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Conyers Dill & Pearman (“Conyers”) hosted a reception last week for clients and contacts in a double celebration to mark its recent move into Brazil and to commemorate five years of growth for the firm’s Cayman Islands office.
Over 150 of Cayman’s most influential business people, including senior representatives from major banks, regulatory authorities, the legislature, and other major stakeholders attended a spectacular launch party, hosted on December 11th in Brazilian style at PRIME restaurant.
Guests mingled with Conyers’ Cayman-based lawyers as well as with Alan Dickson, the managing partner of the São Paulo office and Ross Webber, the firm’s head of marketing based in the Bermuda office. Over champagne and capiriñas (a Brazilian cocktail made with Cachacarum and lime), the firm celebrated its development over the last 80 years into a full service global law firm comprising now over 550 staff in 11 jurisdictions with more than 150 lawyers.
During a brief presentation at the function, Rick Finlay, Managing Partner of Conyers Cayman, apprised the audience that 2008 marks the 5th anniversary of the formal staffing of the firm’s Cayman Islands office, which has grown from a two-lawyer practice in 2003 to a full service law firm with over 20 lawyers and 60 staff. Last year saw the addition of litigation services, headed by Nigel Meeson QC, which has already expanded considerably including the appointments of Linda DaCosta and most recently Richard Barton.
The party also celebrated the establishment of Conyers Dill e Pearman (Brazil) Servicos de Consultoria Ltda. in São Paulo earlier this month, which will pave the way for the provision of offshore legal services from Brazil. As the first offshore law firm to establish a physical presence in Brazil, Conyers will open up the channel for Latin American business flowing into Cayman, widely regarded as the domicile of choice among Latin American companies.
Rick Finlay, Managing Partner of Conyers Cayman, said of the event: “With the support of the Cayman community as a whole, Conyers has grown to the position where we can establish a presence in Brazil. In this challenging economic climate, it is important for our firm and for Cayman to access and develop emerging markets and hedge against our reliance on the world’s more developed economies. This event is an opportunity for us to celebrate our accomplishments with everyone who has been such a vital part of this journey.”
Alan Dickson, Managing Partner of Conyers São Paulo, commented: “Our physical presence in São Paulo allows us to put Cayman directly before Brazil based referrers of business. With Conyers partners meeting regularly with Brazilian lawyers and businessmen, when they think of an offshore jurisdiction it is now even more likely that they will think of Cayman than others. We expect to establish ourselves swiftly to consolidate our position as the leading provider of offshore legal services in Latin America.”
2008 has been a very busy year for Conyers, which became the first offshore firm to open in Moscow. It then established a presence in Mauritius, adding the provision of legal advice on the laws of Mauritius to its already impressive roster of jurisdictions. Conyers’ expansion into São Paulo earlier this month solidifies the firm’s position as industry leader, and the firm looks forward to continued expansion in the new year.