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Marco Martins

Marco Martins
Head of Latin America Practice at Harneys
since 2007

 Marco joined Harneys in 2007 as the head of Harneys' Latin American Practice. After three years in the firm's BVI office Marco relocated to the Cayman Islands in 2010 and he presently splits his time between the Cayman Islands and Montevideo. Marco's current practice encompasses all aspects of corporate, banking and finance related disciplines, with a particular focus on the establishment and restructuring of investment funds. He speaks fluent Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. 

Prior to joining Harneys Marco worked for Shearman & Sterling in London and California and Norton Rose in London. He has extensive experience in international finance, having advised several global clients on international offerings of registered and unregistered equity and debt, including complex structured finance transactions. He was the senior Associate in a number of IPOs and privatizations, with listings on major stock exchanges in the US and Europe. Marco helped develop Shearman & Sterling's practice in both Spain and Portugal, advising the Spanish government on a succession of highly successful and important privatizations, including those of Repsol, Endesa, Iberia and Red Eléctrica de España, and representing the underwriters in the privatization of Electricidade de Portugal. Early in his career he was also involved in the privatization of the Argentinean YPF and participated in negotiations of the rescheduling of Brazilian government bonds in the mid 1990s. He also spent time on secondment at Merrill Lynch International in London and helped found a venture capital business.


University of Texas (B.Sc. Hons) 1991
Syracuse University, College of Law (J.D. Magna Cum Laude) 1994
Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship (MA Hons) 1994
Bar Admissions
Admitted in New York 1996
Admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales 2007
Admitted in the Cayman Islands 2010

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By Natalie Bell, Harneys, British Virgin Islands – Segregated Portfolio Companies (SPCs) are now well recognised and widely used corporate vehicles, and we are seeing increasing demand for them in the funds context, writes BVI-based law firm Harneys. A segregated portfolio company benefits from statutory segregation of its assets and liabilities in one segregated portfolio from those of any other segregated portfolio, and from the general assets and liabilities of the company, but is a single, legal entity. The SPC has only one set of constitutional documents, one board of directors and, importantly, one set of annual licence fees. »

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Since the BVI introduced the Approved Manager regime at the end of 2012 demand has been strong. Currently, there are 101 Approved Managers licensed in the BVI.  »

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All private, professional and public funds in the British Virgin Islands are required to submit a Mutual Fund Annual Return (MFAR) to the BVI Financial Services Commission (FSC) no later than 30 June 2012 in respect of the calendar year ending 31 December 2011. »

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