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Contributors 1.

Shea Alexander

DIGITAL NOMADS, ANYONE? (p.90) Shea represents a new generation of BVI writers that Business BVI is keen on introducing to the our readership, here his first article looks at an emerging global trend in tourism. He is entranced by the subtleties of the human psyche and trusting the infallibility of empiricism, Shea exists in a juxtaposed state of left and right brain. He is enamoured with the politics and economics of the Virgin Islands with a vested interest in our holistic advancement as a people.

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​Kerry Anderson

SAILING INTO THE HEADWINDS OF AN EVOLVING GLOBAL ECONOMY(p.68) Partner at O’Neal Webster, Kerry advises an international clientele on BVI law in funds, regulatory, corporate, commercial, and joint venture deals and acquisitions. His clients include US- and EU-based fund managers, closed-ended funds, open-ended funds, public funds, and segregated portfolio company funds. Kerry heads the firm’s New York City Office. Kerry joined his parter Vanessa King to give us a below the surface look at what the BVI must do to navigate an evolving global economy.

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Julia Shamini Chase

3. MY TIME HAD COME, TO TAKE THE PLUNGE. WHAT A PLUNGE IT WAS! (p.56)

Shamini is no stranger to our pages and since her last article, has taken the plunge as an entrepreneur, just prior to Irma. What a plunge that must have been negotiating the post hurricane environment. She is Founder and MD of Gold Leaf Consulting Services Limited, a financial regulatory and compliance consultancy firm with offices in the BVI and Saint Lucia. With an LL.M. in International Banking and Finance Law from the University of London, finding practical, effective and timely solutions for her clients is her mission.

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Edward Childs

THE OUTLOOK FOR REAL ESTATE: THE RESIDENTIAL MARKET IN THE POST-IRMA ERA (p.100)

THE RATIONALE OF REGULATION AND WHY WE COMPLY (p.48)

We welcome Simon to Business BVI, contributing two timely articles to this edition, one jointly with Professor Philip Treleaven and the other under his own steam. Simon is clearly a prolific writer and someone we believe walks around with completed articles in his head in a holding pattern. So stay tuned. He recently assumed the role of Head, Business Development and Marketing at BVI Finance having prior to served as Special Adviser to the CEO of the BVIFSC. He has extensive experience in the financial services industry including several years with the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Jerome RubinDelanchy

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Out of the box, Jerome takes up the 20 year evolution of financial services driven by globalisation, the threat of money laundering and transnational organised crime with transparency becoming ubiquitous. Unlike OECD countries, the BVI and IFCs had to demonstrate their fight against criminality. BVI is still often called a tax haven. Why? Because NGOs like the TJN and others, established a decade plus, grew so big that they have to continue advocacy. They can’t just admit obsolescence. The BVI is a sound and reliable centre which works harder than many to demonstrate it meets international standards. Jerome is Deputy MD at ATU General Trust (BVI) Ltd.

Kinisha Forbes

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ISLANDS: HOW THE NEW GOVERNMENT PLANS TO MANAGE RISK AND HARNESS OPPORTUNITIES. (p.74)

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FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATION AND COMPLIANCE. (p.41)

We at Business BVI believe that ‘The Outlook for Real Estate’ is one of the most widely read sections of the magazine and it has become a bit of Business BVI Scripture in its own right. It has developed that credibility because it well researched, well written, graphically augmented with timely statistics and well informed by a keen sense of the real estate sector in the BVI. This is always informed by a watchful eye on the US and the wider global economy. This is all Edward Childs’ doing as we have for the better part of a decade turned to him for his reading of the tea leaves. As expected, the built real estate sector in the territory was not all pleased with Irma but as you will soon see from this edition’s update, the sector is also benefiting from an ‘Irma Opportunity.’

BVI, THE INDISPENSABLE IFC: TOO LEGIT

Simon Gray BACKING THE FUTURE: DATA DRIVEN 7.

Kinisha is another new generation BVI contributor, here with her first piece jointly with Patlian Johnson. She led the BVI Macro Fiscal Unit - Ministry of Finance, forecasting and analysing macroeconomic and fiscal conditions in the Territory and advising the Financial Secretary and the Minister of Finance. Her key research interests include inequality, efficient delivery of development outcomes, and the political economy of crises. She now heads Monitoring and Evaluation at the RDA. She is an analyst of political, social and economic features of the VI and the wider Caribbean.

Patlian Johnson ECONOMIC OUTLOOK OF THE VIRGIN

ISLANDS: HOW THE NEW GOVERNMENT PLANS TO MANAGE RISK AND HARNESS OPPORTUNITIES (p.74)

BVI FAST FACTS (p.108)

In this edition, Patlian takes on an expanded role beyond her yeoman role of ensuring that our Fast Fact Guide is current and informed. In this edition she partners Kinisha Forbes on a lead piece in our special section examining the economic outlook for the territory in the context of its post hurricane recovery and other global economic challenges. A key article for all those actively engaged in doing business or planning to do business in the territory in the near to medium term.

Vanessa King SAILING INTO THE HEADWINDS OF AN 9.

EVOLVING GLOBAL ECONOMY (p.68)

Rachael McDonald ECONOMIC SUBSTANCE IN THE BVI: 10.

CHANGE, CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY (p.46)

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Vanessa is the managing partner of O’Neal Webster. She led her firm’s recovery post Hurricane Irma with offices in Tortola, London, and New York City. In addition to co-authoring this lead article she also sat down with Business BVI for an in-depth interview on the future of the BVI in the global financial services sector (p.116). Vanessa’s expertise is globally recognised by highly respected ranking bodies, including The Legal500, Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000, and CityWealth IFC Powerwomen.

Like a brave Marine, Rachael volunteered to provide our readership with her insight into what Economic Substance means for the BVI and the challenges and opportunities it presents for the territory. A timely read on what is a much debated topic in the territory as a new area of economic opportunity. As the managing partner of Mourant BVI, with extensive experience in all manner of corporate and finance transactions and regulatory matters, Racheal distills key aspects of the path forward.

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