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O'Neal Webster
British Virgin Islands


The firm


The roots of O’Neal Webster date back to 1989. The firm was founded by Paul Webster KC, Colin O’Neal and Barbara O’Neal, who were all associates in law firms in the British Virgin Islands. Their commitment to delivering a high level of legal service with a commitment to clients and the community, led them to form the partnership of O’Neal Webster O’Neal. In 1993, a strategic alliance was formed with leading Caribbean law firm Myers Fletcher & Gordon of Kingston, Jamaica, to establish and develop what is now one of the leading commercial law firms in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), one of the most important offshore financial services centres in the world.


O’Neal Webster has grown with the BVI and has become established as a firm that is recognised globally for its expertise in all aspects of BVI corporate and commercial law as well as litigation. The proficiency and knowledge of the firm’s attorneys are well regarded and they are to be found on several bodies within the BVI community contributing to the review and implementation of change to BVI legislation. The firm’s barristers have distinguished themselves at every level of the judicial system in the BVI, the Caribbean and at the Privy Council in London.


Areas of practice


Banking and finance: the firm has extensive experience in advising on international and local banking transactions and is listed as the BVI firm of choice on legal panels of many international banks.


Corporate and commercial: the firm frequently advises on all aspects of BVI corporate and commercial law including stock exchange listings, BVI startups, partnerships, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring.


Intellectual property: the firm has gained a very good reputation as a trademark agent for numerous clients worldwide in handling major transactions involving acquisitions of large trademark portfolios in chain of title.


Investment funds, regulatory, digital assets: the firm offers efficient, practical and cost-effective advice on the formation and management of various types of BVI funds and the structuring and restructuring of BVI funds.


Litigation: the firm’s attorneys have earned a reputation for excellence in complex commercial disputes including insolvency and restructuring by combining creative innovative legal strategies with dedication.


Trusts and estates: the firm provides practical commercial advice on all aspects of BVI trust law and trust disputes to trustees (individuals and corporations) and beneficiaries alike on many issues such as wealth protection, probate planning and trust creation.


Restructuring and insolvency: the firm’s expertise covers a gamut of insolvency-related issues including advising directors and investors in distressed funds, debt restructuring and reschedulings, schemes of arrangements, cross-border insolvency, cross border tracing and recovery action, liquidation of fund and other corporate entities, appointment and removal of liquidators and receivers, and appointment and removal of corporate trustees.


Property and business: With over 20 years of BVI practice, the firm has developed remarkable and recognised expertise in advising a wide range of clients, both domestic and international in all types of BVI property and business transactions.


Shipping and aircraft: the firm offers the full range of services required to secure the registration of vessels and aircraft in the BVI and advises on all matters relating to the acquisition, financing, operation and transfer of vessels and aircraft in the BVI.


Number of lawyers : 12
at this office : 11
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O’Neal Webster’s clients come from across the globe. They rely on us to navigate, evaluate, and advise on a wide range of legal issues. We provide the same high-quality service to our clients, regardless of national origin, age, gender, sexuality, or ethnicity.

To deliver exceptional client service, we have always prioritized attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of talented people whose experiences and perspectives drive innovation across our firm. We support women at all career levels, providing leadership opportunities and a working environment where caregivers of all genders have support and flexibility. Our workforce comprises persons of varying ethnicities from seven different nationalities. We rely on the varied outlooks and approaches that individuals of many backgrounds bring, which generates innovative, bespoke solutions for clients.

Diversity and inclusion are not only principles we value; it’s part of who we are.