27 Nov 2018

Hatstone BVI expands to include litigation with senior appointment

Hatstone is delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Masson as Senior Counsel.

Sarah joins Hatstone from another international law firm having over 15 years’ experience in international commercial litigation and arbitration. In addition to being qualified in the BVI, she is also an English lawyer and a New York lawyer.

She has been recognised for her “extensive experience of major, multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes”.

Group Partner Philipp Neumann said:

“We are excited to welcome Sarah as head of our newly launched BVI litigation practice. It has been an exciting and busy year for our firm, with the addition of BVI legal services to our offering. The decision to open an office in the BVI has been driven primarily by client demand, and we look forward to continuing to provide clients with our services across our expanding global network.”

Sarah commented:

“I am very pleased to be joining Hatstone and very much look forward to assisting the expansion of the BVI offering, to provide the efficient and effective service that our clients will require.”

19 Nov 2018

Hatstone continues expansion with three office moves

Due to continued growth, our merger with the Folio Group and further planned expansion, three offices of the Hatstone Group have relocated within the past twelve months.

South Africa

The South Africa office commenced operations in 2013 with one lawyer and has since grown to a team of 11 lawyers. As a result of such expansion the team moved to larger offices in Stellenbosch.

​The new address is:

Suite 3, 43 Plein Street,
Western Cape,
South Africa


Both the Hatstone Group and the Folio Group had offices in Panama and following the decision to join forces they have moved 7 floors up from Hatstone’s former office in the BICSA Financial Center.

The new address is:

BICSA Financial Center,
Floor 51, Suite 5102,
Panama City,
Republic of Panama


This is the most recent move for the Hatstone Group. In September, the Jersey office moved 4 miles from St Peter returning to the main financial district of St Helier.

The new address is:

2nd Floor,
6 Caledonia Place,
St Helier,
Jersey, JE2 3NG

We look forward to welcoming you at the new offices.

11 Oct 2018

Long Awaited New BVI Limited Partnership Act Introduced

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has been the leading jurisdiction for company formations with around 400.000 active companies registered. The BVI is also a very well-established jurisdiction for investment managers and advisors seeking to establish and operate an offshore fund, be it a hedge fund, a private equity fund, a real estate fund or a hybrid fund, a regulated or unregulated fund.

Earlier this year the BVI legislator introduced the very much anticipated BVI Limited Partnership Act, 2017, replacing Part VI of the former Partnership Act, 1996 for new limited partnerships and for those existing limited partnerships that elect to re-register under the Act.

By way of background, the BVI Limited Partnership Act, 2017 modernises the former BVI partnership law by introducing several key new features for limited partnerships, including the following:

  • easy, quick and cost-effective formation
  • flexibility regarding the terms of the partnership agreement
  • ability to have a limited partnership with or without legal personality
  • flexibility for the general partner for dealing with limited partners who default on capital commitments
  • provisions facilitating capital call financing
  • protections for managers (general partners) who manage a wide range of investment funds
  • ability to publicly register security against a limited partnership with legal personality and to obtain priority under BVI law to the assets of the limited partnership as a result of the filing and to give constructive notice to third parties.
  • extensive safe harbour provisions for limited partners
  • application of certain corporate law concept to limited partnerships, such as continuations into and out of the BVI, mergers, consolidations, redemptions of minority interests and plans and schemes of arrangements between partners and or creditors of the limited partnership.

Hatstone believes that the new BVI Limited Partnership Act, 2017 will continue attracting a lot of interest from the private equity sector.

For more information or specific advice on limited partnerships in the BVI, please contact Group Partner’s Philipp Neumann and Carl O’Shea.

21 Sep 2018

Hatstone lawyers recognised by Legal 500 LATAM 2018

The Hatstone Group is pleased to announce that three Hatstone lawyers have been recognised by Legal 500 Latin America 2018.

Those lawyers are:

Lizst Real, Group Partner

Lizst is a Panamanian lawyer specialising in corporate and commercial law, asset protection, wealth management, trusts and foundations. She regularly advises private clients, trust companies, family offices and tax boutiques in Europe and Latin America. Lizst heads up the office in the Republic of Panama.

View Lizst’s Profile

Lidia Ramos, Head of Corporate Services – Panama

Lidia is a Panamanian lawyer who specialises in advising upon the establishment and implementation of corporate and fiduciary vehicles for transactional, succession and estate planning purposes. She is responsible for assisting with the growth of our Panamanian legal practice, Hatstone Abogados, and developing our Latin American practice.

View Lidia’s Profile

Carl O’Shea, Group Partner

Carl specialises in private clientcorporate and commercialtrusts and foundationsinvestment funds and banking and finance. He regularly advises trust companies, fund administrators, tax boutiques and private clients. He splits his time between our offices in Jersey and Panama.

View Carl’s Profile

11 Sep 2018

Newly Qualified Lawyer at Hatstone

Congratulations to Jersey local, Aaron Chandler, who recently qualified as an English solicitor with Hatstone in Jersey.

Aaron joined Hatstone as a paralegal in 2012 and following completion of the Legal Practice Course undertook a two year training contract with Hatstone in Jersey.

Aaron’s areas of practice are corporate and commercial and private client law.

Group Partner Simon Vivian said: ‘Aaron has studied and worked extremely hard over the past five years to become an English solicitor and we look forward to working with him and supporting him on the next stage of his career.’

If you are currently undertaking the Legal Practice Course in the UK and would like to consider a training contract at Hatstone in Jersey then please contact careers@hatstone.com.

07 Sep 2018

Hatstone Senior Associate shortlisted in the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2018

Michael Shenkin, Senior Associate at Hatstone Lawyers Jersey, has been nominated for Lawyer of the Year IFC – Senior Associate at the awards which recognise the top young professionals in the wealth sector and highlight the leaders under 40 of today and tomorrow. Michael has been recognised on the Citywealth Leaders List since 2015.

Group Partner Simon Vivian commented:

“Being shortlisted for this award is a testament to Michael’s dedication to his clients and the service he provides to them.”

Michael is a general practitioner who specialises in trust and corporate work.

The awards will take place on the 8 November and voting is open until 19 October. You can vote for Michael by clicking here.

05 Sep 2018

Hatstone appoints new BVI Partner

Hatstone is delighted to announce the appointment of Philipp Neumann as Group Partner to head up Hatstone’s newly launched BVI practice.

Philipp joins Hatstone as a Group Partner from another international law firm having worked in the British Virgin Islands for over 8 years. Philipp has a strong reputation for his advisory work relating to offshore investment funds, corporate and commercial, private client and regulatory matters.

In addition to being qualified in the BVI, he is also an English lawyer and a German lawyer. He speaks English, German, Spanish and is conversational in French.

Group Partner Carl O’Shea said.

“Philipp brings with him a wealth of experience working with investment funds, corporate, private client and regulatory matters in the BVI and elsewhere. He is a very welcome addition to the Hatstone Group and a confirmation of our commitment to provide clients with the best possible service, which invariably begins with recruiting the most qualified candidates.”

Philipp Neumann commented:

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to become a part of the dynamic and growing team at Hatstone. Having the opportunity to be heading up Hatstone’s BVI practice is very exciting indeed and I cannot wait to be part of, and contribute to, the ongoing expansion and success of Hatstone.”

29 Aug 2018

Hatstone opens a new office in the British Virgin Islands

The Hatstone Group is very pleased to announce that it has recently opened in the British Virgin Islands.

The BVI office will advise on the full spectrum of non-contentious offshore advisory work with a focus on corporate, investment funds and private client advice.

In addition to BVI legal services, Hatstone’s affiliate companies, Folio Corporate Services Limited and Folio Administrators Limited, offer a full suite of BVI corporate and fund administration services to its clients in the BVI.

Group Partner Carl O’Shea said:

‘Establishing Hatstone Lawyers BVI was always part of the plan when merging with the Folio Group. The law firm will sit alongside the BVI corporate services offering headed up by Calum McKenzie and the fund administration services headed up by Daniel Cann. It is an exciting new project for Hatstone and helps to expand the services offered by the Group and demanded by our clients. Hatstone Lawyers BVI will focus on the Group’s core legal areas – corporate and commercialinvestment funds and private client.

If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact Carl O’Shea or Calum McKenzie.

10 Jan 2018

The Hatstone Group and the Folio Group to merge

The Hatstone Group and the Folio Group are very pleased to share with you that, subject to regulatory consent, we are merging.

The merger will create a new Group, retaining the Hatstone name, with offices in the British Virgin Islands, Jersey, London, Malta, Panama and South Africa.

Hatstone originally started in Jersey in 2011 and has since then expanded its legal service offerings. It is ranked in the Top 15 Offshore Law Firms by The Lawyer and has been independently recognised as the leading boutique offshore law firm for the past two years by Citywealth.

Folio was founded in 2001 to provide client focused fund administration services and grew to be the largest Fund Administration firm in the British Virgin Islands. Folio has since complemented its operations with corporate management and director services companies offering a wealth of experience in establishing and administering funds, trusts, business companies and providing fiduciary services.

Commenting on the merger,

Carl O’Shea, on behalf of the Hatstone Group, said:

“The merger offers fantastic new opportunities for the Group, as we expand the number of services we can provide to clients, intermediaries and contacts. As we all know the fund, corporate and private client world has changed dramatically in the past few years and we are determined to keep pace with such changes in order to remain client focused and solution driven. Quite simply – more and more of our clients and contacts tend to be multi-jurisdictional and so we need to be too. It is very exciting and we look forward to working with, and helping, existing and new clients in 2018.”

Daniel Cann, on behalf of the Folio Group, said:

“The new Group’s clients will very much benefit from our wealth of experience in the areas of funds, corporate management and director services which shall complement the legal services currently provided by Hatstone. The combined specialisms  will be invaluable to our clientele and together, we are creating a boutique legal and fiduciary services group to rival any of our competitors with significant growth and expansion opportunities during the coming years.”