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  • Dear BVI friends,

    Business BVI in Association with Appleby are delighted to invite you to the inaugural Business BVI ASIA Annual Regional Conference Hong Kong taking place at the iconic Peninsula Hotel on 11 September 2014, to discuss the BVI: Pivoting to Asia The Pathway to New Opportunities.

    A first of its kind conference to launch in Hong Kong, Business BVI ASIA is expressly designed as a platform to bring together the BVI and Asian offshore finance and business community, regulators and governments to work collaboratively in creating the right environment for innovation and nurturing emerging opportunities in our ever challenging industry.

    As a forum aimed at informing the strategic vision for the sector Business BVI ASIA will provide actionable insights that you can apply to your own industry and business challenge and is a must attend if you are a BVI focused, and based, practitioners, and investors who would like to learn more about the BVI and its proud connection with Asias success story.

    We also wish to mark the 1st anniversary of BVI House Asia and the 30th anniversary of the IBC ACT on this auspicious occasion, and to celebrate and promote the best of BVI offshore finance, business and all that the BVI as an International Finance Centre has achieved thus far.

    More than 150 industry policy-makers, experts, CEOs and business owners, decision makers, thought leaders and strategists will be joining us in Hong Kong to hear from our assembly of leading, pre-eminent speakers from across the BVI, US, UK, HK and China, including the Government of the British Virgin Islands, the BVI Financial Services Commission, the BVI Commercial Court, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Hong Kong & Macau and more.

    Amongst the highlights of the day, we will have an exclusive preview of the OIL 2020 Report 2014 uncovering areas of opportunity for the BVI in 2014 and beyond, and we are honored to have the participation of Justice Edward Bannister QC, our highly esteemed Judge and head of the Eastern Carribean Commercial Division. The days multi-disciplinary programme will include amongst other topics:

    The success of the BVI in Asia and the potential challenges to future growth The growth of wealth in Asia as a real long-term opportunity for the BVI BVI Structuring - Documenting Joint Ventures and Private Equity Investments through Offshore Vehicles The Use of BVI Trusts for enhancing business in Asia The BVI Advantage: I want my BVI - How to remain the Gold Standard in Asia Global Regulatory Standards: How global regulatory standards have risen and will keep rising and what it will

    take to surmount these challenges OIL 2020 Report 2014 - First Look-Areas of Opportunities for the BVI and Asia The BVI-HK Connection: The Next Level - Continued Constructive Engagement & Areas of Mutual Opportunity Growing Brand BVI in Asia - A Pivotal Role Emerging Opportunities - Wealth Management, Funds, Intellectual Property, Arbitration, Aircraft and Ship


    Deepening our ties with China - BVI MOU with Shenzhen and Qianhai

    For the thrill seekers amongst us, there will be a special on-the-day-draw by our conference chair and discussion leader, the BVIs First Lady and OBE Lorna Smith for 6 lucky conference guests to win a space on our exclusive helicopter tour of Hong Kong during the conference luncheon.

    Business BVI would like to extend exclusive guest rates to all Appleby guests by extending a special 20% single ticket discount and a 25% group ticket discount for bookings of 4 or more. You can register online at using the coupon code: APPLEBY for single tickets and APPLEBY GROUP for group bookings or email the Business BVI events team at for direct assistance.

    Special accommodation rates at the Peninsula hotel are offered to all Business BVI ASIA overseas guests.

    We look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong!


    Russell HarriganCEO & PublisherBusiness BVI

  • DAY 1 | SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 | 18:00 - 20:00

    EVENING COCKTAIL RECEPTION (by invitation only)

    Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the IBC ActHost: Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, Premier and Minister for Finance BVI

    DAY 2 | SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 | 8:00 - 18:00

    Conference Co-Chair: Mrs. Lorna Smith OBE, MA, TEP LGS & Associates

    8:00AM - 8:20AM Collection of Badges Coffee & Tea

    8:20AM - 8:30AM Welcome Remarks Managing Editor, Business BVI Asia

    8:30AM - 8:45AM Welcome Remarks Caroline Wilson British Consul General, Hong Kong & Macao

    8:45AM - 9:15AM Keynote Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith, OBE MHA Premier and Minister for Finance British Virgin Islands


    9:15AM - 9:45AM Setting the Stage: The Economic Outlook for Asia/ The Growth of Wealth in Asia - Opportunities for the BVI

    9:45AM - 10:15AM The Global Regulatory Landscape

    10:15AM - 10:30AM COFFEE BREAK

    10:30AM - 11:00AM The BVI Advantage: I want my BVI - How to remain the Gold Standard in Asia Michael Gagie Partner, Maples and Calder

    11:00AM - 11:30AM BVI Structuring - Documenting Joint Ventures and Private Equity Investments through Offshore Vehicles Colin Riegels, Head of Banking & Finance Global Practice Group, HARNEYS

    11:30AM - 12NN The Use of BVI Trusts Fiona Chan, Counsel, HARNEYS

    12:00PM - 12:35PM The Commercial Court - A solid Foundation Justice Edward Bannister QC Judge Commercial Division, BVI Commercial Court

    12:35PM - 1:30PM LUNCH - Speaker - TBA

    1:35PM - 2:00PM OIL 2020 Report 2014 First Look-Areas of Opportunity for the BVI Martin Crawford CEO, OV Group, Hong Kong


    2:00PM - 3:00PM The BVI-HK Connection: The Next Level - Continued Constructive Engagement & Areas of Mutual Opportunity

    3:00PM - 4:00PM Growing Brand BVI in Asia - A Pivotal Role Elise Donovan, Director, BVI House Asia


    4:00PM - 5:00PM Emerging Opportunities The new BVI Arbitration, Aircraft and Ship Registration, Funds, Intellectual Property, Wealth Management

    5:00PM - 6:00PM Deepening our ties with China BVI MOU with Shenzhen and Qianhai

    P R O G R A M M E

  • Business BVI are proud to honor Simon Fieldhouse as outstanding artist, featuring his work as this years Business BVI ASIA designated conference design theme.





    ROBERT A. MATHAVIOUSManaging Director & CEO

    BVI Financial Services Commission

    CARSON WEN Partner

    Jones Day

    COLIN RIEGELSGlobal Head of Banking

    and Finance, Harneys

    JEFFREY CHENPartner of Shanghai Chen He Law Firm

    JOHN MELIAPractice Group Head,

    Corporate & Commercial, Appleby

    KRISTIAN WILSONSenior Associate Bedells


    ARWEL LEWISPartnerWalkers

    DAWN SMITHDirector of Legal and

    EnforcementBVI Financial Services


    ROBERT GRIEVESChairman, Hamilton

    Advisors Limited

    ALVIN W.K. MAExpert Wealth Management &

    Investment Banker

    JONATHON CLIFTONManaging Director, Asia


    MICHAEL GAGIEGlobal Head of the BVI Law practice of Maples

    and Calder

    CAROLINE WILSON British Consul General to

    Hong Kong & Macao

    ELISE DONOVAN Director

    BVI House Asia

    JUSTICE EDWARD BANNISTER, QC Judge Commercial Court


    LORNA SMITH, OBE Founder & CE

    O LGS & Associates

    FIONA CHANCounselHarneys


    PartnerConyers Dill & Pearman