The global expansion is at the heart of Ogier’s strategy to provide the most innovative and comprehensive multi-jurisdictional services, through a significant presence in each of the world’s key financial centres and across all time zones.
Ogier pioneered offshore multi-jurisdictional growth when it opened an office in Guernsey in 1998 – thereby establishing the first Channel Islands law firm.
Since then Ogier has gone from strength to strength, merging with Cayman firm Boxalls in 2004 to create the first transatlantic offshore firm, and then merging with British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm WSmiths in 2007 – adding a strong BVI and Hong Kong operation.
Ogier is unique in the offshore world in that it is still the only offshore firm that has a substantive presence in the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey.
Commenting on the announcement, Group Chairman Jonathan White said;
“In pursuit of our strategy we felt it critically important to establish a strong presence in both the Middle East and Japanese markets so that we can provide the full range of Ogier’s services to our clients in their own time zone and in a manner that is responsive to local conditions and practices.”
Ogier Bahrain will be headed up by Paul Perris, who has moved to Bahrain from Ogier’s offices in Jersey.
Paul, a Chartered Secretary with 15 years’ experience in offshore professional services, will spearhead the marketing of Ogier’s services to the Middle East region.
The establishment of Ogier Bahrain comes literally weeks after Ogier launched a new joint venture in Bahrain with professional services firm Keypoint Consulting, targeting Bahraini Trusts.
Ogier Tokyo will be headed up by Skip Hashimoto who joins Ogier from another leading offshore law firm in Japan.
Skip, who is fluent in Japanese and English, has over 12 years experience working in the Japanese market including six years at Deutsche Bank and brings extensive structured finance and investment funds expertise.
Ogier’s Tokyo office will provide Japanese clients with direct access to Ogier’s global network of offices and professional services in their own time zone.
Japan-based clients will particularly benefit from Ogier’s Hong Kong office whose legal professionals practice Cayman and BVI law.
Ranked “Tier 1” by Chambers Asia 2008 for investment funds, this 20 person team can assist in the establishment and in providing ongoing advice in an effective and timely manner from the close proximity.
Duncan Smith, Managing Partner Ogier Hong Kong added:
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Skip to the Ogier Group. There is no question that Skip’s experience and in-depth knowledge of the Japanese market is a real asset. Our new Tokyo office will allow us to provide even better support for our clients in Japan and offers tremendous development potential. We are now in the fortunate position of being able to continue to support our Japanese clients with our international experience, but with enhanced local expertise.”
Ogier continues to receive substantial industry and client recognition for providing outstanding client service including winning 8 industry awards over the past 18 months as well as being ranked top in a number of offshore transactional league tables.
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