Ayana Hull is head of our Private Wealth and Regulatory Practice groups in the BVI. She has over 15 years of experience practising BVI commercial law and provides invaluable support to those seeking to invest or own assets in the BVI including large scale development and infrastructure projects. Clients rely on her detailed knowledge of BVI legislation and her strong relationships with government and regulatory bodies. As part of her role as a key advisor to investors into the BVI, she provides advice on a wide range of matters including, private and commercial property acquisition and disposal, company structuring and incorporations, trade licences, non-belonger landholding licences, work permits, employment issues and immigration requirements.
She also assists clients with the full registration process for ships in the BVI, including registration of new builds, acquisition and finance and charter and crew employment agreements.
Ayana’s clients also include banks, insurance companies, funds and fund managers advising them on restructurings and the impact BVI regulatory legislation on their investment vehicles. Additionally she routinely advises on economic substance issues, the impact BVI regulatory legislation has on ICOs and FinTech initiatives in general including the general AML/CTF risks attendant to these structures. As a member of the firm’s FinTech Group, she regularly handles a variety of ICO enquiries and advises on ICOs wishing to be structured through.
Prior to joining Harneys in 2013, Ayana practised in the corporate, commercial, funds and regulatory areas in the British Virgin Islands. She also acted as in-house counsel to the BVI Financial Services Commission and its regulatory divisions.
Ayana is the current chairperson of the BVI Financial Services Commission Securities, Investment Business Act Advisory Committee as well as a member of the BVI Financial Services Commission FinTech Advisory Committee. She is the immediate past Chairman of the National Parks Trust and sat as the Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission from 2011 - 2014. She is also a notary public in the British Virgin Islands.
Outside of her professional life, she is very active in the BVI community and is an avid sports and fine arts enthusiast. She strives to bring awareness to the importance of the financial services industry and to this end, she authored Financial Services deMystified, a text book commissioned by the BVI Government for implementation in BVI secondary schools.