The strength of Conyers’ legal practice in Bermuda has been recognised by The Legal 500 directory 2020, with 32 local Conyers lawyers ranked.
Director and Chairman, Christian Luthi said: “I am delighted to see that once again we have received such excellent rankings. It is testament to the quality of our lawyers and the professionalism and expertise they have demonstrated in serving our clients over the course of the past year.”
Conyers is highly rated for its expertise in M&A, IPOs, insurance, securitization, shipping and aircraft financing and corporate restructuring. The directory says: “Conyers has both the technical expertise and local connections to make the Bermuda aspect of any transaction run smoothly”. A number of directors and associates were singled out for the high quality of their work.
The firm is the only Bermuda firm ranked Tier 1 for Dispute Resolution. Conyers’ litigation and restructuring team is frequently involved in leading commercial litigation work. It has “an exceptional team of offshore lawyers, who regularly appear in the largest cases and have a strength in depth across a range of disciplines”. The practice is described as “simply the best in Bermuda” with lawyers such as Christian Luthi being “held in very high regard” and Jeffrey Elkinson and Ben Adamson labelled “five-star practitioners”.
The only Private Client & Trust practice in Bermuda ranked Tier 1, the team attracts praise for its assistance with the creation of private trust companies, cross-border restructurings and the modification and variation of trusts. The team also has a “robust contentious trust practice”, which handles the protection of family wealth from divorce and other litigation.
Conyers’ Real Estate & Property group “typically handles complex residential and commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, leases, property financing work, and real estate disputes and arbitrations”. Counsel Francesca Fox is “recommended for all aspects of commercial and residential real estate”, whilst senior attorney Harry Kessaram was described as having “substantial experience across residential and commercial property transfers and major hotel real estate transactions”.
Bermuda listed lawyers:
Alec Anderson (Leading Individual), Helen Cooper, Karen Corless, Craig MacIntyre, Peter Pearman, Stephanie Bernard (Rising Star)
Francesca Fox, Harry Kessaram, Cynthia Millett
Charles Collis (Leading Individual), Chris Garrod (Leading Individual), Sophia Greaves, Jacqueline King (Rising Star), Alexandra Macdonald (Rising Star)
Jeffrey Elkinson (Leading Individual), Christian Luthi (Leading Individual), Ben Adamson, Scott Pearman (Next Generation Partner), Rhys Williams (Rising Star)
Corporate and Commercial
Graham Collis (Leading Individual), David Cooke (Leading Individual), Marcello Ausenda, Guy Cooper, Elizabeth Denman, Chris Garrod, Sophia Greaves, Neil Henderson, Niel Jones, Chiara Nannini (Next Generation Partner), Jason Piney, David Stubbs (Rising Star)
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
Marcello Ausenda (Leading Individual), David Cooke (Leading Individual), Jason Piney (Leading Individual), Graham Collis, Guy Cooper, Sophia Greaves, Neil Henderson, Niel Jones, Chiara Nannini, Victor Richards (Next Generation Partner), Angela Atherden (Rising Star), Edward Rance
The Legal 500 rankings highlight the practice area teams who are providing the most cutting-edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. Research is based on feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with legal private practice lawyers and a team of researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market.