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Mark J. Forte

Partner, Head of BVI Litigation & Restructuring and Office

British Virgin Islands   +1 284 346 1113

Mark J. Forte

Legal 500 Caribbean 2019    Ranked in Chambers 2018

Mark Forte is Partner and Head of the British Virgin Islands office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. He specialises in complex cross-border litigation and contentious cross-border insolvency, and is recognised for his emergency interim relief work and considerable insolvency experience. Mark also advises foreign states, government agencies and liquidators on international asset tracing measures.

A frequently appearing advocate in some of the jurisdiction’s leading cases, Mark has over 25 years of litigation experience, starting his professional career as a barrister at 8 King Street Chambers in Manchester, England in 1989 and teaching contract on the Bar Vocational Course at Manchester University. Since joining Conyers in 2004 to launch the BVI Litigation and Restructuring practice, he has grown the team to include seven experienced solicitors and barristers, all based in the BVI.

Globally recognised for his expertise, Mark has been ranked for the last 7 years as Tier 1 in his practice area in Chambers Global, as well as in Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal, and the Citywealth Leaders List. A respected speaker, Mark has appeared as a panelist at COMBAR (UK)INSOLC5 and the Russian Arbitration Association, as well as other international conferences. He also previously served on the editorial board of INSOL World, and is currently a director of BVI International Arbitration Centre.

Experience Highlights

Professional Background

  • Chambers at 8 King Street, Manchester


  • Inns of Court School of Law, London
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, LLB (Hons), England

Bar Admissions

  • British Virgin Islands, 2004
  • N.Ireland, Barrister, 1996 (not currently practising)
  • England, Barrister, 1989 (not currently practising)

13 Sep 2018
Calm After the Storm – BVI Gets Back to Business

23 Feb 2018
Re China Lumena New Materials Corp [2018] HKCFI 276 – Hong Kong Court clarifies Powers of Foreign Insolvency Officeholders

21 Feb 2018
Re King Bun Limited: Re-affirming When the Case Should be tried in the BVI

02 Feb 2018
Case Alert: The Court of Appeal Affirms the Jurisdiction of the BVI court to Award Pre-Judgment Interest

18 Dec 2017
Conyers Announces New Head of BVI Office

06 Oct 2017
Conyers set to Re-open BVI Office with Full Team

18 Sep 2017
Conyers to have Presence in Saint Lucia for Recently Relocated BVI Commercial Court

18 Sep 2017
Conyers’ BVI Update

12 Sep 2017
Conyers’ BVI Legal and Professional Services are Operational Following Hurricane Irma

13 Feb 2017
Modifications to the availability of costs recovery by overseas counsel under BVI costs regime

14 Nov 2016
Case Alert: Court of Appeal Reaffirms Dissenting Shareholder Valuation Mechanism under BVI Law

26 Sep 2016
Conyers Lawyers Named on Citywealth’s Leaders List

06 May 2016
Navigating Cost Assessments – the BVI Commercial Judge offers Clarity on Recoverable Costs in the Commercial Division

20 Apr 2016
Conyers Becomes Member of INSOL’s Group of 36

21 Mar 2016
Conyers’ Tameka Davis Named Top 40 under 40 for Litigation & Restructuring

22 Jan 2016
Case Comment: Olive Group – Welcome Clarification on Dissent Procedure under BVI Law

21 Jan 2016
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 10 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

13 Nov 2015
Mark Forte featured in 2015 Bankruptcy & Restructuring Handbook

21 Sep 2015
Conyers Dill & Pearman Expands Litigation Practice with Launch of Asia Disputes & Restructuring Group

15 Sep 2015
Conyers’ BVI Litigation & Restructuring Practice Grows with New Hire

11 Sep 2015
Conyers’ BVI litigation head, Mark Forte, Appointed to Inaugural Board of the BVI International Arbitration Centre

22 Jul 2015
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 9 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands

10 Jul 2015
Service Out of the Jurisdiction: BVI Case Update

26 May 2015
Business BVI International Arbitration Conference a Success

13 May 2015
Submission to Jurisdiction in Insolvency Claims and Availability of Cross-border Anti-suit Relief

24 Feb 2015
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 8 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

23 Feb 2015
Shareholder Relief: Eastern Caribbean Appeal Court Considers the Just and Equitable Grounds for Winding up a BVI Company

30 Jan 2015
Submission to jurisdiction and ‘impracticability’ of service

26 Jan 2015
BVI Announces Commercial Court Judge

18 Dec 2014
Stichting Shell Pensioenfonds v Krys

18 Dec 2014
Stichting Shell Pensioenfunds v Krys

14 Oct 2014
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 7 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

06 Jun 2014
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 6 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

14 Mar 2014
Conyers’ BVI office ranked in top tier in Chambers Global 2014

27 Feb 2014
Small Practices and Consumer Debt Issues – British Virgin Islands

21 Feb 2014
Williams v Central Bank of Nigeria [2014] UKSC 10

07 Feb 2014
Service Out in the BVI: Westburg Anstalt v. Profitstar Anstalt and Amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules

28 Jan 2014
BVI Passes Arbitration Act

07 Jan 2014
Offshore Case Digest: Issue No. 5 – Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

26 Nov 2013
Professional Director’s Duties in BVI Companies

19 Nov 2013
Important Judgment in PricewaterhouseCoopers v Saad Investments Company Limited and Singularis Holdings Ltd.

07 Jun 2013
Offshore Case Digest: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands – Issue #4 – January – March 2013

21 Feb 2013
Offshore Case Digest: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands – Issue #3 – October – December 2012

09 Oct 2012
Offshore Case Digest: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands – Issue #2 – May – September 2012

06 Jul 2012
Offshore Case Digest: Bermuda, British Virgin islands, Cayman Islands – Issue #1, January – April 2012

23 May 2012
Petitioning Creditor Ordered to Pay the Remuneration of Wrongly Appointed Liquidators

25 Apr 2012
Conyers expands in BVI with senior litigation hire

17 Apr 2012
Back to the Beginning: The pendulum of statutory rectification under BVI Law

03 May 2011
Registered Agents: More than Mere Onlookers

19 Nov 2010
Creditors Rights in Insolvency Proceedings: A Practical Guide for Smaller Practices – BVI

11 Oct 2010
BVI Court of Appeal makes law on two important issues

02 Jul 2010
Offshore Forensic Investigations and Asset Tracing

08 Jun 2010
Conyers Promotes Cayman in Asia

12 Feb 2010
The Court’s Power To Vary, Revoke And Rescind Its Own Order

28 Jan 2010
Conyers Lawyers Named in Citywealth Leaders List

24 Oct 2009
BVI Court of Appeal – Injunction Procedure

29 Sep 2009
The Advantages of Using BVI in an Economic Downturn

01 Sep 2009
Cross Border Insolvency Update

  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and since 2010) of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • “Highly Rated” in the 2018 edition (and since 2010) of Who’s Who Legal (litigation, asset recovery, insolvency and restructuring)
  • Recognised in the 2017 edition (and since 2010) of Chambers Global (dispute resolution – Band 1)
  • Recognised in the 2016 edition (and since 2011) of the CityWealth Leaders List
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition of Legal Media Groups’ Expert Guides (insolvency and restructuring)
  • Recognised in the 2009 edition of IFLR1000 (corporate and finance)
  • Member, RISA local insolvency professionals association
  • Honorary member, COMBAR (North American Group)
  • Member, Chancery Bar Association
  • Regional Chair (Caribbean offshore) for the INSOL International Channel Islands Seminar 2014