Legal Business

Small islands, big cases



Maples and Calder’s BVI managing partner, Arabella di Iorio, looks at complex commercial litigation in the British Virgin Islands

We all know the oft-repeated statistics: the hundreds of thousands of British Virgin Islands (BVI) incorporated companies, the hedge funds, the limited partnerships, the captive insurance companies. Those of us fortunate enough to live here also know that the BVI is among the most beautiful places on earth. But what is just as often forgotten is that the development of the BVI as a sophisticated offshore financial centre has gone hand in hand with its development as a jurisdiction able to handle the most complex international litigation.