Melissa Virahsawmy is Counsel within both the Corporate and Dispute Resolution department in Mauritius. She practises law in the following areas: corporate and commercial, civil and commercial litigation, financial services law. She has experience in a broad range of corporate-related matters (contentious and non-contentious) including advising both local and international clients on the establishment of and structuring of corporate vehicles in Mauritius, fund structuring, insolvency, regulatory issues and insurance matters.

Melissa´s practice extends to the drafting of contracts and commercial documentation, including all documentation relating to corporate structuring, capital raising deals, securities offering, share pledging, aircraft leasing and financing. She has considerable experience in advisory matters in the corporate field. She also provides assistance in all civil matters, including corporate and tax, securitization, land law, labour/industrial, contract, tort, trust, and recovery of debt. She has also provides advice and assistance to the Boards of companies with regards to governance issues and best practice.

She regularly appears before all instances of the courts of Mauritius. Melissa´s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial litigation and insolvency. She also acts for employers and employees in disciplinary proceedings, and in mediation.

Prior to joining Appleby in December 2016, Melissa was a practising barrister in general private practice with experience in all areas of Mauritian law, including civil, criminal, commercial, corporate, matrimonial, employment, insurance and intellectual property matters.

Melissa is a member of the Mauritius Bar Association as well as a member of STEP, and an Associate of the ICSA. She also qualified as a solicitor in England in 2000 but she did not practise as a solicitor as she started to work in the financial services industry.

Melissa recently contributed the Mauritius chapter to the Chambers and Partners’ “Fintech 2018” guide.

She speaks fluent English and French.




University of Buckingham (England)

BPP Law School, London (England)

Council of Legal Education (Mauritius)

International Compliance Association


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