Virginia's "long arm" statute is designed to increase the jurisdictional power of this state so as to provide adequate redress in Virginia courts against persons who inflict injuries upon or incur obligations to those in whose welfare this state has a legitimate interest. Section 8-81.2 (a) (1) of the Virginia Code vests the courts of this state with personal jurisdiction over a person who acts directly or by an agent as to a cause of action arising from that person transacting any business in this state. Recently the Virginia Supreme Court has construed this section to provide Virginia's courts with the maximum jurisdictional power now permissible under the due process clause of the fourteenth amendment.