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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
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 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009
Mourant Ozannes' Jersey Managing Partner, Jonathan Speck, has been elected as an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.
Mourant Ozannes' Cayman Islands practice has been recognised in the latest edition of the Chambers Global Legal Rankings for its "responsive", "very effective and experienced lawyers" who offer "clear and constructive commercial solutions".
Mourant Ozannes has been named 'Offshore Law Firm of the Year' at the prestigious Chambers Europe Awards, which honour the work of national and international law firms across Europe.
Mourant Ozannes Samurai International RFC triumphed in the Bowl final with an impressive win against the Irish Vikings (25-7).
The States of Guernsey has approved proposed changes to Guernsey’s corporate insolvency laws and directed that legislation be prepared to put the proposals into place.
A warm welcome to the latest edition of Mourant Ozannes' litigation newsletter.
It has been another relatively busy quarter across our jurisdictions, with continued developments to law and regulation, and decisions made in the Courts that may well have an impact on companies, trusts, trustees and other clients we work with on a regular basis.
As kick off approaches on Wednesday, Mourant Ozannes Samurai International has today announced its full squad for the GFI HKFC 10s. The team has secured England Sevens trio Daniel Temm, Cameron Cowell and Oskar Hirskj-Douglas as part of their diverse, Barbarians-style squad, which this year includes players from England, Wales, South Africa, Canada, USA, Japan and New Zealand.
Mourant Ozannes has maintained its market-leading reputation for quality in the Jersey investment funds sector as the only law firm with a top ranking in Chambers Global 2017 guide, one of the world’s most respected legal directories. Mourant Ozannes has more Tier 1 rankings than any other law firm in Jersey.
Mourant Ozannes has advised Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank, Silk Road Fund and International Finance Corporation in connection with a US$1.392 billion facility which was the first infrastructure project to be announced under China's One Belt One Road infrastructure development fund.
Mourant Ozannes Samurai announced today that centre, Tim Streather, and fly-half, Adrian Curry, will join them in their bid for the cup at the GFI HKFC 10s in April.
Two recent UK decisions have provided useful guidance regarding data subject access requests (DSARs). These cases are not binding in Guernsey or Jersey but as our data protection laws are similar they may be considered by our courts.
Welcome to our Jersey Investment Funds Spring Update and great to see so many of our investment funds community at our latest seminar at the Pomme D'Or. We covered a number of key areas and changes in the market including the main features, policy and requirements of the new draft Jersey Private Fund guide.
Sale Sharks Winger, and sevens record-breaker to join Barbarians-style team in bid for victory at Hong Kong tournament.
Mourant Ozannes is advising both OneWeb and Softbank (on two sides of an ethical wall) on the proposed multijurisdictional merger between OneWeb and Intelsat and the connected $1.7 billion capital injection by Softbank into the combined group.
Mourant Ozannes has advised Casual Dining Group (CDG) on its business set up in Jersey, following the food and beverage provider winning a new 10-year contract to operate at Jersey Airport.
In a first for the jurisdiction, Mourant Ozannes' Guernsey corporate and litigation teams have successfully opposed the sanction of a proposed scheme of arrangement in the Royal Court of Guernsey.
Mourant Ozannes partner, Helen Ruelle, has won a Bronze Award in the 'Woman of the Year – Rising Star' category at the Citywealth Awards.
Mourant Ozannes acted as Cayman Islands counsel for the buyer group in connection with the take-private of China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd., a Cayman Islands exempted company formerly listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mourant Ozannes BVI has advised MegaFon, a major Russian telecommunications company, on its US$740 million acquisition of a controlling stake in Mail.Ru Group, the internet and social media group, from USM Holdings, MegaFon's controlling shareholder.
Leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has advised China CITIC Bank Corporation Limited and The Export-Import Bank of China on facilities with a total commitment of around US$2.63 billion for a consortium led by Apex Technology Co., Ltd., PAG and Legend Capital Management Co., Ltd.
Hector Robinson, a partner at law firm Mourant Ozannes, has been appointed Queen's Counsel (QC), with effect from 6 February.
Mourant Ozannes Hong Kong has announced the appointment of finance and restructuring specialist Claire Fulton to the global partnership, bringing the offshore law firm's total number of partners to 59.
Mourant Ozannes LP has announced the appointment of six new partners across the business bringing the offshore law firm's total number of partners to 59.
Mourant Ozannes' Guernsey corporate team has advised on the successful admission to trading by way of placing of Rainbow Rare Earths Limited (Rainbow Rare Earths), an East African mining company, on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.
Mourant Ozannes' 'ADVANCE Mini-MBA' programme has been shortlisted for 'Best Programme for Leadership Development' at the 2017 Managing Partners' Forum (MPF) awards.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes has gained another top tier ranking for offshore law firms in the Asia-Pacific region, announced this week by leading legal directory, Chambers & Partners.
Mourant Ozannes is proud to announce the swearing-in of another Solicitor of Jersey's Royal Court on Thursday 19 January.
Leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has signed an agreement to lease two floors of office space and the rotunda in the landmark Royal Chambers development on St Julian's Avenue.
Mourant Ozannes has received China Business Law Journal Awards 'Deal of the Year' recognition for its involvement in the offshore debt restructuring of Kaisa Group, the first Chinese property developer to default on US bonds.
Mourant Ozannes senior associate Sally French has been admitted as an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey and called to the Guernsey Bar.
Mourant Ozannes' Guernsey corporate team has advised Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed Growthpoint Properties Limited (Growthpoint) on its strategic investment in AIM-listed Globalworth Real Estate Investments Limited (Globalworth), resulting in Growthpoint taking a circa 27% holding positon in Globalworth.
Study reveals most Limited Partners (LPs) will maintain or increase their investment in offshore private equity funds.
Young people in Guernsey are preparing to debate a hot topic of their choice in the annual Rotary Club of Guernsey Youth Speaks competition, which will be held at St James in January.
The GFSC has today released an announcement setting out its strategy in respect of the fund sector for 2017.
Two Mourant Ozannes employees have been sworn in as an Advocate and a Solicitor respectively at Jersey's Royal Court this morning (Monday 12 December 2016).
Law firm, Mourant Ozannes has joined forces with the National Drug Council (NDC) and the Royal Cayman Islands Police (RCIP), ecaytrade.com and Radio Cayman to help launch an enormous and proactive anti drink-driving campaign this holiday season. The message is clear – Don’t Drink and Drive – designate a driver.
Four partners from leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes, have been listed among the top 200 female professionals in the world's international finance centres.
Mourant Ozannes has been named as a Top Employer within the 'Large Employer Recipients' category, at this year's Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals awards.
Mourant Ozannes has appointed highly regarded trusts and private client lawyer, Fred Milner, as Counsel in its International Trusts & Private Client (ITPC) practice.
Staff from leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes, donated their time during their annual Away Day to help local organisations, including the Cayman Islands Humane Society, the Francis Bodden Children's Home, the YMCA Afterschool Care Programme at John A Cumber School and the Lighthouse School.
Mourant Ozannes is pleased to announce that Stephen Alexander, Counsel in the firm's top tier Jersey Litigation team, was sworn in as an Advocate of Jersey's Royal Court this morning.
Mourant Ozannes property team has advised SANNE on the pre-let agreement to lease around half of Building no. 5, the next building to be constructed at the Jersey International Finance Centre (JIFC).
The latest Legal 500 Caribbean rankings have confirmed the top-tier status of Mourant Ozannes' Cayman litigation practice, which is involved in many of the largest and most complex disputes currently before the Courts.
Welcome to our Jersey Investment Funds Autumn Update. Our thanks to the 200 people who attended our recent seminar event at the Pomme D'Or. We covered a number of key changes affecting the Jersey funds industry, including the latest developments on AIFMD and how these might affect non-EU third countries. We also touched upon "end–of-life" issues for Jersey funds, the impact of BREXIT and upcoming local regulatory changes to the local Outsourcing Policy, Codes of Practice and the CISE Rules. We are pleased to provide you with a summary of the key points from the three sessions presented by Joel Hernandez, Mark Chambers and Alistair Horn.
The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought by a former investor in the failed Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund (Weavering or Fund) against an order requiring it to re-pay over US$8m in redemption proceeds it received shortly prior to the Fund's collapse.
Mourant Ozannes has been shortlisted in the 'European Law Firm of the Year' category of the British Legal Awards (BLA), alongside some of the industry’s highest calibre European firms, and is the only offshore law firm to be shortlisted in any category.
Mourant Ozannes has maintained its leading position in three of the industry’s leading publications, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Chambers, with a total of 27 top tier rankings across the jurisdictions in which we operate.
Mourant Ozannes has once again maintained, and extended, its leading position as the go-to legal adviser in Jersey's funds industry, advising 836 funds in total with an overall value of US$302bn, nearly triple the value of funds advised by its nearest competitor, according to independent annual research by Monterey Insight.
Mourant Ozannes has released initial findings from a study based on in-depth interviews with 260 PE professionals (200 GPs and 60 LPs) across Asia, Europe, North America and the rest of the world.
GPs & LPs spanned private equity, venture capital and real estate private equity funds. All respondents conduct cross-border activity, and all GPs surveyed manage a private equity fund with capital in excess of USD 200 million.
This research was carried out by an independent research agency in July and August 2016.
Leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes has appointed Frans Post as Global CFO, further bolstering its market-leading business services function.
Mourant Ozannes has acted in a case involving the Royal Court's approval of variations to six settlements for and on behalf of unborn and unascertained beneficiaries, three of which were governed by Guernsey law and three of which were governed by foreign law. For the first time, the Royal Court confirmed it would apply foreign law to vary a foreign settlement.
Mourant Ozannes has recruited Shane Donovan to its BVI office, further strengthening its litigation team in the jurisdiction.
Mourant Ozannes has advised CVC Capital Partners (CVC) on the first ever public-to-private transaction on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange completed by a private equity firm.
Mourant Ozannes has been named best offshore firm for client service for the second year in a row by leading hedge fund journal, HFM Week.
Mourant Ozannes has advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CA-CIB) on a US$65 million commercial financing transaction for a portfolio of 14 CFM International CFM56-5B engines to Asia Aviation Capital, the leasing arm of AirAsia. Asia Aviation Capital is expected to lease the 14 engines throughout the AirAsia Group.
We previously have discussed the enforceability of post-employment restraints in employment contracts by highlighting the need to identify a legitimate business interest. A recent UK High Court case had considered the enforceability of post-employment restrictive covenants when such restraints are imposed on existing employees after the commencement of their employment.
Mourant Ozannes is further bolstering its Corporate and Funds Team with the appointment of leading Guernsey funds and corporate lawyer, Frances Watson, as Partner.
Mourant Ozannes' corporate team has advised long-standing client LondonMetric Property plc (LondonMetric) on its successful £130 million private placement of blended fixed rate senior notes with US and UK institutional investors.
Over 130 delegates attended the Mourant Ozannes International Trusts & Private Client (ITPC) Conference on Friday where they heard and participated in debate on some of the most topical and contentious issues in the world of trusts and private client work.
Read our latest roundup of the latest Employment news from Guernsey
Stephanie Adolphus was admitted as Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands on Friday 23 September 2016, following the successful completion of her Articles of Clerkship with Mourant Ozannes. The Grand Court ceremony was attended by her friends and family, including Stephanie's husband, Rhymiech Adolphus, mother in law, Jill McDonald and sisters, Heidi Sony and Sarah Powery.
Mourant Ozannes is pleased to announce the return of corporate partner Helen Wyatt.
Mourant Ozannes has maintained its top tier rankings in one of the industry's leading legal publications, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016 directory.
Mourant Ozannes has advised Delta Topco Limited, the Jersey parent company of the Formula One business, on its proposed sale to Liberty Media Corporation from a consortium of sellers led by CVC Capital Partners.
The Committee for Employment & Social Security has recommended an increase to Guernsey's minimum wage.
Nineteen young Caymanians have successfully completed their internships at Mourant Ozannes where they have had an opportunity to get first-hand experience of working in a leading law firm.
Employees (including those on fixed-term contracts) who have been continuously employed by their employer for at least two years are entitled to a statutory redundancy payment from the employer if they are dismissed on the grounds of redundancy.
Leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has continued its support of Guernsey's fiduciary sector with its sponsorship of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Guernsey's lecture series for the second consecutive year.
Three employees at Mourant Ozannes in Guernsey have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). Paralegals Diana Rodriguez and Esme Higgs, and Property Planning Adviser James Le Gallez, completed the qualification as part of their professional development with the firm. In addition, Diana Rodriguez was awarded the Oxford University Press Law Prize for her achievement and performance throughout the year.
Over 150 trust and private wealth specialists from Cayman, the United Kingdom and the United States will converge at a major trust and private client event being held by leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes at the Ritz-Carlton on Friday 7 October 2016.
Mourant Ozannes has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Investment Week Fund Services Awards 2016 for the 'Best Thought Leadership Paper' category.
Mourant Ozannes, sponsors of the junior section of the Jersey Surfboard Club through the Mourant Ozannes Surf Academy, is delighted to announce that Kitty Brewer, a member of the club, has been selected to represent Team GB in the ISA World Surfing Championships which take place in the Azores next month.
Mourant Ozannes has advised longstanding client and leading property investor, NewRiver Retail Limited (NewRiver), on its migration to the UK via a court sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Guernsey Law and subsequent application for admission to the main market segment of the London Stock Exchange.
Predicting the full impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union is the million dollar question which governments, economists and businesses are asking on a global scale following the Brexit referendum. Opinions vary significantly, and the full effect is unlikely to be known for years to come.
Mourant Ozannes' Jersey funds team, through Ben Robins' recent chairmanship, and now Tim Morgan's vice chairmanship of the Jersey Funds Association, is continuing to work on enhancements to Jersey's funds regime.
In our latest round-up, we cover the following key topics, including recent case law and procedural developments in both Guernsey and Jersey.
The Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013 (the Discrimination Law) was adopted in 2013 and came into force on 1 September 2014. It currently provides protection against discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity.
On 12 April 2016, the Minister for Social Security presented an amendment to the Employment (Jersey) Law 2003 that would introduce employment protection for armed forces reservists as well as a number of other employment law changes (Amendment No.10).
Legislation to protect against discrimination on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity was introduced in Jersey on 1 September 2015. Similar legislation has been in place in Guernsey since 2006 (with the exclusion of sexual orientation).
The UK Information Commissioner (ICO) has recently prosecuted an ex-employee for attempting to get an existing employee to sell him customer data. The ex-employee involved was fined £300 under the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and ordered to pay more than £600 in costs.
The recent case of Darren Iles v Guernsey Financial Consultants Limited concerned a claim of constructive unfair dismissal where the Respondent sought orders for costs against the Applicant under the Employment Protection (Recoverable Costs) Order, 2006.
In a recent decision of Debbie Langmead v The Scout Association Bailiwick of Guernsey, the Guernsey Employment Tribunal confirmed the long-accepted principle that there must be an "existing dispute" before either party can seek to rely on the "without prejudice" privilege and enter into protected discussions.
In a recent Guernsey Employment Tribunal case of Susan Farnham v Graham Scott & Co Limited, the Applicant was successful in her claim for both unfair dismissal and indirect sex discrimination.
On 19 July 2016, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) released its latest advice1 on the extension of the AIFMD2 passport to non-EU alternative investment fund managers (AIFM) and alternative investment funds (AIF).
In a move that further underlines the regulatory standing of the Channel Islands, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published its advice to the EU Commission, Parliament and Council, confirming that there are no obstacles impeding the application of the AIFMD passport to Guernsey and Jersey.
Two partners at Mourant Ozannes have been shortlisted for the Citywealth Power Women Awards 2017.
Samurai International RFC player and Superbowl champ, Nate Ebner, has been selected to play for the United States national Olympic rugby sevens squad. He is the only active NFL player to be selected to take part in this summer's Rio Olympics.
Leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has advised CVC Capital Partners (CVC) in relation to the proposed US$1.1 billion privatisation of Hong Kong listed company NIRVANA ASIA LTD. 富貴生命國際有限公司 (Nirvana) by way of a scheme of arrangement.
Leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has strengthened its British Virgin Islands offering in Europe with a number of key movements and appointments within the team.
Leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has announced its first legal scholarship to a promising BVIslander law student this month.
The time finally arrived on Saturday for Mourant Ozannes Samurai International RFC to take on Team GB and other elite international teams for a full day of rugby at the Sevens and the City tournament in London.
The constitutional relationship of Guernsey and Jersey (British Crown Dependencies) and the BVI and Cayman Islands (British Overseas Territories) with the UK will not be affected by the referendum result and, once unfettered by EU rules, market access for their financial services in the UK is likely to become easier. Nor is it envisaged that Brexit will impact on their existing EU market access rights for financial services.
Leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes, is moving to prestigious new office space located at Landmark in order to accommodate for rapid expansion in its Hong Kong office.
The time has finally come to announce the line-up for the Mourant Ozannes Samurai International RFC team, as they compete at the Sevens and the City tournament tomorrow in London.
Mourant Ozannes Partner, Hector Robinson, has been appointed to the prestigious Cayman Islands Law Reform Commission.
John Gray High School has won the 2016 Mourant Ozannes Secondary Schools under 15 cricket competition by ten wickets, during the final match with St Ignatius Catholic School at Smith Road Oval.
Leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has appointed two BVIslanders as Associates in its expanding British Virgin Islands (BVI) office.
Leading international law firm, Mourant Ozannes, has advised 3i Infrastructure plc on the successful completion of a capital raise with gross proceeds of £385 million.