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Conyers Dill & Pearman

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

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.

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 GarrodJason 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.

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.

Practice head(s):

Christian Luthi


Simply the best in Bermuda‘.

Christian Luthi is held in very high regard‘.

Jeffrey Elkinson is smooth as silk and an extremely skilled and accomplished litigator and advocate, who has an excellent rapport with the court‘.

Ben Adamson is highly intelligent and a real pleasure to work with‘.

Scott Pearman is a real asset to the firm‘.

Jeffrey Elkinson and Ben Adamson are five-star practitioners in all areas of dispute resolution because of their knowledge of law and practice, their judgment, their tactical acumen, their diligence and the exemplary service provided to clients. They are supported by first-class teams of other lawyers.

Key clients

Noble Group


The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son



Bermuda Monetary Authority

Viking River Cruises

American International Company

Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce

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.

Practice head(s):

Charles Collis


Conyers has both the technical expertise and local connections to make the Bermuda aspect of any transaction run smoothly.

Charles Collis and associate Alexandra Macdonald are both incredibly responsive, diligent and helpful‘.

Key clients


Hamilton Insurance Group

Munich Re

Lancashire Insurance Company

Third Point Reinsurance Company

Arch Re

Somerset Reinsurance

Swiss Re

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings

Essent Group

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.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Fox

Other key lawyers:

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.

Client Services:
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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Graham Collis 1 441 299 4965
Private Client Alec Anderson 1 441 299 4945
Litigation Christian Luthi 1 441 298 7814
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ben Adamson  photo Ben Adamson Director
 Alec Anderson  photo Alec Anderson Director
 Marcello Ausenda  photo Marcello Ausenda Director, Corporate
 Andrew Barnes  photo Andrew Barnes Associate
 Stephanie Bernard  photo Stephanie Bernard Associate
 Elizabeth Blankendal  photo Elizabeth Blankendal Associate
 Nicola Bruce  photo Nicola Bruce Associate
 Charles Collis  photo Charles Collis Director, Corporate
 Graham Collis  photo Graham Collis Director, Corporate
 Guy Cooper  photo Guy Cooper Director, Corporate
 Helen Cooper  photo Helen Cooper Director
 William Cooper  photo William Cooper Associate
 Karen Corless  photo Karen Corless Director
 Elizabeth Denman  photo Elizabeth Denman Director, Coporate
 Jeffrey Elkinson  photo Jeffrey Elkinson Director
 Francesca Fox  photo Francesca Fox Counsel and Manager, Property Department
 Michael Frith  photo Michael Frith Director, Corporate
 Chris Garrod  photo Chris Garrod Director
 Sophia Greaves  photo Sophia Greaves Director
 Dawn Griffiths  photo Dawn Griffiths Director, Corporate
 Davina Hargun  photo Davina Hargun Associate
 Neil Henderson  photo Neil Henderson Director
 Stephanie Henderson Wernbo  photo Stephanie Henderson Wernbo Associate
 Niel Jones  photo Niel Jones Director, Corporate
 Harry Kessaram  photo Harry Kessaram Associate
 Korin Knights  photo Korin Knights Associate
 Sarah Lusher  photo Sarah Lusher Associate
 Christian Luthi  photo Christian Luthi Director
 Craig MacIntyre  photo Craig MacIntyre Director
 Katie Martin  photo Katie Martin Associate
 Julie McLean  photo Julie McLean Director
 Cynthia Millett  photo Cynthia Millett Associate, Property Department
 Chiara Nannini  photo Chiara Nannini Director, Corporate
 Jennifer Panchaud  photo Jennifer Panchaud Associate
 Peter Pearman  photo Peter Pearman Director
 Scott Pearman  photo Scott Pearman Director
 Jason Piney  photo Jason Piney Director, Corporate
 Edward Rance  photo Edward Rance Associate, Corporate
 Karol-Ann Randles  photo Karol-Ann Randles Associate
 Victor Richards  photo Victor Richards Director, Corporate
 Kent Smith  photo Kent Smith Counsel
 David Stubbs  photo David Stubbs Associate
 Rhys Williams  photo Rhys Williams Associate
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