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

Conyers is consistently involved in large and complex banking, finance and capital market transactions in the BVI. Robert Briant heads the corporate department and advises on a broad range of financing work, and Anton Goldstein regularly handles high-profile deals; Goldstein recently led advice to Gold Fields on several high-value bond issuances. Also key to the group is counsel Audrey Robertson, who assists with public offerings and multi-jurisdictional financing transactions, and has particular expertise in commercial and private aircraft financings. Rachael Pape and Marcus Hallan are experienced associates.

Practice head(s):

Robert Briant

Key clients

Philips

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Luxoft Holdings

Vinci Airports

Establishment Labs Holdings

Jefferies Financial Group

Mercuria

Nginx

Diageo

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Conyers is singled out for its advice on large and complex transactions and M&A deals; the group also fields senior funds specialists. Head of the BVI corporate department Robert Briant is focused on M&A and acts for joint venture companies and investment vehicles; he also provides specialist advice to hedge funds and private equity funds, and handles a broad range of financing transactions. Briant recently advised Philips on its acquisition of EPD Solutions, a BVI company that is an innovator in image-guided procedures for cardiac arrhythmias. Anton Goldstein has a broad corporate practice with particular expertise in M&A and private equity work, while Audrey Robertson and Nicholas Kuria are the key names to note at counsel level. Rachael Pape and Marcus Hallan are experienced associates.

Practice head(s):

Robert Briant

Key clients

Philips

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Luxoft Holdings

Vinci Airports

Establishment Labs Holdings

Jefferies Financial Group

Mercuria

Nginx

Diageo

Dispute resolution Tier 1

'A go-to firm for high-value, BVI-based litigation', Conyers' BVI office has 'a pre-eminent boutique dispute resolution practice'. The group acts in commercial litigation, shareholder disputes and emergency interim relief work, as well as insolvency and restructuring matters involving schemes of arrangement, liquidation and asset tracing. The practice also acts in substantial trust litigation representing trustees, protectors and beneficiaries. Litigation and restructuring head Mark Forte recently acted for KMG International in the enforcement of a high-value arbitration award, and Richard Evans is notably focused on shareholder disputes, particularly Asia-sourced work, and contentious insolvency matters. Also key to the team are Jerry Samuel and newly promoted partner Tameka Davis, while Matthew Brown, Lauren Peaty and Alecia Johns are experienced associates.

Practice head(s):

Mark Forte

Testimonials

The work is high value, complex and international, and the team is highly experienced‘.

Very capable fellow partners and associates, with excellent knowledge of the procedures and practices of the local court‘.

Mark Forte is an excellent lawyer and the go-to-guy for BVI disputes work; for other Caribbean jurisdictions, he is also an invaluable source of recommendations and practical advice‘.

Richard Evans is a hugely experienced BVI litigator, with an unsurpassed knowledge of the BVI litigation market. He is a sophisticated, canny operator, with particular skill at assembling the right – and very best – team for any particular case‘.

Tameka Davis and associate Matthew Brown are class acts‘.

Associate Alecia Johns is a major new talent at Conyers’ BVI  office. She has great intellect combined with real commercial savvy – very much one to watch for the future‘.

Key clients

KMG International

Renaissance Ventures

R&S Trust

Kwok

Orsford

Custom Marine Ventures

King Bun (and others)

Symphony Partners

Next Global Investments

Dynamic Link Ventures

Karver Investments

Hazeldene Finance

Briarfield International

Dunedin Finance

Investment funds Tier 2

Conyers' BVI team comprises senior funds specialists, who advise on the day-to-day operations of funds from initial fund formation and structuring to subsequent restructuring issues and the winding up of funds. BVI corporate department head Robert Briant provides specialist advice to hedge funds and private equity funds; other key contacts include Anton Goldstein and counsel Audrey Robertson.

Practice head(s):

Robert Briant

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

King Street Capital

ACE & Company

Baron Capital

Thybo Advisory

Orchard Funds

Ikebena Funds

Pabrai Investment Fund

KAWA Capital Management

KIP Fund

Seletto Value Global Fund

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, Counsel 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
 Matthew Brown  photo Matthew Brown
 Tameka Davis  photo Tameka Davis
 Isabel Dwan  photo Isabel Dwan
 Richard Evans  photo Richard Evans
 Jevgenija (Jane) Fedotova  photo Jevgenija (Jane) Fedotova
 Eric Flaye  photo Eric Flaye
 Mark Forte  photo Mark Forte
 Anton Goldstein  photo Anton Goldstein
 Alecia Johns  photo Alecia Johns
 Allana-J Joseph  photo Allana-J Joseph
 Nicholas Kuria photo Nicholas Kuria
 Rachael Pape  photo Rachael Pape
 Audrey Robertson  photo Audrey Robertson
 Jerry Samuel  photo Jerry Samuel
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