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Conyers Dill & Pearman

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Founded in 1928, Conyers Dill & Pearman is an international law firm advising locally on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius and also from offices in the key financial centres of Dubai, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. We provide responsive, sophisticated, solution-driven legal advice to clients seeking specialised expertise on corporate and commercial, litigation, restructuring and insolvency and trust and private client matters. Conyers is affiliated with the Codan group of companies, which provide a range of trust, corporate secretarial, accounting and management services.

Our British Virgin Islands office was established in 1996 in Tortola. We have become a leader in offshore legal services in the BVI, to where today we are internationally recognised as Tier 1 across all leading law firm directories. Bringing us to this point is the culmination of building long-standing client relationships, facilitating legal and regulatory changes and breadth and depth of expertise in all aspects of litigation and corporate matters.

Conyers’ Litigation & Restructuring practice is comprised of eight advocates ranging from junior lawyers to the most senior of advocates in the jurisdiction with significant expertise in litigation and arbitration matters; offering the most experienced and comprehensive practice of any offshore firm in the BVI. Conyers prides itself on being the only firm with two BVI advocates ranked together as Tier 1 by Chambers & Partners’ Global Directory over the last two years, and ranked Tier 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.

Conyers has also been involved with 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. We see arbitration as a potential growth area, not just in the context of assistance to foreign arbitration, but also as it relates to domestic arbitration. This is due to the new Arbitration Act and its comprehensive regime for the recognition of awards and the granting of interim measures. To that end Conyers, 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 which distinguishes us from other legal professionals in the market.

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. Our clients have been quoted as saying: “(Conyers' BVI team is) absolutely first class; it pays great attention to detail while applying a commercial overview” (Legal 500 2015) and "They are very responsive, flexible and work well as a team" (Chambers & Partners 2015).

Further, the BVI office has significant expertise in corporate and finance transactions, including IPOs, M&A, banking and acquisition and asset finance matters. We also advise on investment funds and private equity, as well as equity and debt capital markets. Conyers is the market leader for BVI M&A work and offshore IPOs on all major exchanges, having recently advised on both the largest M&A transaction (the sale of TNK-BP) and largest IPO (Lenta) ever involving a BVI company.

As a well-regulated jurisdiction, BVI is considered a key centre for sophisticated investment vehicles and is the second largest offshore jurisdiction for hedge fund domiciliation. Our BVI office also has one of the largest private equity and investment funds practices on the island. Our team provides specialist advice to clients on the day-to-day operations of their fund matters from initial fund formation and structuring to restructuring and winding up of funds.

Specialising in contentious and non-contentious work, the private client team’s experience includes creation and reorganisation of trusts and corporate structures for preservation of client capital and succession planning of ownership structures for family businesses. Trust litigators support the team in substantial trust litigation, acting for trustees, protectors and beneficiaries.

Firm Awards

  • Chambers Global Awards 2014 – Offshore Law Firm of the Year
  • IFLR Asia Awards 2014 – Offshore Firm of the Year
  • SE Asia Law Awards 2014 – Offshore Firm of the Year
  • MENA Fund Manager Fund Services Awards 2014 – Best Offshore Law Firm
  • US Captive Services Awards 2014 – Offshore Law Firm of the Year
  • China Business Law Journal 2015 - Best Law Firm for Offshore Work

Contact Details

Mark Forte
Partner & Head of Litigation, BVI

Commerce House
Wickhams Cay 1
PO Box 3140
Road Town, Tortola
VG1110
British Virgin Islands

Tel: +1 (284) 852-1113
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BVI Finance

BVI Finance

BVI Finance is the voice of the financial services industry; marketing and promoting its products and services, managing and maintaining its excellent reputation including its stability and best in class regulations.

Established in 2002, we remain at the forefront of the global stage through our presence at conferences and trade related events in our core markets, by tapping into new and emerging markets, and maintaining a strong relationship with key stakeholders both locally and internationally.

To retain it’s positioning BVI Finance partners with local and international practitioners, media houses and investors in emerging as well as traditional markets.

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HARNEYS

HARNEYS

The original BVI law firm, Harneys has more than 50 years of experience assisting clients all around the world with a wide range of BVI legal and commercial issues. We have earned more tier one rankings from independent legal directories than any other BVI law firm and we have more BVI qualified lawyers than any other law firm in the world.

Through our network of offices in the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Montevideo, and our representative presences in Latin America, North America, Central and Eastern Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa, we provide our international client base with legal services relating to BVI, Cayman Islands, Anguilla and Cyprus law.

Our associate corporate services and private wealth business, Harneys Services, delivers a full complement of corporate and fiduciary services in the BVI and Cayman Islands. Together, our legal and fiduciary practices enable us to provide clients with integrated, high quality, responsive and cost effective services.

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The BVI Beacon

The BVI Beacon

The BVI Beacon is a weekly British Virgin Islands newspaper founded in 1984 and published on the island of Tortola. The Beacon is owned and published by local businessman Russell Harrigan, also the publisher of Business BVI.

The paper’s motto is “The light that comes from wisdom never goes out.” The paper is published on Thursdays, and organised into sections: Local News, Business, Weekend and Culture and Sports.

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The BVI International Arbitration Centre (BVI lAC)

The BVI International Arbitration Centre (BVI lAC)

"The BVI International Arbitration Centre (BVI lAC) was established under the British Virgin Islands Arbitration Act, 2013 ("the Act") to provide support and facilities for BVI arbitration and mediation proceedings and is now being set up. Its main functions are:

(a) to provide facilities for the conduct of arbitral and mediation proceedings in the BVI;

(b) to provide essential dispute resolution services for the conduct of arbitral and mediation proceedings;

(c) to receive and process documents on behalf of parties that choose to settle their disputes through arbitration in the BVI;

(d) to provide necessary support to arbitral tribunals established under the Act to facilitate the conduct of arbitral proceedings;

(e) to perform all duties imposed by the Act; and

(f) to perform such other function as may be related or incidental to the efficient and effective functioning of the BVI lAC.

The BVI IAC is recruiting for the posts of Executive Manager and Chief Executive Officer. It is also inviting applications from suitably qualified persons to be entered on the Register of "Arbitrators."

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www.bviiac.org
The International Journal of Commercial and Treaty Arbitration

The International Journal of Commercial and Treaty Arbitration

About Global Arbitration Review

Launched in 2006, GAR is the leading resource on international arbitration news and community intelligence.

News and awareness

GAR prides itself on publishing reliable and informative arbitration news, providing readers with breaking news updates five days a week, original annual reports and surveys, and in-depth features covering issues in international arbitration around the world. GAR's dedicated team of journalists travel to report globally and have established a wide network of contacts to break news first.

For further insight into the content that GAR publishes, you can sign up to receive the free daily news briefing or view our selection of sample articles.

Research

Each year GAR publishes our unique signature survey: the GAR 100, a guide to specialist arbitration firms worldwide. The survey points readers to dependable counsel, offering extensive qualitative analysis of arbitration practices around the world. Firms are stringently researched and assessed to ensure that only the elite are listed, with the GAR 30 ranking the very best.

Events

GAR Live events are innovative and interactive, encouraging audience participation throughout. Topical discussions are followed by a symposium session with submitted questions and a live debate. Some of the leading figures in international arbitration gather in the world's major cities to debate key issues, creating live content for our magazine.

Know-how and reviews

We work with leading experts from around the world to produce regional knowledge guides. GAR Know-how is a free to view online reference resource where select experienced local practitioners provide answers to the commonly-asked questions of international dispute resolution practice. GAR also publishes three annual reviews offering insight from the foremost practitioners at the leading firms in the Americas; Europe, the Middle East & Africa; and the Asia-Pacific region; with a focus on the hot topics of the moment.

GAR is published by Law Business Research Limited, an independent, multi award-winning publisher of research, data and analysis on international business law and international legal markets.

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Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society

Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society

TCAS mission statement

To promote and develop in Toronto a world centre for arbitration excellence to resolve international and domestic disputes by providing

  • qualified arbitrators,
  • exceptional facilities,
  • experienced counsel,
  • innovative research, and
  • a supportive legal environment regardless of the location of the parties or their systems of law.

And to promote the use of arbitration to resolve commercial disputes by

  • developing alliances with other arbitral organizations and centres of learning,
  • sponsoring international conferences featuring preeminent practitioners as speakers,
  • advocating supportive international and domestic legislation, and
  • providing a forum and network for the exchange of ideas on all aspects of international and domestic arbitration
  • promoting and understanding of available rules and arbitral institutions to facilitate commercial arbitration.
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www.torontocommercialarbitrationsociety.com
Arbitration Place

Arbitration Place

Arbitration Place is a fully integrated international arbitration centre located in the heart of Canada’s financial district in downtown Toronto. It features a roster of recognized Resident and Member Arbitrators, an on-site court reporting service, experienced interpreters and translators, and in-house counsel available to serve as clerk or secretary to the Tribunal. Arbitration Place welcomes guest arbitrators and provides all arbitrators with executive assistants and full support including the services of a concierge team and technical staff for the course of the hearing. Housed in one of Canada’s newest LEED certified office towers, it has state-of-the-art hearing rooms that can be configured to suit any size hearing as well as a full suite of breakout rooms and an on-site commercial kitchen, with meals and snacks prepared by a resident chef. Arbitration Place, with a library of arbitration resources, is also committed to being an educational resource centre and frequently runs programs on key international developments of interest to the litigation and arbitration communities.

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www.arbitrationplace.com
Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration

Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration

The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) is Australia's leading international dispute resolution body and is active in international and domestic arbitration and mediation.

Established in 1985, its objective is to promote and facilitate the efficient resolution of commercial disputes in Australia and internationally by arbitration, with the aim of delivering expediency and neutrality of process, enforceability of outcome and commercial privacy to parties in dispute.

A major partner of Australia's premier dispute resolution venue, the Australian International Disputes Centre, ACICA is a signatory to co-operation agreements with over 30 global arbitral bodies, a founding member of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG) and the only Australian member of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI).

Through its Board of Directors and Members, ACICA’s global and national outreach extends to business, academia, judiciary, industry and government. It provides a nominee to the Australian Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II (Arbitration and Conciliation) in New York and Vienna and works closely with the Federal and State & Territory Governments in policy development and legislative reform.

In 2011, the Australian Government confirmed ACICA as the sole default appointing authority competent to perform the arbitrator appointment functions under the amended International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth). To give effect to this, ACICA has developed the Appointment of Arbitrators Rules 2011 which establish a streamlined process through which a party can apply to have an arbitrator appointed to a dispute seated in Australia in circumstances where the arbitration is not being conducted under the ACICA Arbitration Rules or ACICA Expedited Rules. The ACICA Executive makes appointments with assistance from the ACICA Appointment Committee, comprised of well-known arbitral practitioners, and input from the ACICA Advisory Board, whose members include nominees from the Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Chief Justices of the High Court and the Federal Court, the President of the Australian Bar Association, the President of the Law Council of Australia and other industry representatives.

Chaired by the Honourable JJ Spigelman QC, the ACICA Judicial Liaison Committee, whose members include Chief Justices of the Federal Court and other Australian State & Territory Courts and ACICA President Alex Baykitch, is an integral part of the Australian arbitration infrastructure attracting international arbitration business to Australia.

In 2011, ACICA launched its Arbitration Rules incorporating the Emergency Arbitrator Provisions - a first for an Australian arbitral body. Designed to speed up the resolution of international commercial disputes, this innovation provides parties with greater flexibility including an option to seek urgent interim measures of protection from an emergency arbitrator before the arbitral tribunal is constituted.

WHAT IS INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION?
International Arbitration is a system of dispute resolution selected by many of the world's leading international companies. Most importantly arbitration agreements and arbitral awards are enforceable worldwide under an international law known as the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York Convention).

By inserting an arbitration clause into their agreements with trading partners, parties opt to have disputes arising out of or in connection with the contract decided by private tribunals ('arbitral tribunals') rather than litigating them in national courts. Arbitration is particularly common in the insurance, construction and engineering, oil, gas and shipping industries and increasingly so, in banking and financial services.

In 2008 a PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Survey, 'International Arbitration: Corporate Attitudes and Practices', revealed consumers of arbitration services favoured international arbitration because it was a means to successfully preserve business relationships.

LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION IN AUSTRALIA
International arbitrations in Australia are governed by federal legislation, the International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth). The Act incorporates an internationally accepted law on arbitration known as the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration. In addition to giving force of law in Australia to the UNCITRAL Model Law, the International Arbitration Act implements two international conventions. The first is the New York Convention, which provides for the international enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards. The second is the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (Washington Convention) which provides for a special system of arbitration for disputes between States (countries) and foreign investors.

Reforms to Australian arbitration laws

On June 17 2010, the Commonwealth Parliament of Australia amended the International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth) to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and affordability of international commercial arbitration.

In May 2010, the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General agreed to implement a Model Commercial Arbitration Bill to apply to domestic arbitration in Australia. These reforms were aimed at harmonising domestic arbitration law with the law applying to international arbitration. The first State to implement the Model Bill was NSW which passed the Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 in June 2010. The majority of other States and Territories in Australia have now followed suit.

These reforms provide the framework for internationally experienced arbitrators to resolve local, cross-border and international disputes on Australian territory.

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www.acica.org.au
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is a leading professional membership organisation representing the interests of alternative dispute practitioners worldwide.

With over 13,000 members located in more than 120 countries, CIArb supports the global promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of private dispute resolution.

As a not-for-profit, UK registered charity, CIArb works in the public interest through an international network of 37 branches.

In addition to providing education and training for arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators, we act as an international centre for practitioners, policy makers, academics and those in business concerned with the cost-effective and early settlement of disputes. This gives users confidence that the very best people are helping to resolve their dispute.

For members, and where appropriate, non-members, CIArb offers a range of resources. It provides tools, support, advice, networking and promotional opportunities as well as facilities for hearings, meetings and other events.

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www.ciarb.org
Canada International Chamber of Commerce

Canada International Chamber of Commerce

The Voice of Canadian Business

Since 1925, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has connected businesses of all sizes, from all sectors and from all regions of the country to advocate for public policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses, communities and families across Canada.

With a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions, we are the largest business association in Canada, and the country’s most influential. The primary and vital connection between business and the federal government, our views are sought after and respected by government, business leaders and the media thanks to our well-researched reports, analyses, position papers and policy resolutions that reflect a broad business perspective.

Be heard.

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www.chamber.ca

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Maria's by the Sea

Located in the heart of Road Town, Maria’s by the Sea is perfectly situated on the shore of Road Harbour thus taking advantage of the convenience of being in town while enjoying some of the best views of the harbour and Sir Francis Drakes Channel.

P.O. Box 2364 - Road Town
Tortola, British Virgin Islands VG1110