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Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Bermuda Private Client and Trust practice has been ranked Band 1 in Chambers & Partners’ High Net Worth guide.
Conyers was the only Bermuda Firm ranked Band 1 in the Offshore: Trusts category. Alec Anderson, Director & Global Head of Private Client & Trust and Narinder Hargun, Director & Co-Chairman of the Firm, have been listed Band 1 as well, and Director’s Peter Pearman and Craig MacIntyre were ranked Band 2.
Codan Trust Company Limited, an affiliate of Conyers, was also listed as a recommended advisor in the Trust Companies category for Bermuda.
Alec Anderson, commented: “We are pleased to see our legal and trust services recognised. The endorsements for the practice and our lawyers are a testament to the high standard of service we are committed to providing our clients each day”.
This is the first edition of the guide, which serves as a directory for the private wealth market. The guide will be used by family offices and professional advisers to wealthy individuals, providing objective guidance on an international scale, making Chambers High Net Worth a key reference point for such a mobile market.
The rankings and editorial draw on independent research conducted by a dedicated team of private wealth researchers, furthering Chambers’ track record of providing high-class, reliable research data. The team interviewed hundreds of lawyers, family offices, accountancy professionals, tax advisers, bankers, investment managers and high-end real estate agents to get a comprehensive understanding of the private wealth sector in each of the jurisdictions covered.
Highlights from the directory include:
Conyers Dill & Pearman offers high-level offshore trust services. “I work with a lot of firms and they are in my hit parade,” says one source, whilst another describes them as a “go-to” for private wealth work in Bermuda. “I think it is their enormous breadth of experience combined with a result-oriented practicality. They get the job done right.“
Department head Alec Anderson “is very well regarded in Bermuda and off-island.” He is a leading expert on non-contentious and contentious private client trust matters. He advises international clients on establishing private trust companies and cross-border restructuring, alongside assisting families on the protection of their wealth from divorce and litigation. “Alec knows everyone! He has been around a very many years. He is very close to the pulse of Bermuda trust reform. He has a wide and starry clientele. He is first port of call in Bermuda,” enthuses an interviewee. Another source adds: “He does everything well, he has enormous experience in all aspects of offshore law. He combines great knowledge of the law and great experience of trusts with excellent judgement.” Anderson is a regular speaker at trust and private client conferences, and has written many chapters and articles in leading Bermudian trust publications. “Alec is super, really one of the go-to people on Bermuda trust law,” says a source, adding: “I’m not sure I’d go to anyone else first for something involving Bermuda trust law.”
Narinder Hargun “is incredibly impressive, he’s a star player,” says a source. Hargun is head of the litigation and restructuring department in the firm’s Bermuda office. Balancing a widely recognised commercial practice with his excellent knowledge of private client trust disputes, Hargun has developed a well-regarded practice in Bermuda. A source describes him as “very practical, a first-class lawyer,” whilst another says: “He is an excellent litigation strategist and a great advocate. He’s very practical and result-oriented, and in litigation there is no bluster, no dramatics, just excellent advocacy. When you have Narinder, you really don’t need a QC, he’s functioning at the level of top London QCs.”
Peter Pearman is a long-standing trust expert in Bermuda. He is experienced in both private and commercial trust structuring. “Peter is definitely another person I would put at the top of the list,” says a source. He often works for families, individuals and charities alongside Swiss banks and private trust companies. A source calls him the “go-to on Bermuda work,” adding: “He’s got a really practical, thoughtful approach and we really appreciate that mindset, it is exactly what we need for complex matters.“
Craig MacIntyre is well regarded by sources as a significant individual in the Bermudian trust market. His practice has a very strong international focus with notable client links in New York and the UK. Within his non-contentious practice, Macintyre establishes trusts and private trust companies for wealthy families as well as advising on philanthropy, succession and asset protection.
Codan Trust Company Limited
“They’re very strong. Freya Giffen is their amazing director and she’s lovely,” enthuses a market source. The company offers trust administration, trustee services, independent investment management and is on hand to set up private trust companies for its largely international clients. It has approximately US$55 billion in assets under administration and is in charge of 50 private trust companies.