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Carey Olsen

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Ben Mays

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Carey Olsen

Work Department

Dispute Resolution and Litigation; Restructuring and Insolvency; Regulatory; Investment Funds


Ben is a partner and head of Carey Olsen's British Virgin Islands (BVI) dispute resolution and litigation group. 

Ben's practice covers corporate and commercial disputes and related advisory work including shareholder disputes, fraud and asset-tracing, corporate investigations, professional negligence, contractual claims, trusts disputes and regulatory advice. He is highly experienced in cross-border corporate insolvency and restructuring and in the enforcement of security. 

His recent representative work includes acting for a variety of clients on many of the most significant insolvency matters in the BVI in recent years.

Ben also regularly advises on shareholder disputes including unfair prejudice claims, alleged breaches of shareholder agreements, rectification actions, minority squeeze-outs and just and equitable winding up applications as well as on fraud and asset tracing claims and regulatory, anti-corruption and money-laundering assignments. Ben is often involved in seeking interim remedies such as injunctions, the appointment of receivers and Norwich Pharmacal relief, often on an urgent basis.

Ben's clients include investment and retail banks, private and listed companies, hedge funds, the major accountancy firms, financial services organisations and high net worth individuals. The strength of his profile in the legal sector sees him regularly instructed by international law firms.


Ben qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1999 and subsequently as a solicitor advocate (not currently practising in England and Wales). He began his career at Travers Smith in London and was then admitted to practice in the BVI and the Cayman Islands in 2004 when he moved to Maples and Calder.

Ben joined Carey Olsen as a partner in February 2015.

Ben's experience also includes six months in Cambodia where he acted as pro bono International Legal Consultant to Legal Support for Children and Women, a non-profit organization providing support to and access to justice for victims of human rights abuse and trafficking.


A member and former director of the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association (RISA), a member of INSOL, the Insolvency Lawyers' Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

British Virgin Islands

Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Ben Mays - Carey Olsen

Within: Dispute resolution

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.

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British Virgin Islands: Restructuring & Insolvency (3rd edition)

April 2019. By Ben Mays, Partner

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to restructuring and insolvency laws and regulations that may occur in the  British Virgin Islands . This Q&A is part of the global guide to Restructuring & Insolvency (3rd edition). [Continue Reading]

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