REGION: Global

Offshore Law Firm

Harneys is a leading international offshore law firm that has been operating for over 50 years. Through our network of more than 12 offices in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Americas we provide the world’s top law firms, financial institutions and corporations with legal services relating to BVI, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Bermuda and Anguilla law.

We have one of the most dynamic and fastest growing offshore investment funds teams in the world.  We advise on all aspects of the life of a BVI or Cayman fund including formation, restructuring and closure, both in distressed and planned scenarios. Our clients range from start-up managers to some of the world’s largest asset managers.

With over 50 funds lawyers working across five continents we have the experience and expertise to help; whether developing innovative solutions for some of the more complex challenges faced by our clients, we provide an integrated, cost effective and highly responsive service across our legal and services functions. We also have the only dedicated offshore regulatory practice providing regulated clients with essential legal support.

Our funds lawyers sit side-by-side with the funds team from our associated funds services business, Harneys Fiduciary. This allows us to provide fully integrated legal and administrative support to our funds clients.

We are experienced in providing funds structures using all forms of investment vehicle, including companies, limited partnerships, unit trusts and segregated portfolio companies and are at the forefront of designing innovative structures, including those dealing with mixed liquidity portfolios. We are also highly experienced in advising on the issues surrounding the use of side letters for individual investors.

Our legal experts also provide advice and assistance to those wishing to establish a fund manager or administrator in the BVI and the Cayman Islands.  This includes advising on the licensing requirements and ongoing obligations for domiciled and non-domiciled managers and administrators and advising on their service contracts with the funds.

We have been recognised for our client service, innovative deals and strategic vision through a number of high-profile awards including:

•                “Best Offshore Law Firm – Global” by Hedgeweek

•                “Best Offshore Law Firm” at the HFM US Hedge Fund Services Awards

•                “Best Offshore Law Firm - Client Service” at the HFM Asia Hedge Fund Services Awards

•                “Best Offshore Law Firm - Client Service” at the HFM European Hedge Fund Services Awards

•                “Best Offshore Law Firm and Best Offshore Law Firm - Client Service” at the Africa Global Funds Awards

•                “Best Offshore Law Firm for Hedge Funds” at the Hedge Fund China Summit in Shanghai

•                Harneys was also named The Lawyer’s “Offshore Law Firm of the Year” for outstanding legal excellence, market-leading strategy and commercial strength

For more information about Harneys please go to www.harneys.com/funds

Please visit our offshore funds blog which is dedicated to demystifying offshore investment funds: why investment managers use them and how they work. We also write about all the latest offshore fund news from Cayman and the BVI. It’s written by lawyers, but we try to keep it interesting anyway.


Title: Partner

Philip Graham


Philip Graham heads up the investment funds and regulatory team at Harneys in the British Virgin Islands. He is Chairman of the executive council of the BVI Investment Funds Association, Chairman of the Hedge Fund Association division of the BVI, a Member of BVI Joint Anti-money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Advisory Committee (JALTFAC), and a Member of BVI Financial Services Commission Focus Group on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). He is an active promoter of the BVI on the international conference network, as well as being the senior editor of the Offshore Funds Blog, a Harneys blog dedicated to explaining how offshore funds work and why investment managers use them.

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Contact Details

Craigmuir Chambers,
Road Town Tortola
British Virgin Islands
1 284 852 2551
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