Jeffrey Kirk is the managing partner of the Appleby British Virgin Islands office and he leads the BVI office corporate practice group.
He advises on public and private M&A, capital markets, banking and finance, investment funds and services, private equity, (re)insurance and other corporate matters. He is also the global head of the Appleby Islamic finance practice group. Kirk has worked in the Appleby London, Bermuda, Hong Kong and BVI offices and has extensive experience advising on the laws of the BVI, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
His pre-Appleby experience includes being in practice at leading London law firms, in-house counsel at Lloyd’s of London, an international asset management group and general counsel for a leading underwriting firm.
Kirk is a frequent speaker and panellist at seminars and conferences including Business BVI Outlook, the Fund Forum Asia, Islamic Finance News Hong Kong Road show, Business Bermuda and the Islamic Real Estate World Asia Conference.
He is often interviewed and invited to write articles on all aspects of offshore finance, hedge funds, (re)insurance, SPVs and other corporate issues and has contributed to numerous publications including The Lawyer, the Hedge Fund Journal, China Offshore, Banking Today, Bloomberg; Asia Insurance Review, Middle East Insurance Review, Legal Week, Business Today, the Bermuda Royal Gazette and the China Business Law Journal.
His memberships include being a member of the Hong Kong Insurance Law Association, the Bermuda Bar Association, the Law Society of Hong Kong (registered foreign lawyer), the Law Society of England & Wales (non-practicing) and the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (South Africa) (non-practicing) and he is also admitted to practice as a solicitor in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands).
Kirk has been ranked as a Band 1 leading individual by Chambers and Partners. In the 2014 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific, he was rated for his debt capital markets expertise and gained affirmation from clients as being“very prompt, practical and responsive. He combines legal expertise with commercial understanding.” Chambers Global 2013 noted that: “He stands out for his insurance and reinsurance expertise.” He has also been ranked as a leading individual by The Legal 500 2014, which noted that he stands out for his “responsiveness and ability to deal with demanding clients.”
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