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Appleby

Dispute Resolution

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What the team is known for

Appleby is well known for its long-standing commercial litigation team in the BVI. It is noted for its in-depth experience in insolvency work and shareholder disputes, and is also renowned for its expertise in asset tracing and white-collar fraud litigation. The BVI lawyers regularly work alongside Appleby colleagues based in Hong Kong in their representation of clients hailing from China and the Russian Federation.

Strengths

Commentators describe Appleby as "very responsive and client-friendly" and as a "focused, hard-working team."

One source stated: "The team is highly professional. It is like dealing with a City of London law firm, only overseas."

Work highlights

An Appleby team led by BVI-based Andrew Willins and Hong Kong-based Eliot Simpson acted for the Lunan Pharmaceutical Group on an approximately USD250 million shareholder dispute.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Willins leads Appleby's BVI litigation team and commands great respect within the offshore legal community. His recent caseload spans company disputes, trusts disputes and insolvency-related litigation, in addition to assisting with the enforcement of overseas judgments. He is also regularly called upon to act as an expert witness.
"He was outstanding, particularly at synthesising complex issues and boiling down matters so the judge could deal with them effectively." "Andrew is extremely knowledgeable and insightful." "He is very bright, very commercial and very user-friendly."

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Overview

Our team has a wide range of expertise, enabling us to provide clear, sound and timely legal advice on the full spectrum of commercial dispute resolution issues. Members of the team are skilled in the resolution of all types of commercial and civil disputes, whether through litigation or arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Our lawyers include experienced advocates, who have rights of audience, conducting litigation at all levels of the court system, including the Privy Council and the final court of appeal for all eight jurisdictions.
More specifically, our team is best known for their shareholder disputes and insolvency work. We continue to see an increase in fraud and asset tracing work in particular from Russia and the former CIS States. We are also increasingly involved in trusts litigation work.
Another of our key strengths is in the insolvency and restructuring sector and we are regularly instructed by local insolvency practitioners and have been engaged in many of the most challenging insolvency mandates in the market. In recent times examples include Boston Life & Annuity Company, the Unicorn Worldwide Group and Peak Hotels & Resorts.
Alerts to clients on the introduction of new regulations and changes to the law which affect their business are delivered regularly by our team.

Dispute Resolution

Appleby

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Location

Jayla Place, Wickhams Cay 1

PO Box 3190

Palm Grove House

Road Town

Tortola

Tortola

British Virgin Islands

VG 1110

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British Virgin Islands

Dispute Resolution


Andrew Willins
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