Firm Profile > Collas Crill > Tortola , British Virgin Islands

Collas Crill
British Virgin Islands

Corporate and commercial Tier 3

Collas Crill opened its BVI office in 2017 following a merger with local firm Farara Kerins, and has 'a highly responsive, professional and capable team that has the flexibility to accommodate all requests, however urgent, quickly and efficiently'. In 2018, the firm appointed Ian Montgomery, who was previously located in its Jersey office, as head of corporate, finance and funds in the BVI; his core corporate practice includes M&A work, corporate migrations, group restructurings, joint ventures, private equity issues, class rights, corporate governance mandates and directors' duties issues. Additional growth saw senior associates Richard Doyle and Natalie Bell join from Byrne Wallace in Dublin and Harneys, respectively, while associate Christian Hidalgo was hired from Carey Olsen's Jersey office.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Collas Crill launched its BVI office in 2017, following a merger with local firm Farara Kerins. In 2018, the firm appointed Ian Montgomery, who was previously located in its Jersey office, as head of corporate, finance and funds in the BVI; Montgomery's areas of expertise include debt and equity financing and public listings. Further growth saw senior associate Richard Doyle and associate Christian Hidalgo join from Byrne Wallace and Carey Olsen's Jersey office, respectively.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Collas Crill opened its BVI office in 2017 following its merger with local firm Farara Kerins. The dispute resolution group handles claims involving shareholders, trusts, probate, and development and construction work. The team has also experienced growth in matters originating from Hong Kong and  China. Gerard Farara QC is recommended for international commercial litigation and insolvency matters, and senior counsel Gerard Clarke was hired from Walkers BVI.

Collas Crill is an offshore firm with offices in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey, London and Singapore. With 34 partners and directors, and 85 other lawyers and legal professionals, Collas Crill deliver a comprehensive range of legal services to clients locally and around the globe.

Clients include some of the world’s leading financial institutions, international businesses, trusts and funds, as well as HNW individuals and families, alongside an established network of independent and trusted partners.

The firm takes pride in its roots and the local communities in which they operate, and continue to build a CSR programme to reflect this.

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance

Collas Crill’s well-established banking and finance team have worked with some of the best known transactions both internationally and locally. The firm was the first to manage public/private financing and has one of the largest portfolio of lending transactions within the commercial property market in the Channel Islands. The team also has expertise in Islamic finance structures and funds finance transactions.

Capital Markets

The firm’s capital markets team has substantial onshore as well as offshore capital markets experience, providing a depth understanding of all aspects of capital markets structures and the commercial drivers that underpin transactions. The team advise on the full range of equity and debt capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, structured finance and securitisations, bond issuance, and TISE and CSX listings.

Corporate and Commercial

With a depth of multi-jurisdictional experience across its offices in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey, London and Singapore, Collas Crill ensure that advice is provided in the context of other key global offshore centres and with a knowledge of the bigger, global picture. Corporate expertise includes listings duties and liabilities of directors, migrations and restructurings.

Insolvency and Restructuring

The firm provides advice to businesses on legislation and procedures in the BVI, regularly acting on matters of a complex and cross-jurisdictional nature.

Investment Funds

Collas Crill’s fund specialists offer advice on all aspects relating to the establishment, authorisation and structuring of funds and related investment vehicles. The firm has particular expertise acting for emerging managers who are building their business and acting for institutional investors, including acting for private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds on joint venture and fund investments, as well as planning their internal corporate structures.


Collas Crill’s technology team assists clients to take advantage of opportunities in the exciting and fast moving world of technology; including blockchain, digital assets, artificial intelligence, fintech/insure-tech/regtech, social media and online business. The firm has broad experience of advising clients from across the technology sector from start-ups to industry leading businesses and institutional investors.

Other offices: Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong (representative office),  Jersey, London, Singapore

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner; Head of dispute resolution Gerard St. C. Farara, QC +1 284 494 2717
Partner; Head of corporate and commercial; Capital markets; Funds; Banking and finance Ian Montgomery +1 284 8526316
Partner; Dispute resolution; Contentious trusts; Insolvency and restructing Gerard Clarke +1 284 8526319
Partners : 3
Other legal staff : 5