International offshore law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has appointed Christopher Johnson-Gilbert as managing partner of the firm’s London Office.
Christopher is well respected as a former magic circle partner with significant experience in the London corporate market, specialising in investment funds and general corporate and commercial law, including cross-border joint ventures and M&A. Prior to joining Conyers Dill & Pearman in 2002, Christopher was a partner Linklaters for over 15 years, based primarily in London with three years in Hong Kong, states a press release.
In his new role, Christopher will become responsible for management of the London office. He will set the strategic course for the firm’s London operations, building on the firm’s position as a global leader in the provision of advice on the laws of Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands.
Johnson-Gilbert said of his new position: ‘I am honoured to be appointed to this role within the firm and I am looking forward to bringing my experience to bear on the future plans of Conyers Dill & Pearman. I will seek to build on the considerable achievements of Martin Lane over the past 10 years.’
Christopher replaces Martin Lane as head of the office. Martin opened the London office in April 1998 and has held the reins ever since.
Johnson Gilbert added: ‘Martin is one of the firm’s most respected and experienced fee earners and this shift of emphasis will allow him to focus on his client relationships, and in particular to take advantage of opportunities arising from our expanding network of offices and recent decision to start a Mauritius law practice.’
John Collis, Chairman of Conyers Dill & Pearman, commented: ‘During his time as Head of our London office, Martin has presided over a period of steady growth, which has seen the office expand and move from its original location on Threadneedle Street to Dominion Street to accommodate this growth. We are thankful to Martin’s dedicated and committed service to the firm and we warmly welcome Christopher in his new role.’
The firm’s London office has gone from strength to strength since its establishment over a decade ago as a European base through which to provide seamless legal services to Conyers’ global client base. Recently, the addition of an office in Moscow to the firm’s continually expanding jurisdictional presence has provided Conyers Dill & Pearman with twin pillars of European servicing capability.