Formerly head of the British Virgin Islands based transactional teams, Russell Willings is now based in London and has responsibility for developing all aspects of our legal and corporate services offerings.
Before joining us in 2005, Russell worked in the structured finance department of Allen & Overy, specialising in structured investment vehicles, CDOs, repackagings and other forms of structured debt. He became a partner of Harneys in 2009. Within his practice, Russell’s focus is on the management of legal risk, the development of corporate governance solutions and the formulation of security enforcement strategies and restructuring solutions in the context of multi-jurisdictional insolvency proceedings. He also leads the only dedicated team in the offshore world focused on the enforceability of termination, netting and collateral provisions of derivatives and other financial markets documentation through insolvency, providing technical opinions and bespoke advice to many of the world’s major banks, prime brokerage providers and industry organisations. His clients also include FinTech service providers and major corporates based in the UK and Far East.
Russell has a broad corporate practice covering secured and unsecured lending, in addition to corporate structuring and private equity transactions. He is described as having “a strong banking and finance practice with an emphasis on complex derivatives, insolvency and enforcement of securities”. Russell leads the BVI transactional team, and also has a great deal of experience assisting with matters governed by Anguilla law; he is described as a “technically strong and very responsive” lawyer.Chambers and Partners
Russell is recommended as a “leading lawyer” and is praised by a client as a “go-to lawyer for bank regulatory work and opinions, and the quality of his work and his responsiveness are spectacular”.IFLR 1000
Russell is described as being “user friendly” and as a lawyer who “knows his field extremely well and cuts to the nub of the issue”. He is a “key adviser” described as being “very likeable, very pragmatic and technically very capable” and as “one of the few offshore lawyers to have mastered offshore aspects of derivatives transactions”.Legal 500
Russell is recognised as being amongst the world’s leading banking lawyers.Who's Who Legal
- England and Wales (not practising)
- British Virgin Islands
- College of Law (LPC)
- Tokyo Institute of Technology
- Cambridge University