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Robert J.D. Briant

Partner, Head of BVI Corporate

British Virgin Islands   +1 284 852 1100

Robert J.D. Briant

  Legal 500 Caribbean 2019  

Robert Briant is a Partner and Head of the Corporate department in the British Virgin Islands office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Robert joined Conyers in 1994 and is highly regarded for his extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial law.

Robert is considered one of the most senior corporate lawyers in the BVI and focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture companies and investment vehicles. He provides specialist advice to hedge funds and private equity funds, as well as advising on a broad range of financing transactions. His clients include Diageo, Burger King, the Virgin Group, Denham Capital, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Commerzbank and others.

Robert is the Chairman of BVI Finance Limited, a public/private partnership created to develop further BVI’s financial services industry. He also sits on the Securities, Investment Business and Mutual Funds Advisory Committee and is a past member of the Joint Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Advisory Committee of the BVI. Robert was also responsible for forming and chairs a consortium of the largest law firms in the BVI to make recommendations to Government on issues affecting financial services in the BVI. He is also regular contributor to the media on matters of BVI law.

Robert is consistently recognized in the top tier in Chambers Global, Legal 500 and IFLR1000. Robert holds a BA from McGill University, an LLB from University of Toronto and an LLM from Cambridge University.

Experience Highlights

  • Advised Weatherford International Ltd. on the sale of equity interest in Borets International Limited.
  • Acted for Compañía Española de Petróleos, S.A.U. and Strategic Resources (Global) Limited in connection with their recent acquisition of Coastal Energy Company.
  • Advised an international client in connection with issues arising out of the shareholders agreements.
  • Advised on the export receivables financing by a syndicate of banks.
  • Advised Burger King in its US$1.4 billion business combination with Justice Holdings Limited.

Professional Background

  • Corporate & Securities Law Associate, Stikeman Elliott, Toronto (with postings in Budapest and Vancouver)


  • Cambridge University, LLM, 1993
  • University of Toronto, LLB, 1988
  • McGill University, BA (Hons) Economics & Finance, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • British Virgin Islands, Solicitor, 2000
  • England & Wales, Solicitor, 2000
  • Bermuda, Solicitor and Barrister, 1995
  • Ontario, Solicitor and Barrister, 1990

01 Apr 2019
Corporate Digest: Notable Deals and Transactions

04 Feb 2019
Conyers Announces Funds eTool Offering for the BVI

31 Jan 2019
British Virgin Islands – Economic Substance (Companies and Limited Partnerships) Act, 2018

13 Dec 2018
Country-By-Country Reporting in the BVI

06 Nov 2018
BVI Approved Manager Regime – Streamlined for Success

25 Jul 2018
BVI Incubator and Approved Funds

23 Jul 2018
Global IPO Report – July 2018

10 Jul 2018
The BVI Extends Visa Exemption to PRC Nationals

31 Jan 2018
2017 Global Corporate Year in Review

19 Dec 2017
Limited Partnership Act (British Virgin Islands) Enacted

18 Sep 2017
Conyers’ BVI Update

12 Sep 2017
Conyers’ BVI Legal and Professional Services are Operational Following Hurricane Irma

19 May 2017
A Guide to Financing and the British Virgin Islands

27 Apr 2017
Commercial Aviation Finance in the British Virgin Islands

27 Feb 2017
Shares in BVI Business Companies – Avoiding a Succession Problem

09 Feb 2017
BVI strikes right balance on fund governance

24 Jan 2017
Conyers’ BVI Head of Office, Robert Briant, Appointed to BVI Finance Limited’s Board of Directors

13 Jan 2017
The Structure of M&A Deals in the British Virgin Islands

22 Jan 2016
Case Comment: Olive Group – Welcome Clarification on Dissent Procedure under BVI Law

05 Jan 2016
2016 Updates to BVI Business Companies Act

16 Oct 2015
The BVI welcomes hedge fund managers with a ‘lighter touch’ regulatory regime

06 Jul 2015
The BVI restricted purposes company

10 Jun 2015
New BVI Hedge Fund Products

03 Jun 2015
Extension of FATCA Deadlines for BVI Financial Institutions

23 Apr 2015
FATCA – Impending Deadlines for BVI Financial Institutions

03 Mar 2015
Guide to Taking Security Over Shares in a British Virgin Islands Company

06 Feb 2015
Lessons From Delaware

06 Feb 2015
Transactional Success Offshore? The Role of Corporate Lawyers

06 Nov 2014
Impact of FATCA on Cayman Islands Entities

08 Nov 2012
The BVI welcomes private equity and venture capital managers with a new ‘lighter touch’ regulatory regime

02 Mar 2011
Investment Business Licensees and the BVI Regulatory Code

02 Mar 2011
BVI Investment Business Licensees – Approval and Notification Obligations

24 Jun 2010
British Virgin Islands Bulletin – June 2010

07 Aug 2008
IBA: BVI Takeover Guide

  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and since 2010) of Chambers Global (corporate and finance - Band 1)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and since 2010) of Legal 500 Caribbean (corporate and commercial)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition of Legal 500 Caribbean (banking, finance and capital markets)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition of Legal 500 Caribbean (investment funds)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and since 2010) of IFLR1000 (investment funds, financial and corporate)
  • Recognised in the 2018 edition (and since 2011) of Who's Who Legal (private funds)
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition (and since 2014) of Who's Who Legal (mergers & acquisitions)
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal (banking)
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition of Legal Media Groups' Expert Guides (investment funds)
  • Chair of BVI Finance
  • Chair of the BVI FSBDC Legislative Sub-Committee
  • Board Member of BVI Finance Limited
  • Member of the BVI SIBA Advisory Committee
  • Past member of the BVI Premier’s Financial Services Task Force
  • Past Chairman of the BVI Mutual Funds Advisory Committee
  • Past member of the BVI Joint Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Advisory Committee