Pytches joins CDP in private practice

Over 10 years experience in trusts

Attorney
David Pytches has been hired to Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Cayman Trust &
Private Client practice.

He
has over 10 years’ experience in trusts and succession law and will focus on
all aspects of non-contentious private client and trusts law.

His
practice includes advising institutional and private clients on the establishment of trusts for estate planning purposes, reserved
powers trusts, STAR trusts, PTC structures, the powers and obligations of
trustees, the rights of beneficiaries and the functions of protectors and
enforcers.

David also has expertise in
preparing wills and advising on cross border succession matters, and on the
uses of trusts in commercial contexts, including share trusts and unit trusts. Prior to joining Conyers, David
worked as a private client solicitor in the UK and then in the trusts group of
another major offshore law firm, based initially in Cayman and latterly in
Jersey.

David’s
hire follows the launch of Conyers’ Cayman Islands Private Client practice in
September 2009.

Led
by Caymanian partner Sara Collins, the new practice provides specialist advice
on all aspects of Cayman Islands trust law to Cayman licensed trustees and
clients, including high net worth individual residents worldwide, and corporate
and commercial trusts.

Sara
has over 15 years’ experience as a contentious trusts practitioner in the
Cayman Islands, specialising in private and commercial trusts, distressed
funds, partnerships, and disputes involving fiduciaries, trusts and trust company
work. Prior to joining Conyers, Sara was head of Maitland’s Cayman office and
Head of the Trusts Disputes Group of another large Cayman firm. Sara is
supported by attorney Bernadette Carey, who specializes in trusts law with wider litigation experience in general dispute
resolution work including insolvency and commercial litigation.

Since launching the practice, Sara
has worked closely
with Alec Anderson, Global Head of Trust and Private Client, and partner
Nigel Meeson Q.C. in the Cayman Islands, to oversee its growth. The team
has actively developed business for Codan Trust Company (Cayman) Limited, Conyers’
Cayman trust company, which is headed by Sharon Pierson, a well-known Cayman
lawyer who joined the firm in 2007 having spent 10 years as partner at Maples
and Calder.

In
addition, Sara has been increasing the practice’s presence internationally, and
recently co-chaired the Legal Week Trusts & Estates
Litigation Forum, which will saw leading international experts gather in
Provence to discuss various issues affecting trusts with an audience of
lawyers, banks and other financial companies.

On
13 May, Conyers will host its 2nd Annual Conyers Trust Forum in London, where
lawyers from the Cayman trust team will deliver a series of interactive
presentations about the advantages of Cayman as a jurisdiction to the London
luxury wealth market.

Richard
Finlay, managing Partner of Conyers’ Cayman Islands office, commented: “The
introduction of our private client practice in the Cayman Islands marks a
notable step in our growth in the Cayman Islands and the hire of each of these
lawyers is a strong endorsement of our direction. We can now provide Cayman
Islands advice on corporate law, litigation and private client matters.”

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