Fozeia Rana-Fahy

Fozeia acts for both international and local clients in a wide range of complex disputes including corporate, banking, insurance, employment / immigration, insolvency and high-value trust litigation cases. She routinely advises and gives presentations on topical issues for the banking, insurance, trust and private client sectors in Bermuda. She also has a successful mediation practice and is the leader of the Bermuda Business Development Agency Trust & Private Client Group Executive.

Firm Overview:

MJM is one of Bermuda’s leading law firms. We have a broad ranging practice with a reputation for excellence in our core practice areas.

MJM is regularly retained by leading international law firms. We offer practical, common sense advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in Bermuda. We also offer a high degree of Director involvement in the work that we do. Each practice area is led by a Director who is recognised as a leading practitioner in Bermuda in their respective field of specialisation. Our collaborative approach across practice areas enables us to offer a comprehensive and thorough service to our clients.

MJM attorneys are regularly listed in international guides to legal practitioners in Bermuda, including Chambers Global — The World’s Leading Lawyers, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500.

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Ronald Myers

Ronald Myers is a director of Marshall Diel & Myers Limited and manages the firm’s commercial law practice. Ronald is also the principal source of knowledge support for the Litigation and Advice Team. He has over 30 years of legal experience specializing in constitutional and administrative law, statutory and regulatory law, contract drafting and interpretation and general commercial litigation and advice. Ronald is one of the senior regulatory lawyers in Bermuda.

Ronald began his career in litigation, moved to parliamentary drafting and then obtained his postgraduate qualifications in 1987. He spent the next seven years as parliamentary counsel and legal advisor to various Governments in the Caribbean, as well as in Bermuda, returning to private practice in 1994. In 1998, he and fellow director Mark Diel formed their law partnership, Diel & Myers. In 2002 Marshall and Aicardi joined with Diel & Myers to become Marshall Diel & Myers.

Expertise

Ronald is the firm’s leading knowledge resource on a broad range of legal matters. In his role as expert advisor to the Litigation and Advice Group, he has prepared or assisted in the preparation of cases at every level and played a significant part in many of the firm’s major successes. Ronald has extensive experience in handling a range of legal matters relating to disputes between employers and employees; companies and shareholders; and trustees and beneficiaries.  He regularly drafts and reviews commercial contracts and advises on complex public law, statutory and contract enforcement and interpretation matters.

Ronald spends much of his time as an expert advisor to attorneys engaged in large and complex civil litigation matters. He is a seasoned specialist in public law litigation, including commercial judicial review matters touching on constitutional and administrative law issues, as well as issues of statutory interpretation.  He is also well versed in litigation turning on issues of contractual interpretation and enforcement, as well as directorial duties and powers. As a skilled legal draftsman, he regularly advises clients on contract drafting issues. He often works with international teams of commercial litigation attorneys and Queen’s Counsel. Ronald has been involved in some of the most important constitutional cases in Bermuda and has appeared before the Privy Council.

Ronald has significant experience serving the telecommunications, oil & gas, technology, financial services and public sectors. He has represented many of the leading telecommunications companies advising on new regulatory landscapes and regulatory reform and has been lead counsel to two major energy companies. As the firm’s public law specialist he has frequently represented clients at numerous regulatory hearings and in relation to numerous regulatory matters. Ronald also continues to advise the Government in various matters at varying levels of complexity, having previously been the principal advisor to the Ministry of Finance, the Department of Immigration and the Bermuda Monetary Authority when he was engaged by the Attorney General.

Ronald has served as a member of the Law Reform Committee and the National Training Board, and while engaged by the Attorney General, acted as his representative on the Insurance Advisory Committee.

Education

University of the West Indies (at Cave Hill), Barbados, West Indies (LL.B (Hons.), 1983)

Hugh Wooding Law School, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies (LEC, 1985)

University of the West Indies (at Cave Hill), Barbados, West Indies (Dip. Leg., 1987)

Bar Admissions

Trinidad, 1985

Bermuda, 1994

Industry Associations

Member, Bermuda Bar Association

Commissioner for Oaths

Notable Matters

Litigation through to the Privy Council, concerning the constitutional rights of business startups, and questions as to freedom of association and deprivation of property in the face of restrictive Governmental legislation.

Litigation concerning the constitutional rights of telecommunications providers to freedom of association within the marketplace.

Litigation concerning the privacy rights of employees.

Drafting of the instructions for the first version of the Government’s insurance regulations first creating different classes of insurers and drafting of the commentary on the employment legislation in its formative phases on behalf of industry groups.

Part of a team engaged to represent one of Bermuda’s most prominent re-insurers, in its groundbreaking efforts to own property in Bermuda which culminated in the drafting of an historic private Act of the Bermuda Legislature.

 

Mark A.C. Diel

Mark is a Director of Marshall Diel & Myers Limited with over 30 years of experience. After completing his pupillage in London, Mark started his practice in Bermuda in 1987 gaining a broad experience in criminal, civil, constitutional and administrative litigation.  Mark and fellow director Ronald Myers formed their law partnership in 1998 bearing the name Diel & Myers Limited. Diel & Myers quickly established a reputation as one of the top litigation firms in Bermuda.  In 2002, Marshall and Aicardi joined with Diel & Myers to become Marshall Diel & Myers Limited.

Expertise

Mark is widely regarded as one of the top commercial litigators in Bermuda and he has developed his reputation as a tenacious and no-nonsense advocate.  He has appeared as advocate in all level of courts in Bermuda and has appeared before the Privy Council.  When necessary he works as part of an international team of commercial litigation attorneys and works closely with Queen’s Counsel and instructing attorneys from major firms in England, Canada and United States.

Mark has a wealth of litigation and corporate experience, and specialises in contentious commercial litigation.  He has appeared as counsel in most of the significant insolvency cases in Bermuda over the past 15 years across a number of business fields including funds, insurance and telecommunications. He was involved in the Focus case which developed ground breaking law in concerning the liability of Bermuda directors in relation to acts of negligence in an insolvent company.  His other significant cases have made new law and practice in relation to applicability and enforceability of RICO statutes, the roles of liquidators in litigation generally, the enforcement of overseas arbitrations and company compliance with anti-money laundering provisions.

While Mark’s current practice focuses on commercial litigation with particular emphasis on corporate insolvency, restructuring and bankruptcy, Mark has also been involved in some of the most important constitutional cases in Bermuda which assisted in defining the right to a fair trial and the right to protection from deprivation of property.

Mark also has extensive experience in administrative law in particular telecommunications law having been involved in litigation representing major service providers including the Bermuda Telephone Company, Logic Communications and Telebermuda International.

Mark’s clients benefit from their breadth of his ligation experience and knowledge. They appreciate his focused approach that keeps an eye on the realities of commercial litigation.  Mark is highly regarded by his clients for his thoroughness, litigation savvy and practical advice.

Notable Cases

Appeared for the company and the Bermuda Registrar of Companies in the IPOC liquidation

Appeared for a third party defendant in the Mentor liquidation

Appeared for the directors in the Apex Liquidation

Acted for a creditor in the Manhattan liquidation

Appeared for a creditor of the long term account in the matter of Lehman Re

Appeared for the liquidators of Stewardship Credit Arbitrage Fund

Appeared for the Petitioner in the Renaissance Capital Holdings proceedings

Appeared as counsel in the restructuring of Highland Crusader Fund

Acts for the Corporation of Hamilton in numerous legal and administrative actions

Capital Partners Securities Co Ltd v Sturgeon Central Asia Balanced Fund Ltd [Court of Appeal] [2018] CA (Bda) 5 Civ

St. John’s Trust Company (PVT) Limited v James Watlington et al [2020] SC (Bda) 19 Civ (26 March 2020)

Education

Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada (B.A., Psychology, 1982)

University of Buckingham (LL.B., 1984)

Bar Admissions

England and Wales, 1984

Bermuda, 1985

Industry Associations

Member, Bermuda Bar Association

Former member, Bermuda Bar Council

Standing Member, Fees Complaints Committee, Bermuda Bar Council

Commissioner for Oaths

Notary Public

Justice of the Peace

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Director, Bermuda Chamber of Commerce

Director, Bermuda Employees Assistance Program

 

Erik Gotfredsen

Erik Gotfredsen is an equity shareholder of Wakefield Quin and has been internationally recognized by Chambers Global and The Legal 500 as one of Bermuda’s leading corporate lawyers.  Erik’s practice spans a broad range of sophisticated finance and capital market transactions with an emphasis on debt and equity offerings, banking and financial services, structured and project finance, secured lending, mergers and acquisitions and reorganizations.  Erik has significant experience advising on joint ventures, partnerships, asset and fund management and regulatory compliance.  In addition, Erik has an active general corporate practice, including advising on the establishment of companies in Bermuda, and is routinely instructed by a large number of leading international banks, financial institutions, public companies, private equity firms and onshore law firms.

Before joining Wakefield Quin Limited in May 2014, Erik worked in the Corporate Department of Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited in Bermuda from 2008 to 2014.  Prior to arriving in Bermuda in 2008, Erik worked in the Real Estate Finance Group at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Tokyo, Japan and, before relocating to Tokyo, worked in the Corporate and Commercial Group at DLA Piper (Canada) in Vancouver, Canada.

Erik is admitted as a solicitor in British Columbia, England and Wales, Ontario and Bermuda and has received his B.Com. and J.D. from the University of Victoria, Canada and his LL.M. from Kyushu University, Japan after being awarded a prestigious Monbukagakusho Scholarship by the Japanese government to study in Japan.

Erik is an active member of the Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association of Bermuda.

Publications:

Erik has written extensively on various corporate finance matters including contributing the Bermuda Chapter for Lending & Secured Finance in the International Comparative Legal Guide.

Wakefield Quin Limited:

Wakefield Quin is one of Bermuda’s leading law firms. Our professionals are dedicated to providing our clients with timely, sophisticated and solution-driven legal advice.  We are a full-service firm with a history of advising both local and international clients in the areas of banking, corporate and commercial, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, trusts, private client and litigation. Wakefield Quin, through its affiliates, also provides a full range of fund and trust administration, corporate secretarial, accounting, directorship and management services.

 

Peter Ch’ng

Peter Ch’ng is a Director in the Corporate Department in the Bermuda office of Conyers Dill & Pearman having joined the firm in 2001.

Peter’s broad corporate practice covers mergers and acquisitions, reinsurance and insurance linked securities structures (ILS), mutual and investment funds, segregated accounts companies (SACs), private equity partnerships and investments, structured finance, special purpose vehicles and ownership-remote structures, debt and equity offerings, corporate finance including IPOs and private placements, banking and financial services including financial derivatives, credit and security, and general corporate and commercial matters across multiple jurisdictions

Peter specializes in Bermuda segregated accounts companies, setting up private equity funds and advising on banking and derivatives. Peter guides the firm’s Financial Derivatives practice in Bermuda, the BVI, Cayman and Mauritius in providing netting and collateral enforceability opinions to leading banks and industry organizations such as International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), International Capital Markets Association (ICMA), International Securities Lending Association (ISLA) and the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Peter counts many global commercial banks and financial institutions (including The World Bank Group, NASDAQ), Canadian public pension funds and US-based global private equity fund managers amongst his long-standing key clients.

Peter is recognised in the 2014 edition of Legal 500 Caribbean (corporate and commercial, insurance/reinsurance) and has been interviewed and cited in 2013 as a legal expert in Bermuda segregated accounts companies by Trading Risk, a leading ILS industry publication.

Conyers Dill & Pearman:

Founded in 1928, Conyers Dill & Pearman is an international law firm advising on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius. With a global network that includes 140 lawyers spanning eight offices worldwide, Conyers provides responsive, sophisticated, solution-driven legal advice to clients seeking specialised expertise on corporate and commercial, litigation, restructuring and insolvency, and trust and private client matters. Conyers is affiliated with the Codan group of companies, which provide a range of trust, corporate secretarial, accounting and management services.