Conyers Dill & Pearman

Conyers Adds Mauritian Capability as it Expands in London

Posted 10/07/2009 • Updated 31/03/2010

Multi-jurisdictional law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman is pleased to announce the addition of Devalingum Gopalla as an associate based in its London office. Dev specialises in hedge funds with a focus on inward and outward investment across India, China, and Africa. He also has expertise in Mauritian compliance matters, non-contentious regulatory issues and securities law.

Prior to joining Conyers, Dev practised as a Barrister at a specialist Mauritian law firm. He has also worked at the Mauritius Financial Services Commission on regulatory law and enforcement, and as sole in-house counsel to one of the largest Indian Private Equity Groups based in Mauritius.

Dev has significant experience in advising on outward investment from Asia into Europe and America, and in advising foreign investors on the establishment of Mauritian based real estate and private equity funds for investment into India, China and Africa. His corporate finance experience includes advising international banks and US private equity groups on using Mauritius as a treaty based conduit finance location for investment into Africa.

Christopher Johnson-Gilbert, managing partner of Conyers’ London office, said: “Dev is an excellent addition to our team. His expertise in Mauritius law coupled with his focus on investment funds will enhance our existing offering, enabling us to provide our London clients with direct access to Mauritius structures. Dev’s addition to the firm reinforces Conyers’ commitment to providing the highest quality legal advice to clients in a responsive and timely manner. We are delighted to welcome Dev to the firm.”

Commenting on his appointment, Dev said: “Conyers has a solid reputation as a leading provider of offshore legal services. The firm’s forward-thinking and innovative ethos, global reach, and international client base make it an exciting firm to join. I look forward to bringing my Mauritius and investment funds experience to bear, and working with Conyers as it expands its practice to meet increasing inflows of Mauritius related work.”

Dev holds an LLB and an LLM, and was admitted to the Bar of Mauritius in 2005, the New York State Bar in 2002 (non-practising), and the Bar of England & Wales at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in 2006. He is currently Mauritius Chapter Chair for the New York State Bar Association and a member of the New York State Bar Association’s International Executive Committee, the International Tax Planning Association and the Mauritius Bar Association.

Conyers’ London office provides corporate and commercial law as well as trust and private client advice, specialising in investment funds, finance, and insurance matters. Conyers has been established in London for over a decade, and advises on the leading jurisdictions of the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Mauritius.

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