Conyers Dill & Pearman has confirmed that it will open its Dubai office in July following its successful application for a licence from the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).
As first reported by The Lawyer (24 April) the firm registered at office at the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).
The firm’s Middle East operation will be established by Rosemarie Chen, who set up the firm’s Singapore office as well as being instrumental in the development of the Hong Kong office.
London-based associate Roger Burgess has been promoted to partner and will move to Dubai to run the new office. He will be joined by Bermuda-based corporate lawyer Guy Cooper.
John Collis, chairman of Conyers Dill & Pearman said: “Dubai has positioned itself as the financial service centre for the region. It has been successful in attracting major banks, finance houses, investment managers and international law firms.”
“By establishing a physical presence in Dubai we are positioning ourselves to be able to offer those organisations timely support and advice on each of the jurisdictions of Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands,” he added.
Dubai gives Conyers its eighth international office, making it one of the biggest players in the offshore legal market. It also has operations in Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, London and Singapore.
Conyers follows Cayman-headquartered Walkers to the region which opened an office in Dubai last year, as first reported by The Lawyer (21 November 2005).