Shana Simmonds

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Shana Simmonds is a Partner within the Corporate Practice Group in the British Virgin Islands. Her practice areas include Banking and Finance, Private Client and Intellectual Property. Shana has extensive corporate law experience advising on a range of finance, general corporate and commercial matters, secured and structured financings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, restructurings and regulatory matters. Shana is routinely instructed by international and domestic financial institutions, private companies, securities providers and leading onshore law firms.

Shana advises local and foreign institutional and private clients on a wide variety of commercial and real property matters. Shana also advises on estate planning and succession matters including applications for grants of representation. Shana routinely represents clients in all aspects of trademark, patent, and other intellectual property registration and administration.

Prior to joining Appleby, Shana worked at other well established firms in the British Virgin Islands. Shana has been rated as a ‘rising star’ in IFLR1000 from 2017 – 2020.



Examples of Shana’s experience include:

  • Acting for Elemental Royalties Limited in connection with a business combination resulting in the reverse takeover of Fengro Industries Corp by Elemental Royalties Limited.
  • Advising a BVI subsidiary of Heirsholding Oil and Gas Limited (previously called TNOG Oil and Gas Limited), on the multi-tranche US$1.1 billion financing for the acquisition and working capital requirements for acquisition of a 45% participating interest in Nigerian oil mining lease (OML) 17.
  • Advising Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo (each acting as Administrative Agents respectively) and their affiliates in relation to a refinancing of Weatherford International plc’s senior secured asset-based lending agreement and senior secured letter of credit agreement.
  • Advising a US infrastructure investment firm in relation to a bid for the acquisition of a multinational developer, owner and operator of water production and waste water treatment plants and businesses.
  • Acting for JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in connection with the extension of and other amendments to a multi-million term loan facility and a revolving credit facility guaranteed by subsidiaries incorporated in Australia, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, England, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Panama and United States.
  • Acting for Corporación Interamericana para el financiamiento de Infraestructura in connection with a secured loan facility to a BVI company as borrower and several subsidiaries in Belize, Nevis and the Bahamas.
  • Advising a BVI company in relation to the sale and purchase of shares in a major hotel chain in London.
  • Acting for Citibank Europe PLC, UK Branch in relation to US$1.85 billion reorganization/refinancing involving subsidiaries incorporated in the BVI, Canada, Dubai International Finance Centre, France, India, Jersey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
  • Advising a BVI company in connection with the issuance of mobile-only mined and maintained cryptographic tokens.


  • LLB (Hons) in Law, University of Lincoln
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Cardiff University


17 May 2022

The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022: a British Virgin Islands perspective

Appleby discusses the implications of a new UK law, the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement...

Contributors: Shana Simmonds
15 Jul 2021 | News

Amendments to Trust and Probates Legislation of the British Virgin Islands now in force

Further to our April 2021 news alert the amendments to Trust and Probates Legislation of the British...

17 Jun 2021

Offshore Business Update: British Virgin Islands

In this update, we will provide a rolling overview of how the authorities in the British Virgin Isla...

Contributors: Andrew Willins
29 Apr 2021 | News

The British Virgin Islands modernises its Trustee Act and welcomes changes to its Probate Legislation

The Trustee (Amendment) Act recently gazetted and expected to be enacted in the British Virgin Islan...

28 Apr 2021 | Deals

Appleby Bermuda and BVI advised Investment Energy Resources Limited

Appleby Bermuda and BVI advised in connection with Investment Energy Resources Limited (IERL) inaugu...


25 Oct 2022

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Guide 2022 – British Virgin Islands

This country-specific guide provides an overview of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) laws and regulation...

Contributors: Shana Simmonds
15 Apr 2020

British Virgin Islands Jurisdictional Guide for COVID-19

This guide provides an overview of the financial support on offer to businesses in the BVI. We revie...

Contributors: Shana Simmonds
18 Sep 2019

Update: Economic Substance Requirements in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

Economic substance requirements in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

Contributors: Shana Simmonds
8 Aug 2019

Summary of Economic Substance Requirements in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

Economic Substance Requirements in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands

Contributors: Shana Simmonds

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