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O'Neal Webster

Christopher Simpson

Christopher Simpson

Counsel

Expertise

  • Banking
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate and Business
  • Finance

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

O'Neal Webster
British Virgin Islands

Profile
Christopher Simpson joined O'Neal Webster in 2010 and his practice focuses primarily on Banking and Finance, and Corporate and Commercial law where he advises a client base of leading financial institutions, corporations and law firms on all aspects of corporate finance including bilateral and syndicated loans, bond issues, project finance, property financing, joint ventures, initial public offerings, private placements, mergers, arrangements, corporate restructuring, project finance, special purpose vehicles for tax or corporate structures, investment funds and general aspects of banking and corporate law.

Christopher is regularly instructed by leading law firms, financial institutions and corporations on high value banking and corporate transactions. Over the course of his career, Christopher has been involved in numerous IPOs, including on AIM, TSX, NASDAQ, SGX and the LSE. He has also been involved in ground breaking deals including one of the first ever court approved corporate arrangement schemes in the BVI and most recently he was involved in one of the largest single asset real estate financings in China.


Education

Christopher is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Norman Manley Law School. He is also a graduate of the University of London where he obtained a LLM in International Business Law. Christopher was admitted in the British Virgin Islands in 2001 and was registered as a foreign lawyer in Hong Kong in 2006.
Areas of Practice

Banking | Commercial Law | Corporate and Business | Finance | Investment

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Notable deals:
Christopher Simpson has been involved in major BVI deals, including one of the first ever court approved corporate arrangements in the BVI. Legal500, 2011

Acting as BVI counsel to Mercantil Colpatria, S.A. in connection with its sale to The Bank of Nova Scotia of a 51% stake in Banco Colpatria, one of Colombia's leading banks. Mercantil Colpatria retains 48.7% ownership of the bank. The sale was satisfied through a combination of US$500 million in cash and 10,000,000 common shares of The Bank of Nova Scotia. The Bank of Nova Scotia is Canada's third largest bank and the acquisition was its largest international acquisition to date. Mercantil Colpatria is a conglomerate whose business operations in Colombia includes the banking, construction, insurance, pension fund and mining sectors.

Acting as BVI counsel to Mercantil Colpatria, S.A. in connection with its acquisition from General Electric Capital Corporation (GE) of a 49.77% stake in Banco Colpatria, one of Colombia's leading banks. The deal was partially financed by UBS and a syndicate of banks.

Acting as BVI counsel to Taylor Wimpey PLC in connection with its reorganization following its sale of Scottsdale home builder, Taylor Morrison and its Canadian sister company, Monarch Homes to a consortium of investment funds, including JHI Investment Inc, TPG Capital and Oaktree Capital for US$1.15 billion.

Acting as BVI counsel to Prime Glory Management Limited on its sale of a residential property in Hong Kong at Severn Road (one of the most expensive residential areas in the world) for HK$280,000,000. The property was sold to China LWM Property Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sino-Tech International Holdings Limited (a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange). The


Professional Activities and Experience

Prior to joining O'Neal Webster, Christopher practised at Harney Westwood & Riegels for several years in both their BVI and Hong Kong offices.

Articles

Investment Fund Managers "Brexit" to the BVI
O'Neal Webster, January 2017

In the post-recession economy, investment managers are looking for increased flexibility and ways to maximise investor returns by minimising set up costs, government fees and other related functionary and advisory costs. That is why many are now “Brexiting” to the British Virgin Islands. For years, the Cayman Islands has held the title of the world’s largest offshore fund domicile. Being the most well-known, it was the safe choice for investment managers...

Onshore vs Offshore – Is There Really a Battle?
O'Neal Webster, August 2016

Over the past few months the issue of offshore jurisdictions and the role they play in the global economy has come under extreme scrutiny, especially from onshore governments seeking to increase tax revenues. The recent Panama Papers Leak has only served to fuel the flame and has resulted in more people who know very little or nothing at all about offshore jurisdictions calling for their demise...

Additional Articles

Global Capital Markets (2012) Securities and investment business regulations in the British Virgin Islands.

China Business Law Journal (2012) Offshore Structures in China Business

Financier Worldwide Magazine (2012) BVI Legal and Regulatory Framework insight for offshore private equity investors.

Several articles and guides on Mondaq, Lexology and Legal 500


Blogs

Offshore Crypto Today
O'Neal Webster 

OffshoreCryptoToday tracks digital currency trends and FinTech in regulatory and policy developments around the world, primarily focused on offshore jurisdictions.

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