Firm Profile > Conyers Dill & Pearman > Hamilton , Bermuda
Conyers Dill & Pearman Offices
PO BOX HM666
CLARENDON HOUSE, 2 CHURCH STREET
HAMILTON HM CX
Conyers Dill & Pearman > The Legal 500 Rankings
Conyers Dill & Pearman is highly rated for its expertise in IPOs, M&A, insurance, securitisation, shipping and aircraft financing, and corporate restructuring; the practice has also recently been active in the offshore energy and shipping sectors in Norway, Asia, and North America. Sophia Greaves led advice to Textainer Group Holdings, a global lessor of intermodal containers, on an amendment by its wholly-owned subsidiary to its existing revolving credit facility; and Neil Henderson, together with the Cayman office, acted for Start and Start Holding as issuers on an asset-backed securitisation that comprised three tranches of notes, which were secured against a portfolio of 24 in-production aircraft. Graham Collis leads the Bermuda corporate department and has a particular focus on insurance, securities and financing issues, and David Cooke has notable expertise in securities work, asset financing and M&A. Other highly regarded directors include Marcello Ausenda, Jason Piney and Guy Cooper, along with Victor Richards, Chiara Nannini and Niel Jones. Counsel Angela Atherden and associate Edward Rance are also experienced advisers.
Next Generation Partners
Corporate and commercial Tier 1
Conyers Dill & Pearman is well respected for its experience in M&A and corporate restructuring mandates. Graham Collis leads the corporate department in Bermuda; his practice covers general corporate and commercial work, with particular expertise in insurance, securities and financing matters. Marcello Ausenda led advice to LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton, which owns iconic brands such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Dom Pérignon, on its acquisition of the Belmond hotel group; Neil Henderson and Niel Jones acted for Thomson Reuters on the sale of a majority stake in its financial and risk unit to The Blackstone Group; and David Cooke assisted Nuance Communications with the $400m sale of its document imaging division to Kofax. Also key to the group are Bermuda fintech head Chris Garrod, Jason Piney, who handles international asset finance and corporate transactions; and Guy Cooper, who has a particular focus on securities work, financings and group restructurings and regularly acts for public companies. Other recommended directors include Elizabeth Denman, Chiara Nannini and Sophia Greaves, while David Stubbs is a well-regarded associate.
Next Generation Partners
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Frequently involved in leading commercial litigation work, Conyers Dill & Pearman has 'an exceptional team of offshore lawyers, who regularly appear in the largest cases and have a strength in depth across a range of disciplines'. The Bermuda practice is singled out for its strength in international commercial litigation, trust disputes and restructuring, insolvency, and insurance cases. Christian Luthi, who leads the litigation and restructuring departments, recently worked with the firm's Hong Kong office to advise Noble Group Holdings on the successful $3.5bn debt restructuring of Noble Group of Companies, which involved parallel schemes of arrangements in both the UK and Bermuda. Jeffrey Elkinson is a highly regarded trusts and estates practitioner, and Ben Adamson has been involved in high-value cross-border commercial and trust disputes. Also key to the group are Scott Pearman and associate Rhys Williams.
Next Generation Partners
Insurance/reinsurance Tier 1
Conyers Dill & Pearman 'has both the technical expertise and local connections to make the Bermuda aspect of any transaction run smoothly'. The practice's experience includes handling the Bermuda law aspects of the formation, licensing and capital raising for new general business insurers, life insurers and reinsurers; regulatory matters, financing needs, capital raisings, M&A activity, and listing requirements. Bermuda insurance practice head Charles Collis advises on corporate and regulatory matters; he led advice to Apollo Global Management on its acquisition of Aspen Insurance Holdings. Also highly regarded are Chris Garrod and Sophia Greaves, while Alexandra Macdonald and Jacqueline King are key practitioners at associate level. Former directors Michael Frith and David Doyle retired.
Trusts/private client Tier 1
Conyers Dill & Pearman attracts praise for its assistance with the creation of private trust companies, cross-border restructurings and the modification and variation of trusts. The team also has a robust contentious trust practice, which handles the protection of family wealth from divorce and other litigation. Director Alec Anderson is global head of private client and trusts, as well as being president of the firm's Trust Services, a licensed trust company and controlled affiliate of the firm. Anderson specialises in trust and estate planning for international private clients, and advises professional trustees on trust law liability and trust structuring issues. Also recommended is Craig MacIntyre, whose practice encompasses a broad spectrum of trust, company, estate planning and asset protection opportunities; his recent experience includes advising a high-profile family on establishing multiple US foreign grantor trusts for next generation succession planning and the establishment of a family philanthropic entity. Helen Cooper also advised on the complex reorganisation of a Bermuda law trust structure to facilitate the sale of a UK retail business. Peter Pearman and Karen Corless are also key to the group, and Stephanie Bernard was promoted to counsel in 2019.
Real estate Tier 2
Conyers Dill & Pearman's client base includes encompasses domestic home owners and international property developers. The group typically handles complex residential and commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, leases, property financing work, and real estate disputes and arbitrations. Counsel Francesca Fox heads up the Bermuda property department and is recommended for all aspects of commercial and residential real estate including issues that arise for non-Bermudian purchasers and lenders under The Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956. Senior attorney Harry Kessaram has substantial experience across residential and commercial property transfers and major hotel real estate transactions; and associate Cynthia Millett is a noteworthy practitioner.
Conyers Dill & Pearman > Firm Profile
Founded in 1928, Conyers is an international law firm with a broad client base including FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, international finance houses and asset managers. The firm advises on Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands laws, from offices in those jurisdictions and in the key financial centres of London, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The firm’s expertise includes corporate law and finance including investment funds and private equity, equity and debt capital markets, M&A, banking and finance (conventional and Islamic), asset finance including shipping and aircraft finance, restructuring and workouts, the formation of entities including companies and partnerships, corporate governance and insurance and reinsurance.
Main Areas of Practice:
Insurance & Reinsurance:
The firm’s lawyers act for the majority of Bermuda’s insurance and reinsurance companies and are heavily involved in the formation and structuring of new Bermuda insurance companies. They are also integrally involved in the burgeoning Cayman Islands insurance industry, which boasts the second largest domiciliation rate for captives after Bermuda. In addition, they provide insurance advice in the British Virgin Islands, which continues to grow as it shifts in focus to more varied and sophisticated segments of the insurance market. Conyers’ insurance practice is complemented by experienced corporate, trust and litigation lawyers, and its litigators regularly provide expert advice in substantial insurance and reinsurance litigation.
The funds team provides advice on fund structures (including Shari’a-compliant funds) and asset classes including hedge funds, private equity funds and property and infrastructure funds. The team advises asset managers and investors on fund formation and structuring (including constitutional and contractual documentation) and assists with incorporation, registered office and secretarial services, regulation and compliance, as well as restructuring, liquidation, insolvency and winding up of funds.
M&A & Joint Venture:
Conyers’ M&A and joint venture practice group advises on significant offshore transactions and financing matters. Conyers is the market leader for offshore IPOs, advising clients listing on all major exchanges. Lawyers provide specialist advice on all stages of the listing process from pre-IPO restructuring, formation of the listing vehicle and listing day.
Air Finance & Shipping:
The firm’s lawyers are at the forefront of offshore airfinance and shipping, representing airlines, leasing companies, shipowners, credit agencies and export-import banks and lenders on cross-border transactions.
Litigation & Restructuring:
Conyers’ litigators appear in leading decisions before the courts and in global, multi-billion dollar disputes. Insolvency and restructuring experience includes corporate bankruptcy, reorganisations and liquidations.
Private Client: Specialising in contentious and non-contentious work, the private client team’s experience includes creation and reorganisation of trusts and corporate structures for preservation of client capital and succession planning of ownership structures for family businesses. Trust litigators support the team in substantial trust litigation, acting for trustees, protectors and beneficiaries.
Conyers also provides a wide range of corporate administration, secretarial, trust, compliance, governance and company management services, and works in partnership with international clients, financial institutions, investment funds, high net worth individuals and others.
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