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Mourant Ozannes is an offshore law firm advising on the laws of the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey.
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We provide advice on laws of the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey.
Mourant Ozannes provides listing agent services for both the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) and the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange (CSX), two of the world's leading offshore exchanges for the listing of funds, Eurobonds, debt and other specialist securities.
Mourant Ozannes Corporate Services is a wholly owned affiliate of leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes.
We provide a comprehensive range of corporate and fiduciary services through a dedicated team of experienced professionals in the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and Hong Kong.
Mourant Ozannes provides award-winning offshore legal advice from our offices in the key international finance centres of the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Hong Kong and London.
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We recognise that our people are our business and that the success and reputation of Mourant Ozannes owes everything to the calibre of our professionals.
"Mourant Ozannes is undoubtedly a
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"The work they produced was outstanding."
International Financial Law Review
Offshore Law Firm of the Year
Chambers Europe Awards 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009
Restrictive covenants are a useful tool in order to protect legitimate business interests. The effectiveness of such restrictions requires a balancing act between confidential information belonging to an employer and information acquired by an employee through experience.
Record entries for 'Team Mourant Ozannes' in this year's marathon relay held yesterday, 4 October, contributed to the firm's success in the event's 'Law Cup' competition, taking home both the coveted trophy as well as second place.
The States of Guernsey has approved total deregulation of Sunday trading in the island. The new rules should be in operation by Sunday 11 December 2015 and will give retailers the choice to open on Sundays. This followed a wide public consultation that found that 64% of respondents favoured the removal of all restrictions on opening shops on Sundays.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has acted on behalf of China Cinda Finance (2014) II Limited in its ground-breaking listing on the Channel Islands Securities Exchange (CISE).
It is the first time that the CISE has listed an issuer with an ultimate parent company which is domiciled in China. China Cinda Asset Management Co. Ltd, the issuer's ultimate parent, was incorporated in Beijing, China in 1999 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) in 2013.
Offshore firm Mourant Ozannes has continued its support of Guernsey's fiduciary sector with the sponsorship of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Guernsey's lecture series.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has retained its top tier rankings across all Channel Islands practice areas in the latest Legal 500 rankings.
Katie Hooper, Senior Associate at offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has been named in eprivateclient's Top 35 Under 35 list for 2015.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has been named Best Offshore Law Firm for the third year running at the 2015 Hedgeweek USA awards.
Mourant Ozannes has further strengthened its top tier position for corporate work in Guernsey with the hire of Caroline Chan who will join the law firm as a partner in November.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has established a contentious restructuring, insolvency and litigation practice in Hong Kong. The practice, which will cover both BVI and Cayman Islands law, will provide the firm's Asian based clients with access to the world's largest and top ranked offshore litigation practice in their time zone.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has further consolidated its dominant position within Jersey's fund industry with the hire of new partner Tim Morgan who has joined the team effective from 1 September.
Jersey's new family friendly rights and the prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of sex came into effect today.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes will be joined by one of the UK's leading employment law specialists, Michael Duggan QC, to speak to Channel Island employers about the importance of managing social media in the workplace next month.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has again teamed up with Cayman Connection UK to host the annual student networking reception, this year held at Government House, Grand Cayman, with over 100 guests in attendance.
Under the Employment (Jersey) Law 2003, 'capability' (or lack of it!) is a potentially fair reason for dismissing an employee. Before dismissal takes place, an employer must have an honest belief that the employee is incompetent or unsuitable for the job and have in mind reasonable grounds on which to support that belief.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has announced that Jennifer Parsons has joined the firm as Counsel. She will be based in the firm's Cayman Islands office and will be part of the Corporate and Investment Funds practices.
It's now two weeks until Jersey's new sex discrimination law comes in to force, together with the new "family friendly" rights and right to flexible working provisions.
Former Mourant Ozannes partner, Mark Temple, has been sworn in as Jersey’s new Solicitor General.
We offer face to face training to businesses on all matters relating to discrimination legislation in Jersey. Experience dictates that such in person training is extremely beneficial enabling attendees to learn from practical examples and pose questions to our team of experts.
Guernsey's Court of Appeal has handed down a further judgment this week in the long-running litigation concerning the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust (TDT).
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has announced a number of key changes to its global BVI law practice, which sees the firm strengthen its BVI team in all major time zones.
The importance of the provision and inspection of a potential employee's residential and employment status has been highlighted by the recent case of Andrea Maria Ghisoi v Natalie's Kitchen Limited.
It's now less than four weeks until Jersey's new sex discrimination law comes in to force, together with the new "family friendly" rights and right to flexible working provisions.
European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has recommended that both Guernsey and Jersey should be included in the first wave of 'third (ie non-EU) countries' whose managers can seek authorisation for a passport to market their alternative investment funds (AIF) to professional investors throughout EU Member States.
Today marks six weeks until Jersey's new sex discrimination law comes in to force, together with the new "family friendly" rights and right to flexible working provisions.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised Greystar Real Estate Partners on the £600 million acquisition of a portfolio of London student accommodation properties known as 'Nido' from Round Hill Capital and the associated financing of that acquisition.
We've had some fantastic feedback already but we're keen to hear as much as possible about what you think of the changes to Jersey's employment and discrimination legislation, coming into force on 1 September.
We are delighted to announce that Guernsey managing partner, Jessica Roland, has been shortlisted for the Citywealth Power Women Awards 2016.
Jersey has today enacted new legislation to allow English and Scottish limited partnerships with Jersey general partners the option of seeking regulatory authorisation by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) so as to demonstrate that they have been "authorised", and are therefore "established", in Jersey for the purposes of being treated as non-EU (Jersey) AIFs under AIFMD.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has advised Invesco Property Income Trust Limited in relation to the sale of its property assets to Kildare Partners for £70 million.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has advised the Bizspace group in connection with the £138 million sale of its assets and property portfolio to global alternative investment fund Värde Partners.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised Pershing Square Holdings, Ltd. (PSH) on all Guernsey-related aspects of its successful closing of $1 billion Senior Notes due 2022 at a coupon of 5.500 per cent per annum (the Notes) on 26 June 2015.
We are proud to once again be sponsors of the Jersey Marathon Relay Race this year which is one of three events associated with the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon, now a key fixture in the Island's sporting calendar and a terrific community event which helps to raise money for many good causes, as well as being a great day out for runners and spectators.
The States of Guernsey is expected to approve up to six months' maternity leave for new mothers at the next States meeting on 29 July 2015. If approved - and all indications are that it will be - new law should come into force in the course of 2016.
Leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has appointed Catherine Cadman as Global Head of Knowledge Management, as part of its on-going strategy to deliver the very best client experience.
We'd really like to get a sense of how the forthcoming changes in discrimination and family friendly laws in Jersey are viewed by business, and would welcome your thoughts on the topic in this short survey.
Leading international law firm Mourant Ozannes is delighted to announce the date for its fifth International Trusts & Private Client Conference in the Cayman Islands.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has announced that Dylan Latimer and Sally French will become senior associates on 1 July.
Leading international law firm Mourant Ozannes is proud to continue its support of Cayman Cricket by renewing its sponsorship of the Under-15 Secondary School League.
Jersey's population has just hit 100,000 and Guernsey's most recent population census had Guernsey's population in March 2014 at 62,711. The States of Guernsey is determined to ensure that Guernsey's population does not expand in the same way.
After consultation with the general public and interested parties, the Department of Commerce and Employment have recommended an increase in the minimum wage for all Guernsey employees.
Employment law experts have welcomed this week’s decision by the States of Jersey to approve new sex discrimination legislation.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has announced that litigation partner Shaun Folpp will head to the firm's Hong Kong office to establish a contentious restructuring and litigation offering to Asia based clients.
On 2 June 2015, the States of Jersey unanimously approved a number of changes to the employment and discrimination legislation in Jersey.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has acted as Guernsey legal adviser, together with Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP as lead counsel, on the launch of Toro Limited (Toro), listed on the Specialist Fund Market of the London Stock Exchange and the official list of the Channel Islands Securities Exchange Authority Limited (together, the Market).
The Property Team at leading offshore Law Firm, Mourant Ozannes, has recently advised UBS AG Jersey in relation to an agreement with States of Jersey Development Company to lease Grade A office premises at the high-profile new Jersey International Financial Centre.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has announced that Eleanor Morgan and Nicholas Fox are set to become partners in its BVI office, while partner Shaun Folpp will head to the firm's Hong Kong office to establish a BVI and Cayman litigation offering to Asia based clients.
Discrimination and diversity will be the focus of an expert panel discussion taking place next week in Jersey.
A leading Channel Island employment law practitioner has been invited to speak at a major UK conference on how local legislation compares with other United Kingdom jurisdictions.
It's 50 days to go to The NatWest Island Games, one of the most prestigious and well-attended sporting events around the world. Known as 'the friendly games', the bi-annual event has been held across the globe, from the Cayman Islands to the Shetlands.
A survey of professional women representing a wide cross section of Guernsey's business community has revealed that 48 percent had experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace. The poll was conducted at "The Sex Debate", hosted by the Women's Development Forum and debated by Mourant Ozannes.
After expanding its Hong Kong team earlier this year, leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes continues to make its mark in the Asian market, with Claire Fulton and Danielle Roman, both Counsel, appointed to leadership positions in key finance industry associations.
Local young musicians will benefit from the guidance of members of the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Octet, who will lead education sessions during their visit to Guernsey and Jersey in May as part of the Islands' Liberation celebrations.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has been named Best Offshore Law Firm at the Chambers Europe Awards, which were announced in Amsterdam on Friday evening (24 April).
Jim Edmondson, who heads up Mourant Ozannes' International Trust & Private Client practice globally says the challenges practitioners face are threefold: the globalisation of asset ownership and wealth; the increasing drive for transparency and disclosure of information; and the move away from tax planning towards a broader approach to wealth structuring.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has announced that senior finance lawyer, Chinyin Johnston, has joined the firm's London office.
Leading global offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has been named Best Offshore Law Firm for Client Service at the HFMWeek European Hedge Fund Services Awards 2015. It is the second consecutive year that the firm has received the award.
Trevor Eve and Sharon Maughan have been confirmed as special guests at the pan-island concerts, which take place on 8 May in Guernsey and 9 May in Jersey, featuring the Berlin Philharmonic Octet.
Leading law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has further strengthened its property team with the appointment of Advocate Georgina Cook as Counsel.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, beat out more than 800 submissions to be awarded one of the "Deals of the Year 2014" by ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL Magazine for its work in securing the £1.35 billion syndicated development and land financing deal for Phases 2 and 3 of London's iconic Battersea Power Station.
Mourant Ozannes is continuing its support for Jersey's Surf Academy, reflecting the firm's passion for harnessing the power of sporting activities with educational initiatives.
The Employment (Amendment No.8) (Jersey) Law 2014 (Amendment No.8) will introduce a number of family friendly rights. These changes are set to be introduced on 1 September 2015 in conjunction with protection against discrimination on the grounds of sex.
The next seminar in the Jersey Construction Council (JeCC) Winter Series sponsored by Mourant Ozannes will look at the importance of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and how it has revolutionised the way large construction projects are managed over the past 30 years.
An original and unrepeatable pan-island concert is planned to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Channel Islands in May.
Mourant Ozannes partner, Mark Temple, has been appointed Solicitor General of Jersey, succeeding Howard Sharpe QC. The appointment, which will be effective from later this year, has been made on the recommendation of both the Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Justice and has been approved by Her Majesty The Queen.
A team of students from Guernsey Grammar School has taken another step towards a place in the finals of a national public speaking competition, following a resounding victory at the weekend.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has retained its title as the Best Offshore Law Firm at the Hedgeweek Global Awards, an annual event which recognises excellence among hedge fund managers and service providers around the world.
The Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (DITC) has released a communication with an update on the status of the Cayman Automated Exchange of Information (AEOI) Portal (Portal). The Portal will be used for FATCA reporting by Cayman Islands financial institutions.
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Legal assistant, Esme Higgs, has been awarded Guernsey International Legal Association’s fifth annual bursary to support her with her studies.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes is delighted to announce the date for its annual Cayman Islands Regulatory seminar. The seminar, which is titled A Spotlight on Fund Governance, will be held on Thursday 26 February 2015 at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort, West Bay Road.
The Hong Kong office of leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, goes from strength to strength with headcount nearly tripling since opening, with further staff to join and more expansion anticipated in the year ahead.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has recruited Helen Seery as global Head of Human Resources.
Mourant Ozannes has signed up to support the Athletics event, which has over 40 individual sports including 100m sprint, pole vaulting, hurdling and the hammer. In total, 392 athletes have registered to participate, representing 22 of the 24 islands.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised Praxis Holdings Limited in connection with its merger with Jersey-based IFM Group.
On Tuesday 27 January Guernsey’s young public speakers will go head to head in this year’s Rotary Club of Guernsey Youth Speaks Competition.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes' position as the leading advisor to funds in Jersey has been reaffirmed with the latest research published by Monterey Insight, the independent fund research company.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised Highcross Group in connection with the US$ 1billion (£635 million) sale of the assets of Highcross Regional U.K. Partners and Highcross Regional U.K. Partners III to Northwood Investors, a US based fund manager.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised Hermes on the sale to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) of 50 per cent of the development phase of Wellington Place in Leeds.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has a new Jersey advocate and solicitor. Katie Hooper was sworn in before the Royal Court of Jersey on Monday 1 December following successful completion of the Jersey Law examinations and Matt McManus was admitted as a solicitor on Thursday 18 December.
Funds specialist Gavin Farrell, partner at offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes, has continued to be recognised in the top five of global offshore funds experts according to the Who's Who Private Funds legal market place analysis.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has been voted Best US Offshore Law Firm by the readers of Hedge Funds Review. The end of year readers' survey saw the firm top the polls with 43% of the votes for US offshore legal service providers.
From 1 January 2015, the qualifying period in respect of the right to claim unfair dismissal will change in Jersey for certain employees. In order to claim unfair dismissal, an employee must be continuously employed for one year, as opposed to 26 weeks under the current regime. However, this change will not have retrospective effect and will only apply to jobs which begin after 1 January 2015.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised four FTSE 250 companies on their recent equity placings which have raised a total in excess of £495 million.
In the recent case of Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rodgers the Court of Appeal considered whether an employee who was unwilling to work out his notice period and was therefore not paid by his employer, could treat the contract as at an end and work for a competitor.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has provided Jersey and Guernsey advice to property investors Brockton Capital Fund III LP and Dunedin Property on real estate transactions totalling £146.5 million.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has announced three internal promotions to group partner which will take effect from February.
Guernsey's Court of Appeal has handed down a further judgment in the long running Guernsey litigation concerning the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust (a Jersey law trust).
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has been recognised as a top tier litigation practice in the Cayman Islands by one of the industry's leading directories.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes is the Channel Islands' top ranked firm according to research by the Chambers UK 2015 directory, published on Friday.
Mourant Ozannes welcomed almost thirty Caymanian students and young professionals from across the UK to a networking drinks and dinner at the Royal Ocean Racing Club in St James's, London, on Monday 27 October.
Promoting Guernsey as an international funds and private wealth management centre was the agenda of a recent delegation from Guernsey Finance in China, joined by Mourant Ozannes' Hong Kong managing partner Paul Christopher.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has been named 'Best Offshore Law Firm – Client Service' at the HFMWeek US Hedge Fund Services Awards 2014. This is the fourth year that the firm has received the prestigious award, announced at a gala ceremony in New York last week.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has consolidated its position as the clear market leader in Jersey funds with the recruitment of new partner Tim Morgan.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised Pershing Square Holdings, Ltd. (PSH) on all Guernsey-related aspects of its conversion from an open-ended to a closed-ended registered fund.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised Investec Asset Management Guernsey Limited on the migration and re-domiciliation from Ireland to Guernsey of Investec International Funds, a $1.2 billion fund of funds unit trust.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has maintained its top tier rankings in one of the industry's leading legal publications, The Legal 500 2014 directory, published at the start of October.
In Guernsey, The Database Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Ordinance, 2005 (the Database Ordinance) offers statutory protection in relation to databases. In summary, where a database is produced by an employee in the course of their employment, the employer is deemed the maker and has ownership and the related database rights.
The Royal Court in Jersey has recently delivered a landmark judgment in Nautech Services Limited -v- CSS Limited and Ors  JRC0159 in which it held that a businesses' client contact information, stored on a database such as Microsoft Outlook, is protected by laws of confidentiality and copyright.
On 11 September, Business BVI held their Annual Asia conference in Hong Kong, 'Pivoting to Asia: The Pathway to New Opportunities'. Managing Partner of Mourant Ozannes' Hong Kong office, Paul Christopher, appeared as panellist in a key panel discussion on the event's programme, entitled 'The BVI-HK Connection: The Next Level - Continued Constructive Engagement & Areas of Mutual Opportunity', providing valuable insight into BVI/HK relations.