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Mourant Ozannes is an offshore law firm advising on the laws of the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey.
Want to find out more about Mourant Ozannes and our approach?
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 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
first choice firm."
"Their service is second to none."
Chambers & Partners
"The work they produced was outstanding."
International Financial Law Review
Offshore Law Firm of the Year
Chambers Europe Awards 2013, 2011, 2009
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.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has made another notable strategic hire to its Cayman Islands practice with the appointment of finance partner James Burch.
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.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised an affiliate of Greystar Real Estate Partners on the £174 million acquisition of a portfolio of student properties in London from Oasis Capital (being a joint venture between Oasis Capital Bank and Unite Group plc).
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has been honoured at the prestigious 2014 American Lawyer Global Legal Awards, winning the Global Finance Deal of the Year Grand Prize for the role that the firm played in a major international restructuring and insolvency matter in 2013.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised Hermes Real Estate on the £430 million sale of three business parks to asset management groups Oaktree Capital Management and Patrizia.
Last week the Jersey Minister for Social Security approved an increase to the maximum week's pay for statutory redundancy payments.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. on its takeover of FTSE 250 company Kentz Corporation Limited.
Today is the day that the Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013 (the Law) comes into force. The Law has been long debated and has been the subject of much press attention and speculation as to its likely impact on the workplace, and outside.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes, has recruited David Byrne as global Head of Business Development & Marketing.
On 18 July 2014, the States of Jersey passed an amendment to the Employment (Jersey) Law 2003, incorporating a number of "family-friendly" rights into the legislation.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has two new Advocates of the Royal Court of Guernsey. Advocates Alastair Hargreaves and Rachel Guthrie were called to the Guernsey Bar on the 7 and 14 July respectively.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has announced it will sponsor an evening film screening of 'Elektro Moskva' as part of Jersey's 2014 Branchage festival.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes and BNP Paribas Securities Services have acted in the establishment of the Guernsey registered fund, SQN Asset Finance Income Fund Limited.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised Canadian investment holding company Endiang Holdings Inc, an affiliate of Canada's Labatt family, on its acquisition of ARC Group Limited.
Investors, fund managers and those involved in the structuring of private equity funds will all benefit from the highly anticipated amendments to the Cayman Islands exempted limited partnership (ELP) regime introduced yesterday (2 July 2014), according to leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised globally recognised venture capital innovator Emerald Technology Ventures, on the addition of three new investors to the Emerald Cleantech Fund III.
Mourant Ozannes has once again been named as one of the top offshore law firms in the world, coming runner up in the category of Offshore Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards held in London last week.
A couple of recent English cases have considered the extent to which employees can rely upon promises made by employers.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised Heritage Oil Plc on its takeover by Energy Investments Global Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Al Mirqab Capital SPC.
Jersey's new discrimination law will be the focus of an expert panel discussion taking place this week.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes is delighted to announce the date for its fourth International Trusts & Private Client Conference in the Cayman Islands.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has acted as Jersey counsel to Barclays Bank PLC, HSBC Bank plc and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc as Joint Lead Managers of the States of Jersey's debut £250m bond issue.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised APG on its purchase of a 20% stake in Chinese warehouse firm e-Shang.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised CVC Capital Partners, one of the world's leading private equity and investment firms, on the launch of its latest Asia Pacific Fund. CVC Capital Partners Asia Pacific IV (Fund IV) has raised $3.5 billion to invest in the Asia Pacific region.
Forming part of the popular Mourant Ozannes Relay Race, the ‘Hospitality Cup’ will now sit alongside the more established categories of the Bank Cup, Law Cup, Trust Cup and Accountant Cup, where industries go head to head in order to be crowned champions of their respective industries.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes advises more FTSE listed companies than any other offshore law firm, according to the latest set of ratings published by the Adviser Rankings Limited (ARL) Corporate Advisers Rankings Guide.
Robin Gibb was admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands on 29 May 2014, following the successful completion of his Articles of Clerkship with Mourant Ozannes.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has been voted the Best Offshore Law Firm for the second year running at the 2014 Hedgeweek USA Awards.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has announced that Christopher Harlowe has joined the firm as a partner in its Cayman Islands Litigation and Insolvency practice.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised HitecVision, one of the most prominent private equity investors for the oil and gas industry, on the launch of its latest fund based in Guernsey.
Guernsey Grammar's team of public speakers have performed strongly at the national finals of the annual Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland's Youth Speaks competition in Kent, but just failed to take the honours against strong opposition from across the country.
A new networking initiative has launched in the BVI for women working in the financial services sector.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has achieved top rankings in the latest edition of one the industry's most prestigious directories.
Jersey is a leading centre of excellence for international trust and private client work, according to the Island's Chief Minister, and could benefit from moves to establish a 'level playing field' for the global industry.
The Law Society of Jersey, the statutory regulatory body for Advocates and Solicitors of the Royal Court, has appointed Advocate Jonathan Speck as its new President, in succession to Advocate Timothy Hanson, who has stepped down after two years.
The Guernsey Cricket Board (GCB) is pleased to announce the signing of a two year deal with law firm Mourant Ozannes to become title sponsor to the GCB Schools Cricket Programme.
On Sunday, in weather which wasn't at all on our side (!), the Mourant Ozannes Surf Academy in Jersey was launched to press.
The Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel (the Scrutiny Panel) issued its report and findings into the Interim Population Policy (the Policy) on Wednesday which proposes to limit inward migration to 325+ based on the 2009 Population Policy.
Jonathan Speck has been appointed as the Managing Partner of Mourant Ozannes' Jersey office, taking over from Daniel Birtwistle who steps down from the role after a three year term.
The Jersey Surfboard Club is pleased to announce that their Surf Academy, which will be formally launched at El Tico on Sunday 27 April 2014, is being sponsored by Mourant Ozannes.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has acted as Cayman Counsel to Vision Knight Capital Partners on the launch of its second China private equity fund, Vision Knight Capital (China) Fund II LP.
A leading commentator and speaker on the British government and constitution will be the speaker for the Mourant Ozannes Business Breakfast at this year's Guernsey Literary Festival.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited (JLEN) on all Guernsey-related aspects of its listing on the main market of London Stock Exchange plc to raise gross proceeds of £160 million in its placing and initial public offering of Ordinary Shares.
The new Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (the Code) came into force on 1 April 2014.
Guernsey and Jersey will once again be the venues for two of the most significant trust and private client conferences on the international business calendar.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has been named Best Offshore Law Firm for Client Service at the HFMWeek European Hedge Fund Services Awards 2014.
Hot on the heels of the news that the Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013 is to become law on 1 September 2014, with the first protected characteristic (Race), comes the newly published White Paper on a proposed law to protect against Sex Discrimination.
On 20 March, Mourant Ozannes took part in a seminar in Kuala Lumpur, entitled 'Investing with Insight - UK Real Estate seminar', co-hosting with the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce, Addleshaw Goddard (London), Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (London), Deloitte (London) and Jones Lang LaSalle (Singapore).
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has announced the promotion of three litigation lawyers in the Cayman Islands to senior positions within the firm.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes have a new Jersey Advocate and Jersey Solicitor, who both appeared before the Royal Court of Jersey on Monday 3 March 2014.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has been voted 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.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has a new Guernsey Advocate. Matthew Guthrie, who is a Senior Associate within the International Trusts & Private Client practice, has been sworn in at the Royal Court of Guernsey having successfully completed his studies.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has been voted best Guernsey law firm for 2013 in the Service Provider Awards for the global fund management website FundDomiciles.com.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has been announced as a winner in the China Business Law Journal's 2013 China Business Law Awards.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes assisted lead advisor Clifford Chance in advising Electra Private Equity PLC, on its £180 million acquisition of Ogier Fiduciary Services.
Tracey Forbes was admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands on 21 January 2014, following the successful completion of her Articles of Clerkship with Mourant Ozannes.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has announced the promotion of a number of lawyers to senior positions within the firm.
Kung hei fat choi!
A team from Guernsey Grammar was the overall and senior team winners at Tuesday night’s (this year’s) Rotary Club of Guernsey Youth Speaks competition, sponsored by Mourant Ozannes.
Jim Edmondson will join Mourant Ozannes' award-winning International Trusts & Private Client practice as a consultant based in London and will lead that practice from 1 September 2014 when current head, Douglas Close, steps down after three years in the post. Jim Edmondson, who was until May 2013 head of Farrer & Co's private client practice, and joint senior partner, and who has acted in a consultancy role for that firm since then, will join Mourant Ozannes with effect from 1 May 2014.
Gavin Farrell, Mourant Ozannes' partner and head of Guernsey Corporate Law Practice, has been recognised as one of the top ten most highly regarded offshore lawyers in the world according to research conducted by the International Who's Who of Private Funds 2014.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has acted for Premier Oil plc, the FTSE 250 listed international oil and gas exploration and production company, on the Jersey aspects of its recent fundraisings, including a retail bond issuance under its new £500 million euro medium term note programme.
Further to our previous report on Jersey's new Security Interests law, please note this law has now come into force.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised The Stanley Gibbons Group plc, the British rare stamp and collectibles merchant, on the Jersey aspects of its acquisition of Noble Investments (UK) plc.
Mourant Ozannes was recently named Offshore Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards.
New findings from Monterey Insight, the independent fund research company, reveal the market shares of all service providers in the Channel Islands' funds industry, and Mourant Ozannes has emerged as the clear legal advisor of choice across Jersey and Guernsey combined.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has again set the standard in Jersey by producing the market-standard security agreement for the Jersey Bankers Association (JBA), on a pro-bono basis.
Each of the partners in Mourant Ozannes' Hong Kong office has been singled out for praise in the latest edition of Legal 500's Asia Pacific legal directory, published this week.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has been named Best Offshore Law Firm - Client Service at HFMWeek's US Hedge Funds Services Awards in New York on 17 October. It is the third year in a row that Mourant Ozannes has won this award and follows winning Best Offshore Law Firm at HFMWeek's European Hedge Fund Services Awards in London earlier in the year. In a week of award wins Mourant Ozannes was also Highly Commended at the Investment Week Fund Services Awards in London on 16 October.
Mourant Ozannes has been shortlisted for the inaugural African Legal Awards in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team of the Year Category and is the only offshore law firm to be named in the shortlist.
The Channel Islands Stock Exchange
today clarified how to approach dealings with the CISX in the period prior to
its proposed restructure.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has acted as Guernsey legal adviser, together with Lawrence Graham LLP as lead counsel, on the launch of Chenavari Capital Solutions Limited (Chenavari), listed on the Specialist Market of the London Stock Exchange and the Channel Islands Stock Exchange.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has maintained its position with top tier rankings in both categories of 'Financial and Corporate' and 'Investment Funds' in Guernsey and Jersey in the latest publication of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000 rankings.
Mourant Ozannes continues to lead the field in the offshore market, according to the latest rankings published by Legal 500 UK yesterday.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has been named International Legal Team of the Year at the STEP Private Client Awards 2013/14, the respected international awards for the private wealth sector, which took place in London on 18 September.
With the implementation date of 22 July 2013 for The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, or AIFMD, interest in the topic has been gathering pace in the financial press.
Last month, we were quoted in an article in The Lawyer ' Funds: AIFMD is go' that highlighted our May briefing, which looked at ways that the key offshore jurisdictions including BVI, Cayman and the Channel Islands have been preparing for AIFMD.
Mourant Ozannes advises significantly more FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies than any other offshore law firm, according to the latest rankings published by Adviser Rankings Limited (ARL). The rankings show that Mourant Ozannes advises more FTSE 100 clients than all of its global competitors combined. The market capitalisation of Mourant Ozannes' FTSE clients is also significantly greater than that of all other offshore law firms combined.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has been shortlisted in three categories for the Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards to be held in London in January 2014. The award nominations are for 'Law Firm of the Year' in each of the Caribbean, Guernsey and Jersey. Douglas Close, Head of Mourant Ozannes' International Trusts & Private Client practice commented: 'I am delighted that the judges have recognised the strength of our global ITPC offering by placing us on the shortlist in each of our jurisdictions.'
Over twenty-five secondary and tertiary students applied for Mourant Ozannes' Internship Programme this year, and out of those, twelve were selected to experience the world of offshore law before returning to their studies in the Fall.
Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has been shortlisted in two categories at the STEP Private Client Awards 2013.
Jersey Finance recently commissioned the respected independent firm, Capital Economics, to analyse the economic relationship between Jersey and the UK.
The Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) Law 2012 is not revolutionary, but it will lead to more streamlined processes and greater benefits for businesses and individuals. That was the view of a panel of experts who answered questions on the new law at a series of workshops organised by Mourant Ozannes, supported by the States of Jersey Population Office and attended by nearly 200 people.
A satellite network that will bring fibre quality broadband communications to 3 billion 'disconnected' people has become a reality, after nearly six years of development work.
Following public consultation in respect of the qualifying period for protection against unfair dismissal, the Employment Forum (the Forum) has recommended that the existing qualifying period should remain at 26 weeks. The Minister for Social Security has accepted the Forum's recommendation and will not be proposing an amendment to the Employment (Jersey) Law 2003.