Bergstrom to head Hong Kong office
Attorney James Bergstrom has been
named managing partner of the Ogier law firm’s Hong Kong office, effective in
Mr. Bergstrom, who joined Ogier in
1991 and became a partner in 1998, will succeed Duncan Smith on his retirement.
Appointed to the National
Investment Council formed earlier this year, Mr. Bergstrom has also served as
president of the Caymanian Bar Association, delivering addresses at the opening
of Grand Court in 2009 and 2010.
In Hong Kong he will assist with
the firm’s strategic expansion of its Asia practice, a press release from his
He will continue to represent
clients in the principal areas of investment funds, private equity, corporate
and commercial law and business and securities regulation.
“This move creates new
opportunities both for me personally and for Ogier, and I am very much looking
forward to the challenges of developing and expanding the firm’s capabilities
throughout Asia,” Mr. Bergstrom said.
In Cayman, he will be succeeded by
Peter Cockhill, who has been with Ogier Cayman for more than 12 years and is a
long-standing member of the Ogier Group Management Board and co-head of Ogier’s
global investment funds team. Mr. Cockhill has been acting managing partner
since June and will assume the role on a permanent basis.
In anticipation of continued growth
at the firm, Angus Davison and Andrew Morehouse have been promoted to group partners.
Mr. Cockhill said: “Ogier Cayman is
committed to delivering best-in-class legal and fiduciary services, and Angus
and Andrew will help us execute that goal as we continue to grow our Cayman
Mr. Davison joined Ogier in 2005
and specialises in capital market transactions, joint venture arrangements and
providing corporate advice to listed entities and investment funds. Prior to
working for Ogier, he practised at Minter Ellison (2004 to 2005) and PricewaterhouseCoopers
Legal, Sydney (2000 to 2004).
Mr. Morehouse, whose partnership
will become effective February 2011, joined Ogier’s Cayman office in 2006 and
specialises in the investment funds and corporate and commercial
practices. Prior to this, he practised
at Martin Currie Investment Management Limited in Edinburgh (2002 to 2006),
Ogier’s Jersey office (2001 to 2002), The Royal Bank of Scotland plc
(1999-2001) and Maclay Murray & Spens (1995-1999).
Mr. Cockhill also commented on Mr.
Bergstrom’s appointment. “We have seen a continued increase in the volume of
Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands related work in Hong Kong and James’
appointment further bolsters the firms already highly regarded work in this
region. He will be joining other
Caymanian lawyers already based in Hong Kong to further promote the jurisdiction
and help move the global organisation forward.
This further demonstrates our continued commitment to our clients,
providing world-class services anywhere across the globe.”
Ogier, which has 48 partners and
approximately 800 employees, has offices in Bahrain, BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey,
Hong Kong, Ireland, Jersey, London, and Tokyo.