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Our Expertise in Offshore Companies

Our greatest strength lies in the expertise of our consultants. Currently our senior consultants are:

Marcus Ballantyne: Email: dennings@gmail.com

Mr. Marcus Ballantyne, born in 1970, is a citizen and resident of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Marcus Ballantyne studied economics at the University of California, San Diego where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1992. From 1992 – 1995, he worked in finance at Transamerica Financial Services and in banking at First Federal Bank of California in the USA. He subsequently pursued a Master of Business Administration Degree at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California which he attained with honors in 1997.

Since 1997 Mr. Ballantyne has been resident in St. Vincent and the Grenadines working primarily in the areas of international financial services as well as international and domestic banking. In 2001 he was appointed Managing Director of International Business Services Limited (IBS), a licensed trust company which was founded by his father, Sir Frederick Ballantyne, the current Governor General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Through IBS, Mr. Ballantyne has been involved in the licensing of several mutual funds, international banks, international insurance companies, and in the registration of numerous international business companies in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He has also served as a Director of many of these entities over the years.

Isaac Legair: Email: dennings@vincysurf.com

Mr Legair has been a practising barrister at the law firm Dennings (Barristers & Solicitors) since 2003. His main areas of practice include offshore investment funds, offshore trusts, tax structures and general aspects of offshore companies and commercial  law.

In 2007 Mr Legair was commissioned by the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines to modernise the country’s offshore company law. The result was the International Business Companies (Amendment and Consolidation) Act 2007 which is now the definitive law for international business companies incorporated in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

By way of education, Mr Legair holds an MA degree (with distinction) in Finance and Investment and the LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law from the London School of Economics. He qualified as a Barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law, London, and was called to the English Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in October 1997 and by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in both St Vincent and the British Virgin Islands. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Mr Legair’s academic writings include:

  • ”English Law Bank Guarantees in times of Insolvency”; (Unpublished LLM thesis);
  • ”The Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange: Tests of Weak-Form Efficiency”; (Unpublished MA thesis);
  • “Modern Portfolio Theory – A Primer,”  Trust Law International Vol 14 Number 2, 2000; and
  • “Using St Vincent Trusts and Companies in International Tax Planning”, Journal of International Trusts and Corporate Planning Vol. 13, Issue 3, 2007.
  • “Use of St Vincent and the Grenadines Segregated Cell Companies as Real Estate Investment Companies”,  Offshore Investment, Issue 192,  January 2009.
  • “The SVG LLC: Features and Uses”, Offshore Investment, Issue 202, January 2010.