Offshore law and fiduciary services firm Ogier has opened an office in Shanghai, as part of the group’s strategy to provide services in each of the world’s key financial centres.
Group Chief Executive Officer Nick Kershaws said, “In pursuit of our strategy we felt it critically important to establish a strong presence in mainland China so that we can provide the full range of Ogier’s services to our clients in a manner which is responsive to local market conditions and practices. We are the first offshore firm to have an office in mainland China and are the only offshore law firm in Asia with lawyers qualified to offer advice on the key jurisdictions of BVI, Cayman, Guernsey and Jersey. As a result, our business in Asia is well established and has been extremely successful.”
Ogier Shanghai will be headed up by Kristy Calvert, who is a native Mandarin and Shanghainese speaker and has extensive corporate and commercial law experience in the Asia Pacific and in particular China where she was previously legal director for Rio Tinto China/Asia.
Ogier’s Shanghai office will provide mainland Chinese clients with direct access to Ogier’s professional services through its network of global offices. Chinese clients will benefit from Ogier’s 40-person Hong Kong office. Ogier Hong Kong is the fastest growing office in the group and the headcount is forecast to double during the next three years.
James Bergstrom, managing partner Ogier Hong Kong said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Kristy to the Ogier Group. Her experience and in-depth knowledge of the Chinese market is a real asset.
“Our new Shanghai office will allow us to provide even better support for our clients in China and offers tremendous development potential. “We are in the great position of being able to continue to support our Chinese clients with our international experience and now with enhanced local expertise,” he said.
Cayman Islands Managing Partner Peter Cockhill said, “We believe that our new office in Shanghai will be an important part of our service offering to clients and a natural extension of our steady increase in client representations there. This is the next step in our strategy for growing our Asian practice and demonstrates our longer term commitment to growth in this region.”