Firm Profile > Carey Olsen > Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Carey Olsen
British Virgin Islands

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Carey Olsen's 'experienced and responsive practice' covers corporate and commercial disputes, trust litigation, shareholder disputes, fraud and asset tracing issues, corporate investigations, professional negligence cases, contractual claims, and insolvency and regulatory issues. BVI litigation head Ben Mays is experienced in cross-border corporate insolvency and restructuring work, and the enforcement of securities. Counsel Justin Davis was hired from Appleby, while Tim Wright left for Bedell Cristin.


Highest quality advice and effective application of that advice‘.

Ben Mays is technically streets ahead of anyone else and uses that ability to provide common sense advice that is practical. He is also exceptionally hardworking and makes himself available even at short notice‘.

Highly professional and motivated team, providing rapid responses and commercial solutions in a joined up manner across a multitude of jurisdictions.

Ben Mays is a standout in the BVI and is the best litigator on island; he is extremely responsive, hard working, focused and extremely intelligent.

They really are a safe pair of hands for offshore litigation and insolvency matters and it’s really handy being able to get advice in real time from someone who knows the BVI courts, judges etc.

Ben Mays is a star performer assisted ably by his team.

Ben Mays is my first port of call for contentious matters with a BVI element. He is technically excellent, responsive and provides clear and concise advice, and does so in a calm and personable manner. A pleasure to work alongside.

Key clients

Aurelius Capital Management

Alden Global Capital

Bank of America

Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund

Borrelli Walsh

Ciban Management Corporation


Joint liquidators of Oscatello and related BVI Companies

Olive Group

Peak Hotels and Resorts Group

Ping An Bank

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Carey Olsen's BVI office is notably focused on real estate finance transactions, particularly relating to the UK market. The team is also recognised for its work advising BVI-registered clients listed on the London Stock Exchange and other exchanges. Clinton Hempel, who divides his time between South Africa and the BVI, is the managing partner of the BVI practice group. Elizabeth Killeen and Sharon Mungall are highly regarded counsels.

Corporate and commercial Tier 4

The BVI corporate practice at Carey Olsen is 'responsive and commercial in its approach to all matters' and regularly handles significant international M&A mandates involving the BVI; the group is also particularly noted for its advice to BVI-registered clients that are listed on the London Stock Exchange and other exchanges. Clinton Hempel, who divides his time between South Africa and the BVI, is the managing partner of the BVI practice group. Counsels Elizabeth Killeen and Sharon Mungall are also highly regarded.


It is a very quick and intuitive practice that is helpful, practical and pleasant to deal with, whilst being professional. Rather than offering advice or doing a given piece of work, the team takes ownership of the issue and partners with clients in fixing it. That is a rarity‘.

Elizabeth Killeen is excellent; she is responsive, clear and very practical, with an excellent understanding of business and a never-say-die approach to problem solving‘.

The team at Carey Olsen are experienced, highly competent and adopt a practical and commercial approach to transactions.

They can always be relied upon to provide an excellent standard of service, responding to the needs of clients and their other advisors, with a deep knowledge and awareness of legislative changes which need to be taken into account.

They take ownership of a project and can always be relied upon to produce timely and comprehensive advice.

Sharon Mungall is a very skilled and experienced lawyer, her combination of professionalism, approachable manner and practical application of the law make her a joy to work with.

The quality of work is exceptional, and there’s always attention to details.

Carey Olsen have strength in depth, with a team of experienced BVI practitioners offering sound commercially minded advice.

Always willing to go that extra mile to assist with advice. Elizabeth Killeen has a first-class understanding of BVI corporate law and is the go-to lawyer on Island for company queries.

Key clients

TMF Group (BVI)

Tricor Services (BVI)

Eurex Clearing

Delvest Overseas

JTC Group


Fides Consultants

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Trusts and private wealth Bernadette Carey
Banking and finance Clinton Hempel
Corporate and commercial Clinton Hempel
Investment funds Clinton Hempel
Regulatory Clinton Hempel
Dispute resolution and litigation Ben Mays
Regulatory Ben Mays
Restructuring and insolvency Ben Mays
Corporate and commercial Elizabeth Killeen
Banking and finance Sharon Mungall
Trusts and private wealth Graham Stoute
Photo Name Position Profile
 Justin Davis  photo Justin Davis
 Clinton Hempel  photo Clinton Hempel
 Elizabeth Killeen  photo Elizabeth Killeen
 Ben Mays  photo Ben Mays
 Anthony McKenzie  photo Anthony McKenzie
 Sharon Mungall  photo Sharon Mungall
Contacts : Clinton Hempel