Conyers Dill & Pearman
Offshore top 30 position: 5
Conyers Dill & Pearman has continued its slow-but-steady growth by adding two partners between 2011 and 2012, and keeping the rest of its headcount roughly similar to 2011.
Change at the top was the main theme for the Bermuda-based firm. Chairman John Collis, who had been at the helm for years, retired and was replaced by co-chairs Narinder Hargun and David Lamb. Hargun sits in Conyers’ Bermuda headquarters while Lamb is based in Hong Kong. Both are continuing to fee earn.
Meanwhile, Kevin Butler became head of the Cayman office and Christopher Bickley took over as Hong Kong head. In Mauritius, Stephen Scali joined the firm to lead the office from a role as chief executive of a locally based trust company. Other hires were below partner level but across the firm’s network of offices.
Conyers’ presence in jurisdictions such as Mauritius and Russia paid off, with some good instructions, including a role on the $55bn acquisition of BP’s Russian subsidiary TNK-BP by Rosneft.
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The UK government announced late last year that it would seek to make arrangements for the automatic exchange of information with its overseas territories.