Ayana is counsel in our Funds and Regulatory practice group. She regularly advises on the establishment, maintenance, operation and restructuring of BVI investment funds. Her current practice involves advising on the regulatory implications BVI financial services and securities legislation have on BVI investment funds, managers, advisers, custodians, administrators and broker dealers conducting investment activity in or from within the BVI. She also advises on the impact BVI regulatory legislation has on both 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 BVI entities.
Prior to joining Harneys, Ayana practised in the corporate, commercial, funds and regulatory areas in the BVI. She also acted as in-house counsel to the BVI Financial Services Commission and its regulatory divisions. She is a member of the BVI Financial Services Commission Securities, Investment Business and Mutual Funds Advisory Committee. She is the author of Financial Services deMystified, a text book for BVI secondary schools and she is listed as “rising star” in the British Virgin Islands by IFLR 1000. Ayana is also a notary public in the British Virgin Islands.