Niki Olympitis

Niki Olympitis: Attorney with Withers BVI
  • Partner at Withers BVI (279 Attorneys)
  • Little Denmark, 3rd Floor, P.O. Box 145, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands VG1110
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Niki has 30 years of legal experience. As a BVI lawyer, Niki advises on all aspects of commercial litigation, including contract and shareholder disputes, asset tracing and recovery, freezing orders, third party disclosure orders, banking and insurance litigation, and insolvency.


•Acting for BVI court-appointed liquidators of multiple hedge funds, leading cross-border team, seeking recognition and recovery of assets in the US & Channel Islands
•Acting as Special Counsel to US Bankruptcy Court appointed trustee in claims for recovery of $3bn proceeds from fraudulent Ponzi scheme
•Acting for Cyprus-based trustee in defence of beneficiary claims of $150m in the BVI Commercial Court
•Acting as Special Counsel to SEC/US Bankruptcy Court appointed SIPA Trustee (Irving Picard) of Bernard Madoff's estate in cross-border insolvency, recognition and claims for recovery in excess of $50bn
•Acting for Russian oligarch in enforcement of English Commercial Court and Jersey Royal Court freezing orders and judgment in excess of $40m
•Acting for Guernsey trustees of discretionary trusts in litigation arising from the Icelandic bank collapse and claims for recovery in excess of 640m
•Acting for Ukrainian joint stock company in Norwich Pharmacal application for disclosure against BVI registered agent, seeking recovery of $4m
•Acting for Ukrainian joint stock company in enforcement of New York Convention arbitration award in excess of $5m
•Acting for directors of BVI trustees of Jersey and Bermuda trusts in tracing and recovery of $5m misappropriated funds.

On a personal note

Niki fenced for Great Britain and was Captain of England's Fencing Team. His less strenuous activities now include motor boating and scuba diving.

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News & publications

•Expiry of BVI Claim Form defeats US$ 30 million claim and Worldwide Freezing Order
•Reservation of rights preserves jurisdiction challenge
•Update affecting BVI legal practitioners
•Recent changes to BVI legislation - limited disclosure of control and ownership
•New BVI legal practitioners
•A new dawn in BVI dispute resolution
•Three strikes and out - Withers BVI succeeds in defence of $300m claim
•Withers wins validation of BVI Liquidators' appointment in ongoing battle against US Receiver
•Asset tracing in the BVI
•Guiding you through letters of request in the BVI
•Offshore Withers in the BVI
•Summary of BVI company law
•Why the British Virgin Islands? A guide to setting up and doing business
•Enforcing foreign judgments in the BVI
•Guiding you through fraud investigation and asset tracing in the BVI
•Guide for directors of a company facing insolvency
•Guiding you through sham trusts
•Guiding you through company searches in the BVI
•Guiding you through shareholder rights in the BVI
•Guiding you through disclosure in the BVI
•Guiding you through VISTA trusts
•Offshore... Withers in the British Virgin Islands
•Withers BVI - guide for directors facing insolvency
•Enforcing foreign judgments in the BVI
•Asset tracing in the British Virgin Islands

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Russia and the CIS
  • British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
284 494 4949  Phone
284 494 4947  Fax
Law School Attended:
University College London, LL.B., Hons
Year of First admission:
1980, England and Wales; 2008, British Virgin Islands

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