British Virgin Islands
Expertise and Professional Background
Before joining Harneys Russell worked in the structured finance department of Allen & Overy in London specialising in structured investment vehicles, CDOs, repackagings and other forms of structured debt.
Russell is one of the contributing editors to British Virgin Islands Commercial Law, Sweet & Maxwell, 2011. He is ranked as a leading lawyer in the British Virgin Islands by Legal 500, Chambers Global and IFLR1000. He is also recognised as being amongst the world’s leading banking lawyers by Who’s Who Legal.
College of Law 2000
Cambridge University 1990
England and Wales 2002 (not practising)
British Virgin Islands 2005
Chambers and Partners: Russell has a broad corporate practice covering secured and unsecured lending, in addition to corporate structuring and private equity transactions. He is described as having “a strong banking and finance practice with an emphasis on complex derivatives, insolvency and enforcement of securities”. Russell leads the BVI transactional team, and also has a great deal of experience assisting with matters governed by Anguilla law; he is described as a “technically strong and very responsive” lawyer.
IFLR 1000, 2017: Russell is recommended as a “leading lawyer” and is praised by a client as a “go-to lawyer for bank regulatory work and opinions, and the quality of his work and his responsiveness are spectacular”.
Legal 500: Russell is described as being “user friendly” and as a lawyer who “knows his field extremely well and cuts to the nub of the issue”. He is a “key adviser” described as being “very likeable, very pragmatic and technically very capable” and as “one of the few offshore lawyers to have mastered offshore aspects of derivatives transactions”.
Who’s Who Legal 2016: Russell is recognised as being amongst the world’s leading banking lawyers.