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Global Managing Partner: Edward Mackereth
Managing Partner:
James Bergstrom
Number of resident partners: 13 Number of global partners: 65
Number of fee earners worldwide: 300
Total resident staff: 107 Total number of staff worldwide: 590
Languages: 30+ including Cantonese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Ogier provides legal advice on BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law. The firm’s network of locations also includes Hong Kong, London, Shanghai and Tokyo. Legal services for the corporate and financial sectors form the core of the business, principally in the areas of banking and finance, corporate, investment funds, dispute resolution, private equity and private wealth. Ogier has strong practices in the areas of employee benefits and incentives, employment law, regulatory, restructuring and insolvency and property. Ogier’s corporate administration business, Ogier Global, works closely with Ogier’s partner-led legal teams to incorporate and administer a wide variety of vehicles, offering clients integrated legal and corporate administration services.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:
The firm’s banking and finance team advises on all areas of banking regulation, documentation, security, and the establishment and operation of banking institutions.

Commercial Property:
Ogier’s full-service Cayman Island property law team is well known for executing some of the largest and most complex commercial property transactions. The team provides a responsive, constructive and commercially aware client service for large and small businesses. The team has acted for local landlords, tenants, developers and financiers as well as institutional investors of international repute.

This team has extensive experience in advising on the establishment of many forms of domestic and cross-border corporate vehicles, investment trusts and partnerships as well as advising on private placements, initial and other public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, joint ventures and disposals.

Dispute Resolution:
The firm’s dispute resolution team advises on technical, strategic and procedural aspects across the spectrum of problems and disputes which arise in the offshore environment and the firm offers Cayman advice across the Asian timezone. This includes advice in relation to trusts, companies, shareholder issues, directors’ duties, investment performance, banking and other financial transactions, as well as fraud and asset tracing claims and all aspects of regulatory advice.

Investment Funds:
Ogier’s investment funds team provides advice on fund formation, structures, regulation, deregistration, termination and ongoing advice to investment funds and managers. Ogier is a recognised listing agent for the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange (CSX). Private Wealth: The private client and trusts team is highly experienced in advising on the establishment and administration of private trusts, purpose trusts and other vehicles typically used by private clients, as well as advising trustees in relation to transactions undertaken by trusts.

Real Estate:
The real estate team provides advice on the establishment and administration of real estate holding structures, including offshore and onshore vehicles used for real estate funds, one-off real estate transactions, joint ventures, property development and financing arrangements.

Ogier’s multi-disciplinary team help clients navigate increasingly regulated environments through each stage in the business lifecycle: start up and relocation, operation, expansion and change. Prevention of issues is preferable but where things have gone wrong, Ogier provides effective solutions to clients including banks, major corporates, investment managers, fund administrators, trust companies and private clients.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
The firm’s restructuring and insolvency team has extensive cross-border and international experience advising on contentious and non-contentious offshore restructuring and insolvency matters, often advising in conjunction with onshore counsel and other professional service providers in connection with company structures.

Structured Finance:
The firm’s structured finance team provides specialist offshore legal advice on all aspects of establishing and operating offshore SPVs, and listing agent services in relation to listings of debt on the CSX in the Cayman Islands.

Ogier acts for a number of leading financial institutions including investment banks, legal and accountancy firms, corporations, trust companies, private equity houses, real estate investment houses, insurers and high-net-worth individuals.