Mark J. Forte

Partner, Head of BVI Litigation & Restructuring and Office

Mark Forte is Partner and Head of the British Virgin Islands office of Conyers. He specialises in complex cross-border litigation and contentious cross-border insolvency, and is recognised for his emergency interim relief work and considerable insolvency experience. Mark also advises foreign states, government agencies and liquidators on international asset tracing measures.

A frequently appearing advocate in some of the jurisdiction’s leading cases, Mark has over 25 years of litigation experience, starting his professional career as a barrister at 8 King Street Chambers in Manchester, England in 1989 and teaching contract on the Bar Vocational Course at Manchester University. Since joining Conyers in 2004 to launch the BVI Litigation and Restructuring practice, he has grown the team to include ten experienced solicitors and barristers, all based in the BVI.

Globally recognised for his expertise, Mark has been ranked for the last 7 years as Tier 1 in his practice area in Chambers Global, as well as in Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal, and the Citywealth Leaders List. A respected speaker, Mark has appeared as a panelist at COMBAR (UK)INSOLC5 and other international conferences. He also previously served on the editorial board of INSOL World, and is currently a director of BVI International Arbitration Centre.




Professional Background

  • Chambers at 8 King Street, Manchester


  • Harvard Business School Online, Disruptive Strategy
  • Inns of Court School of Law, London
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, LLB (Hons), England

Bar Admissions

  • British Virgin Islands, 2004
  • N.Ireland, Barrister, 1996 (not currently practising)
  • England, Barrister, 1989 (not currently practising)

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2023 edition (and since 2010) of Chambers Global (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2023 edition (and since 2010) of Legal 500 Caribbean (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2023 edition (and since 2021) of Who’s Who Legal – Asset Recovery (Thought Leader Global Elite)
  • Recognised in the 2022 edition of Who’s Who Legal – GIR – Asset Recovery (Thought Leader)
  • Recognised in the 2022 edition of Who’s Who Legal – Commercial Litigation (Recommended)
  • Recognised in the 2020 edition (and since 2010) of Who’s Who Legal – Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Recognised in the 2020 edition (and 2019) of Global Restructuring Review 100
  • Recognised in the 2018 edition (and 2011 – 2016) of the CityWealth Leaders List
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition of Legal Media Groups’ Expert Guides (insolvency and restructuring)
  • Recognised in the 2009 edition of IFLR1000 (corporate and finance)


  • Member, RISA local insolvency professionals association
  • Honorary member, COMBAR (North American Group)
  • Member, Chancery Bar Association
  • Regional Chair (Caribbean offshore) for the INSOL International Channel Islands Seminar 2014