Matthew Brown > Conyers > Tortola, British Virgin Islands > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Litigation & Restructuring

Position

Counsel

Career

Matthew Brown is Counsel in the Litigation & Restructuring Department of Conyers Dill & Pearman in the British Virgin Islands. Matthew has a broad practice covering all contentious aspects of commercial and insolvency law.

Between 2012 and 2017, Matthew was a commercial chancery barrister in England and Wales, practising from a nationally-renowned set of chambers in London and Bristol. His practice included commercial, trusts and insolvency work. He was ranked in legal directories as an up and coming leading junior, where he was described as ‘clever and diligent’, ‘effective’ and ‘good with clients’.

Languages

English

Education

  • University of Oxford, BCL (specialising in Personal Taxation, Corporate Insolvency, Restitution and Civil Procedure) – Distinction
  • University of Cardiff, LLB – First Class Honours (ranked 1st in the year group)
  • University of the West of England – Bar Professional Training Course – Outstanding (ranked 1st in the year group)
  • Awards & Scholarships: Astbury Scholarship, Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Price, Certificate of Honour (Middle Temple), Faculty of Business and Law Prize (UWE), Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize (Cardiff), The Western Circuit Advocacy Prize (2011)

Lawyer Rankings

British Virgin Islands > Dispute resolution

(Rising stars)

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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.

British Virgin Islands > Trusts/private client

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.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

Latham & Watkins has ‘excellent bench-strength’ and handles an assortment of transactions for investment banks, major oil companies and private equity houses. The multidisciplinary energy practice is led by Simon Tysoe and is active across upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas projects, corporate mandates, and high-profile energy disputes. Counsel JP Sweny is highlighted for their LNG sector expertise, whilst Craig Nethercott is a key contact for projects in the Middle East, having expertise in Islamic finance. Other core members of the team include energy finance lawyer John Balsdon and Sam Newhouse (who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP last year) who handles public and private M&A transactions. The group has an extensive geographical footprint with strong energy practices in Asia, Africa-expertise through  to facilitate cross-border work. The firm also has Afria-expertise, with PE partner Kem Ihenacho and projects partner Clement Fondufe chairing the Africa group.  Matthew Brown handles Latin American project finance work and is noted for power generation work.  Project finance partner Tom Bartlett  joined the firm from White & Case LLP  in 2021.