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Offshore law firm Harneys appoints eight partners

Eight new partners have been made up at the offshore law firm Harney Westwood & Riegels.

The partners are Tanya Cassie (photo), Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall, Rachel Graham, Zac Lucas, Leon Mao, Marco Martins, Andrew Thorp and Russell Willings.

Daley-Aspinall and Graham are in the corporate and commercial practice. Daley-Aspinall has experience in corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and with matters involving partnerships and special purpose vehicles. She is located in the British Virgin Islands.

Graham, who is at the firm's London office, regularly advises on AIM listings, corporate restructurings and joint ventures.

Cassie, Mao and Willings are the new banking and finance partners. Cassie specialises in aircraft and ship finance and also advises on general corporate finance and banking matters. Previously located in Hong Kong, Cassie is now at the firm's British Virgin Islands office.

Mao has practiced offshore law in Hong Kong since 1996 and has an extensive client practice focused on private and public offerings of debt and equity, corporate restructures and takeovers, schemes of arrangement and banking and finance.

Willings specialises in issues relating to security, netting and collateral and the enforceability of derivative arrangements particularly in the context of BVI insolvency proceedings.

Lucas, head of Harneys' trust practice, specialises in advising on trust products, including the Share Trust. He is located in the firm's British Virgin Islands office.

Thorp is a member of the firm's litigation practice as well as its distressed funds group. Thorp has a wide range of experience in insolvency, contentious trust issues and shareholder disputes, as well as particular expertise in asset tracing and preservation.

Martins is a member of the funds team and also head of Harneys' Latin America practice. His practice encompasses all aspects of corporate, banking and finance related disciplines with a particular focus on the establishment and restructuring of investment funds.

Richard Peters, managing partner of Harneys, says the new partners have expertise that spans the full range of the firm's practice areas and geographic locations.

'Unquestionably these new partners also possess Harneys' hallmark commitment to excellence and unparalleled client service. We're very pleased to be bringing them into the partnership, especially at this time when Harneys is seeking to transform its practice from one focused solely on the British Virgin Islands to a truly global one,' Peters says.

Harneys now has 22 partners worldwide.

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