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Richard D. Fear



Legal 500 Caribbean 2020 IFLR1000 Highly Regarded 2020 Chambers Global 2019

Richard Fear is a Partner in the Cayman Islands office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. His practice covers a broad range of corporate and finance transactions.

Richard’s particular focus is on corporate finance, M&A, debt and equity issues, private equity portfolio transactions, stock exchange listings and corporate reorganisations. His clients include multinational banks, corporate groups and investment managers.

Richard has been practising Cayman Islands law for more than 15 years and the laws of Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands for 7 years. He brings a commercial approach to transactions, having previously been managing director of the Cayman subsidiary of a London merchant bank and practised as a chartered accountant at a big four firm.

Experience Highlights

  • Advised Compañía Española de Petróleos (CEPSA) on its C$2.3 billion acquisition by merger of Coastal Energy Company.
  • Advised TDR Capital and Stonegate Pub Company on the issue of ₤400 million Senior Secured Notes due 2019.
  • Advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the combination of Chromaflo Technologies with the colorants business of CPS Color Group.
  • Advised Central European Media Enterprises Ltd on the issue of $340 million senior secured notes due 2017 and 71 million share warrants.
  • Advised Exar Corporation on the acquisition by tender offer and merger of Integrated Memory Logic.

Professional Background

  • Counsel, Conyers Dill & Pearman, London
  • Partner, Charles Adams Ritchie & Duckworth, Cayman Islands
  • Managing Director, Morgan Grenfell, Cayman Islands
  • Senior Manager, Price Waterhouse, London


  • University of Cambridge, LLM, 1997
  • University of Liverpool, LLB, 1995
  • University of Exeter, BSc, 1975

Bar Admissions

  • British Virgin Islands, Solicitor, 2010
  • England & Wales, Solicitor, 2009 (not currently practising)
  • Bermuda, Registered Associate, 2007
  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-Law, 1998
  • England & Wales, Barrister, 1998 (not currently practising)

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2020 edition (and since 2015) of Legal 500 Caribbean (corporate and commercial)
  • Recognised in the 2020 edition (and since 2016) of IFLR1000 (investment funds, financial and corporate)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and since 2013) of Chambers Global (corporate and finance)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and since 2017) of Legal 500 Caribbean (insurance)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and 2018) of Legal 500 Caribbean (banking, finance and capital markets)
  • Recognised in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal (capital markets)
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition of Legal 500 Caribbean (investment funds)
  • Recognised in the 2012 edition of Chambers UK (corporate and finance)
  • Recognised in the 2009 edition of Chambers UK (corporate and finance)


  • Member of the Cayman Islands Law Society
  • Member of the Caymanian Bar Association
  • Member of Middle Temple
  • Member of the Law Society
  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Upcoming Firm Events

26 Feb 2020
Duff & Phelps Fund Liquidity Breakfast Briefing

Grocers' Hall
Princes St.
London, England
United Kingdom

26 Feb 2020
Asset Recovery International

InterContinental Dublin
Simmonscourt Rd
Ballsbridge, Dublin