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BVI Litigation & Restructuring

Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Litigation & Restructuring practice in the British Virgin Islands ("BVI") is internationally recognised as Tier 1. Our team of lawyers is comprised of eight advocates ranging from junior lawyers to the most senior advocates in the jurisdiction with significant expertise in litigation and arbitration matters; offering the most seasoned and comprehensive litigation practice of any offshore firm in the BVI. Conyers prides itself on being the only firm with two BVI advocates ranked together as Band 1 by Chambers & Partners’ Global Directory over the last two years, and ranked Band 1 as a litigation practice for the last six years. We are frequently involved in leading international litigation work in the BVI, and have acted on many of the reported cases before both the Commercial Court and the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal. Conyers’ exemplary status in the region has led to a distinguished track record of advising on high profile disputes. These have included acting in the largest of asset tracing litigation from and by CIS states, through to the largest and most complex of receiverships involving PRC work seen in the BVI.

Our client base spans the globe and includes foreign states, financial institutions, FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 companies, multinationals, private equity and hedge funds, trust companies, insolvency practitioners, accountancy firms and high-net-worth individuals. Through our demonstrated experience in many of the region’s leading cases, our clients continue to turn to us for our timely strategic advice in their complex cross-border matters involving commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, emergency interim relief, as well as insolvency and restructuring matters involving schemes of arrangement, liquidation and asset tracing.

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Conyers has acted in some of the largest litigation and dispute resolution matters in the BVI. Our team is well-placed to advise on commercial disputes including seeking emergency interim relief (such as injunctions and appointment of receivers). We regularly act on contentious shareholder matters, as well as shareholder disputes, particularly those arising out of breach of shareholder agreements/minority oppression situations. In addition, we continue to advise clients on contentious trust disputes, and are regularly involved in arbitration and mediation matters in international and domestic contexts.

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CORPORATE / COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

Conyers has acted in numerous leading commercial litigation matters involving banks, listed companies, private companies and individuals. We regularly advise on banking & contractual disputes, insurance, warranty claims and professional negligence.

TRUST LITIGATION

Conyers has acted in prominent trust disputes and leading cases in the field and regularly receives major instructions on contentious trust and probate matters. Through our network of international offices and long-standing contacts with leading intermediaries worldwide, our BVI team has advised high-net-worth individuals, business owners, entrepreneurs, many of the world’s wealthiest families and institutional trustees and their advisers, banks and charitable entities.

SHAREHOLDER & CORPORATE DISPUTES

Our lawyers advise on highly complex shareholder disputes, particularly those arising out of breach of shareholders’ agreements/minority oppression situations. We also represent clients in contentious shareholders’ meetings such as those convened for the purpose of changing the formation of the board.

EMERGENCY INTERIM RELIEF

Conyers’ BVI team is recognised for their expertise in seeking emergency interim remedies and reliefs such as injunctions, appointment of receivers, orders or awards for the production of evidence and the preservation of the status quo.

ARBITRATION

Arbitration has been a growth area in recent years due to the new Arbitration Act and its comprehensive regime for the recognition of awards and the granting of interim measures. We are often involved in cases concerning the recognition of arbitral awards and the use of such awards to form the basis of a petition to appoint liquidators over a BVI company. Conyers’ team, with its previous expertise, and many of its lawyers being members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, are positioned to offer the depth and credible advice required in such matters, which distinguishes us from other legal professionals in the market.

INSOLVENCY & RESTRUCTURING

Our experience in insolvency & restructuring is by far the most advanced in the BVI. Conyers’ team has advised on complex, multinational and cross-border matters including assisting liquidators in asset tracing claims and providing legal expertise in contentious insolvency matters. We have particular expertise in shareholder and creditor schemes of arrangements for both solvent and insolvent companies.

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LIQUIDATIONS

We act in a variety of liquidation cases working directly with liquidators, as well as directors, regulators, investors and creditors on all aspects of conventional insolvency.

FRAUD & ASSET TRACING

Conyers’ BVI team regularly provides assistance to onshore law firms with their corporate fraud and asset tracing claims matters. We provide leading expertise in asset recovery/enforcement, investigations, money laundering, bribery and corruption, as well as cross-border cooperation, data protection and confidentiality.

SCHEMES OF ARRANGEMENT

Our lawyers are often sought for their strategic advice in developing schemes of arrangements for shareholders and creditors in both solvent and insolvent companies. We continue to advise leading onshore legal and accounting practices and restructuring & insolvency firms in major financial centres around the world.

Mark J. Forte
Partner, Head of BVI Litigation & Restructuring and Office

British Virgin Islands   +1 284 346 1113


Richard G. Evans
Partner

British Virgin Islands   +1 284 852 1115


Jerry D. Samuel
Partner

British Virgin Islands   +1 284 852 1116


Tameka Davis
Counsel

British Virgin Islands   +1 284 852 1120


Nigel K. Meeson QC
Partner

Hong Kong   +852 2842 9553
Mobile   +852 6469 3359


Matthew Brown
Associate

British Virgin Islands   +1 284 852 1121


Lauren Peaty
Associate

British Virgin Islands   +1 284 852 1123


Allana-J Joseph
Associate

British Virgin Islands   +1 284 852 1125


Alecia Johns
Associate

British Virgin Islands   +1 284 852 1117