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Kevin Butler

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Partner, Head of Cayman Islands Office


Kevin is the Head of the Cayman Office and his practice focuses on structuring, formation and management of private equity funds and he represents a broad range of investment managers from the well-established to start-up managers. He also has extensive experience with project financing, aviation finance, mergers and acquisitions, private placements and public offerings. Kevin is well versed in insurance, reinsurance and alternative risk transfer including captives and insurance linked securities.




  • Vice President, Cayman Islands Law Society
  • Director, LIFE (Literacy is for Everyone)
  • Alternate Director, Cayman Finance


  • University of British Columbia, LLB, 1993
  • University of Western Ontario, BA Economics, 1987

Cayman Islands

Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Conyers Dill & Pearman's Kevin Butler has extensive experience in project financing, aviation finance, private placements and public offerings. Richard Fear leads the corporate team, and Matthew Stocker is a highly rated aviation lawyer. Recent matters include acting as Cayman counsel to Seadrill on its comprehensive restructuring plan, which will raise $1.06bn of new capital, comprising $860m-worth of secured notes and $200m-worth of equity. Martin Lane left to join Lane Family Investments.

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Corporate and commercial

Within: Corporate and commercial

Conyers Dill & Pearman's Richard Fear leads the Cayman corporate team and is recommended for M&A, private equity portfolio transactions, venture capital deals and corporate reorganisations. He led advice as special legal counsel in Cayman to PagSeguro Digital, which provides online and in-store payment services, on a restructuring matters and a high-value New York Stock Exchange IPO. Other highlights include Craig Fulton's assistance, as Cayman legal counsel, to Chrysaor on its purchase of a package of oil and gas fields from Royal Dutch Shell. Kevin Butler heads the Cayman office and has extensive experience in M&A and insurance matters. Also highly regarded are Matthew Stocker and Gene DaCosta. Derek Stenson and associate Michael O’Connor joined from Walkers and Campbells, respectively, while Martin Lane joined Lane Family Investments and former senior associate Charlie Pywell left for Campbells.

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Within: Insurance/reinsurance

Conyers Dill & Pearman's Cayman team advises on a broad range of insurance-related transactions, including M&A, regulatory advice for all licenses, and transfer by way of continuations for licensees, both into and out of the jurisdiction. It also handles catastrophe bonds, structured insurance products and insurance litigation and insolvency work. In a complex deal that involved a review of policy wordings and deal terms, it acted for MetLife on a joint venture transaction with a large Cayman reinsurer, which included advising on a co-insurance policy structure. Other highlights include advising Clifford Allen Associates on setting up two companies, as well as applying for an insurance broker's licence to provide student insurance plans tailored for international students attending private secondary schools in the US. The practice hired the 'experienced and capable' Derek Stenson, who is highly rated for his advice to a wide range of international financial and insurance institutions on insurance and reinsurance law and regulation, from Walkers. Other key names are Kevin Butler, who heads the firm's Cayman office and corporate practice, and Richard Fear. On the contentious side, Paul Smith and Fraser Hughes are recommended.

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Investment funds

Within: Leading individuals

Kevin Butler - Conyers Dill & Pearman

Within: Investment funds

Conyers Dill & Pearman's Cayman office head Kevin Butler focuses on the structuring, formation and management of private equity funds and represents a broad range of investment managers; Craig Fulton acts for funds and investment managers, but also a range of service providers, including banks, custodians, trust companies and administrators; and Matthew Stocker advises on open-ended and closed-ended investment funds, encompassing hedge fund work and private equity matters. The team advised IFM Investors on the set-up of an open-ended investment fund, which will invest in primary and secondary infrastructure debt. Associate Michael O’Connor was hired from Campbells; Martin Lane left to join Lane Family Investments.

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