Kristian Wilson

Partner

Kristian is a partner in Bedell Cristin's Singapore office. He is an experienced commercial lawyer, having worked for leading law firms in London and Paris, before practicing offshore law in Jersey and the BVI. Kristian advises on BVI law and his practice includes corporate and financial matters, with a focus on joint ventures, private equity and cross-border transactions.

Before practising law, Kristian pursued postgraduate studies in East Asian politics at Durham University, Chinese language in Beijing, and business administration at New York. Kristian speaks English and is competent in French and Mandarin Chinese.

Professional
  • Solicitor* - England and Wales
  • Solicitor - British Virgin Islands

*non-practising

Industry focus
  • Member of the BVI Bar Association.
  • Frequently reports on offshore legal developments, including writing for legal publications, speaking at industry events and being quoted in leading media, such as the South China Morning Post and The Lawyer.
  • Published in international academic journals, including the Tsinghua China Law Review and the Russian Law Journal.
  • Well regarded adviser.
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News/Experience
New partner appointment in the Bedell Cristin Singapore office

Bedell Cristin has appointed Kristian Wilson as partner in the firm's Singapore office.

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New fast-track incubator and approved funds now available in the BVI

Following the introduction of the Approved Managers regime in 2012, two new complimentary fund products have been added in the British Virgin Islands under the Securities and Investment Business (Incubator and Approved Funds) Regulations, 2015; the incubato...

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Bedell Cristin is finalist in leading SE Asia Awards
06 May 2015 Singapore

Bedell has been shortlisted in the ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ category in the prestigious Asian Legal Business SE Asia Awards 2015 for the third consecutive year.

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Bedell Cristin joins the World Services Group
05 Sep 2014 Guernsey Jersey Singapore BVI London

We are pleased to announce our membership of the World Services Group (WSG) representing both Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. We are looking forward to working with other member firms and developing our membership.

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Stephen Adams and Kristian Wilson quoted in the South China Morning Post
16 Jun 2014 BVI Singapore

Views from an article which examines the BVI’s relationship with Asia, written by two of Bedell Cristin’s leading lawyers, have been quoted in a recent news report in the South China Morning Post.

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Bedell Cristin is finalist in leading SE Asia Awards
12 May 2014 BVI Singapore

Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted in the ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ category in the prestigious Asian Legal Business SE Asia Awards 2014.

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Bedell Cristin is finalist in prestigious Asian Awards.
19 Mar 2013 BVI Singapore

Bedell Cristin has been short listed in the ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ category of the Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2013.

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Insights
BVI business companies
Briefings | 21 Jul 2016

The British Virgin Islands ("BVI") have become the world’s premier international corporate domicile, with over 465,000 active companies.

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Procedure for voluntary liquidation under the BVI Business Companies Act
Briefings | 21 Jul 2016

This briefing addresses the usual manner in which solvent voluntary liquidations proceed under the BVI Business Companies Act 2004, as amended (the "Act"). The observations that follow are subject to the particular provisions of the Memorandum and Articles ...

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Structuring venture capital deals in the BVI
Briefings | 21 Jul 2016

The British Virgin Islands ("BVI") is a popular jurisdiction in which to form venture capital funds and incorporate start-up companies. It is estimated that 60% of all the world’s alternative investment funds are domiciled in offshore jurisdictions such as ...

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Taking and registering security in the British Virgin Islands
Briefings | 21 Jul 2016

This briefing will examine key aspects of taking and registering security in the British Virgin Islands.

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BVI hedge fund overview
Briefings | 21 Jul 2016

The BVI Securities and Investment Business Act (the "SIBA") and the Mutual Fund Regulations (the "Regulations") under which all hedge funds are regulated defines a mutual fund as a company, partnership or unit trust.

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Striking off, dissolution and restoration under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004
Briefings | 03 Nov 2015

The British Virgin Islands has, for a long time, been a popular destination for the establishment and management of offshore vehicles, the majority of which have been established pursuant to, and continue to be operated in accordance with, the framework of ...

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Succession to BVI shares - the sun is shining
Briefings | 11 Jun 2015

While there are many options for estate planning and succession to BVI shares, the most straight forward option is to ensure that the BVI shares are covered by a well thought out will that effectively deals with the shares.

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Incubator and approved funds now available in the BVI
Briefings | 28 May 2015

Two new fund products have been added in the British Virgin Islands under the Securities and Investment Business (Incubator and Approved Funds) Regulations, 2015 (the "Regulations"); the incubator fund and the approved fund. Following the success of the Ap...

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BVI corporate guarantees - cakes and ale all around
Briefings | 24 Dec 2014

Corporate guarantees are perhaps more common in the British Virgin Islands ("BVI") than in other jurisdictions given the accommodating nature of the statutory environment in which BVI companies operate. As a result when structuring security packages for BVI...

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Investment Business (Approved Managers) Regulations, 2012, as amended
Briefings | 09 Jul 2014

Much anticipated and welcomed change was introduced to the regulatory regime that applies to British Virgin Islands (BVI) domiciled fund managers and advisors by the Investment Business (Approved Managers) Regulations, 2012 (the "Regulations") as amended wh...

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BVI FATCA update
Briefings | 06 Jun 2014

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") was introduced by the United States in 2010 as part of the US Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (known as the HIRE Act). The purpose of FATCA is to reduce tax evasion by US citizens. FATCA requires ...

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Why use a BVI company in your cross border transaction or global group structure?
Briefings | 15 May 2014

A BVI Business Company can be incorporated within 24 hours of the BVI registered agent having received all of the required anti-money laundering due diligence information on the proposed shareholders and directors of the company.

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BVI - Relaxing the rules on use of the word "fund"
Briefings | 25 Apr 2014

Using the word "fund" when naming a BVI entity was previously restricted by the Securities and Investment Business Act, 2010 ("SIBA") to companies which obtained recognition from the BVI Financial Services Commission ("Commission") as a public, professional...

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Due diligence in the BVI - simple but effective
Briefings | 17 Jun 2013

In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, there has been greater emphasis placed on effective due diligence on investments and acquisition targets. Important lessons should have been learnt from the many high profile hedge fund frauds and failures o...

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Continuation of a foreign jurisdiction company to the British Virgin Islands
Briefings | 14 Dec 2012

A foreign company may continue as a company incorporated under the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 as amended (the "Act") if the laws of the jurisdiction in which it is registered permit it to continue in another jurisdiction, including the Virgin Islands. ...

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British Virgin Islands Securities and Investment Business Act, 2010 ("SIBA")
Briefings | 12 Nov 2012

On-going requirements for funds recognised as professional funds or private funds under the provisions of the British Virgin Islands Securities and Investment Business Act, 2010 and the Mutual Funds Regulations, 2010 (together, "SIBA").

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The BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2012 and the BVI Business Companies Regulations, 2012
Briefings | 28 Sep 2012

The BVI Company is the most popular offshore corporate vehicle in use today with roughly 450,000 active companies and closing in on 1,000,000 entities formed to date. This popularity, in part, comes from the flexibility afforded by the BVI Business Companie...

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BVI segregated portfolio company
Briefings | 16 May 2012

This briefing looks at segregated portfolio companies.

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Features of BVI limited partnerships
Briefings | 16 May 2012

The British Virgin Islands Partnership Act 1996 (the "Act") reflects many recent developments in partnership law and codifies the law for general partnerships, local limited partnerships and international limited partnerships into one piece of legislation.

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Succession to BVI Shares - The Sun is Shining
Articles | 24 Aug 2015

Stephen Adams and Kristian Wilson discuss the Succession to BVI Shares - The Sun is Shining. Published in BVI Finance.

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Re-situating the BVI: Offshoreart.co, International Finance and Contemporary Art
2015 | 29 Jul 2015

Kristian Wilson discusses re-situating the BVI: Offshoreart.co, International Finance and Contemporary Art. Published in the Business BVI magazine August 2015.

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The Role of Offshore Jurisdictions in Russia
Articles | 26 May 2015

Kristian Wilson looks at the interaction between offshore jurisdictions, such as the BVI, and Russia. Published in the May 2015 edition of the Russian Law Journal, the leading English language legal journal in Russia. For the full article please click h...

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The role of offshore jurisdictions in the PRC
Articles | 27 Apr 2015

Kristian Wilson looks at some of the drivers for offshore jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to play such a significant role in structuring foreign direct investment (FDI) into and out of the people's republic of China (PRC). Published i...

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Emerging Opportunities in Asia for BVI products
Articles | 11 Feb 2015

Stephen Adams and Kristian Wilson discuss Emerging opportunities in Asia for BVI products. Published in Business BVI, January 2015.

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The BVI Stepping Stone to Russia
Articles | 24 Nov 2014

Simon Pascoe and Kristian Wilson discuss "The BVI Stepping Stone to Russia", published in the IFC Economic Report, November 2014

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Seeking Truth from Fact: Use of Offshore Jurisdictions in the PRC
Articles | 07 Jul 2014

Kristian Wilson looks at the rationale and use of offshore jurisdictions in the People's Republic of China. Originally published in Tsinghua China Law Review, 6TSINGHUA CHINA L. REV. (2014)

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The BVI: Asian Relationship
Articles | 23 Oct 2013

BVI: Stephen Adams and Kristian Wilson look at The BVI - Asian Relationship - published in IFC Caribbean 2014.

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