Clinton Hempel > Carey Olsen > Tortola, British Virgin Islands > Lawyer Profile

Carey Olsen
RODUS BUILDING
ROAD REEF MARINA, PO BOX 3093
ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA
British Virgin Islands

Work Department

Banking and Finance; Corporate; Investment Funds; Regulatory; Trusts and Private Wealth; Taxation and Economic Substance Requirements

Position

Clinton is the managing partner of Carey Olsen’s British Virgin Islands practice group.

Clinton has practised law for over 20 years and has significant experience in advising financial institutions, public and private businesses, high net worth individuals and their onshore advisers on the laws of the British Virgin Islands.

He advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, financings and investment structures, including takeovers, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and public and private equity transactions. Clinton also advises on all aspects of BVI regulatory compliance and risk management.

Career

Before joining Carey Olsen, Clinton was the joint managing partner of another major BVI law firm. Prior to relocating to the BVI in 1999, Clinton was an associate lawyer in the corporate group of Allen & Overy in London. He is a member of the BVI’s Bar Association and the English Law Society and has served three terms on the Executive Council of the BVI of Registered Agents advising on new legislation in the BVI.

Clinton has worked with many of the world’s leading lawyers, bankers, private equity firms and accountants on cross-border joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and stock exchange listings.

Admitted as an attorney in South Africa, 1996. Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, 1997. Admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands), 1999.

Education

BA (History), University of Natal, South Africa; LLB, Rhodes University, South Africa; LLM (Corporate Law), Kings College, University of London, United Kingdom.

Lawyer Rankings

British Virgin Islands > Banking, finance and capital markets

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.

British Virgin Islands > Corporate and commercial

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.

British Virgin Islands > Regulatory and compliance

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.