Global law firm Dentons has opened offices in the British Virgin Islands and St. Lucia, as part of its expansion in the Caribbean.
Dentons has more offices in all of Latin America and the Caribbean than any other law firm, and is now the first truly Pan-Latin American and the Caribbean law firm in the history of the legal profession.
Dentons’ new office in the British Virgin Islands is led by partner Stuart Bruce, who has extensive experience handling complex, high-value cross-border matters across multiple practices, including banking and finance, M&A, private equity and joint ventures, corporate and regulatory advice. In St. Lucia, Dentons has expertise in banking and finance, corporate, construction, employment and labor, financial institutions, government, and the hotel and leisure sector. The firm also has experience on the island in the insurance, litigation and dispute resolution practices, as well as areas such as public law and real estate.
The British Virgin Islands is widely recognized as a leading international financial center principally due to its internationally recognized regulatory regime, a well-developed and professional corporate infrastructure, efficient company formation and administration processes, political and economic stability, an internationally renowned and respected commercial court and tax-neutrality, the firm said.
The islands are a world leader for excellence and innovation in financial services and plays an essential role in the global economy, Dentons added.
“Dentons’ new offices in the British Virgin Islands and St. Lucia enable us to meet client needs in two additional priority Caribbean markets for our clients. We can now connect our clients to our leading talent in the British Virgin Islands and St. Lucia as well as to our 19,000+ people in 184 locations across 76 countries around the globe," said Elliott Portnoy, Dentons’ Global CEO.
And according to Jorge Alers, Denton’s Latin America and the Caribbean Region CEO, “since entering the region in 2016, Dentons has combined with elite firms across Latin America and the Caribbean. Our new offices in the British Virgin Islands and St. Lucia complement our strategy to enhance our offshore practices across the Caribbean, as well as in other offshore financial and corporate centers, such as Panama, Uruguay, Mauritius, Ireland, Luxembourg, Hong Kong and Singapore.”
Earlier this year, Dentons increased its Latin America presence through its combinations with Jiménez de Aréchaga in Uruguay and Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena in Argentina.