Chris Garrod > Conyers > Hamilton, Bermuda > Lawyer Profile

Conyers
PO BOX HM666
CLARENDON HOUSE, 2 CHURCH STREET
HAMILTON HM CX
Bermuda

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Director

Career

Chris Garrod is a Director in the Corporate department of Conyers Dill & Pearman. He joined Conyers in 1997 and is a member of the Firm’s insurance practice.

Chris specialises in advising on reinsurance and ILS structures, including large commercial insurers, life reinsurers, special purpose insurers, cat bonds, sidecars and segregated account vehicles. In addition to his insurance practice, he also advises on all aspects of Bermuda corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, reorganisations and re-domestications.

With over 15 years of experience working in Bermuda’s reinsurance market, Chris acts for a number of large commercial insurers/reinsurers including Assured Guaranty, Chubb, Everest Re, Lazard Ltd, Markel Corporation, OneBeacon Insurance Group, Tokio Millennium Re, White Mountains Insurance Group and Zurich.

He has also been involved in the formation of a number of segregated account “alternative” reinsurance and ILS platforms, acting for reinsurers, investment hedge funds, investment managers, pension plans and investment banks. His clients include groups such as Mt. Logan Re, Shima Re, Sirius Capital Management, AQR Capital Management, ILS Capital Management, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Société Générale. Additionally, he acts for numerous Lloyd’s syndicates which have platforms in Bermuda including Group Ark Syndicate and Brit Insurance. Finally, Chris sits on various reinsurance and captive boards in a non-executive capacity advising on Bermuda insurance regulatory and general corporate legal updates to those boards.

Internationally recognised as a leading lawyer, Chris has been recommended in a number of legal directories including Chambers Global and Legal 500, where clients note that his “main strengths are his responsiveness and depth of knowledge” and that he is “very knowledgeable about Bermuda regulations and has a good working relationship with the Bermuda Monetary Authority”.

Languages

English

Memberships

  • ILS Bermuda Steering Committee Member
  • Bermuda Foundation of Insurance Studies Member

Education

  • The College of Law, Diploma in Law and Post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (with Commendation)
  • University College London, Anthropology and Geography, B.A. (First Class Honors)

Lawyer Rankings

Bermuda > Insurance/reinsurance

(Leading individuals)

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Conyers‘ insurance and reinsurance practice, which is spearheaded by Charles Collis , is singled out for its ‘strong knowledge of the Bermuda insurance/reinsurance regulatory environment’. The department also handles the Bermuda law aspects of the formation and licensing of new general business insurers, life insurers and reinsurers and assists a variety of established insurers and reinsurers with capital raising, M&A and listing requirements. Elsewhere within the department, Sophia Greaves  takes the lead on many life insurance matters, Jacqueline King concentrates on the licensing and regulation of commercial insurance companies and large commercial transactions, Alexandra Macdonald (who is a ‘sharp lawyer with deep knowledge of the Bermuda regulatory regime’) primarily advises on the formation and regulation of captive insurers and special purpose insurers, while the ‘particularly knowledgeableChiara Nannini  is instructed on a wide variety of regulatory and transactional matters in the insurance space. Chris Garrod  is also active in the insurance arena.