Sophia Greaves > Conyers > Hamilton, Bermuda > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Director

Career

Sophia Greaves is a Director in the Corporate department in the Bermuda office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Sophia qualified as an Associate in the Reinsurance and Commercial Risk department of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP. During her time at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, Sophia worked in both the London and Hong Kong offices, where she acted in a broad range of (re)insurance commercial litigation proceedings.

Sophia’s practice at Conyers Dill & Pearman spans a number of specializations, with particular emphasis on securitizations, mergers and acquisitions and corporate (re)insurance transactions, including the formation, licensing and ongoing regulatory requirements for Bermuda captives, special purpose insurers in the insurance-linked securities sector and commercial (re)insurers.

Sophia also has an active general corporate practice, including advising on the Bermuda regulatory aspects of transactions for both local and exempted companies.

Sophia is instructed by a number of public companies, (re)insurers and leading financial institutions.

Languages

English

Memberships

  • Bermuda Bar Association
  • Trustee, Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Round Square Governor of the Bermuda High School for Girls
  • Recording Secretary of the Lady Cubitt Compassionate Association
  • Justice of the Peace

Education

  • London School of Economics, MSc Politics & Communications (Merit), 2006
  • College of Law, London, Legal Practice Course (Commendation), 2005
  • King’s College London, LLB (Hons), 2004

Lawyer Rankings

Bermuda > Insurance/reinsurance

The Conyers insurance team is ‘very knowledgeable about all aspects of the Bermuda insurance and reinsurance markets, including regulatory issues, market practice and corporate governance’. The group deals with formation, licensing and capital raising issues for new insurers, life insurers and reinsurers, as well as capital raisings, M&A activity and listing requirements for Bermudan insurers and reinsurers. The team is headed up by Charles Collis, who recently acted for Athene Holding Ltd on a $1.6bn transaction with Apollo Global Management Inc, which required an amendment to the company’s byelaws to eliminate a multi-class common share structure. Within the team, Chris Garrod, Sophia Greaves and associate Jacqueline King are names to note; elsewhere, corporate specialist Alexandra Macdonald and Jennifer Panchaud, who are both active in the insurance and reinsurance space, were promoted to director in early 2020.

Bermuda > Corporate and commercial

Conyers fields corporate specialists with considerable experience advising on M&A, corporate restructurings, insurance issues, and shipping and aircraft matters. The team in Bermuda is led by Graham Collis, who has expertise encompassing general corporate and commercial work, particularly in the insurance space. Within the wider team, director Marcello Ausenda has a particular focus on public company work, securities matters, financing issues, and corporate relocations and restructurings; and Jason Piney recently advised to Aircastle on the completion of its $7.4bn merger with Marubeni and a Mizuho affiliate. Neil Henderson, Niel Jones, Chiara Nannini, Sophia Greaves and associate Edward Rance are further names to note in the department. David Cooke retired in 2020.

Bermuda > Banking, finance and capital markets

While the team at Conyers is highly regarded for its expertise in IPOs and securitisations, it has also seen an uptick in international asset finance transactions, particularly matters relating to shipping and aircraft financing issues; the group has key expertise in the shipping and offshore energy sectors in Norway, North America and Asia. The practice is spearheaded by Graham Collis, and includes directors Neil Henderson, Sophia Greaves, Marcello Ausenda, Jason Piney and Victor Richards, who has a particular focus on shipping and aircraft matters. In a recent highlight, a team led by Richards advised Carnival on the completion of its $6bn financing via two tranches of notes. Counsel Angela Atherden and associate Edward Rance are key junior members of the practice. David Cooke retired in 2020.