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O'Neal Webster

O'Neal Webster  

Legal Services | British Virgin Islands

tel: +284 494 5808 | fax: +284 494 5811
Commerce House 2nd Floor, 181 Main Street | Tortola | British Virgin Islands

Main Contacts

Vanessa King

Vanessa KingManaging Partner

Paul Dennis

Paul B. Dennis, Q.C.Partner, Head of Litigation Department


Tortola, BVI | London, England | New York, New York

O'Neal Webster's Overview

The roots of O'Neal Webster date back to 1989. The firm was founded by Colin O'Neal, Paul Webster, and Barbara O'Neal, who were all associates in law firms in the British Virgin Islands. Their commitment to delivering a high level of legal service along with a commitment to clients and the community led them to form the partnership of O'Neal Webster O'Neal. The firm, now doing business as O'Neal Webster, is one of the leading commercial law firms in the BVI, one of the world's most important offshore financial services centers.

From their beginnings as a general local practice, O'Neal Webster has grown with the British Virgin Islands and has become established as a firm recognized for its expertise in BVI corporate and commercial law as well as litigation, where our attorneys have distinguished themselves at every level of the judicial system in the BVI, the Caribbean, and the Privy Council in London.

O'Neal Webster also provides BVI trust, companies, and corporate administration services through our affiliated company, Coverdale Trust Services Ltd., which is fully licensed as a trust company in the BVI.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1989
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 2
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 12

Languages: English


Areas of Practice
  • Admiralty
  • Banking
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate and Business
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Estate and Trust
  • Estate Planning
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Property (Yachts)
  • Real Estate
  • Trademarks
  • Trusts
  • Utilities
Representative Clients
  • British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation
  • Magnum Investment Trading Corporation & Niteroi Limited


Paul Dennis

Paul B. Dennis, Q.C.Partner, Head of Litigation Department

Vanessa King

Vanessa KingManaging Partner


Nadine Whyte

Nadine WhyteSenior Associate

Of Counsel



Recording a Trademark Assignment in the British Virgin Islands
O'Neal Webster, December 2020

A registered trademark in the British Virgin Islands is transmissible in the same way as other personal or moveable property. Transmission can be completed by assignment, testamentary disposition, or operation of law. When a trademark is assigned, the owner’s right, title, and interest with respect to the trademark is transferred to the new owner. In general, prompt recording of assignment is important in order to secure your rights to the registered trademark and put the public on notice. Partial vs. Complete Trademark Assignment Under BVI law, a registered trademark may be partially assigned or completely assigned...

Free-Standing Freezing Orders in the BVI - Black Swan Verses Broad Idea
O'Neal Webster, December 2020

British Virgin Islands entities and structures are frequently used to hold assets located onshore, outside the BVI. Sometimes these assets represent the proceeds of wrong-doing including breach of fiduciary duty, breach of express trust, or pure fraud. The vast majority of the 400,000 active BVI companies on the register tend to be holding companies, holding real property, investments, or shares in other companies including shares in trading companies. As a result of these facts, BVI vehicles can often end up holding valuable assets onshore which feature in recovery litigation, whether the main proceeding is onshore or in the BVI...

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O'Neal Webster Acts for Scotiabank on the Sale of its BVI Operations
O'Neal Webster, July 2020

O'Neal Webster advised The Bank of Nova Scotia, a leading bank in Canada and leading financial services provider in the Americas, on the sale of its British Virgin Islands operations to Republic Financial Holdings Limited. The O'Neal Webster team was led by Partner Christopher Simpson (corporate, banking, and regulatory) based in the firm’s BVI office, with support from Partners Vanessa King and Kerry Anderson (corporate, banking, and regulatory) based in the firm’s BVI and New York offices respectively. BVI-based Managing Associate Jenelle Archer (property and business), assisted in the property aspects of the deal...

O’Neal Webster Advises on JPY 3.8 Billion British Virgin Islands Plan of Arrangement
O'Neal Webster, May 2020

O’Neal Webster has advised on a JPY 3.8 billion British Virgin Islands plan of arrangement which was recently approved by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) on April 6, 2020. Articles of arrangement were subsequently filed with the BVI Registry of Corporate Affairs, giving effect to the plan of arrangement. The deal is the most recent BVI approved plan of arrangement and one of only a handful ever approved in the BVI. The O’Neal Webster team was led by corporate partner Christopher Simpson and litigation partners Nadine Whyte-Laing and Dan Wise, advising on the corporate and court aspects of the transaction, respectively...

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