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PO BOX HM666, CLARENDON HOUSE, 2 CHURCH STREET, HAMILTON HM CX, BERMUDA
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Grand Cayman, Hamilton, Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Tortola

Bermuda

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Conyers Dill & Pearman¬†has¬†significant experience advising on IPOs, securitisation and ship and aircraft financing. The practice advised joint venture vehicle Einn Volant Aircraft Leasing Holdings on the creation, by institutional asset manager Caisse de d√©p√īt et placement du Qu√©bec and GE Capital Aviation Services, of a $2bn global aircraft financing platform for the acquisition of modern aircraft from a set of global airlines, to be leased back under long-term leases. Capital market highlights included acting for Liberty Global on the incorporation and subsequent listing of Liberty Latin America on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and OTC Market, and advising Dufry and its subsidiary Hudson on the approximately $749m IPO of Hudson's class A common shares. David Cooke¬†has particular expertise in securities and asset financing,¬†Graham Collis¬†advises borrowers and lenders on cross-border financings, and¬†Jason Piney¬†is recommended for¬†international asset finance transactions, including debt and equity offerings. Other key directors include¬†Marcello Ausenda, Neil Henderson, Guy Cooper, Sophia Greaves, Niel Jones¬†and Chiara Nannini. Victor Richards¬†was appointed director; Edward Rance¬†is a key associate.

Leading individuals

David Cooke - Conyers Dill & Pearman

Jason Piney - Conyers Dill & Pearman

Next generation lawyers

Victor Richards - Conyers Dill & Pearman

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Conyers Dill & Pearman has significant experience in advising on M&A, insurance and corporate restructuring. Developments include the funds team seeing a number of insurance-linked security (ILS) fund formations in 2017; fintech being a growing area for the firm's Bermuda office; and the shipping group seeing an increase in ship registrations in Bermuda. The practice continues to advise Seadrill on its group restructuring, including advice on effecting a large-scale restructuring of a Bermuda company and its group under Bermuda law, as well as parallel proceedings pursuant to a Chapter 11 filing under the US Bankruptcy Code and judicial proceedings in Bermuda. In other areas, Chris Garrod acted for Unikrn in the formation of Unikrn Bermuda and its Unikrn token sale and cryptocurrency platform; and Neil Henderson led advice, as Bermuda adviser, to Roivant Sciences (Roivant) on a $1.1bn equity investment in Roivant, led by SoftBank Vision Fund. Other recommended directors include corporate head David Cooke, Sophia Greaves, who is noted for securitisations, M&A and insurance regulation, and shipping practice head David Astwood. Also highly rated are Bermuda funds group head Dawn Griffiths, Julie McLean, Guy Cooper, Graham Collis, Marcello Ausenda and Jason Piney, along with Elizabeth Denman, Niel Jones, Chiara Nannini and the recently promoted Victor Richards. The associates to note are Kathleen Moniz and Robert Alexander.

Leading individuals

David Cooke - Conyers Dill & Pearman

Next generation lawyers

Chiara Nannini - Conyers Dill & Pearman

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Conyers Dill & Pearman's Bermuda litigation and restructuring practice 'has excellent knowledge of the law in relation to all aspects of dispute resolution; its lawyers possess first-class judgment and a commitment to the interests of their clients'. The team is recommended for international commercial litigation, insurance and reinsurance claims, trust disputes and restructuring and insolvency matters. The team advised Seadrill on its group restructuring, including the commencement of winding-up proceedings in Bermuda that were parallel with chapter 11 proceedings under the US Bankruptcy Code; it also handled the successful defence of a shareholder's challenge to the restructuring. Christian Luthi heads the litigation and restructuring department in Bermuda; Jeffrey Elkinson has acted in several leading trust cases in Bermuda; Ben Adamson is recommended for high-value, cross-border commercial and trust disputes; and Scott Pearman is noted for disputes involving business, employment law and trusts as well as insurance and reinsurance, and media and information law. Rhys Williams is a key associate; new associate joiners include Jonathan O’Mahony from London's Three Stone and Karol Ann Randles from JW O'Donovan Solicitors in Ireland. Meanwhile, former Bermuda litigation and restructuring head Narinder Hargun left to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Robin Mayor retired, and former associate Stephanie Hanson took an in-house counsel role.

Leading individuals

Christian Luthi - Conyers Dill & Pearman

Jeffrey Elkinson - Conyers Dill & Pearman

Next generation lawyers

Rhys Williams - Conyers Dill & Pearman

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Insurance/reinsurance
Insurance/reinsurance - ranked: tier 1

Conyers

Conyers acts for a large number of Bermuda’s insurers and reinsurers, including class 4 and class E companies, as well as all other classes of insurers, including captive insurers and special purpose insurers; the practice routinely acts in anti-suit injunctions in relation to foreign proceedings, applications to the Supreme Court arising out of arbitrations, substantive arbitrations, and providing expert evidence on Bermuda law. Charles Collis heads the Bermuda insurance practice; Chris Garrod led advice to AXA on an agreement to acquire the Bermuda-based XL Group, a global property and casualty commercial lines insurer and reinsurer; and Michael Frith provided Bermuda legal and regulatory advice on the formation and group structure of the Langhorne Group, including Langhorne Holdings and Langhorne Reinsurance (Bermuda). Other key directors are David Doyle, Bermuda corporate head Graham Collis, Sophia Greaves and Chiara Nannini; the associates to note are Alexandra Macdonald and Jacqueline King. Former counsel Mary Ward joined Carey Olsen.

Leading individuals

Charles Collis - Conyers

Next generation lawyers

Alexandra Macdonald - Conyers

Jacqueline King - Conyers

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Conyers Dill & Pearman advises on complex, residential and commercial real estate deals; the firm's clients range from domestic homeowners to international property developers. Representative work includes property sales and purchases, leases, financing, and property-related litigation and arbitration. Counsel Francesca Fox manages the Bermuda property department; her practice covers commercial and residential real estate, including issues arising for non-Bermudian purchasers or lenders under the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956. The associates to note are Harry Kessaram, whose experience includes residential and commercial property transfers, mortgages and major hotel real estate transactions; and commercial and residential real estate expert Cynthia Millett.

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Trusts/private client
Trusts/private client - ranked: tier 1

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Conyers Dill & Pearman's 'excellent' practice has 'a number of talented practitioners'; the 'thorough, experienced and responsive team' has a long-established reputation for advising ultra-high-net-worth clients on family trust structures, including the original structure design and ongoing administration as well as restructuring issues in response to changing tax or family circumstances. Global private client and trust head Alec Anderson advises on succession planning for family businesses, the creation of private trust companies, restructuring trusts to resolve family and regulatory issues, and the protection of family wealth from divorce and other litigation; the 'courteous, responsive and wise' Anderson is 'at the very top of his game, and a pleasure to work with'. The other recommended directors are the 'extremely helpful and energetic' Craig Macintyre; Helen Cooper, who is 'very diligent and manages the whole process with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of output'; Peter Pearman; and Karen Corless. Stephanie Bernard, Nicola Bruce and Anna Bruce-Smith are notable associates.

Leading individuals

Alec Anderson - Conyers Dill & Pearman

Next generation lawyers

Stephanie Bernard - Conyers Dill & Pearman

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