O'Neal Webster
Member firm for British Virgin Islands

Firm Overview

O’Neal Webster offers expert legal advice and attentive service for discriminating clients who choose the British Virgin Islands – a premier offshore jurisdiction, offering a welcoming and progressive, yet stable legal environment – for all types of corporate matters, including company structuring, financing, and syndicated lending, and shipping registration, as well as for high net worth individuals in matters related to trusts, estates, and purchases of BVI real estate and yachts.

Since 1989, O’Neal Webster has maintained (often exceeding client expectations) a distinguished reputation for delivering a full range of litigation, corporate, and personal services to a large international clientele. The firm is frequently called upon to find unique solutions to complex requirements or resolve contentious disputes. Chambers Global, Legal 500, and IFLR, among others, recognize the firm as a leading BVI-based law firm.

Litigation Queens Counsel Paul Dennis leads the firm’s active litigation practice, which includes a newly formed litigation support group, handling complex cross-border litigation emanating from the BVI. Tortola, BVI, is home to the established BVI Commercial Court, a great asset to BVI companies, facilitating the efficient resolution of commercial cases in the BVI system.

Funds and Regulatory Having secured strong relationships in the BVI regulatory community, the firm’s investment fund and regulated business practice has grown steadily over the years and encompasses two new fund types targeted for start-up companies – the BVI Incubator Fund and the BVI Approved Fund.

Real Estate and Admiralty Thanks to a strong working relationship with relevant government agencies and entities, the firm has a successful and long standing track record in negotiating licenses and permits for a range of development enterprises, serving the tourism sector and others in real estate acquisition, planning, construction, and sales. A seasoned admiralty and shipping registration team serves international clients in navigating the advantages and nuances of BVI ship registry law, as well as purchase and sales.

Banking Trust and Estate, and Intellectual Property The firm is among the most well established banking, trust, estate planning and administration, and intellectual property practices in the BVI. The firm recently formed OW Services, Ltd., a BVI licensed trademark agent, which is now required for establishing trademarks under the new BVI Trade Mark Act. The firm handles over one thousand trademarks registered in the BVI.

Areas of Practice:

• Banking and Finance
• Business Advisory
• Corporate and Commercial
• Intellectual Property
• Investment Funds
• Litigation
• Real Estate
• Shipping and Admiralty
• Trusts and Estates

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O'Neal Webster
31 Southampton Row
London, WC1B 5HJ

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