Firm Profile > Conyers > Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Conyers
COMMERCE HOUSE, WICKHAMS CAY 1
PO BOX 3140, ROAD TOWN
TORTOLA, VG1110
British Virgin Islands

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Regularly instructed by the world’s leading financial institutions, Conyers has extensive experience across a range of complex banking, finance and capital market transactions in the BVI. The highly regarded Anton Goldstein handles major capital markets and financing transactions, including some of the region’s preeminent IPO deals and high-value bond issuances. Another key member of the team is Audrey Robertson, who, alongside her capital markets and public offering workload, is regularly instructed on refinancing and asset financing matters relating to commercial and private aircraft. Corporate practice head Robert Briant assists with a variety of financing issues, including debt restructuring mandates. At the associate level, Rachael Pape and Marcus Hallan are key names to note.

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Key clients

Weatherfold International Ltd.

Jinpan International Limited

J.P. Morgan

KKR

AquaVenture Holdings Limited

Establishment Lab Holdings

Gold Fields

Despegar

Digital Landscape Group

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Conyers’ BVI corporate department is best known for handling many of the BVI’s largest M&A and joint venture transactions. In a recent highlight, counsel Audrey Robertson, assisted by experienced associate Marcus Hallan, advised AquaVenture Holdings on its $1.1bn acquisition by Culligan, a global consumer water services company, in one of the largest takeovers of a publicly-listed BVI company. Led by Robert Briant, who provides specialist advice to hedge funds, private equity funds and investment vehicles, the team acts for financial services companies and financial institutions alongside clients in the hospitality, utility, energy and telecoms sectors. The practice has also seen an uptick in insolvency and corporate restructuring mandates from clients following the COVID-19 crisis. Anton Goldstein focuses on M&A and private equity work; counsel Nicholas Kuria and associate Rachael Pape are other names to note.

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Key clients

Aquaventure Holdings Limited

KKR

Core Health and Fitness

Digital Landscape Group, Inc.

Despegar

MICT, Inc.

AP WIP Investments & Landscape Acquisition

Genstar Capital

Luxoft

Diageo

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Conyers has an enviable track record in dispute resolution in the BVI, and is involved in many of the BVI’s most high-profile and high-value multi-jurisdictional disputes. The team is especially active in large-scale commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, emergency interim relief issues, global arbitration award enforcements, insolvency and restructuring claims, and asset tracing disputes. Most notably, the group has handled asset recovery and freezing matters for co-holding companies with parent companies based in the CIS or China. The practice also acts in trust litigation, representing a mix of trustees, protectors and beneficiaries. Led by Mark Forte, the team primarily acts for government agencies, financial institutions, multinationals, funds, insolvency practitioners and high-net-worth individuals, and regularly appears in the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal. Richard Evans focuses on shareholder disputes, particularly Asia-based mandates, while Jerry Samuel is adept at handling enforcement arbitration matters. Other names to note are Tameka Davis and associates Matthew Brown and Alecia Johns.

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Testimonials

‘Conyers remain the BVI boutique firm to beat. Hugely well respected with highly experienced partners and top notch associate support. The go to firm for high value commercial and company BVI litigation.’

‘Richard Evans: hugely experienced but also exceptionally easy and pleasant to deal with, he is a terrific lawyer with a great strategic feel for any case.’

‘Alecia Johns: highly capable and very smart, Alecia is the dream associate for tough litigation. She knows everything inside out.’

‘Mark Forte- doyen in the BVI for international asset recovery and fraud litigation.’

‘Outstanding service from Mark Forte. He is my go to expert in the Caribbean not only for BVI but also for other territories.’

‘Excellent client care, top strategy and planning on complex litigation. Long experience and knowledge of the BVI court system and character of the judges, as well as how to handle difficult opponents.’

‘Mark Forte: knows everyone, everywhere. Dead straight and very keen on maintaining the moral and ethical upper hand, and a flag-bearer for improving standards in the BVI, not always an easy task.’

‘Tameka Davis: new partner. Dynamic, unbelievably tough, clever and hard-working, but also wonderfully laid back as a team-mate. Takes everything in her stride with a maturity beyond her years.’

‘Jane Fedotova: rising star. A master of technical detail and another one for who the clock never stops.’

‘A tight group of high quality litigators who think deeply about the issues, are very responsive, and willing to fight their client’s corner hard.’

‘Mark Forte – huge experience, calm and assured leader of the team, who remains engaged throughout and is committed to delivering a result for the client. Matthew Brown – up and coming star in the team; very thoughtful and analytical; adds value to any case.’

‘The Conyers dispute resolution team is one of the, if not the, leading dispute resolution team in the BVI litigation market.’

Key clients

KMG International NV

Renaissance Ventures Limited

R&S Trust

Dos Santos v BFXWW Inc

Kwok

Koshigi International

King Bun Limited (and Others)

Symphony Partners Limited and Next Global Investments Limited and Dynamic Link Ventures Limited.

The Estate of Alfred Mann

Hu Lan

Wilton Trustees IOM Ltd

Tuscola Group

Investment funds Tier 2

The team at Conyers advises clients (particularly large BVI hedge funds) on the day-to-day operations of funds ranging from structuring issues to complex restructurings and winding up matters. Functioning as part of the firm’s corporate department, which is led by Robert Briant, the group is also noted for its experience in initial fund formations. In particular, Anton Goldstein has recently been involved in the establishment of a range of new BVI funds. Also noted is counsel Audrey Robertson.

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Key clients

King Street Capital

ACE & Company

Baron Capital

Thybo Advisory Limited

Orchard Funds

Ikebena Funds

Pabrai Investment Fund

Kawa Capital Management

Adler Real Estate Partners

KKR

Asset Value Investors

Trusts/private client Tier 2

Dividing his time between the firm's BVI and Cayman offices, Robert Lindley heads up the Conyers private client and trusts practice in the BVI, where he acts on a range of non-contentious trust matters and trust disputes. The department is particularly active in trust restructuring applications, trustee direction and Beddoe applications, breach of trust claims and rectification applications. Another key name to note is associate Matthew Brown.

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Testimonials

‘Conyers is a stand-out outfit. They simply have really good people across the board with some stellar individuals.’

‘Matthew Brown is a stand-out performer. He has done all the hard work and thinking for you before you even start on the case. Great at forward-thinking and strategic planning. Combines strong technical legal ability with a commercial nous that is often desperately lacking in this field of practice. A partner-in-waiting.’

‘Very responsive and client focused team, who manage to combine deep analysis with a good humoured approach.’

‘Matthew Brown – up and coming star.’

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.

Funds:
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
BVI Litigation & Restructuring Mark Forte, Partner, Head of BVI Litigation & Restructuring and Office mark.forte@conyers.com +1 284 346 1113
Corporate Robert Briant, Partner, Head of BVI Corporate robert.briant@conyers.com +1 284 852 1100
Private Client & Trust Robert Lindley, Counsel, Head of Cayman and BVI Private Client & Trust robert.lindley@conyers.com +1 345 814 7360
Banking & Finance Robert Briant, Partner, Head of BVI Corporate robert.briant@conyers.com +1 284 852 1100
Aviation Audrey Robertson, Partner audrey.robertson@conyers.com +1 284 852 1111
Insurance & Reinsurance Robert Briant, Partner, Head of BVI Corporate robert.briant@conyers.com +1 284 852 1100
Investment Funds Robert Briant, Partner, Head of BVI Corporate robert.briant@conyers.com +1 284 852 1100
Shipping Robert Briant, Partner, Head of BVI Corporate robert.briant@conyers.com +1 284 852 1100
Photo Name Position Profile
 Robert Briant  photo Robert Briant Partner, Head of BVI Corporate
 Matthew Brown  photo Matthew Brown Associate
 Tameka Davis  photo Tameka Davis Partner
 Isabel Dwan  photo Isabel Dwan Associate
 Richard Evans  photo Richard Evans Partner
 Jevgenija (Jane) Fedotova  photo Jevgenija (Jane) Fedotova Associate
 Eric Flaye  photo Eric Flaye Associate
 Mark Forte  photo Mark Forte Partner, Head of BVI Litigation & Restructuring and Office
 Anton Goldstein  photo Anton Goldstein Partner
 Alecia Johns  photo Alecia Johns Associate
 Allana-J Joseph  photo Allana-J Joseph Associate
 Nicholas Kuria photo Nicholas Kuria Counsel
 Rachael Pape  photo Rachael Pape Counsel
 Audrey Robertson  photo Audrey Robertson Partner
 Jerry Samuel  photo Jerry Samuel Partner
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