Sharon is based in Carey Olsen's British Virgin Islands (BVI) office and advises on corporate, finance and insolvency matters. She regularly acts for lenders, insolvency practitioners, distressed companies, directors, shareholders, investors and trust companies.
Sharon's diverse practice ranges from finance transactions, including start-up financing in emerging markets and high value real estate financing to corporate matters such as cross-border private equity, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.
Sharon also advises on restructurings and insolvencies in a wide range of sectors. During her time in London she advised on numerous trading and pre-pack administrations, administrative receiverships and fixed charge receiverships. In the BVI she advises on provisional liquidations, receiverships and insolvent and solvent liquidations. She has extensive experience advising on security enforcement options and security structures.
From 2014 to 2019, Sharon has been recognised in the Citywealth IFC Power Women Top 200.
Recent experience includes advising on:
- a GBP900million London based real estate financing involving 27 BVI companies;
- one of the biggest commercial property transaction in downtown London (US$774 million) for a Hong Kong-based real estate private equity firm;
- a $109 million acquisition of a South African engineering company;
- an acquisition of a portfolio of loans from the National Asset Management Agency with a face value of approximately £140 million for an international real estate investor;
- a court appointed receivership involving the sale of a BVI company holding a hotel in Vietnam;
- the provisional liquidation of OAS Finance and OAS Investments; and
- start-up investments in over 30 BVI start-up companies for a start-up investment fund.
Sharon was admitted as a solicitor in Scotland in 2007, as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2009 and as a Solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI) in 2014.
Sharon was formerly with Dundas & Wilson, London (now CMS Cameron McKenna) in the restructuring and insolvency team and prior to that was at Maclay Murray & Spens in Scotland. Sharon graduated from the University of Edinburgh and holds degrees in medical microbiology (BSc Hons) and Law (LLB).
Whilst at Dundas & Wilson, Sharon completed a year’s secondment in the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Global Restructuring Group where she advised on a number of complex and high-profile real estate restructurings. She joined Carey Olsen in the BVI in March 2014.
Sharon is also a Council member and Secretary of the BVI Bar Association and the Chair of the board of directors of RISA (BVI).Recent Briefings