Ray Wearmouth > Ogier > Tortola, British Virgin Islands > Lawyer Profile

British Virgin Islands

Work Department

Partner Dispute Resolution


Ray is recognised by the leading legal directories as being one of the leading corporate and finance lawyers in the sphere of BVI law. He has advised on many of the jurisdiction’s most prominent transactions over the last 15 years.


In addition to his transactional practice Ray also provides expert evidence on BVI law to overseas courts and tribunals in international disputes.


Ray is the Practice Partner of the BVI office.



Prior to joining Ogier in 2009, Ray was a partner of another leading BVI law firm for several years and had opened its Hong Kong office. Ray previously worked for Ogier in Jersey and prior to that DLA in England.


He has been actively involved in, and has advised the BVI government upon, several key pieces of BVI legislation and financial services initiatives, including in relation to international matters.


Ray is a Notary Public of the British Virgin Islands.



Admitted in:

2005 – Foreign Registered Lawyer, Hong Kong

2002 – British Virgin Islands

1994 – England and Wales (non practising)


Ray is a member of the Company Law Review Advisory Committee and was heavily involved in the drafting of the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004.


Ray studied Law at the University of Newcastle.

Lawyer Rankings

British Virgin Islands > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Ray WearmouthOgier

Ogier differentiates itself through its considerable experience in debt and equity capital markets transactions and complex financial reorganisations and reconstructions. Notably, practice head Ray Wearmouth acts as a senior strategic adviser to the Government of the British Virgin Islands on financial services issues, while fellow co-head Michael Killourhy concentrates on equity capital markets matters. In a recent standout matter, Killourhy advised Kismet, a BVI-incorporated and NASDAQ-listed special purpose acquisition company, on its $250m IPO and associated $50m private placements. Other names to note are managing associate Rebecca Clark and senior associate David Mathews, who flourishes in digital asset issues.

British Virgin Islands > Corporate and commercial

(Leading individuals)

Ray WearmouthOgier

Jointly headed up by Michael Killourhy and Ray Wearmouth , the corporate team at Ogier is a key name in the market for complex reorganisations and reconstructions involving BVI entities and funds. In addition to this area of strength, in which it leverages firm-wide capabilities in contentious issues, it also handles a wide range of public and private M&A and joint ventures. Killourhy has a stellar reputation in the jurisdiction for his knowledge of special purpose acquisition companies, while Wearmouth is noted for his involvement in a multitude of key pieces of BVI legislation. Managing associate Rebecca Clark excels in cross-border M&A.

British Virgin Islands > Regulatory and compliance

Incorporated into the firm’s corporate, finance and investment funds departments, Ogier’s regulatory and compliance group is underpinned by knowledge of financial services regulation, anti-money laundering compliance issues and fintech and digital asset regulations. The latter area is a strong suit of Michael Killourhy, the corporate practice lead, who is a member of the BVI FSC’s Financial Services Fintech Advisory Board and BVI Finance’s Digital Asset Working Group; he also focuses on the regulatory aspects of financing and M&A work. Other names to note are trust regulation expert Simon Schilder , who divides his time between the firm’s Jersey and BVI offices, Ray Wearmouth , who is a key contact for financial services matters, and senior associate David Mathews, who is skilled at advising on digital asset issues.