As of 1 October 2020, the BVI partnership known as Appleby, BVI has converted to a company limited by shares and will now be known as Appleby (BVI) Limited.  This has no impact on the way we do business.  This is just about how we conduct our affairs and manage risk as a group.

We very much look forward to continuing to serve our valued clients.  If you do have any queries about this change, please direct them to Jeffrey Kirk or your usual Appleby contact.

Find us

Jayla Place, Wickham's Cay I, PO Box 3190, Road Town, Tortola, VG1110

T +1 284 393 4742
E [email protected]

BVI Contacts

our global team

At Appleby, our global presence allows us to provide timely and comprehensive legal advice at the time most critical to our clients. This includes providing British Virgin Islands (BVI) law advice to clients in the Asian, North and South American, African, Caribbean and European timezones.

A number of our BVI qualified lawyers have experience working in onshore financial centres or on the ground in the BVI, ensuring that they have both commercial expertise and an awareness of the nuances affecting the practice of BVI law. Our global team approach ensures that all team members benefit from this collective shared experience, when dealing with the spectrum of cross-border transactions and high-profile matters that we advise upon.

We work regularly alongside onshore law firms based in all the major financial centres including London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Dublin, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Moscow, Switzerland and Singapore. Given the popularity of the BVI as an offshore jurisdiction our relationships with onshore counsel extend beyond these financial centres and include the regional centres where commercial expertise has developed.

We advise a wide variety of local and international organisations including a large number of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies on every aspect of BVI corporate and commercial law, with particular expertise and focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and capital markets.

We offer advice on:

  • Banking & Asset Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Real Estate and Asset Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Funds & Investment Services
  • Joint Ventures
  • Islamic Finance
  • Listing Services
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Client & Trusts
  • Regulation
  • (Re)Insurance
  • Restructuring
  • Redomiciling companies to and from the BVI
  • Structured Finance
  • Technology & Innovation

In addition to corporate advice, our global network means we can also offer BVI Dispute Resolution advice to clients in the Asian, North and South American, African, Caribbean and European timezones.


where we offer advice

From our offices in BVI, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jersey, Bermuda and Cayman, we offer round-the-clock access to BVI legal advice.


representative work

Citibank Europe

Advised Citibank Europe PLC, UK Branch in relation to a USD 1.85 billion reorganization/ refinancing involving subsidiaries incorporated in the Abu Dhabi Global Market, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Dubai International Finance Centre, France, India, Jersey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Xinyi Energy Holdings Limited

Acted as BVI counsel to Xinyi Energy Holdings Limited in relation to its global offering and listing on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange by way of spin-off. The value of this transaction was approximately HKD 3,895 million.

Playtech Plc

Acted for Playtech Plc on its redomicile from the BVI to the Isle of Man and its subsequent listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.


Acted as BVI counsel in respect of AngelHub's equity crowdfunding platform. They are now currently the only SFC licensed platform vetted start-up investment platform for professional investors, which allows them to offer securities trading and advisory services.

DBS Bank Limited

Acted for DBS Bank on the BVI aspects of a GBP280,000,000 loan facility to a joint venture vehicle acquiring 30 Gresham Street, London.

Clearbell Property Partners III LP

Acted for Clearbell Property Partners III LP on the BVI aspects of its GBP59,000,000 acquisition of 65 Kingsway, London, including undertaking due diligence on the target entity and acting on the financing aspects of the transaction.

Global Switch Holdings Limited

Acted for Global Switch Holdings Limited on matters of BVI law in connection with its EUR3,000,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note Programme.

Garsdale Services Investment Limited

Acted for Garsdale Services Investment Limited and USM Advisors on matters of BVI law in connection with the acquisition by MegaFon (Russia’s second largest mobile phone operator) of an indirect 50% stake in Euroset, Russia’s largest mobile phone retailer.


Acted as BVI and Bermuda counsel to InfraRed NF, a Hong Kong-based joint venture between InfraRed Capital Partners and Vervain and a leading Greater China real estate investment manager, in a USD 92.2 million financing investment

Caribbean Based Key Contacts

Jeffrey Kirk

Managing Partner: BVI

T +1 284 393 5318
E Email Jeffrey

David Clark

Partner: Bermuda, BVI

T +1 441 298 3583
E Email David

Andrew Jowett

Group Partner: BVI, Jersey

T +1 (284) 393 5316
E Email Andrew

Asia Based Key Contacts

Fiona Chan

Partner: Hong Kong, Shanghai

T +852 2905 5760
E Email Fiona

Chris Cheng

Partner: Hong Kong, Shanghai

T +852 2905 5719
E Email Chris

Judy Lee

Asia Group Head | Partner: Hong Kong, Shanghai

T +852 2905 5737
E Email Judy

Crown Dependency Based Key Contacts

Kyle Sutherland

Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 653
E Email Kyle

Tom Brook

Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 624
E Email Tom

Garry Manley

Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 638
E Email Garry

Juan Thornley

Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 623
E Email Juan

BVI Dispute Resolution Contacts

Mark Holligon

Managing Partner: Isle of Man

T +44 (0)1624 647 691
E Email Mark

Andrew Willins

Partner: BVI

T +1 284 393 5323
E Email Andrew

Eliot Simpson

Partner: Hong Kong, Shanghai

T +852 2905 5765
E Email Eliot


Appleby Projects in the BVI

In the British Virgin Islands Appleby supports local charities through donations and sponsorship. We encourage our employees to share their time and expertise as volunteers to support the local community.

Our community investment programme benefits charities and our business by helping us to build good relationships in the local community and by contributing to employee development and job satisfaction. Our focus is to help in the areas of: youth development, environment, sport and the arts.

Some of the organisations that we support through funding and in-kind donations include:

BVI Cancer Society

Works to prevent the development of cancer, and to counsel and support cancer patients and their families.

The Humane Society of Tortola

Caring for, and sheltering unwanted companion animals until loving homes can be found.

Non-profit making organisations seeking more information about financial and in-kind support should contact Judy Haycraft.