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Carey Olsen

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Clinton Hempel

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Carey Olsen

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Banking and Finance; Corporate; Investment Funds; Regulatory; Trusts and Private Wealth


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.


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.


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

British Virgin Islands

Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Real estate finance is a key sector for Carey Olsen's BVI finance practice. The team advised Advanced Idea Holdings on the financing of London's 70 Gracechurch Street. Counsels Elizabeth Killeen and Sharon Mungall are experienced advisers, while Clinton Hempel, who divides his time between South Africa and the BVI, is the BVI practice group managing partner.

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Corporate and commercial

Within: Corporate and commercial

Carey Olsen's 'unique' BVI corporate practice is 'truly innovative in its approach and commercial in its outlook' and is 'great to work with' thanks to 'a diverse range of expertise and knowledge' in the 'highly personable' team; it is regularly involved in international M&A involving the BVI as a jurisdiction, and it has a strong reputation for advising BVI-registered clients listed on the London Stock Exchange and other exchanges. The 'vastly experienced' Clinton Hempel splits his time between South Africa and the BVI. Elizabeth Killeen and Sharon Mungall are highly regarded counsels; Killeen 'always goes the extra mile for clients' and 'always looks for effective solutions', and Mungall has 'second-to-none corporate knowledge'.

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