Ogier’s sends three to UK

Leading offshore legal and fiduciary services group, Ogier is strengthening its Cayman resources in Europe with the relocation of three Cayman Islands attorneys to Ogier & Boxalls in Jersey.

Senior associate Colin MacKay will be seconded from Ogier & Boxalls’ Cayman office to its Jersey office, and Nick Evans will be joining from another Cayman firm in March. Alric Lindsay, also from Ogier & Boxalls’ Cayman office, will relocate to its Jersey office later in the year.

Ogier & Boxalls’ structured finance practice in Jersey will be led by Matthew Swan, who will be working closely with Ogier & Boxalls’ Banking and Finance partner, James Bagnall. Colin MacKay will be working principally in the area of investment funds and Nick Evans will be undertaking both investment funds and structured finance work.

Matthew Swan, who recently returned to Jersey from secondment to the Cayman Islands, said the move is positive for existing and potential Ogier clients.

‘We now have a strong Cayman presence in Europe and we will be expanding the team further in the coming year. The Cayman-qualified attorneys will work alongside our existing investment fund, structured finance and trust lawyers, lending a more global perspective to our existing work on complex offshore finance structures for market-leading international banks and intermediaries. With our affiliate, Ogier Fiduciary Services, we are able to provide quality administrative and legal services in both Jersey and Cayman, giving us the ability to better meet the needs of our clients,’ he says.

James Bagnall agrees.

‘This new structure enhances Ogier’s ability to tailor its services to the needs of its clients and to provide multi-jurisdictional services in the European time zone. Both Colin and Nick are experienced Cayman Islands lawyers and their presence in Jersey will add to the strength of the existing team.’

Biographies of the core members of the team follow:

Matthew Swan

Matthew is a partner in the Jersey Business Law Group of Ogier & Le Masurier, having joined the firm in 1996. He acts for a number of global organisations on securitisation and structured finance transactions and for UK and Jersey banks on lending and security. He has extensive experience advising financial services businesses on the legal and regulatory framework in Jersey law, and on general corporate and commercial matters. Matthew is qualified as a Cayman Islands lawyer, having just completed a secondment in the Cayman Islands with Ogier & Boxalls. He has advised on Cayman CDO structures.

Colin MacKay

Colin is a senior attorney in the Investment Funds team of Ogier & Boxalls. Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland in 1993 and as an attorney in the Cayman Islands in 1999, he was a senior associate in a general corporate practice before joining the executive management team of a Cayman Islands bank and mutual fund administrator. In 2003, Colin joined Ogier & Boxalls where he has advised on all aspects connected with the formation, regulation and reorganisation of corporate, partnership and trust-based investment funds. He has substantial experience advising Cayman and international businesses on general corporate matters, regulation and licensing under Cayman Islands’ law.

Nick Evans

After graduating from Cambridge University (MA), Nick was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1996 and worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and Hong Kong. Nick joined Maples and Calder and was admitted as a Cayman Islands attorney in 2000. Nick has broad experience of corporate finance and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, restructurings and partnerships, as well as advising on general company law matters, investment funds, capital markets (particularly securitisations and other structured finance transactions) and aircraft financing deals.

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