Melissa Virahsawmy

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Melissa Virahsawmy is Counsel within the Corporate 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 provided advice and assistance to the Boards of companies with regards to governance issues and best practice.

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


31 Aug 2021 | News

Mauritius: Amendments to immigration laws to promote investment and increase access to non-citizens

The Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2021, gazetted on 5 August 2021, has brought some changes...

23 Aug 2021 | News

Developments in the Mauritius Fintech sector

The Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2021 which was gazetted in Mauritius on 5 August 2021 sho...

Contributors: Melissa Virahsawmy
7 Apr 2021 | Deals

Clean Renewable Power Pte raises US$363 million through senior secured notes

Appleby Mauritius advised in a structured finance deal of US$363 million senior secured notes issued...

2 Sep 2020

The Financial Services Commission of Mauritius issues Peer to Peer Lending Rules

On 14 August 2020, the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development (Minister of Finance) ...

Contributors: Melissa Virahsawmy
11 Aug 2020 | News

Mauritian Government adopts new National Budget measures in the Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020

On 4 June 2020 the Mauritius Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development tabled the Natio...

Contributors: Melissa Virahsawmy
17 Jun 2020 | News

Guidance Notes issued in Mauritius for Security Token Offerings and Security Token Trading Systems

The Financial Services Commission, Mauritius (“FSC”) continues to remain highly supportive of Fi...

Contributors: Melissa Virahsawmy
6 Feb 2020 | News

Practice Direction issued in Mauritius for disclosure of beneficial ownership information to the Registrar of Companies

The Registrar of Companies in Mauritius has issued a practice direction relating to the disclosure o...

Contributors: Melissa Virahsawmy
30 Apr 2018 | News

Appleby Announces Further Promotions

Appleby has announced six promotions across its Guernsey, Jersey and Mauritius offices.

24 Jan 2018 | Deals

Appleby advises on revolutionary digital identity token sale

SelfKey, a transformative, blockchain-based digital identity solution, which allows individuals and ...


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