Collas Crill has expanded its British Virgin Islands team with three new appointments; partner Gerard Clarke joins the dispute resolution department, and senior associate Richard Doyle and associate Christian Hildago join the corporate, finance and funds team.
The appointments underpin the firm’s commitment to driving its commercial activities forward in the region and building its BVI office presence following hurricane Irma.
Gerard has previously acted for international corporates and high net worth individuals, advised national Governments at Ministerial level, and challenged and defended regulators.
His areas of expertise include litigation, mediation and negotiation, as well as strategic and tactical legal advice covering a variety of business, regulatory, and governmental sectors.
Gerard’s extensive experience has seen him argue cases before every level of Court and Tribunal in the UK, and in the BVI, the Cayman Islands, and also in the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.
Prior to joining Collas Crill, Gerard worked for another leading offshore law firm in the BVI. He was also a member of Blackstone Chambers in London for over 30 years and is an International Member of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square.
Gerard was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1986 and the Bar of the BVI in 2018; he is also a member of the Chancery Bar Association.
Richard joined Collas Crill in September 2018, to expand the corporate, finance and funds team.
He brings a wealth of expertise in areas including mergers and acquisitions, private debt and equity financing, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, commercial contracts, corporate restructurings and reorganisations, intellectual property, data protection and technology and employee share schemes.
Before joining, Richard worked in the corporate commercial department of ByrneWallace, Dublin, and has also worked as legal counsel for Agile Investment Limited.
Christian joined the BVI corporate, finance and funds team in November and he brings a broad range of experience with him. This includes banking and finance, advising financial institutions and corporate borrowers in relation to real estate finance transactions, corporate finance, funds compliance, real estate investment funds, advising on legal and regulatory aspects of fund launches and joint ventures, property finance, listing specialised debt and asset-backed securities.
Christian, a qualified solicitor in Scotland, is a member of the Law Society of Scotland and previously worked in Carey Olsen’s Jersey office in the banking and finance department, and before that CMS in Scotland.
Collas Crill BVI partner Ian Montgomery said: “We’re committed to building a strong BVI office and supporting the region’s recovery post-hurricane Irma. The hiring of quality lawyers and associates such as Gerard, Richard and Christian is a clear demonstration of this.
“We are investing heavily in our BVI office with not only my relocation from our Jersey office but also Gerard joining us from Walkers. That together with the multiple associate hires, and Victoria Montgomery’s appointment to head up business development for BVI and Cayman from our BVI office, show that we’re firmly focussed on the jurisdiction and keen on aiding its recovery.”
Collas Crill's offering in the BVI extends to dispute resolution, including cross-border commercial and insolvency litigation and international arbitration, funds, finance, real estate, private client and corporate work.