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Carey Olsen
British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Carey Olsen ‘continues to go from strength to strength in the BVI’. Headed up by Alex Hall Taylor QC, who is a ‘heavyweight litigator with a commanding courtroom presence‘ and arrived from Maples Group in August 2020, the team is building out its capabilities in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, encompassing the full spectrum of shareholder, trusts, insolvency, restructuring, civil fraud and asset tracing disputes. Tim Wright  (who ‘gets things done efficiently to City of London high standards’) rejoined from Bedell Cristin in December 2020, while Sharon Mungall  left to set up a consultancy firm. Also added to ranks from Maples Group in 2020 was counsel Simon Hall , who is singled out as ‘a rising star in the BVI legal market’.

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‘The BVI office of Carey Olsen has two main strengths. First, it has built up a collection of some of the most talented litigators in the BVI market through shrewd lateral hiring and good recruitment at the lower levels. Secondly, it has a strong presence in other offshore jurisdictions which enables it to service clients from those regions, particularly in Asia, which represents an increasingly large part of the litigation market.’

‘Tim Wright is superb with clients, a confident advocate in his own right and approaches legal problems with an abundance of energy and real intellectual rigour. In my view, one of the best lawyers in the BVI market.’

Alex Hall-Taylor QC is an outstanding advocate who is prepared to roll up his sleeves and get involved in all aspects of a case. Handles even complex legal matters with an assured manner which clients clearly value.’

Simon Hall is a rising star in the BVI legal market. Simon is a confident and highly competent lawyer, who is also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Tim Wright is very much our man in the BVI and remains a pleasure to work with. He is no-nonsense and gets things done efficiently to City of London high standards.’

‘Tim Wright is commercial, understands clients’ needs and just gets on with it. His knowledge of derivative actions and BVI law and procedure in relation to shareholder disputes is spot on. He is also friendly and amiable and as a result knows all the key players in the BVI.’

Excellent and intellectual drafting and legal skills coupled with top advocacy capability. Alex Hall-Taylor, in particular, has excellent drafting and advocacy skills. Simon Hall also has great knowledge of law and practice.’

Carey Olsen has grown from strength to strength in the BVI. It is highly responsive, with a cohesive team operating from Hong Kong, London and the BVI to produce a first-rate offering. Alex Hall-Taylor QC is a heavyweight litigator with a commanding courtroom presence.’

Key clients

Tahakom Investments Company & Sakab Saudi Holding Company

PIA Investments Limited, PIA Hotels and Minhal Incorporated

Various senior managers of the Renova Group


Federal Republic of Nigeria

Liquidators of Exential Investments Inc

Delco Participation B.V.

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained a $3.5bn worldwide freezing order for Tahakom Investments Company and its subsidiary, Sakab Saudi Holding Company against BVI company Dreams International Advisory Services Limited under the new section 24A of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) Act.
  • Acted for PIA Investments Limited, PIA Hotels and Minhal Incorporated in proceedings relating to the enforcement of a $6bn Singapore arbitration award by an Australian copper mining company against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
  • Acting for a number of senior managers of the Renova Group in the long-running litigation in the case of Renova & Ors v Emmerson & Ors in relation to a dispute over a joint venture.

British Virgin Islands > Regulatory and compliance Tier 3

Led by Clinton Hempel , who divides his time between South Africa and the BVI, the regulatory and compliance group at Carey Olsen encompasses the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters. It is particularly active in assisting trust companies with economic substance and anti-money laundering obligations, as well as the registration and de-registration of the variety of investment funds that are subject to regulation. Promoted to partner in July 2021, Elizabeth Killeen advises a range of regulated entities on regulatory and reporting requirements, particularly in relation to economic substance.

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TMF (B.V.I.) Ltd.

Chorus Global

British Virgin Islands > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Acting for a mixture of financial institutions, corporates, borrower groups and investment managers, Carey Olsen derives strength from its expertise in real estate finance transactions, specifically those with significant UK dimensions. Managing partner Clinton Hempel , who divides his time between the firm’s South Africa and BVI offices, also handles refinancing mandates and secured facility matters. Providing assistance on the most complex transactions are senior associate Katrina Lindsay  and Elizabeth Killeen , the latter of whom was promoted to partner in July 2021.

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M7 Real Estate Ltd

Canopy Properties Holdings Limited

Serabi Gold Plc

British Virgin Islands > Corporate and commercial Tier 4

Noted for its ‘deep knowledge’ and ‘engaging and committed’ approach, Carey Olsen’s corporate practice is underpinned by complex cross-border M&A work. Managing partner Clinton Hempel , who divides his time between the firm’s South Africa and BVI offices, also advises on corporate restructurings and corporate governance issues, among other strands of work. Providing assistance on the most complex transactions are senior associate Katrina Lindsay  and Elizabeth Killeen , who was promoted to partner in July 2021.

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‘Deep knowledge, engaging and committed. Very pragmatic approach.’

‘Meets deliverables. Will make the effort to understand your objectives rather than offering a commoditised solution.’

‘I consider Carey Olsen one of the top firms in the BVI and stand out. I work with many law firms and what I like the most about Carey Olsen is their personal touch.’

‘Quick turnaround, very efficient and professional staff. Elizabeth Killeen is absolutely great and always very helpful, she goes out of her way to provide a service and not only, is available for a quick clarification when needed.’

Compared to other firms, the personnel at CO are quick to respond to any and all requests. Not only are they quick to respond, but also their responses are consistently thorough and thoughtful and they are always willing to collaborate to come up with solutions to issues that arise from time to time. In short, they know how to listen and respond in a human way. I think these qualities set them apart from other firms.’

The whole team at CO is consistently wonderful. Elizabeth Killeen is always available by phone or by email to explain new developments and requirements. Clinton Hempel brought us to CO and continues to be clear, understanding and responsive to our needs on a consistent basis. We are big fans of CO and this group is the reason why.’

Key clients

TMF Group (BVI)

Nomura Real Estate Development Co., Ltd

Tricor Services (BVI) Limited

The firm

With a heritage that dates back to 1898, Carey Olsen is one of the most established and distinguished offshore law firms, advising on Bermuda, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law across a global network of nine international offices.

Carey Olsen’s BVI office opened in 2013 and has quickly grown to become one of the leading international legal practices in the BVI, focussing on international commercial transactions, dispute resolution, investment funds and offshore structures involving BVI companies.

The BVI practice is managed by partner Clinton Hempel, supported by senior lawyers with significant BVI and international experience.

Areas of practice

Carey Olsen offers clients the full range of legal advice relating to the following services:

  • Banking and finance
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Investment funds
  • Regulatory
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Trusts and private wealth

Carey Olsen has the international experience to provide accurate, efficient legal services for all transactions involving the BVI, including where BVI entities form part of a wider multi-jurisdictional structure. We also provide clients with access to BVI company management services through our affiliate CO Services.

We work alongside all the major international law firms, accountancy firms and insolvency practitioners and our clients include global financial institutions, investment funds, private equity houses, multi-national corporations, sovereign wealth funds, high net worth individuals, family offices, directors, trustees and private clients.

We also have BVI-qualified lawyers in our Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Cape Town offices ensuring we are able to provide BVI legal advice across all time zones.

Trusts and private wealth Bernadette
Banking and finance Clinton
Corporate and commercial Clinton
Investment funds Clinton
Regulatory Clinton
Dispute resolution and litigation Alex Hall
Regulatory Alex Hall
Restructuring and insolvency Alex Hall
Corporate and commercial Elizabeth
Simon Hall photo Simon HallSimon Hall is counsel in Carey Olsen’s BVI Dispute Resolution and Litigation team.…
Alex Hall Taylor photo Alex Hall TaylorAlex Hall Taylor is a barrister, King’s Counsel, partner and head of…
Clinton Hempel photo Clinton HempelClinton is the managing partner of Carey Olsen’s British Virgin Islands practice…
Jude Hodge photo Jude HodgeJude is Counsel in Carey Olsen’s corporate practice based in the British Virgin…
Elizabeth Killeen photo Elizabeth KilleenElizabeth is counsel in the corporate practice of Carey Olsen and specialises…
Katrina Lindsay photo Katrina LindsayKatrina advises on a broad range of funds, corporate finance and real…
Anthony McKenzie photo Anthony McKenzieAnthony is the head of our corporate practice in Singapore and has…
Tim Wright photo Tim WrightTim is a partner in Carey Olsen’s British Virgin Islands (BVI) Dispute…