Conyers makes bid for offshore supremacy with raids on rivals

Conyers Dill & Pearman has made a series of hires as it attempts to move up the offshore rankings.

Dawn Smith

Dawn Smith

In the Cayman Islands the firm raided rival Maitland for attorneys-at-law Sara Collins and Bernadette Carey. Collins left Walkers, where she was a litigation partner, to launch Maitland’s Cayman operation last year (The Lawyer, 23 June 2008).

Conyers’ London office has hired hedge fund associate Devalingum Gopalla, who specialises in investment into and out of India, China and Africa. Gopalla was previously a barrister at Mauritian firm Belgrave International.

Conyers launched a Mauritius base in October last year in a bid to capture work emerging from India (The Lawyer,13 October 2008).

In the British Virgin Islands (BVI) the firm has recruited Dawn Smith and Tameka Davis.

Smith has rejoined the firm after leaving in 2006 to become director of the BVI government office in ­London. Davis, who specialises in commercial and corporate litigation, joins from Anguilla-based Webster Dyrud Mitchell, where she was an associate.