BVI House Asia
BVI House Asia is the British Virgin Islands government office in Asia Pacific. In order to be more responsive to the financial markets in Asia Pacific, BVI House Asia was launched in September 2013 as the Asia Pacific Regional Office based in Hong Kong to strengthen and further develop the BVI’s deep relationship with the region. BVI House Asia is responsive in real time, answering any questions about BVI business and working with industry practitioners to increase knowledge about the use of BVI structures and economic business opportunities.
Elise Donovan is the Director of BVI House Asia, the Hong Kong-based representative office for the Government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the Asia Pacific region. She drives the Asia-Pacific strategy for the Government of the BVI.
BVI Financial Services Commission
The BVI Financial Services Commission, the principal regulator and supervisor for all the BVI’s financial services, has also appointed an Asia Representative based in Hong Kong to serve the regulatory interests of the BVI throughout the Asia Pacific region. The Commission’s role is to help ensure the BVI’s commitment to playing its part in the fight against cross-border financial crime while safeguarding the privacy and confidentiality of legitimate business transactions.
Team BVI Asia
BVI House Asia works with a group of outstanding, experienced and trusted BVI practitioners who make up Team BVI Asia. Team BVI Asia’s practitioners come from the world’s leading corporate firms, trust companies, law firms and accounting firms, as well as others involved in the financial services sector. Having helped clients do business in the BVI for over 25 years, they are market experts when it comes to understanding the BVI and the wealth needs of clients in Asia. Based in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Indonesia and other countries, they are able to answer questions in real-time and provide tailored, customised services to help clients manage and preserve their globally diversified assets.
Michael Gagie is the current team leader of Team BVI Asia and the global head of the BVI law practice of Maples and Calder. Based in Singapore, Michael practises BVI law and his experience and areas of practice cover corporate, downstream private equity work, commercial, banking and structured finance.
Robust Network of Practitioners
In addition to the members of Team BVI Asia, the BVI is proud to have a robust network of experienced, trusted advisors based around the world. They offer a sophisticated array of corporate services, in addition to diverse wealth management solutions in trust and estate planning, funds and investment business, captive insurance and ship registration services.
Leading industry practitioners have based their operations in the BVI because of the foundations underpinning the BVI’s success: a mature regulatory infrastructure, a well-developed financial services industry, and a flexible, creditor-friendly jurisdiction.