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Offshore law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman (“Conyers”) has opened Conyers Dill e Pearman (Brazil) Servicos de Consultoria Ltda. in São Paulo paving the way for the pioneering law firm to provide offshore legal services from Brazil. This move makes Conyers the first offshore law firm to establish a physical presence in Brazil as it continues to expand its global network.
Two Conyers partners have relocated and are on the ground in São Paulo. Alan Dickson will manage the new office and is joined by Benjamin Dyer. Alan has relocated from the Bermuda office where he spent the last 8 years practising in the corporate department, following 16 years practicing corporate and securities law in Canada. Benjamin has practised with Conyers for the last 8 years in the corporate departments of the Bermuda and Hong Kong offices.
Establishing a presence in São Paulo is part of Conyers’ strategy of progressive organic growth. The move further extends the firm’s capacity to provide responsive, timely and thorough advice on offshore law to clients in the world’s key financial centres.
The São Paulo office will initially focus on general corporate, company and commercial work, with particular emphasis on investment funds, public company listings, initial public offerings and holding company incorporations.
Conyers Chairman John Collis commented: “Brazil is a dynamic market, and establishing a physical presence here provides a distinct advantage to our São Paulo based clients and referrers of business. It strengthens our ability to provide the full range of our services to clients in their own business environment in a highly personalised manner that is conducive to local conditions.”
Alan Dickson, Managing Partner of the São Paulo office commented: “Our physical presence adds value to the services provided by firms in Brazil. We give them reliable access to prime offshore jurisdictions. As the first and only offshore law firm in Brazil we expect to establish ourselves swiftly to consolidate our position as the leading provider of offshore legal services in Latin America.”
Brazil has a proven and sophisticated business infrastructure and is poised for further growth. Investment and companies continue to enter the market and while regulations are still quite complex, reforms continue to liberalise trade.
The São Paulo move comes on the heels of Conyers’ entry into two other key jurisdictions this year. In March, Conyers was the first offshore law firm to open an office in Russia. This was followed in October by the establishment of a presence in Mauritius in recognition of the increased trend to Mauritius companies as the primary vehicle for foreign direct investment into India and Indonesia.
The addition of an office in São Paulo further solidifies Conyers’ position as industry leader, and brings the total number of Conyers’ worldwide offices to eleven.