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Richard D. Fear


Cayman Islands   + 1 345 814 7759

Richard D. Fear

Legal 500 Caribbean 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)

10 May 2019
Establishing a business in the Cayman Islands

23 Mar 2019
Cayman Islands – The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law 2018

09 Oct 2018
Cayman Asia M&A Report H1 2018

24 May 2018
Listing Bespoke Debt on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange

17 May 2018
Looming Deadlines in the Cayman Islands: Are you in compliance?

15 May 2018
Cayman Islands Country-by-Country Update

24 Apr 2018
Deadline Looming to Register as a Non-Profit Organisation in the Cayman Islands

20 Apr 2018
Cayman Islands AML Requirements

13 Apr 2018
Cayman Islands Beneficial Ownership Regime Update

20 Mar 2018
Russia Announces New Capital Amnesty and Extension for Tax-Free Liquidations

09 Feb 2018
Cayman Islands Anti-Money Laundering Regulatory Update – February 2018

23 Jan 2018
Cayman Asia M&A Report H2 2017

18 Jan 2018
International Tax Compliance: Country-by-Country Reporting Regulations Introduced in the Cayman Islands

17 Nov 2017
The Foundation Companies Law

14 Nov 2017
Conyers Sponsors Martial Arts Scholarship Programme

24 Oct 2017
Cayman Islands Foundation Companies Law Now in Force

21 Sep 2017
Cayman Asia M&A Report H1 2017

12 Jun 2017
The Cayman Islands Introduces the Limited Liability Partnership Law

08 May 2017
Cayman Islands Beneficial Ownership Regime

05 May 2017
The Cayman Islands Stock Exchange Listing Rules 2017 Revision

30 Mar 2017
A New Foundations Law for the Cayman Islands

10 Jul 2016
Cayman Islands: Get Ready for the LLC Law

08 Jul 2016
Cayman Islands Limited Liability Companies Law – Now in Force

10 Jun 2016
The Cayman Islands Introduces Limited Liability Companies

29 Dec 2015
Client Alert: The Cayman Islands LLC is Coming

03 Jul 2014
Cayman Islands: The Exempted Limited Partnership Law, 2014

26 May 2014
Cayman Islands: The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Law, 2014

26 Mar 2014
The Directors Registration and Licensing Bill, 2014

22 Jan 2014
Corporate Governance for Regulated Mutual Funds in the Cayman Islands

02 Dec 2013
The Cayman Islands and the United States Sign FATCA Agreement

11 Nov 2013

18 Jan 2013
Cayman Mutual Funds Amendments 2013

02 Jun 2008
London Stock Exchange Launches New Specialist Funds Market

26 Jun 2018
Conyers advises PagSeguro Digital Ltd. on its US$1.1 billion FPO listing on the New York Stock Exchange

05 Feb 2018
Conyers advises on first major Stellar Network token sale

23 Jan 2018
Conyers advises PagSeguro Digital Ltd. on its US$2.3 billion IPO

14 May 2015
Conyers advised Onex Corporation on acquisition of Survitec Group

13 Apr 2015
Conyers advises Amber Road Inc. on acquisition of ecVision

24 Dec 2014
Conyers advises on the first London Stock Exchange listing of a Cayman Islands Special Economic Zone Company

04 Nov 2014
Conyers advises Exar Corporation on US$224 million acquisition of Integrated Memory Logic Limited

11 Aug 2014
Conyers advises on the offering of US$275 million 8.50% Senior Notes due 2022 by Viking Cruises Ltd

12 May 2014
Conyers advises Stonegate Pub Company on the issue of ₤400 million Senior Secured Notes due 2019 and its entry into a new ₤25 million Revolving Credit Facility

17 Apr 2014
Conyers advises Qannas Investments Limited on acquisition of interests in ADCM SPEF L.P. and SPE Qannas C Limited

29 Jan 2014
Conyers advises PureCircle Limited on new financing facility – August 2013

17 Dec 2013
Conyers advises RC Cayman Hotel Holdings Ltd. on US$130 million refinancing of the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman property

20 Jul 2011
Conyers advises Jellybook on AIM Listing – July 2011

04 May 2011
Conyers advises BMO Financial Group on multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Lloyd George Management – April 2011

22 Jul 2009
Conyers provides Cayman counsel on $140 million shari’a-compliant aircraft sale and lease-back arrangement

  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and since 2013) of Chambers Global (corporate and finance)
  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and since 2015) of Legal 500 Caribbean (corporate and commercial)
  • 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 2019 edition (and since 2016) of IFLR1000 (investment funds, financial and corporate)
  • 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