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Conyers Dill & Pearman has one of the largest and most experienced international offshore private client and trust practices in the world.

Our lawyers provide top-tier advice to ultra high net worth clients with family trust structures, both in original design of the structure or restructuring in adjustment to changing tax or family circumstances, as well as in ongoing administration, particularly private trust companies and those owning businesses. Conyers’ private client service seeks to deliver solution-driven advice for our clients’ unique requirements. Specialising in both structuring advice and contentious work, the Firm advises clients and onshore attorneys on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. Conyers regularly advises on the creation of offshore trusts for international clients for private wealth succession and long-term management.

Through our global network of offices and close relationships with leading onshore tax and legal advisors, Conyers serves a diverse international group of clients. These include ultrahigh net worth business owners, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, charitable entities, professional trustees and their onshore legal advisors.

Conyers’ private client team is complemented by experienced trust litigators in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, who are regularly involved in substantial trust litigation, acting for trustees, protectors and beneficiaries.

The team also focuses on the reorganisation of trusts and corporate structures for the purpose of preservation of client capital and structuring succession planning for family businesses.


  • Dynastic estate planning
  • Structuring ownership of substantial family-run operating businesses
  • Designing appropriate corporate governance of cross-border structures for private trust companies to bolster the substance of family and business succession planning
  • Restructuring trusts, often to extend the duration of a trust or to improve tax efficiencies
  • Trust litigation and pre-litigation trust dispute resolution
  • Trust administration and fiduciary issues
  • Advising on corporate trust issues in connection with unit trusts, acquisitions, joint ventures and securitisations
  • Creation of charitable foundations
  • Disclosure issues involving trusts
  • Prenuptial agreements and protecting trusts from divorce
  • Customising reporting solutions for both FATCA and CRS compliance
  • BVI VISTA trusts
  • Cayman STAR trusts
  • Charitable and non-charitable purpose trusts
  • Employee benefit trusts
Alec R. Anderson
Director, Global Head of Private Client & Trust

Bermuda   +1 441 299 4945

Erik Bodden

Cayman Islands   +1 345 814 7754

Nicola Bruce

Bermuda   +1 441 299 4936

Davina Hargun

Bermuda   +1 441 279 5377

Robert Lindley
Counsel, Head of Cayman & BVI Private Client & Trust

British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands   +1 345 814 7360

Christian R. Luthi
Director and Chairman

Bermuda   +1 441 298 7814

Wesley O’Brien

Cayman Islands   +1 345 814 7350

Paul Smith
Partner, Head of Cayman Islands Litigation & Restructuring Practice

Cayman Islands   +1 345 814 7777


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