Dr. The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, MHA
Premier and Minister for Finance of the British Virgin Islands
Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE is the Premier of the Virgin Islands. As the Leader of Government business, his portfolio includes the coordination of government policies, economic planning, investment promotion, tourism, immigration, gender affairs, e-commerce, regional affairs, information and public relations, among other key areas.
Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton, MHA
Minister for Health and Social Development of the British Virgin Islands
Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton was first elected to the House of Assembly formerly known as the Legislative Council in 1999. He would serve as a Member of the Opposition of the then Legislative Council until 2003. Following his success in the General Election in 2003, he would serve as Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Finance and Minister for Health and Social Development until 2007. He was unsuccessful in the 2007 General Election and during the period 2007 t0 2011 he would return to private life serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Skelton Group of Companies owned by his family. In 2011 he returned to the political arena and was successful. He has been a member of the House of Assembly since then to present.
Partner, Harneys Corporate Group
With more than 10 years of expertise in the British Virgin Islands, Greg is a partner in Harneys Corporate group in the BVI. He regularly advises clients and their onshore advisors on BVI corporate and commercial laws. He works with financial institutions, public and private businesses and high-net-worth individuals. More recently Greg has been involved with numerous FinTech initiatives for the BVI and is a member of the firm’s FinTech Group (which importantly includes dedicated regulatory experts).
Fiona Chan is a partner in the corporate department of Appleby’s Hong Kong office, advising on a full spectrum of banking and finance, non-contentious insurance, private client and trust matters relating to the laws of Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands.
Fiona has nearly 20 years of experience working in international law firms in onshore and offshore fields. Her broad offshore law practice spans banking and finance transactions including acquisition, leveraged and project financing, shipping and aircraft financing, structured products, bond issuance and restructuring of corporates and financial institutions.
Chris Cheng is a partner in the corporate department of Appleby’s Hong Kong office. He joined Appleby in 2007 and has extensive experience in the area of capital markets, specialising in private and public offerings of debt and equity, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, as well as bank financing transactions.
Before joining Appleby, Chris has worked in another international law firm and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Burton Chalwell Jr.
Director, BVI Financial Services Commission (HK) Ltd.
Burton Chalwell Jr. is a Director of BVI Financial Services Commission (HK) Ltd.and is the Asia Representative for the BVI Financial Services Commission.
Before his appointment, Burton was the Deputy Director of the Compliance Inspection Unit and had oversight for carrying out on-site compliance inspections for prudential supervision of the financial services business conducted by BVI licensees.
Partner, Conyers Dill & Pearman
Peter Ch’ng is a Partner in the Corporate Department in the Hong Kong office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. He joined Conyers in 2001 and was a Director in the Bermuda office prior to relocating to Conyers’ Hong Kong office in 2017.
Peter’s broad financial corporate practice covers mergers and acquisitions, insurance and reinsurance, mutual and investment funds including insurance linked securities structures (ILS), segregated accounts companies (SACs), private equity partnerships, structured finance, special purpose vehicles and ownership-remote structures including charities, corporate finance including debt and equity offerings, IPOs and private placements, banking and financial services including financial derivatives, credit and security and general corporate and commercial matters across multiple jurisdictions.
Anna W.T. Chong
Partner, Conyers Dill & Pearman
Anna Chong is a Partner in the Corporate department in the Hong Kong office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Anna joined Conyers in 2006.
Anna’s practice covers corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions with particular focus on initial public offerings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Global Market. Anna has extensive experience in private and public equity and debt offerings.
集团董事总经理, 企业及私人客户, 亚洲及中东 瑞致达
Associate Professor, National University of Singapore
Keith Carter’s mission is to “Help Business succeed with Actionable Intelligence”. Keith is an Associate Professor at the NUS School of Computing, preparing students and workforce with innovative thinking and get them ready to deliver business solutions integrating data visualization and machine learning. He is the Actionable Intelligence Senior Strategist at KBC Global Partners, helping senior leaders to develop data driven business strategy; leveraging big data and develop capabilities to seize opportunities; leading digital transformation across Finance, Banking, Fintech and Supply Chain. He is also the Co-founder, Senior Technology Advisor, and Machine Learning Lead at Datarama, a Fintech start-up.
Director, BVI House Asia
Elise Donovan is the Director of BVI House Asia, the British Virgin Islands Government’s representative office in the Asia Pacific region. She has 20 years’ experience in international affairs, economic and political development. Donovan served as executive director of the BVI’s International Finance Centre (now BVI Finance), director of the BVI International Affairs Secretariat and at the BVI Financial Services Commission. She was a member of the BVI’s Tax Information Exchange Agreement Negotiating Team with such countries as China, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and the Nordics. She was also a lead advisor for the committee that drafted and negotiated the 2007 Virgin Islands Constitution.
Nigel K. Meeson QC
Partner, Conyers Dill & Pearman
Nigel Meeson is a Partner and Head of the Asia Disputes & Restructuring Group (“ADRG”) in the Hong Kong office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. The ADRG provides Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands litigation advice to clients in the Far East; ensuring they have access to fully coordinated litigation advice and services provided by a seamless and comprehensive team across jurisdictions and time zones.
Head of Business Development and Marketing, BVI Finance Limited
Kenneth Morgan is the current Head of Business Development and Marketing at BVI Finance Limited, a public/private enterprise charged with promoting and developing the financial services industry in the British Virgin Islands. He is also Managing Director of Pendragon Services Limited which provides consultancy and advice on all aspects of doing business in the BVI.
Ken has many years of experience in the international financial services industry. His career began in the Cayman Islands where he worked for a leading trust company.
Partner, Walkers Global
Callum is a Partner in Walkers' Global Insolvency and Dispute Resolution Group. He is a highly experienced Commercial Litigator who has developed particular expertise in contentious funds and cross border insolvency matters. Qualified in four jurisdictions, he has spent the last 11 years working offshore in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and the Channel Islands. Prior to this he gained five years' home jurisdiction experience in Australia where he also handled a broad range of commercial litigation and insolvency work, regularly appearing before the Queensland Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia.
Chairman, Finclusion Limited
Business and thought leader Barbara Meynert has executive expertise across a broad range of sectors. She has enjoyed an international career in merchant banking, commercial and regulatory institutions, and holds directorships in the corporate and non-profit sectors in Asia and Europe.
Barbara Meynert is Chairman of Finclusion Limited, a financial service for the unbanked. She is Senior Advisor to the Fung Group and has been a long-time director and advisor to the Li and Fung Group and a number of their subsidiary companies.
Ian Mann长期担任Harneys亚洲诉讼和重组业务团队主管，常驻于香港办事处。他是一名优秀的离岸诉讼律师、资深谋略家和思想领导者。 Ian擅长破产、重组、股东纠纷和信托争议案件，是一名经验丰富的出庭代讼人，并且经常出庭。他参与了该地区最近涉及离岸实体的每一件重大重组案件。Ian还是跨境和法律冲突困境方面的专家，常常代表精英家族出庭并且长期提供战略性全球离岸诉讼顾问意见。
Christopher J.R. Page
Counsel, Conyers Dill & Pearman
Christopher Page is Counsel in the Corporate department in the Hong Kong office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. He joined Conyers in Bermuda in 1999, working there until 2013. Chris then spent three years in Conyers’ Singapore office before relocating to Conyers’ Hong Kong office in 2017.
His practice includes many aspects of corporate and securities law, with particular focus on the formation of investment and private equity funds, and other investment vehicles.
Marianne is a partner in Campbells's corporate, investment funds and finance practice and heads up the Corporate Department in the Hong Kong office. Marianne’s practice covers all aspects of the structure and operation of investment funds and alternative investment products (including innovative hybrid and crossover funds) investing in a diverse range of assets. She acts for a broad cross-section of clients including wellknown private equity houses on a multitude of corporate down-stream transactions.
Lorna Smith, OBE
CEO, BVI Finance
Lorna Smith, OBE is the Interim CEO, BVI Finance. Smith has more than three decades of experience at the highest levels of the public service in the British Virgin Islands. Over the course of her senior-level service, Smith has developed extensive relationships with leaders from the business community, international NGO’s and government leaders from around the world. In 2002, Smith took the helm of the BVI International Finance Centre (now BVI Finance), which is charged with promoting the BVI Financial Services.
Robert C. Searle
Eliot Simpson is a partner and Group Head of the Dispute Resolution department in Hong Kong. He first qualified as a Solicitor in 1992, spending nine years at Clifford Chance before joining a major offshore firm based in the Cayman Islands, where he practised as a local Attorney-at-Law. In 2005, Eliot joined another major offshore firm based in Jersey, where he was admitted as a Jersey Advocate. He joined Appleby in 2008 as a Solicitor Advocate in the British Virgin Islands, and most recently relocated to Hong Kong in 2012.
Founder and Chairman, Bank of Asia, British Virgin Islands and BOA Financial Group, Hong Kong, China
Carson Wen is the Founder and Chairman of Bank of Asia (BVI) Limited and BOA Financial Group Limited. He is also the Chairman of the Sancus Group of companies, which has investments in policy driven sectors such as new energy, logistics, finance and technology. He has practiced law for over 30 years at his own Hong Kong partnership and subsequently at leading global law firms.
创办人, Overseas Company Services Limited
黄先生是Overseas Company Services Limited (“OCS”) 的创办人，OCS 为英属维京群岛、塞舌尔、香港及新加坡公司提供专业之公司注册及企业管理服务。黄先生亦是骏业国际 (“骏业”) 的首席执行官，骏业为一间拥有23 年历史，超过400 名员工，位于香港、中国及海外的专业公司注册及企业管理服务顾问公司。此外，黄先生同时是骏业会计师事务所有限公司的执业董事总经理，领导事务所于香港提供会计、审计及税务顾问服务。他于会计，税务以及企业管理
Partner, Bedell Cristin
Kristian is a partner in Bedell Cristin's Singapore office. He is an experienced commercial lawyer, having worked for leading law firms in London and Paris, before practicing offshore law in Jersey and the BVI. Kristian advises on BVI law and his practice includes corporate and financial matters, with a focus on joint ventures, private equity and cross-border transactions.