This annual review highlights Conyers Dill & Pearman’s global corporate transactional legal work in 2017 across economic markets and industry sectors. Over the course of the year, Conyers’ expertise in a wide range of practice areas, sectors, and geographies has served the needs of diverse businesses at all stages of their life cycles.
Our work in 2017 spanned equity and debt markets in North America, UK, and Hong Kong, cross-border financings, M&A, and corporate restructuring worldwide. Observed trends include the increasing presence of Fintech, the notable increase of IPOs in the Chinese education sector, and the growth in corporate transactional work in Latin America, examples of which are illustrated throughout.
The Conyers jurisdictions of Bermuda, BVI, Cayman, and Mauritius are central to international corporate finance, as evidenced by this annual review. The presence of Bermuda public companies on the NYSE and Nasdaq remains strong and several significant transactions are in the pipeline for 2018. Cayman companies are particularly active in the Asian markets, with 133 new listings on the SEHK in 2017 alone. Finally, despite the tremendous challenges brought by a series of devastating natural disasters, BVI saw several landmark transactions close in 2017 (including Despegar’s IPO which closed on the day Category 5 Hurricane Maria hit the BVI), demonstrating both the BVI’s resilience and its role as a leading offshore centre for major corporate transactions.
Conyers also provides comprehensive corporate administration, management, and trust services across our network of offices to many of the world’s leading corporations. Our team of capable corporate administrators was busy in 2017 serving the needs of global companies through the provision of registered office, administration, and directorship services.
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2017 Global Corporate Year in Review