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Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Private Client & Trust practice has been ranked Band 1 in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands in Chambers & Partners’ High Net Worth guide.
Conyers is the only firm in Bermuda ranked Band 1 for Offshore Trusts and is described as ‘dominating the Bermuda market’. Three of the firm’s Bermuda lawyers were recognised in this category: Alec Anderson, Director & Global Head of Private Client & Trust, is listed Band 1, and Directors Peter Pearman and Craig MacIntyre are ranked Band 2. ‘They have an amazing talent pool and a great reputation’ according to market commentators.
Conyers’ Cayman practice also received Band 1 recognition, with Counsel Robert Lindley being listed as Band 3. The Cayman practice was described as ‘first rate, handling significant clients’ and a ‘favourite choice’ for private client and trust work.
In addition, Conyers Trust Company Limited, an affiliate of Conyers, was the only offshore law firm listed as a recommended advisor in the Trust Companies category for Bermuda.
Alec Anderson, commented: “We are pleased to see our trust practice and our dedicated lawyers and trust company team recognised in this way. It is a testament to the high quality of service we provide to our clients on a daily basis.”
The Chambers High Net Worth guide serves as a directory for the private wealth market and is used by family offices and professional wealth advisers. The rankings and editorial draw on independent research including interviews with lawyers, family offices, accountants, tax advisers, bankers and investment managers for a comprehensive view of the private wealth sector.
Highlights from the directory
The guide includes accolades from interviewees on notable practitioners. Alec Anderson is ‘quite a star internationally in the private client world’ according to one international interviewee. A local source says: ‘He is a leader in the industry and gives a lot to Bermuda. He is very respected and works very hard.’ Alec has extensive experience advising on family business succession, trust restructuring and the creation of private trust companies, and has particular expertise in working with ultra-high net worth clients on cross-border matters. ‘He is the top offshore trusts attorney of his generation’ enthuses another international source, adding: ‘He is very creative and his command of foreign law and US tax law is remarkable.’
Craig MacIntyre focuses his practice on non-contentious trusts work. He regularly advises on international matters, working with clients around the world, particularly in Russia and South America. Peers say he is ‘excellent in the private client space.’
Peter Pearman is ‘a doyen of the Bermuda private client Bar’, reports a market insider, adding: ‘He is equal parts technician, counsellor and tactician, and gets highest marks throughout.’ Peter’s practice has a particular focus on the use of trusts in commercial transactions, and he also handles complex estate planning matters for trust companies and individuals. ‘He gives so much back to Bermuda,’ says a local source, describing him as ‘first-class – incredible, very clever and easy to work with.’
Head of the private client and trust department for Conyers in both the Cayman Islands and BVI, Robert Lindley is recognised by peers as a ‘very hard-working and good litigator.’ He advises on contentious trust cases and non-contentious private client matters. Market insiders describe him as ‘very capable, measured and personable’ as well as ‘very knowledgeable in what he does and calm in his demeanour.’
Conyers Trust Company Limited is described by a market source as a ‘strong’ team consisting of ‘a great group of people’. Freya Giffen leads the company, which offers high net worth individuals and families a wide range of trust services, and regularly works with international clients, charitable entities and corporations.