Barry Mitchell (1958) graduated from Auckland University, New Zealand with an LL.B. in 1981 and a B.Com in 1983. He qualified as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1982, as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2000 and as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands), also in 2000.
Upon graduating, Barry joined the firm of Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co and later worked with Simpson Grierson Butler White, in New Zealand. He then took up a position as the managing director and in-house legal counsel for an international trust company, moving to the BVI in 1996. He subsequently became a partner of the BVI law firm ‘Smith-Hughes, Raworth and Mckenzie’ in 1998 until 2004, when the firm merged with Maples and Calder. As part of the merger with Maples and Calder, Barry relocated to Hong Kong to head up the Maples BVI legal team for the Asia Region. Barry remained a partner of Maples and Calder until 2014 when he joined the AMS Financial Group as Group Legal Counsel, to oversee the Group’s Asia/Pacific corporate and trust teams.
Barry played a pivotal role in facilitating the approval by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) for BVI incorporated companies to list on the HKSE and subsequently led the advisory team for the first listing of a BVI company on the HKSE. Barry is a past president of the BVI Registered Agents Association; a regular speaker at industry conferences and has published a number of articles in the international arena. Barry is based in Hong Kong.