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Conyers Expands Cayman Islands Team

February 2009

Cayman Islands law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman (“Conyers”) today announced the further expansion of its Cayman Islands presence with the admission of three new associates as attorneys-at-law. Stephen Leontsinis has joined the Litigation team, while Tania Dons and Preetha Pillai have joined the Corporate Department.

Richard Finlay, Managing Partner of Conyers’ Cayman Islands office, commented: “Our superior investment funds and litigation capabilities have reinforced our reputation as a preferred firm to partner with in transactions of this nature. We continue to expand our team in line with our strategic plans to build on the strengths and capabilities of our Cayman Islands practice. We are proud of our reputation as global leader which attracts such depth of talent and are delighted to have Stephen, Tania and Preetha join us.”

Since its establishment in July 2003, Conyers’ Cayman Islands office has grown into a full service practice with a current complement of 20 lawyers and 60 staff. The growth of the Cayman Islands practice complements Conyers’ continued growth globally. Last year, the firm opened three new offices in Moscow, Mauritius and São Paulo, as well as making several key hires. Today, Conyers comprises of over 550 staff in 11 jurisdictions with more than 150 lawyers.

Stephen Leontsinis is a 5 year PQE Litigator specializing particularly in insolvency and company law. Stephen joins from Johannesburg Bar having trained at top South African Litigation firm Bell Dewar & Hall. Stephen received his LLB from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2002 and was subsequently admitted to the High Court of South Africa in 2003. Since his admission Stephen has been a practicing Advocate and Member of the Johannesburg Bar of Advocates.

Tania Dons will advise on all areas of corporate and commercial law with emphasis on investment funds. Tania has also worked as a solicitor at Russell McVeagh in New Zealand and as legal counsel to Fortis Bank in the Cayman Islands. Tania received a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1994, and a Master of Laws in 1998. Tania was a guest lecturer in law at the University of Otago in 1999 and 2001.

Further strengthening the funds team is Preetha Pillai, who spent two years at Conyers’ Singapore office prior to joining the Cayman Islands office. Prior to joining the firm, Preetha was General Counsel at Singapore Telecommunications Limited. Preetha received her LLM from King’s College London in 1991. She was admitted to the English Bar in 1990, as an Advocate & Solicitor in Singapore in 1993 and as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 2000. Preetha is also registered in Bermuda to practise law.



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