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John is an international offshore expert having worked and lived in the Caribbean since 1997 and in the British Virgin Islands since 2001.


John is a legal, trust, and insolvency professional with over 25 years extensive experience in the City of London and in the Caribbean specialising as a corporate, banking, trusts, insolvency and financial services lawyer.  John now permanently resides in BVI and Jersey.

He was the founding partners of Withers BVI in Tortola. He specialised, in banking and finance, corporate and investment funds and was involved in a number of high profile cases restructuring hedge funds, trusts and corporate entities.

John acted for several ultrahigh net worth families in setting up and administering high value asset holding structures.

He has a specialist expertise dealing with shipping and maritime matters.

John was a partner at Ernst and Young Law in the BVI where he uniquely practised as both a lawyer and a licensed insolvency practitioner. He led a team on high value, cross border transactions involving establishing and restructuring international investment companies, both private equity and hedge funds and insurance companies in Russia, Central Eastern Europe, Asia, USA and Europe.

Before returning to private practise John worked in house with the Bank of NT Butterfield, in Bermuda, and in the Cayman Islands where he was responsible for the provision of legal and compliance advice in respect of the groups global activities in treasury capital markets, asset management, investment management, custody, trusts and corporate services and fund administration functions.

John worked with HSBC Holdings plc for 7 years as a specialist debt trading lawyer in the bank’s receivership and realization unit and lending services department. He worked with the international division of HSBC in Latin America where he was involved in asset trading (debt trading) engaged in debt for equity swaps in acquiring interest in a number of banks throughout Latin America. Represented HSBC on the Emerging Market Traders Association.

John acts as a director for offshore companies and investment vehicles in BVI, Jersey, Ireland and Russia.

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Solicitor of England and Wales, 1989

Bermuda, 1999

British Virgin Islands, 2001

Anguilla, 2004, BVI Insolvency Practitioner 2004-2018

TEP 2009.




B.A.(Hons) Business Law, TEP