Top Rankings for Conyers in The Legal 500
Conyers Dill & Pearman has once again been recognised as a leading law firm by The Legal 500 2018.
For the third year in a row, the firm has experienced double-digit growth in the number of ranked lawyers. This year, achieving a 13% increase in the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific and UK directories.
Commenting on the firm’s results, Director and Chairman, Christian Luthi said: “I am delighted that we have maintained excellent rankings year-on-year, as it demonstrates the level of talent we have on our teams firm-wide. Our lawyers are sought after by clients for their technical skills, ability and overall effectiveness and this endorsement continues to position us as a leading international law firm”.
The Legal 500 rankings highlight the practice area teams who are providing the most cutting-edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. Research is based on feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with legal private practice lawyers and a team of researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market.
Recognised lawyers: 40
Conyers Dill & Pearman is well known for acting as issuer’s counsel on Bermuda company IPOs on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), but also fields lawyers with expertise in securitisation as well as in shipping and aircraft financing.
Conyers is ‘very impressive in court and provides an extremely good service’. The firm is a dominant firm in Bermuda for litigation, alternative dispute resolution, as well as restructuring and insolvency work.
The firm acts for a majority of Bermuda’s insurance and reinsurance companies, as well as several of the world’s leading insurance companies, and other classes of insurers, including captive insurers and special purpose insurers.
Bermuda real estate advisers, Francesca Fox, Harry Kessaram and Cynthia Millett, are highly regarded for their work on commercial and residential matters, as well as civil and commercial arbitration and litigation for Bermuda properties.
The Private Client & Trust team ‘always provides an excellent service to its clients and the firm has a very well-established team in Bermuda’.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Recognised lawyers: 8
Conyers’ BVI Corporate team is consistently involved in large, complex finance transactions. The team advised Premier Oil on the implementation of a US$6 billion debt refinancing.
The firm’s litigation practice in the BVI is recognised as ‘excellent’, as they ‘provide timely and accurate responses as well as sound advice and continued support’. Conyers has a dominant practice in the BVI for significant litigation and arbitration matters.
Recognised lawyers: 14
Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Corporate practice ‘always gets what needs doing on time and its lawyers are very helpful and courteous’. They are ‘knowledgeable as well as responsive, which is an ideal combination when seeking external advice for transactions’.
Insolvency and funds litigation are the core the firm’s Cayman disputes practice. The team is also recommended for trust disputes, shareholder conflicts, and breach of directors’ duties.
The team’s insurance-related work was also recognised. Conyers’ Cayman team has particular expertise in M&A, regulatory advice, cat bonds, insurance-structured products, and insurance litigation and insolvency work.
Conyers’ funds team recognised for its ‘overall level of service’ and ‘the lawyers are fast when they need to be, and the advice is typically spot on’.
The Private Client & Trust practice is ‘matching up well against its competition’. Counsel Robert Lindley’s ‘reputation internationally is growing quickly; he is quick and clever and has excellent technical skills and a sound understanding of what each matter requires’. Paul Smith, Head of the Cayman Islands Litigation and Restructuring practice is widely recognised as a trust litigation specialist and Counsel, Bernadette Carey’s ‘calm and competent manner inspires confidence in both barristers and clients alike’.
Recognised lawyers: 6
‘One of the best full-service Cayman and BVI practices in Hong Kong’. Conyers Dill & Pearman excels at handling complex multi-jurisdictional mandates, particularly in relation to corporate finance and M&A matters. Recognised as an ‘undoubted leader in the market for equity capital markets work’, the firm continues to be involved in the majority of Hong Kong IPOs issued where a large number of Chinese companies list under offshore structures.
The Hong Kong office also provides a ‘very strong litigation and insolvency service’, and benefits from a ‘sizeable multi-lingual team in Hong Kong that has substantial experience in high-value Hong Kong litigation and commercial dealings in Greater China’.
Recognised lawyers: 4
‘A very safe pair of hands with market-leading expertise’, Conyers Dill & Pearman’s ‘dedicated team has an in-depth knowledge of clients’ business and delivers a high level of service; it also consistently delivers good-quality work and advice within reasonable time frames and in line with budget expectations, and liaises effectively with the Caribbean where required’. The London team provides legal advice in respect of Bermuda, British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands law across a range of corporate and finance transactions.