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Managing Partner | Group Head, Corporate & Commercial
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 & finance, investment funds & services, private equity, (re)insurance and other corporate matters. He is also the global head of the Appleby Islamic Finance Practice Group. Jeffrey 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 and at an international asset management group and general counsel for a leading underwriting firm.
Jeffrey is a frequent speaker and panellist at seminars and conferences including AFSIC (Africa Financial Services Investment Conference, London), 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. He is a co-author of the BVI chapter of the Asset Management Review.
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 a solicitor in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands).
Jeffrey has been ranked as a Band 1 leading individual by Chambers and Partners. Chambers Global 2018 noted that he is praised by interviewees as a “brilliant lawyer” who is “articulate and picks things up easily.” Having formerly practised in the firm’s Hong Kong office, he is particularly noted for his expertise working with Asia-based clients, and is hailed by sources for his “service-oriented advice.” 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.”