The British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre (BVI IAC), today announced the appointment of Ms. Shan M. Greer as CEO. As the new CEO, Ms. Greer will be responsible for the overall growth, management and operations of the institution, as well as being the head of the Secretariat of the BVI IAC. In this dual capacity, she replaces previous CEO, François Lassalle, who served from the founding of the BVI IAC and Hana Doumal, who served as Registrar from January 2021.

Ms. Greer has a distinguished career in private practice in the Caribbean, Europe, and North America as arbitrator, adjudicator, dispute board member, mediator and counsel on a wide range of complex and high-value transactional and commercial disputes in the construction, infrastructure, energy, banking and finance, hotel and property development, oil and gas, telecommunications, and water sectors. Ms. Greer is well known in the Caribbean as a strong advocate for the development of arbitration practices, policies and initiatives and for her involvement in the training of legal and arbitration professionals. Up until her recent appointment, Shan Greer was the President of the BVIIAC Arbitration Committee.  Her replacement will be announced shortly.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of the BVI IAC, John Beechey CBE, said that the Board had been enthusiastic in its unanimous decision to offer the post to Ms. Greer. The Board had every confidence in her to lead the BVI IAC into its next phase of development, having negotiated the turbulence left in the wake of Hurricane Irma and the Covid-19 pandemic under François Lassalle’s leadership.

On her assumption of her new role, Shan Greer said: “I am excited about taking on this new challenge as CEO of the BVI IAC. Francois and Hana did an excellent job building the BVI IAC brand, and I look forward to adding value to their hard work. The BVI IAC provides world-class arbitration services from our state-of-the-art facilities, together with full administrative and recently updated arbitration procedural rules. BVI is also a signatory to the New York Convention and has adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law, which means parties choosing BVI as their seat will benefit from its quality legal framework and stable political environment. Certainly, there is a lot to be excited about in BVI.”

Ms. Greer also highlighted that, “while the BVIIAC’s facilities and rules in and of themselves weigh highly in its favour, I appreciate an institution is only as strong as its people. Rest assured, the Centre’s staff and the local arbitration and legal community are more than capable of meeting international standards.”