Matt Richardson

I joined Grant Thornton BVI in 2017, having previously spent eight of the last nine years in the British Virgin Islands where I established and ran the office of a global firm specialising in contentious insolvency and asset recovery.

I have extensive experience in corporate recovery services, primarily in contentious cross-border insolvency and fraud involving international litigation, fraud investigation, asset tracing and realisation of complex and illiquid assets. I have undertaken work in a variety of industries, including financial services, offshore banking, real estate, shipping, financial institutions, mining, oil & gas and telecommunications.

I’ve been recognised as an asset tracing and recovery expert by Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery in 2014 – 2017.

Asset tracing, investigation and recovery:

Over the last decade, Grant Thornton (British Virgin Islands) Limited has recovered over half a billion US dollars for stakeholders of distressed companies.

Grant Thornton has one of the largest dedicated teams of asset-tracing and recovery specialists supported by forensic teams who are ISO certified. We have significant experience of working collaboratively with overseas government agencies, financial and non-financial regulators, and criminal agencies, and have recovered assets from some of the world’s most challenging jurisdictions.

As part of our global network, we have specialist resources focused solely on asset tracing and recovery for parties who have suffered a financial loss.  We frequently combine these abilities with the wide ranging discovery tools available to Liquidators and Receivers to maximise our investigative powers.

We have experience of retrieving assets from jurisdictions in the Caribbean, Russia/CIS, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, as well as other offshore centres.

John Gosling

John Gosling is based in Walkers’ British Virgin Islands office where he is a partner in the firm’s Global Finance and Corporate Groups. He is also a member of Walkers’ Global Latin America Group.

John advises clients on public and private M&A (including BVI statutory mergers and schemes of arrangement), private equity and joint ventures, IPOs, debt and equity capital raisings, restructurings, partnerships, project and acquisition finance. John also has extensive knowledge in general banking, security and regulatory matters. ​

John practised in London for twelve years with Freshfields, Ashurst and Norton Rose. Subsequently, he practised for four years in the Bermuda and Cayman Islands offices of another leading international offshore firm before joining Walkers’ British Virgin Islands office in 2008.

Walkers:

Walkers is a leading International Financial Centre law firm and a member of the International Financial Centres Forum (IFC Forum). From our offices in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Jersey, London and Singapore, we provide legal services to FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 global corporations and financial institutions, capital markets participants, investment fund managers and middle market companies.

Our global presence means we are always accessible to our clients in all time zones.

Richard May

Richard is Managing Partner of Maples and Calder’s British Virgin Islands office, and head of the BVI Corporate and Finance groups.  He advises on a variety of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock exchange listings and corporate reorganisations.  He also advises investment managers and private equity houses on the structuring, formation and financing of investment funds and private equity funds.  Richard is a member of a focus group advising the Financial Services Commission on regulatory legislation in the British Virgin Islands.

Richard joined Maples and Calder in 2011.  He was previously head of the Corporate and Investment Funds group at another international law firm in the British Virgin Islands and prior to that, worked for Ashurst in London.  Richard has been featured in Latin Lawyer 250 and recommended lawyer in Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global and Legal 500.  He has been named as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000.

Education:

– Bristol University, LLB
– College of Law, London, Legal Practice; Professional Skills

Bar Admissions:

2002 – Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (not practising)
2006 – Admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands)

Expertise:

– Corporate
– Finance
– Investment Funds
– Hedge Funds
– Private Equity
– Regulatory & Financial Services
– Intellectual Property, Technology & Telecoms

 

“We are an entrepreneurial, innovative firm guided by our core values.”

Hélène Anne Lewis

Hélène is a national of Trinidad and Tobago and English qualified lawyer of more than twenty-five years who has been practising in the BVI since 1990. She is the Founding Partner of SimonetteLewis a boutique law practice that serves as BVI legal advisers to private banks in Europe and Asia as well as to private wealth advisers and high net worth individuals onshore. Mrs Lewis’ practice includes advising on property, trust, probate and corporate matters involving BVI structures. With her Litigation Partner, she has also appeared in several high value trust and civil litigation matters in the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands and the OECS Court of Appeal. She has presented to several conferences on Trust, Compliance and Corporate issues and is a member of the organising committee of one of the trust industry’s most successful conferences – the STEP Caribbean Conference which she has chaired twice in her capacity as Chairman of the BVI Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”).

After admission to the Bar at Gray’s Inn the former Hélène Anne Simonette returned to Trinidad where she was at various times, State Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers, Legal Advisor to the Ombudsman and to the Leader of the Opposition. After having been the Senior Crown Counsel and sometimes Acting Attorney General of the Turks and Caicos Islands, she joined a prominent BVI law firm but established her own practice (SimonetteLewis) in February 2007. Mrs Lewis has served as President of the B.V.I. Bar Association, of which she was previously Secretary for seven years and has also served as Vice President and Treasurer of the OECS Bar Association, a regional association of the Bar Associations of the nine countries which comprise the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. She has served as a member of the STEP Worldwide Council and Board of Directors and had the distinction of being elected in November 2012 to be Chairman of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She was re-elected to the post in November 2013 and stood down in November 2014. She currently services as a Vice President of STEP Worldwide and Chairman of the Branch Development Committee. Mrs. Lewis is also admitted to practice in St. Kitts & Nevis.

Testimonial:

“SimonetteLewis is a trusted partner – they provide a depth of experience, a wealth of connections and a seasoned, innovative approach to whatever mandate I have with them. They are well respected in the Caribbean and sensitive to my client’s needs.” ~ Nicholas Plaut, Horsey, Lightly Fynn, Solicitors

John Carrington QC

John Carrington QC is a native of Trinidad and Tobago who has practiced law for 30 years, his last 16 years of practice being at the Bar in the Virgin Islands.

John practices generally as an advocate before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and has appeared before the Privy Council in civil and commercial matters. He has had conduct of matters in several islands of the Eastern Caribbean and as far as Turks and Caicos Islands.

He has advised and prepared written briefs for Privy Council matters and has provided expert evidence on BVI law in proceedings in foreign courts. He has also served as an Acting Justice of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

John has been counsel in two landmark cases in recent times: the Black Swan case in the BVI High Court where he persuaded the court that it had jurisdiction to make certain orders to prevent the dealing with assets in a way that could frustrate a future foreign judgment and the Judges Pension case where he acted for the High Court judges of the entire Eastern Caribbean region on questions regarding the interpretation of legislation governing their pension rights.

Firm Overview:

The Sabals Team Motto summarises the principles that govern our practice – Integrity. Commitment. Results.

Our experienced team of lawyers is well known in the legal field in the BVI and throughout the Eastern Caribbean. Over the years we have successfully represented and advised both individual and corporate clients and assisted them in the accomplishment of their goals.

We are committed to understanding and meeting our clients’ needs in a timely and cost effective manner, and to working closely with them to achieve this.

The Sabals Team is committed to offering quality legal service and also quality personal service to our clients.

Our Service First Policy guarantees accessibility, responsiveness, and ensures that all client needs are met in respect of all aspects of our legal service.

Our Service First Policy is implemented by the entire Sabals Team.