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Conyers boosts London & Asian capabilities with new hires

Conyers Dill & Pearman is delighted to announce the appointment of attorneys in London and Hong Kong as well as the strengthening of its Cayman Islands and Bermuda practices as the firm further enhances its capabilities in those regions.

Veronica Strande joins Conyers’ London office where she specialises in capital markets, Islamic finance, restructuring and corporate matters.

In Hong Kong, Conyers has appointed Japanese-speaking investment funds and corporate associate Junko Shiokawa, as the firm continues to develop its Japan practice. Conyers celebrates its 25th anniversary in Hong Kong this year and continues to act on the vast majority of offshore listings on Asian stock exchanges. This month, the firm was named Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2010 by Asian Legal Business.

In another move, Gene DaCosta has relocated back to the firm’s Cayman office from Hong Kong, where he was seconded to provide Cayman Islands legal advice on asset financing and funds transactions. Gene’s practice includes all aspects of corporate and commercial law, with a focus on mutual funds, shipping and aircraft registration.

Conyers has also hired Sophia Greaves in its Bermuda office where she will practise corporate law. Sophia was formerly a Commercial Risk and Reinsurance associate at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert in London.

John Collis, Chairman of Conyers, commented: “These lawyers’ expertise and experience will be of great benefit to our clients’ growing domestic and international needs as they grapple with the unprecedented changes and challenges they face in a post recessionary world. We are conscious that as a firm we must be adaptable to the demands of our clients and are thrilled to have these lawyers join us.”

Christopher Johnson-Gilbert, head of Conyers’ London office said: “Veronica’s appointment demonstrates the firm’s commitment to growing the London practice. Her experience in Islamic finance is particularly pertinent as this is an area which has seen substantial growth in recent years and shows no signs of slowing. This is evidenced by the increasing range of novel and sophisticated products and services we are seeing. We are delighted to welcome Veronica and are certain she will be a real asset to the team.”

Veronica added: “Conyers’ reputation is first class, the London team are very sucessful and ambititious and I am delighted to be involved in its further growth as the firm expands despite the current economic uncertainty.”

Junko commented: “Conyers has one of the largest practices in Hong Kong and is an exciting firm to join particularly as it grows and develops its Japan practice. I very much look forward to working with our lawyers here in Hong Kong as well as across the global network of Conyers’ offices.”

Conyers has over 150 lawyers and operations in 12 cities around the globe. The firm’s 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, Cyprus and Mauritius.


Gene A. DaCosta

Cayman Islands   +1 345 814 7765

Sophia Greaves

Bermuda   +1 441 294 5929


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