Harneys and top-ranked Mauritius firm, BLC Chambers, join up for unprecedented reach

15 Feb, 2013

Harneys and BLC Chambers, a leading commercial and corporate law practice in Mauritius, have announced a new association. Under the terms of the agreement now in effect Harneys and BLC will combine forces to offer clients of their respective firms access to a greater array of legal and corporate services.

Global Managing Partner of Harneys Peter Tarn commented: “Over the past 18 months Harneys has been systematically developing our Africa practice and this new association with BLC Chambers is very much in keeping with our objective to be the undisputed offshore leader in Africa. While the business case for Harneys and for our clients is clear, the aspect of this association which generates the most excitement for us is the cultural fit between Harneys and BLC and our shared commitment to quality and client service.”

Iqbal Rajahbalee, managing partner at BLC Chambers, hailed this association as a unique platform for supporting business development in Africa: “This association is driven by clients’ demand. We share with Harneys the same passion for quality service. The synergy developed with a firm as respected as Harneys will expand BLC’s global reach and extend the array of services we are able to offer to our clients. We believe that together Harneys and BLC will be the first choice for offshore work in Africa and Asia.”

BLC Chambers is ranked as a top tier Mauritius firm by Chambers and Partners and IFLR1000. The firm practices predominantly corporate, finance and investment funds law and boasts of an experienced litigation wing. Its related corporate and fiduciary services are organised under Axis Fiduciary Ltd, which has offices both in Mauritius, Seychelles and Kenya. BLC Chambers is also a member of the Africa Legal Network (ALN), an association which spreads across some 14 jurisdictions in Africa.

Harney Westwood & Riegels was founded in 1960 and practices BVI, Cayman, Cyprus and Anguilla law through a network of 6 offices around the world.  Consistently ranked as a top tier firm by all three leading independent ranking directories, the firm has 30 partners and practices a wide range of corporate, funds, finance, private client and litigation law. The firm offers BVI and Cayman corporate and fiduciary services through its associated business, Harneys Services.

Mauritius, known for its favourable tax regime and extensive network of double tax treaties and investment protection agreements, has recently become an increasingly popular jurisdiction for the registration of investment funds. Its location in the Indian Ocean near Africa, the Middle East, India and China places it in an advantageous geographic position with easy access to key emerging economies.

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