Bermuda: Conyers Maintains Band 1 Ranking For Offshore Trusts
Last Updated: 19 September 2017

Conyers Dill & Pearman's Bermuda and Cayman Islands Private Client & Trust practices have retained Band 1 ranking in Chambers & Partners' High Net Worth Guide. Conyers remains the only offshore firm ranked Band 1 in both regions.

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Band 1

  • Alec Anderson, Director & Global Head of Private Client & Trust
  • Narinder Hargun, Director & Co-Chairman of the Firm

Band 2

  • Peter Pearman, Director
  • Craig McIntyre, Director

Band 3

  • Robert Lindley, Counsel & Head of the Private Client & Trust in Cayman and BVI

As in 2016, Conyers Trust Company Limited, an affiliate of Conyers, was also listed as a recommended advisor in the Trust Companies category for Bermuda.

"We are delighted to see our rankings maintained", said Alec Anderson. "This is a commendable endorsement, recognising the high standard of service we continually provide to our global client base".

The Chambers & Partners' High Net Worth Guide is specifically aimed at the private wealth market and provides objective, independent and research-based guidance on an international scale, recognising the world's leading high net worth advisers.

Highlights from the directory include:

Conyers Dill & Pearman is widely regarded as a top-tier firm in Bermuda and has an "excellent" private client team. It advises individuals, families and corporate clients on the creation, administration and restructuring of family trust structures. The firm's client base is strongly international, including the USA, Hong Kong, Brazil, Colombia and Europe.

Alec Anderson leads the global private client and trust department and is highly regarded internationally for his trusts and estates practice. "He is an excellent lawyer, one of the best in this area and he has a huge amount of expertise," reports one interviewee. Anderson handles family business succession, trust restructuring and the creation of private trust companies. He specialises in cross-border trust and estate planning for UHNW clients and also advises professional trustees on trust and regulatory law. "He is someone who I respect hugely," a fellow attorney comments. "He is a very distinguished lawyer, hugely experienced, and someone whose judgement I trust. It's the way he can portray a common sense solution that's terribly important."

Narinder Hargun is a "very prominent litigation lawyer" and heads the litigation and restructuring department in Conyers' Bermuda office. He has over thirty years' experience in offshore litigation and arbitration matters and has participated in many significant commercial cases before the Bermuda courts. He is also BVI-qualified. He is recognised as "excellent" on trust matters and described as "a litigator's litigator" by sources, who also regard him as _"very good, very thorough and a very clever man."

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Craig MacIntyre is a "thoughtful, pragmatic" lawyer who focuses on non-contentious trusts work. He is a director of the firm's private client and trust department in Bermuda, and his practice has an international focus with a significant base of South American and Russian clients. "He's terrific - very responsive to clients' needs, very knowledgeable in his field and a pleasure to work with," enthuses one offshore source, adding: "I think he's a consummate professional, who not only meets but rather exceeds clients" expectations. Craig really stands out for his combination of deep substantive legal knowledge combined with business acumen and sensitivity to client needs.

Peter Pearman, a director in the private client and trust department of the Bermuda office of the firm, focuses his practice on non-contentious trust work. "He's a great guy, I like him a lot. If I need to contact someone at Conyers, he's the person I think of first," says a fellow lawyer. Pearman handles the use of trusts in commercial transactions, as well as advising families and trust companies on estate planning matters. "He's very proactive, very keen to actually help you as a trustee," reports a market insider.

Robert Lindley heads up the private client and trust practice for both the Cayman Islands and the BVI. He handles non-contentious private client matters and also trusts litigation. Multiple sources highlight his approachability as a particular asset: "He is down to earth, he speaks clearly and precisely, and conveys what he needs to for the people he deals with. He's very accessible and very good on the advice he gives." A fellow practitioner says: "He is well liked by clients, he has a very personable manner, and he is also able to turn work round quite quickly." Lindley is considered to be "very sharp, very on the ball," as well as "an absolute delight to deal with."

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