Offshore law firm Carey Olsen has expanded its global litigation offering with the launch of its British Virgin Islands (BVI) litigation and insolvency practice.
The firm established its BVI office in 2013 with an initial focus on international commercial transactions, investment funds and offshore structures.
The firm's new litigation practice will be under the leadership of experienced BVI solicitor advocate Ben Mays (pictured), who joins the firm as partner and head of BVI litigation.
Mays says: "Carey Olsen is a well-recognised and respected firm which has already demonstrated its commitment to the BVI market. Developing its BVI litigation practice is an exciting opportunity to build on the firm's excellent reputation."
Mays has extensive commercial litigation experience with a particular focus on complex contentious and non-contentious cross-border insolvency.
An Oxford University graduate he has worked offshore since 2003 in both the Cayman Islands and the BVI. He was admitted to practise in the BVI in 2004.
The BVI practice is supported by partners, Andreas Kistler and Marcus Pallot, and of counsel, Jeremy Garrood, who are also admitted to practise in the BVI and are based in the firm's Jersey office. Mays' appointment brings the total number of partners across the firm's global litigation practice to 13.
BVI managing partner, Clinton Hempel, says: "The launch of our BVI litigation and insolvency arm is an important development both for our clients and the firm as we grow the practice internationally.
"Ben has an excellent track record and a reputation for his knowledge and thoroughness. His appointment allows us to provide our BVI and international clients with a very strong capability, supported by a well-regarded global team of offshore litigation specialists."
Carey Olsen’s litigation practice in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey covers the full spectrum of advisory, semi-contentious and contentious work.
Carey Olsen has acted on some of the most high-profile and complex litigation matters of recent years including Tchenguiz and Weavering and was recently commended in the 2014 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report for a ground-breaking Jersey case involving a request for information under a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA).