07 Feb 2019

Hatstone BVI expands with new senior lawyer

Hatstone Group Partner Carl O’Shea has recently been sworn in as a Solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands).

Carl said: “I am delighted to have been admitted in the BVI joining my colleagues Philipp Neumann and Sarah Masson. My admission is a further statement of the Hatstone Group’s commitment to developing a strong offering in BVI services. On a personal note, it is very satisfying to now hold three practising certificates.”

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 is now qualified in three jurisdictions: the BVIJersey and England.

Clients regard Carl as a lawyer who is ‘knowledgeable and solution-orientated’ and “practical with a wealth of experience.’

05 Feb 2019

Hatstone merges with Folio

The Hatstone Group and the Folio Group are very pleased to share with you that further to our announcement last year regulatory consent has been obtained and the two businesses have now merged.

2018 was a very busy year for the Group with the establishment of our new law firm in the British Virgin Islands, Hatstone Lawyers BVI, and the office moves for the JerseyPanama and South Africa teams.

The new Group has more than 50 employees providing a wide range of legal, corporate and fiduciary and fund administration services.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish our clients, contacts and friends a very successful 2019.

 

21 Jan 2019

Hatstone strengthens its dispute resolution team with new senior appointment

Hatstone has strengthened its dispute resolution team in Jersey with the appointment of Advocate Alexander English to Group Partner.

Alexander’s addition brings the litigation department in Jersey up to two Group Partners and is a reflection of a particularly strong period of growth across its global dispute resolution practice.

Alexander is experienced in all areas of Jersey litigation but his principal areas of expertise are in family and civil court work.  He appears mainly in the higher courts of Jersey.

He is one of only a small number of Advocates to have experience of winning an appeal in the Court of Appeal against a judgment of the Royal Court.

His wide-ranging civil practice includes, but is not limited to, trust disputes, breach of contract, negligence, employment law, personal injury, defamation, debt recovery, construction disputes, property disputes, and wills disputes.

His family practice includes but is not limited to divorce, maintenance and child contact proceedings.

Speaking of Alexander’s appointment Group Partner Advocate Stephen Wauchope said:

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Alexander to the Hatstone group partnership. Alexander has established an enviable track record of success for his clients and is widely regarded as a bright, charismatic, tough and a highly-effective advocate. I very much look forward to working with him and developing further the litigation and dispute resolution practice in Jersey”

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,
Stellenbosch,
Western Cape,
South Africa

Panama


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

Jersey


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.”