Mr. Kershaw named Ogier managing partner

Nick Kershaw has been appointed managing partner of the Jersey legal practice of Ogier.

Mr. Kershaw is one of the leading investment funds lawyers in Jersey and, as chairman of the legal subcommittee of the Jersey Funds Association, was instrumental in the introduction of the highly successful Jersey Expert Fund.

Mr. Kershaw has been a partner at Ogier for 10 years having joined from Clifford Chance in London.

Over the last five years he has been a member of the Group Executive Board and the Group Strategy Board, states a press release.

Mr. Kershaw succeeds Sarah Fitz who has been managing partner since 2000.

Ogier Group Chairman Jonathan White said, ‘The partnership is extremely grateful to Sarah for her leadership. Over Sarah’s maximum term of office Ogier has experienced considerable expansion, both in Jersey and around the offshore world.

‘Nick is the unanimous choice of the partnership to take up this important management role. He is the ideal person to ensure that the direction agreed upon by the partners is delivered to ensure a strong future for Ogier’s staff and its clients.’

Mr. Kershaw is looking to the future.

‘Last year was another great year for Ogier, having been awarded the highest overall rating of any law firm in Jersey by the Legal 500 for the third successive year and being named Global Offshore Law Firm of the Year by Chambers. I am looking forward to continuing to drive the success of the firm,’ said Mr. Kershaw.

Who they are

Ogier is a leading provider of offshore legal and fiduciary services.

On 1 February 2007 Ogier will merge with BVI firm WSmiths to create a new global organisation with a presence in 9 financial centres employing over 600 staff offering advice on BVI, Channel Islands and Cayman Islands law.

As a result of the merger, the group, branded Ogier, has a presence in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jersey, London, Montevideo and New Zealand

Ogier has long established relationships with many of the world’s leading international financial institutions, professional advisers and regulatory bodies and has been at the forefront of the development of the offshore financial markets for more than eighty years.

Corporate and finance law and associated fiduciary services form the core of Ogier’s practice, principally in the areas of banking, corporate, investment funds, real estate investment, regulatory advice and structured finance.

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