Founded in 1928, Conyers Dill & Pearman is an international law firm advising locally on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius and also from offices in the key financial centres of Dubai, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. We provide responsive, sophisticated, solution-driven legal advice to clients seeking specialised expertise on corporate and commercial, litigation, restructuring and insolvency and trust and private client matters. Conyers is affiliated with the Codan group of companies, which provide a range of trust, corporate secretarial, accounting and management services.
Our British Virgin Islands office was established in 1996 in Tortola. We have become a leader in offshore legal services in the BVI, to where today we are internationally recognised as Tier 1 across all leading law firm directories. Bringing us to this point is the culmination of building long-standing client relationships, facilitating legal and regulatory changes and breadth and depth of expertise in all aspects of litigation and corporate matters.
Conyers’ Litigation & Restructuring practice is comprised of eight advocates ranging from junior lawyers to the most senior of advocates in the jurisdiction with significant expertise in litigation and arbitration matters; offering the most experienced and comprehensive practice of any offshore firm in the BVI. Conyers prides itself on being the only firm with two BVI advocates ranked together as Tier 1 by Chambers & Partners’ Global Directory over the last two years, and ranked Tier 1 as a litigation practice for the last six years. We are frequently involved in leading international litigation work in the BVI, and have acted on many of the reported cases before both the Commercial Court and the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal. Conyers’ exemplary status in the region has led to a distinguished track record of advising on high profile disputes. These have included acting in the largest of asset tracing litigation from and by CIS states, through to the largest and most complex of receiverships involving PRC work seen in the BVI.
Conyers has also been involved with cases concerning the recognition of arbitral awards and the use of such awards to form the basis of a petition to appoint liquidators over a BVI company. We see arbitration as a potential growth area, not just in the context of assistance to foreign arbitration, but also as it relates to domestic arbitration. This is due to the new Arbitration Act and its comprehensive regime for the recognition of awards and the granting of interim measures. To that end Conyers, with its previous expertise, and many of its lawyers being members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, are positioned to offer the depth and credible advice which distinguishes us from other legal professionals in the market.
Our client base spans the globe and includes foreign states, financial institutions, FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 companies, multinationals, private equity and hedge funds, trust companies, insolvency practitioners, accountancy firms and high-net-worth individuals. Through our demonstrated experience in many of the region’s leading cases, our clients continue to turn to us for our timely strategic advice in their complex cross-border matters involving commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, emergency interim relief, as well as insolvency and restructuring matters involving schemes of arrangement, liquidation and asset tracing. Our clients have been quoted as saying: “(Conyers' BVI team is) absolutely first class; it pays great attention to detail while applying a commercial overview” (Legal 500 2015) and "They are very responsive, flexible and work well as a team" (Chambers & Partners 2015).
Further, the BVI office has significant expertise in corporate and finance transactions, including IPOs, M&A, banking and acquisition and asset finance matters. We also advise on investment funds and private equity, as well as equity and debt capital markets. Conyers is the market leader for BVI M&A work and offshore IPOs on all major exchanges, having recently advised on both the largest M&A transaction (the sale of TNK-BP) and largest IPO (Lenta) ever involving a BVI company.
As a well-regulated jurisdiction, BVI is considered a key centre for sophisticated investment vehicles and is the second largest offshore jurisdiction for hedge fund domiciliation. Our BVI office also has one of the largest private equity and investment funds practices on the island. Our team provides specialist advice to clients on the day-to-day operations of their fund matters from initial fund formation and structuring to restructuring and winding up of funds.
Specialising in contentious and non-contentious work, the private client team’s experience includes creation and reorganisation of trusts and corporate structures for preservation of client capital and succession planning of ownership structures for family businesses. Trust litigators support the team in substantial trust litigation, acting for trustees, protectors and beneficiaries.
- Chambers Global Awards 2014 – Offshore Law Firm of the Year
- IFLR Asia Awards 2014 – Offshore Firm of the Year
- SE Asia Law Awards 2014 – Offshore Firm of the Year
- MENA Fund Manager Fund Services Awards 2014 – Best Offshore Law Firm
- US Captive Services Awards 2014 – Offshore Law Firm of the Year
- China Business Law Journal 2015 - Best Law Firm for Offshore Work
Partner & Head of Litigation, BVI
Wickhams Cay 1
PO Box 3140
Road Town, Tortola
British Virgin Islands
Tel: +1 (284) 852-1113