Leading offshore law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has opened an office
in Hong Kong to provide clients and intermediaries with access to
the firm's offshore legal services in an Asian time zone.
The office opening has been timed to coincide with celebrations
for Chinese New Year, giving Mourant Ozannes' Asian office an
auspicious start date in 2012 - the Year of the Dragon.
The office has opened with three partners and will focus
initially on investment funds, corporate and finance work for which
the firm has an international reputation.
Christopher, who specialises in corporate, investment funds and
finance work, has relocated to Hong Kong to oversee the
establishment of the office as Managing Partner. He is joined by
new Mourant Ozannes partners, Alex Last and Simon Lawrenson. Alex heads the Cayman
practice in Asia. He specialises in investment funds and previously
worked for Freshfields in London and Maples and Calder in Hong Kong
and Dubai. Simon leads the BVI practice in Asia. He specialises in
corporate and finance and worked previously for Linklaters in
London and Maples and Calder in the BVI.
Danielle Roman and Bronwyn King,
have also joined the Hong Kong team. Danielle, a corporate and
finance specialist, practises Cayman Islands and BVI law. She
worked previously for Clifford Chance and Walkers in Hong Kong
and prior to that for Denton Wilde Sapte in London. Bronwyn
also practises Cayman Islands and BVI law. She specialises in
investment funds and corporate finance and worked previously for
Walkers in Hong Kong and London, Simmons and Simmons in Shanghai
and Ogier in the BVI.
Rigby, Managing Partner of Mourant Ozannes, said: "Many of our
clients, as well as the international law firms with whom we work
so closely, are based in Asia or now have significant operations in
the region. Establishing an office in Hong Kong, the region's
leading international finance centre, was an obvious strategic move
for Mourant Ozannes.
Between them, the members of our Hong Kong team bring a wealth
of knowledge and experience in their respective fields, having
practised with leading law firms in major finance centres both
onshore and offshore. We are delighted that we have attracted
individuals of such high calibre."
Mourant Ozannes has more top tier legal directory rankings
across its locations than any other offshore law firm. It acts for
19 of the world's top 20 banks and advises more FTSE 100 and FTSE
250 companies than its competitors.
Mourant Ozannes acted as offshore legal counsel for Glencore in
the first ever simultaneous listing on the Hong Kong and London
stock exchanges, and the world's largest IPO of 2011.