Conyers > Tortola, British Virgin Islands > Firm Profile

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

British Virgin Islands > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Under the leadership of ‘pragmatic solution providerRobert Briant, who is skilled in a wide range of financing transactions, Conyers’ team has an enviable track record in the full spectrum of banking, finance and capital market transactions in the BVI. In the capital markets sphere, the key strengths are notes issuances, private placements, share subscriptions and IPOs; Anton Goldstein , in particular, has a strong reputation regionally for his close involvement in many of the BVI’s largest and most complex IPO deals. Promoted to partner in April 2021 partly in recognition of her burgeoning finance capabilities, Audrey Robertson specialises in syndicated loans, refinancings and asset financing matters concerning commercial and private aircraft. Rachael Pape  and Nicholas Kuria, both of whom sit as counsel in the department, provide key supporting roles in corporate finance, capital markets, derivatives and securitisation matters.

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Testimonials

‘Accurate, timely and responsive.’

‘Rob Briant is a pragmatic solution provider. Advice is accurate, timely, and well researched. Rob actively engages in and around the subject matter to address core as well as tangential aspects of the subject matter.’

Efficient and pragmatic advice delivered directly.’

Hands-on, practical, thorough advice, with a preference for simple solutions delivered without fuss.’

Key clients

Fix Price Group Ltd.

Telegram Group Inc

Deutsche Bank AG

Bank of America, N.A., London Branch

Wells Fargo

Madagascar Mineral Investments Limited

Despegar

King Street Capital

AdvancedAdvT Limited (formerly Marwyn Acquisition Company I Limited)

Marwyn

Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands

Bank of Asia

BVI Government

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Bank of Asia with obtaining a restricted banking licence and then a general banking licence, as well as with capital raising requirements.

British Virgin Islands > Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Conyers’ corporate practice has a proven track record in the full spectrum of corporate and commercial law work in the BVI, offering ‘extremely commercial and thoughtful strategic advice’. Headed up by Robert Briant , who is ‘a seasoned lawyer with an eye for detail and great communication skills’, the group is often instructed on some of the region’s largest M&A and joint venture transactions in particular. The department has experience in a variety of sectors, and has been especially active in fintech, fitness, food and beverage, marine, shipping, mining, real estate, technology, telecoms, travel and tourism mandates. Key names to note include Audrey Robertson, who was promoted to partner in April 2021, and Anton Goldstein , who concentrates on high-value M&A and private equity work. At the counsel level, Nicholas Kuria and the ‘highly reliableRachael Pape offer crucial support on a wide range of corporate transactions.

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Testimonials

‘Extremely commercial and thoughtful strategic advice. Well-respected in the otherwise fairly insular BVI legal community, and they bring a seriousness and market recognition that is particularly helpful.’

‘I have worked closely with Anton Goldstein and Rachael Pape. Both are excellent lawyers. Anton brings a common-sense sensibility and commercial deftness that is a rare commodity, and is more suited than most corporate lawyers to navigating complex multi-jurisdictional disputes that require consideration of corporate, business, and litigation considerations simultaneously. Rachael is highly reliable and is someone we trust to execute on what needs to be executed.’

Conyers is a great firm to work with given its presence in three jurisdictions. All offices work well together to avoid duplication of work and ensure great client service. Their various areas of expertise and good coordination within the department also makes it easy for us to work with them.’

‘They are all experts in their respective areas and are able to easily identify potential issues and provide adequate solutions adapted to our business. We like the fact that they can see the bigger picture and are fast in proposing alternative solutions that meet our needs. We also appreciate their responsiveness and efficiency.’

‘Robert Briant who is our main point of contact is a seasoned lawyer with eye for detail and great communication skills. He is very responsive and committed to serving his clients with the best possible service and advice. Even for the most complex issues Robert is able to resolve which makes for happy clients.’

Key clients

Fix Price Group Ltd.

Telegram Group Inc

Bank of America, N.A., London Branch

Madagascar Mineral Investments Limited

Despegar

King Street Capital

AdvancedAdvT Limited (formerly Marwyn Acquisition Company I Limited)

Marwyn

Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands

LIH Financing

Government of the British Virgin Islands

Asset Value Investors

Intercontinental Hotels

Diageo

KKR

Telereal Trillium

Work highlights

  • Acting as British Virgin Islands counsel to King Street Capital in connection with acquisitions and disposals, working alongside its onshore deal counsels.

British Virgin Islands > Dispute resolution Tier 1

As ‘one of the stand-out teams in the BVI‘, Conyers is routinely instructed in the BVI’s largest and most high-stakes disputes, often with a multijurisdictional element. It has substantial expertise in commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, emergency interim relief, the enforcement of global arbitration awards, and insolvency and restructuring matters involving schemes of arrangement, liquidation and asset tracing. The team is spearheaded by the ‘very experienced and knowledgeableMark Forte, who regularly appears as lead advocate in both the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal and has built a sizable practice involving CIS states, particularly fraud and asset tracing work. Elsewhere, Jerry Samuel  wins praise as ‘an experienced litigator who has the ear of the court’, while Richard Evans  places a special focus on shareholder disputes, with particular expertise in Asia-related instructions. Restructuring expert Tameka Davis, ‘future starMatthew Brown  and Alecia Johns  are additional key advisers.

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Testimonials

‘Conyers has the cross-jurisdictional depth that is unrivalled compared with its competitors. It has lawyers based in Hong Kong and BVI that are uniquely placed to serve, in particular, the needs of Chinese investors who incorporate BVI companies.’

‘Norman Hau is a driven lawyer who always looks out for his clients’ best interests. Alecia Johns is undoubtedly a star in the making and is destined to rise to the very top.’

‘Mark Forte is very experienced and knowledgeable; strong strategic mind; not afraid of difficult points. Matthew Brown is very thorough and responsive; a future star.’

‘A hugely experienced and knowledgeable team, with excellent response times, and who provide very good individual client care.’

‘Jerry Samuel is very commercially minded, an experienced litigator, and really trusted by clients as a safe pair of hands. Jane Fedotova is highly intelligent, really on top of the detail, and a real asset to a legal team.’

In my view, the Conyers team is one of the stand-out teams in the BVI. A really great litigation outfit attracting the very best work.’

Richard Evans is fantastic to work with: upbeat, can-do, unflappable, always positive and absolutely determined.’

A true disputes powerhouse in BVI. Conyers are brought into the big cases for good reason, with strength across all levels of seniority. I have been particularly impressed by the quality of senior associates/counsel.’

Key clients

Ming

Kwok

Dos Santos v BFXWW Inc

Rangecroft Ltd

King Bun Limited (and Others)

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

Karver

Wilton Trustees IOM Ltd

Net International

British Virgin Islands > Investment funds Tier 1

Praised as ‘commercial, responsive and uniformly high-quality‘, the team at Conyers advises large hedge fund companies and private equity houses on a wide range of matters. Robert Briant heads up the department, which handles an array of matters pertaining to fund formations, regulation and compliance issues, and restructuring, liquidation and fund wind-up mandates. Hailed as a ‘stellar lawyer’, Anton Goldstein is heavily involved in the establishment of an assortment of high-value BVI funds. Also adept in this space is Audrey Robertson, who was promoted to partner in April 2021.

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Testimonials

‘The team is commercial, responsive and uniformly high-quality. They are among my favourite offshore teams.’

‘Anton Goldstein is a stellar lawyer who is commercial, creative, and responsive.’

‘For the Corporate Matters related to our Investment Management entities, I highly recommend the attorneys at Conyers that we work with who are 1) Rachael Pape and 2) Anton Goldstein. Both individuals are extremely responsive and individuals I can count on to get things done in an expedited accurate manner.’

Key clients

King Street Capital

ACE & Company

Baron Capital

Thybo Advisory Limited

Orchard Funds

Ikebena Funds

Pabrai Investment Fund

Kawa Capital Management

KIP Fund Inc.

Seletto Value Global Fund Ltd.

Adler Kawa

Penn Capital Management

British Virgin Islands > Trusts/private client Tier 2

Benefitting from an uptick in work from Latin America, Conyers advises high-net-worth individuals and families, trustees and private trust companies on a mixture of non-contentious and contentious work. In the disputes space, Robert Lindley excels in trust restructuring applications, trustee direction and Beddoe applications, breach of trust claims and rectification applications. Additionally, on the non-contentious side, the group is instructed on estate planning and administration of estate issues, pensions work, will drafting for non-domiciliaries, and the establishment of private trust companies and various trust structures. Counsel Matthew Brown  is also rated in this space.

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Testimonials

‘Knowledge of and practice in multiple jurisdictions, rapid and comprehensive responses.’

‘Robert Lindley is extremely knowledgeable, thorough, flexible, and very responsive.’

Conyers is one of the pre-eminent law firms in the offshore sector. It is particularly strong in the contentious field, including trust and private client litigation, with significant cross-border contacts and capabilities.’

The disputes team has extensive trust knowledge and ability, with practitioners based on the island and with familiarity with the local courts and judges. There is a range of experience that works well in resourcing complex matters.’

My experience of Conyers is on the contentious side. Conyers offers real strength and expertise across all levels of seniority. They can field a truly impressive team to deal with the most demanding of (usually international) trust disputes. One of the top players in the BVI market.’

Key clients

R&S Trust

Wilton Fiduciaries IOM Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting for R&S Trust to set aside a trust and other relief in respect of significant corporate affairs structured in Ukraine.
  • Acting for a UHNW family to establish a BVI trust structure to hold a complex underlying corporate structure.
  • Providing ongoing advice to a Bermuda-based insurance company on the establishment of a BVI Master trust to hold employee pension funds.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
BVI Litigation & Restructuring Mark Forte, Partner, Head of BVI Litigation & Restructuring and Officemark.forte@conyers.com+1 284 346 1113
Corporate Robert Briant, Partner, Head of BVI Corporaterobert.briant@conyers.com+1 284 852 1100
Private Client & Trust Robert Lindley, Counsel, Head of Cayman and BVI Private Client & Trustrobert.lindley@conyers.com+1 345 814 7360
Banking & Finance Robert Briant, Partner, Head of BVI Corporaterobert.briant@conyers.com+1 284 852 1100
Aviation Audrey Robertson, Partneraudrey.robertson@conyers.com+1 284 852 1111
Insurance & Reinsurance Robert Briant, Partner, Head of BVI Corporaterobert.briant@conyers.com+1 284 852 1100
Investment Funds Robert Briant, Partner, Head of BVI Corporaterobert.briant@conyers.com+1 284 852 1100
Shipping Robert Briant, Partner, Head of BVI Corporaterobert.briant@conyers.com+1 284 852 1100
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Robert Briant photo Robert BriantPartner, Head of BVI Corporate
Robert Briant photo Robert BriantRobert is a Partner and Head of the Corporate Department in the…
Matthew Brown photo Matthew BrownCounsel
Sophia Collis photo Sophia CollisAssociate
Tameka Davis photo Tameka DavisPartner
Tameka Davis photo Tameka DavisTameka Davis is a Partner in the Litigation department of Conyers in…
Richard Evans photo Richard EvansPartner
Jevgenija (Jane) Fedotova photo Jevgenija (Jane) FedotovaAssociate
Eric Flaye photo Eric FlayeAssociate
Mark Forte photo Mark FortePartner, Head of BVI Litigation & Restructuring and Office
Mark Forte photo Mark ForteMark Forte is Partner and Head of the British Virgin Islands office…
Charles Goldblatt photo Charles GoldblattAssociate
Anton Goldstein photo Anton GoldsteinPartner
Alecia Johns photo Alecia JohnsAssociate
Allana-J Joseph photo Allana-J JosephAssociate
Nicholas Kuria photo Nicholas KuriaCounsel
Rachael Pape photo Rachael PapeCounsel
Audrey Robertson photo Audrey RobertsonAudrey M. Robertson is a Partner in the Corporate department of Conyers…
Jerry Samuel photo Jerry SamuelPartner
Christopher Smith photo Christopher SmithAssociate
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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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Litigation & Restructuring Mark Forte, Partner, Head of BVI Litigation & Restructuring and Officemark.forte@conyers.com+1 284 346 1113
Corporate Robert Briant, Partner, Head of Corporaterobert.briant@conyers.com+1 284 852 1100
Private Client & Trust Robert Lindley, Partner, Head of Cayman and BVI Private Client & Trustrobert.lindley@conyers.com+1 345 814 7360
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