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Conyers opens law office in Mauritius

Multi-jurisdictional law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has formally opened its law office in Mauritius.

Multi-jurisdictional law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has formally opened its law office in Mauritius.

Conyers received regulatory approval and registration of Conyers Dill & Pearman (Mauritius) Limited as a joint law venture under the Mauritius Law Practitioners Act 1984. Recent amendments to Mauritius law now allow foreign law firms to establish operations in the jurisdiction to provide Mauritius legal services.

Conyers’ Mauritius office will focus on general corporate and commercial work, with particular emphasis on investment funds, private equity, joint ventures, banking and finance transactions, structured finance, and shipping and aircraft registration and financing, providing a conduit for investment into the burgeoning markets of India and South Africa.

Conyers’ sister company, Codan (Mauritius), which was established in March 2008, provides incorporation, formation, administration, corporate secretarial and management services to global business entities.

John Collis, chairman of Conyers, says: ‘We have seen significant interest from multinational clients in India and South Africa and the addition of our Mauritius office further strengthens our ability to facilitate transactions in these key emerging markets. Since establishing a Mauritius presence last year, Conyers has received a significant number of instructions and built a solid reputation for delivering the highest quality legal advice in a responsive and timely manner. We pride ourselves on advising on the world’s leading jurisdictions, and the rise of Mauritius to a highly reputable global business centre following rapid development of its global business sector made Mauritius a natural choice for Conyers. We look forward to continually augmenting our service offering in Mauritius.’

Conyers has also added Devalingum Gopalla as associate based in its London office. Gopalla specialises in hedge funds with a focus on inward and outward investment across India, China, and Africa. He also has expertise in Mauritian compliance matters, non-contentious regulatory issues and securities law.

Prior to joining Conyers, Gopalla practised as a barrister at a specialist Mauritian law firm. He has also worked at the Mauritius Financial Services Commission on regulatory law and enforcement, and as sole in-house counsel to one of the largest Indian private equity groups based in Mauritius.

Christopher Johnson-Gilbert, managing partner of Conyers’ London office, says: ‘Dev is an excellent addition to our team. His expertise in Mauritius law coupled with his focus on investment funds will enhance our existing offering, enabling us to provide our London clients with direct access to Mauritius structures. Dev’s addition to the firm reinforces Conyers’ commitment to providing the highest quality legal advice to clients in a responsive and timely manner. We are delighted to welcome Dev to the firm.’

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