It is a testing time in the Caribbean, with local economies heavily reliant on tourism deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hotels, airlines and others in the travel industry face unprecedented challenges.
At the same time, island governments are looking to the digital economy, sustainable tourism, new transport models and greater private-sector investment to transform the region. And with the British government looking to strengthen ties across the Commonwealth post-Brexit, there are exciting opportunities ahead for UK – Caribbean trade and investment.
We have a long history of advising clients throughout the Caribbean. Our multi-disciplinary team provides specialist advice coupled with a strong understanding of the local markets to help you across a range of legal issues.
We advise local and international businesses, institutions and island governments on corporate and commercial transactions, regulatory matters, litigation and dispute resolution.
Our expertise covers a number of sectors including financial services (both private and corporate), hospitality and leisure, aviation, technology, media & communications, real estate and construction, energy and natural resources.
The Caribbean team has strong relationships with leading local law firms and other professional advisers to provide an ‘on the ground’ service if you require local advice.
Additionally, we are active members of the Caribbean Council, connecting us to leading business figures, regulators and government across the Caribbean and Central America.
British Virgin Islands (BVI)
We are able to offer in-house BVI advice through our team of BVI qualified partners and associates and our network of local contacts in the BVI. The work we can offer in-house typically includes preparing and issuing legal opinions (usually in the context of UK property transactions), advising on the economic substance rules, general BVI corporate structuring and trust advice, and preparing and advising on BVI wills.
Our international private client expertise
The world is getting smaller as families become increasingly international, with assets in multiple jurisdictions. Such families and individuals require specialist advice on the structuring of their affairs.
The International Private Client team at Charles Russell Speechlys' specialise in advising internationally mobile high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients.
Find out more about our international private client services.
Meet the team
Victoria Younghusband, Jessica Arrol Caws and Giulia Brunello write for The Bahamas Financial Services Board 's GATEWAY Magazine on the role of IFC's in the post-Brexit environment
Victoria and Jessica consider the changing role for IFCs following the approval of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
Substance Stories: How has COVID-19 affected the Economic Substance rules
In this episode we discuss the impact of COVID-19 in relation to Economic Substance.
International Women’s Day 2020 – 8 Women for 8 March
International Women’s Day offers us a great opportunity to celebrate inspirational women and our female colleagues.
Charles Russell Speechlys successful in longest-running Cayman Islands trial
The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has found in favour of the liquidators of six defendant companies