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Orion Law Out! Travers Thorp Alberga In! Merger deal with Walwyn’s firm

- Is Minister Myron V. Walwyn being hypocritical after allegedly selling his law firm to another in a merger deal while opposing another local business Road Town Wholesale who plans to sell?
Orion Law, the law firm of Minister for Education Hon Myron V. Walwyn (left), has merged with international law firm based in the Cayman Islands, Travers Thorp Alberga. Photo: Team of Reporters
Speaker of the House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands, Ingrid A. Moses (right) is a Partner in Travers Thorp Alberga, which recently merged with Orion Law (left). Photo: VINO/File
Speaker of the House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands, Ingrid A. Moses (right) is a Partner in Travers Thorp Alberga, which recently merged with Orion Law (left). Photo: VINO/File
Negotiations are ongoing for the sale of Road Town Wholesale Trading Ltd to North West Company Inc. Photo: Internet Source
Negotiations are ongoing for the sale of Road Town Wholesale Trading Ltd to North West Company Inc. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Orion Law, a firm which started its operations in the Virgin Islands in 2009 by the now controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn and had as a partner Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Ingrid A. Moses, no longer exists.

Merger deal; No more Orion Law

It was in December of 2015, that Orion Law merged with international law firm based in the Cayman Islands, Travers Thorp Alberga.

In a press statement issued earlier this year on the immediate merger, Anthony Travers, Senior Partner of Travers Thorp Alberga, said; "given our recent expansion in Asia, the time is right to partner with a law firm and corporate service provider to provide comprehensive legal services to our clients in both the Cayman Islands and the Virgin Islands.”

In addition he said, “over several months we have forged an excellent understanding with Orion Law and we have together developed highly competitive pricing for a full suite of Virgin Islands corporate fund and financial services products consistent with our firm's value proposition."

Walwyn & Moses still partners in new firm

The former Partners of Orion Law, Myron V. Walwyn, the Minister for Education and Culture in the Virgin Islands Government, and Hon Ingrid A. Moses, the Speaker of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly, will join the merged firm as Partners, according to the press release.

Mr Walwyn added, according to the press statement, "We are very pleased with this new arrangement which will substantially improve access to a fast growing client base in Hong Kong and PRC where our Virgin Islands financial services products are already well recognised."

The merged firms will practice under the name Travers Thorp Alberga, meaning that Orion Law no longer exists.

From a legal point of view a merger is a legal consolidation of two entities into one entity. Usually when such a merger takes place and the smaller firm ceases to be it means that the bigger firm had more bargaining power, resources and more to offer the smaller one.

Is it the same as the RTW Sale?

It was last month in the House of Assembly that Minister for Education and Culture and Territorial At Large Representative, Hon Myron V. Walwyn, who already declared that locals can no longer be protected, is now in a 360 turn suddenly claiming that he was now “fighting for locals.”

The controversial Minister, who often uses the House of Assembly (HoA) to go after residents and businesses he allegedly does not like, told the public that he will fight any proposal put forward that may not be in the interest of local companies- referring to the pending sale of Road Town Wholesale (RTW).

He said “we cannot allow certain companies to come into the Virgin Islands here with all their money and take over what we have here and put all those local businesses-those small stores out of business,” he told the HoA.

Last week, the owner and founder of Road Town Wholesale Trading Ltd, Peter Haycraft, confirmed that he is in negotiations to sell major portions of his company to North West Company Inc., a Canadian –based firm operating in other Caribbean Islands with stores including Cost-U-Less in neighbouring United States Virgin Islands.

Mr Haycraft said in a statement “that no one is being squeezed out as shareholders can choose to remain in the new company.”

However, in his rant in the Parliament, Hon Walwyn who is often criticised as being a hypocrite on most issues- saying one thing if its popular and change when it’s not- told Parliamentarians “there is something coming down the pipeline and I am going to stand on the forefront of it because it is our job as legislators not to just talk; talk is cheap, money buy land.”

Is Hon Walwyn a hypocrite?

The same Walwyn, after having his Law Firm Orion being taken over by the International Law Firm of Travers Thorp Alberga in a merger deal, is now claiming that when the sale of Rite Way comes down the pipeline “I want to see who will stand, because then you will see man from boy, then you will see, then you will see Madam Speaker.”

While public opinion supports the sale of Rite Way Food Markets, as it will help to drive down the high food cost in the British Overseas Territory, many residents draw the line, as local business persons must be given the first preference to purchase.

Many in the community, who wished not to go on record, see Hon Walwyn as a political  opportunist and that he has lost credibility on those issues, as the rules seemingly only apply to others, but not himself.

59 Responses to “Orion Law Out! Travers Thorp Alberga In! Merger deal with Walwyn’s firm”

  • WOW!!! (09/05/2016, 09:01) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    This NDP set has made Our Country-TOXIC!!!
  • foxy (09/05/2016, 09:02) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well sah happy vino called him out again!
    • wize up (09/05/2016, 15:49) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ foxy: call out is joke!!! let him run to attorney on Main Street.... always remember, the truth is an offence BUT not a be continued(this one sweet)
  • wize up (09/05/2016, 09:11) Like (48) Dislike (1) Reply
    only the NDP circle can survive in BVI: this same set protesting against RTW....understand those 2 profited from the peir park some saying around 5 million amercian dollars...... why his legal teams dont send out correspondence telling the VI people how government post are being used to swing big deals.....i am sorry for the next administration come 2019 because they will have millions in bank loans...

    • JSG (09/05/2016, 11:33) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      And will the people put NDP back in come 2019 to clean up their own mess as in 2015, but instead they keep making the situation worst?
  • guess what? (09/05/2016, 09:27) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Typically how the NDP operates the laws are for you little people but we can do as we please
  • Well then... (09/05/2016, 09:38) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply much as I like Walwyn, this article is the truth.
  • Observer (09/05/2016, 09:45) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    can be expexted from two -sided people
  • zoe (09/05/2016, 10:02) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    I know one person who not afraid of bulling myrun is the esteem one! Bam
  • Mack (09/05/2016, 10:07) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    This man is coming worse that Dr. Smith just have problems with the truth
  • Well Sah (09/05/2016, 10:07) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wish i could've call them cr%ks but i cant because this is the same thing that they don't want the owner for riteway do.
  • good thing (09/05/2016, 10:09) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    rent will be paid on time every time.
  • Blind Man (09/05/2016, 10:10) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now i see why she cant discipline he in the house of assembly.
  • For those with ears… (09/05/2016, 10:23) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Be Warned! Termites dwell underground and feast on Kings, Queens, Priests, Pastors, Lawyers and Crooked Politicians alike. Change from Your Wicked Ways; Only The Meek should Inherit the Earth.

  • gay community (09/05/2016, 10:26) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    that photo says a lot
    • Yes (09/05/2016, 13:15) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      i am like they really put up that pic with him betting his nails
      • one eye (09/05/2016, 13:36) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yea i saw it on his facebook page my thoughts on the photo i will keep to my self
      • ha (09/05/2016, 13:55) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        Nerves, baby nerves. When you chew your nails, that is your nerves getting the best of you.
    • *Hmm (15/05/2016, 04:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      BOL!!! As soon as I saw the pic I said he has "that look" lol
  • moleman (09/05/2016, 10:56) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    good to see one of my people made it big
  • Danny (09/05/2016, 10:58) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    so this explains why he was so for that new legal bill for it befitted himself
  • we the people (09/05/2016, 11:02) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    we need full disclosure of this deal something smells
  • wize up (09/05/2016, 11:07) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    just a follow up: most of the happenings in the territory that are conducted under-political-darkness, Virgin Islands News Online have been shedding light on those secretive transactions(one can NOW clearly see why the same member have so much hatered of the operators of VINO....VINO is exposing far to much of their "private-member-business"......this is what i personally call a bad state of affairs!!!
  • cay (09/05/2016, 11:32) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    He going got ms barnes busy trying to response
  • virgin gorda (09/05/2016, 11:39) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    • yeah (09/05/2016, 14:01) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      Because they can control those other news outlet but, they can't control VINO. That is why I love VINO. Best news outlet in the BVI. VINO is straight up,accurate and some of the best reporters.
  • affected (09/05/2016, 12:04) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    This fella myron plays politics with everything
  • Bernie Sanders (09/05/2016, 12:04) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Feel the Bern people ,i told you all about these wicked MISleaders ,the worst is yet to come stay tuned to VINO...
  • just asking.... (09/05/2016, 15:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    look his red eyes where are the shades
  • Hog Plum (09/05/2016, 15:19) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    just here hoping no one is using there offices to enrich themselves or get special access
  • voter (09/05/2016, 15:31) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lol fronting at its best with token partnership
  • Yes (09/05/2016, 16:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    bonnie and clyde?
  • zzzzzz (09/05/2016, 17:42) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Leave mvw is day will come as every do has his day
  • Law Abiding citizen (09/05/2016, 19:16) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    By the time election come around. This place will be reduced to bones.
  • 16 year old student (09/05/2016, 19:47) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Increasingly hard to have faith in this man walwyn– I’m sorry!
  • JACK BE STILL (09/05/2016, 19:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What might the effect be on our tourism industry if political double talk becomes established here?
  • Coli (09/05/2016, 20:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Brilliant article! The writer should receive a commendation!
  • Ms. Diva (09/05/2016, 20:25) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
    Sorry guys, but you can take this anyway you want. I like Myron. He dresses real nice and there is something mysterious and suave about him. That is the kind of man I like.
    • @Ms. Diva (10/05/2016, 07:15) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
      Are you the first victim of the Zita Virus? And he using your tax dollars in the process. Render the heart and not the garment. Mis-directed!
      • Ms. Diva (10/05/2016, 10:58) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
        You all can throw out what you all want to throw out. That is how I feel and that's just the way it is. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. If you hate chicken, I don't have to hate chicken because you do.
    • SMH (10/05/2016, 08:49) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      Lmao! You're the type that usually get dog'd lol, han and lies like sand! Schupid a$$.
    • MAN (11/05/2016, 08:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ms Diva
      I do not believe you are any darm Ms.. You man and that's it. Speak truth
  • cup of tea (09/05/2016, 22:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    but how it look like he in a private jet hmmm he really trying to catch up to Dr pickering
  • Ms.Diva (10/05/2016, 11:07) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    @ SMH, you don't know me. As far is getting dog'd out,no, because the answer I have for you will not get printed stupid A!!, not Schupid. Stop hating so much it does not look good on you.
  • ta ta (10/05/2016, 14:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    How much he made off this deal?
  • Just saying (10/05/2016, 16:30) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    To all of you who is calling Ms Diva all kind of names because of her comment really need to go get some type of education and stop being so stupid. Why would you attack someone because of there personal preference. No wonder people say Tortola people is backward, ignorant and is jokes. @SMH, you are the dumbest of the pack. And the one that made the chicken head comment. Look out in your yard and say HI to your father, Mr. Rooster. Cook-a doodle-do.
  • Shaun (10/05/2016, 20:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is evident to me that funny man got caught
  • Its sad (10/05/2016, 20:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is time like this that remain me why I can never respect thoes NDP niggas
  • scratch head (11/05/2016, 06:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    really trying to figure out why someone would want to put a pic like that on facebook. What does it ring on ring finger??? scratch head
  • Observing (11/05/2016, 21:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't get caught up in how people look and dress. At the end of the day, how you treat a person is what matters
  • Yup Yup (12/05/2016, 17:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    MVW is looking so much older, what's with the bads under his eyes? Maybe he has stopped sleeping and instead counting all the money he is making because ofvhis connections. A real hypocrite!
  • wino (12/05/2016, 17:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino, you the best!
  • lost man (12/05/2016, 22:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very sad. A lost opportunity for mw to be premier
  • Liat 521 (12/05/2016, 22:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well said VINO but history has shown the it is politics that guides the decisions not what is best for the country.
  • 1 (13/05/2016, 23:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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