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Ian Montgomery

Ian Montgomery


Ian heads up Collas Crill's BVI commercial team and is based in our BVI office. He advises financial institutions, public and private businesses, individuals and funds on all aspects of corporate, commercial and finance law. His areas of expertise include, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, debt and equity financing, public listings, security arrangements, tax efficient investment structures, corporate restructurings and reorganisations, takeovers, commercial contracts and corporate and commercial aspects of shareholder and contractual disputes.

He has significant experience advising on cross-border transactions in the real estate, financial services, energy and technology sectors, with a particular focus on transactions involving the Middle East and North Africa.

Prior to joining Collas Crill, Ian worked for Mourant Ozannes in Jersey. He has also worked for Harney Westwood & Riegels in the BVI and Pinsent Masons in London.

Ian qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 2008 (currently non-practicing), and was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2013 and the British Virgin Islands in 2014.

Ian is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, the Law Society of Scotland and the Bar Association in the BVI.

Ian studied law at the University of Edinburgh.

Recent deals:

  • Acted as BVI counsel to Extell Development Company on a $530million loan package to facilitate the purchase and development of Brooklyn Point, currently the tallest residential tower under construction in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Acted as BVI counsel to Britain's fourth largest mobile group, Three UK, on its £300million acquisition of Transvision Investments Limited.
  • Advised Gulf Capital on the BVI law aspects of a $22million convertable mezzanine loan facility to Amiral Holdings Limited to facilitate the development of an oil and gas terminal in the Ain Sokhna Port on the Red Sea in Egypt.
  • Advised HCT Group on a £17.8million fundraisin to expand the business and aquire commercial bus operators and turn them into social enterprises. This was the largest fundraiser by a social enterprise in the UK in 2018.
  • Acted as BVI counsel to Trans Atlantic Ship Management and SMT Shipping on a multi million dollar vessel finance involving a major Canadian bank.
  • Acted as BVI counsel to iMena Group, a leading investor in and operator of online businesses in MENA (including and, on a group structuring and various investments and disposals.


Insolvency in the BVI: Enforcement and Recovery

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Important amendments to BVI SPC

Important amendments have been made to BVI SPC legislation allowing for wider use by Business Companies.  Prior to these recent amendments, BVI SPCs c...

Limited Partnership Act, 2017 – British Virgin Islands

While it has been possible to register a limited partnership in the BVI since 1996 pursuant to The Partnership Act (1996), its use was somewhat restri...


New BVI Corporate Appointment

Collas Crill has appointed partner Ian Montgomery as its new head of corporate, finance and funds in its British Virgin Islands office. The appointme...

Deals & Cases

Landmark New York Property Deal

Collas Crill’s British Virgin Islands’ (BVI) commercial team has provided legal advice to Extell Development on a $530 million loan package to facilit...

Deals & Cases

HCT Group £17.8M Funding

Collas Crill acted as Jersey and Guernsey counsel to HCT Group in relation to securing £17.8 million of funding. Big Issue Invest led the round, which...

Deals & Cases

Trans Atlantic Shipmanagement Ltd

Our BVI team, working with Robinson & Cole LLP (Boston), advised Trans Atlantic Shipmanagement Ltd, SMT Galaxy Investment Limited and Cymbidium Sh...

Deals & Cases

Turkish family office

Collas Crill's Guernsey and BVI offices have recently acted in the acquisition of a Guernsey Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) on behalf of a prominent Tu...