St Helier Office

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Global Managing Partner: Edward Mackereth
Number of global partners:
Number of fee earners worldwide: 400
Total number of staff worldwide: 650
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 restructuring, corporate recovery and insolvency, employee benefits and incentives, employment law, regulatory 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 Banking and Finance team advises on all areas of banking regulation, documentation, security, and the establishment and operation of banking institutions for borrowers and lenders. 

The firm’s Corporate 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:
Ogier’s Dispute Resolution team advises on the technical, strategic and procedural aspects across the spectrum of problems and disputes which arise in the offshore environment. 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:
The Investment Funds team specialises in providing British Virgin Islands (BVI), Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey legal advice on all investment fund matters. The expert team provides advice on fund formation, structuring and regulation, de-registration and termination and ongoing advice to investment funds and managers. The team acts in respect of both open and closed ended structures in the hedge, private equity and real estate spaces, and enjoys a particularly close relationship with the regulators, the government and industry bodies in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey.

Private Wealth:
The Private Wealth team has extensive experience in advising on the establishment 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 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 or acquisitions, joint ventures, property development and financing arrangements. 

Ogier’s multi-disciplinary team helps 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 & Corporate Recovery:
The firm’s Restructuring and Corporate Recovery team has extensive cross-border and international experience, advising on contentious and non-contentious offshore restructuring and corporate recovery matters, often advising in conjunction with onshore counsel and other professional services 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.

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.