number of resident partners : 5
Number of resident fee-earners : 15
Total number of partners : 66
Total number of fee-earners : 293