HAMILTON, Bermuda (HedgeWorld.com)–Conyers Dill & Pearman, already a major law firm catering to investment funds including hedge funds, is determined to expand further, especially among offshore funds. On Nov. 20, the firm announced three new hires that may contribute to that goal.

Bermuda-based CD&P hired Christopher Johnson-Gilbert and Kieran Loughran for its London office and Piers Alexander for its Hong Kong office.

Mr. Johnson-Gilbert joined from London-based Linklaters, where he became a partner in 1986. From 1988 to 1991, he was a partner in the Hong Kong office of Linklaters and during that period was admitted to practice in Hong Kong. He was involved in the establishment and listing of many funds investing in Asia. After 1991, when he returned to London, he developed as a specialist in advising international real-estate funds.

Martin Lane, head of CD&P’s London office, said in a statement that he was delighted to have Messrs Johnson-Gilbert and Loughran on board. “Christopher’s extensive experience of the London investment funds market and our ability to assist in the establishment of funds in Bermuda, BVI and Cayman allows us to offer a truly unique service to clients of the firm.”

Mr. Loughran, who qualified as a solicitor in the United Kingdom in 1996 and in the Cayman Islands in 1998, specializes in corporate and commercial law including international cross-border transactions, structured finance and investment funds.

Mr. Alexander joins the Hong Kong office from Clifford Chance and has spent his entire career with that firm–first in London, later in Hong Kong.

CFaille@HedgeWorld.com