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14 Apr 2009

Offshore Law Pioneers Expand to Brazil

Cayman Islands law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman now has the official approval and licensing permission for a São Paulo partnership by the the Brazilian Bar Association.

As the only offshore firm to have an office in Brazil, the São Paulo practice will initially focus on investment funds, public company listings and holding company incorporations, providing clients with direct access to the key jurisdictions of the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Mauritius.

The São Paulo launch solidifies Conyers’ presence in the fast-growing BRIC markets. In March 2008, the firm became the first and only offshore firm to have an office in Russia with the launch of its Moscow office. In October 2008, Conyers established a presence in Mauritius, a preferred jurisdiction for structuring investments in India, and added the provision of Mauritius legal advice to its roster of jurisdictions to service the Indian, Middle Eastern and African markets.

"Even in this challenging economic climate, the prospects for leading Brazilian businesses in global commerce are immense." Conyers Chairman John Collis commented, "The firm’s entry into Brazil and the other major BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) markets is part of our strategy to provide responsive advice to our clients in the world’s key financial centres and reinforces our strength as a leader in the market for offshore legal services."

Established in 1928, Conyers now has over 550 staff and 150 lawyers specialising in the financial laws of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman and Mauritius Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Singapore and now São Paulo.

1 comment:

Jay Rogers said...

Alex, do you know of a Brazilian blogger who covers hedge funds? Doesn't need to blog in English necessarily (I'm fluent in Portuguese). I'm a lawyer who works in the corporate/capital markets area and I'm just trying to stay on top of developments in the hedge fund market there. Jay Rogers