Conyers Dill & Pearman has opened Conyers Dill e Pearman (Brazil) Servicos de Consultoria Ltda. in São Paulo, paving the way for the pioneering law firm to provide offshore legal services from Brazil. This move makes Conyers the first offshore law firm to establish a physical presence in Brazil.
Two Conyers partners have relocated and are on the ground in São Paulo. Alan Dickson will manage the new office and is joined by Benjamin Dyer. Alan has relocated from the Bermuda office where he spent the last 8 years practising in the corporate department, following 16 years practicing corporate and securities law in Canada. Benjamin has practised with Conyers for the last 8 years in the corporate departments of the Bermuda and Hong Kong offices.
The Cayman Islands is largely seen as the domicile of choice among Latin American companies. By establishing a presence in Brazil, Conyers will open up the channel for Latin American business flowing into Cayman.
The São Paulo office will initially focus on general corporate, company and commercial work, with particular emphasis on investment funds, public company listings, initial public offerings and holding company incorporations.
Conyers Chairman John Collis commented: ‘Brazil is a dynamic market, and establishing a physical presence here provides a distinct advantage to our São Paulo based clients and referrers of business. It strengthens our ability to provide the full range of our services to clients in their own business environment in a highly personalised manner that is conducive to local conditions.’
Alan Dickson, managing partner of the São Paulo office commented: ‘Our physical presence adds value to the services provided by firms in Brazil. We give them reliable access to prime offshore jurisdictions. As the first and only offshore law firm in Brazil we expect to establish ourselves swiftly to consolidate our position as the leading provider of offshore legal services in Latin America.’
‘Having a physical Conyers presence in São Paulo puts our jurisdiction directly in front of Brazil based referrers of business. With Conyers’ partners meeting regularly with Brazilian lawyers and businessmen, when they think of an offshore jurisdiction it is now even more likely that they will think of Cayman rather than others,’ said Richard Finlay, Managing Partner of Conyers’ Cayman office.
Brazil has a proven and sophisticated business infrastructure and is poised for further growth. Investment and companies continue to enter the market and while regulations are still quite complex, reforms continue to liberalise trade.
Conyers’ move into São Paulo follows its entry into Moscow in March of this year, making it the first offshore law firm to open an office in Russia and further solidifying its position as industry leader.