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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

If your firm wishes to publish press releases or articles, please contact Shehab Khurshid on +44 (0) 207 396 5689 or shehab.khurshid@legalease.co.uk

 

Channel Islands Securities Exchange Authority Limited: Chapter 8 Debt Listings

October 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Funds Legal and Regulatory Update 

Period covered: 31 March 2014 to 30 September 2014

1 Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD)

1.1 ESMA questions and answers on the application of the AIFMD

ESMA has published Q&As on the practical application of a number of areas of the AIFMD, including remuneration, reporting, and leverage.  In particular in respect of leverage, ESMA clarified that debt held by a vehicle controlled by the AIF (for example, a portfolio company or asset holding vehicle) will not be included in any calculation of the AIF's leverage, provided that the AIF does not have to bear any potential losses beyond its investment in that vehicle and the vehicle was not established in order to increase exposure at the level of the AIF.

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Channel Island Securities Exchange, LBG - Continuing Obligations for issuers with listed Investment

October 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

This Client Briefing has been prepared for the assistance of directors of investment funds listing "equity securities" as defined in Chapter I of the listing rules (the Listing Rules) of the Channel Islands Securities Exchange (the Exchange) under Chapter VII of the Listing Rules. This Briefing sets out certain of the continuing obligations which an issuer is required to observe once any of its securities have been admitted to listing. This Client Briefing should be read in conjunction with the ‘Channel Island Securities Exchange - Listing of Securities of Investment Funds' Briefing.

 

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Luxembourg - Cayman Private Equity Structures

September 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Fund formation

Global portfolio structuring

Many North American asset managers domicile investment funds with a

Delaware-Cayman master-feeder fund which then invests globally via

Luxembourg portfolio acquisitions structures.

This briefing summarises some key characteristics of such structures, as

illustrated in the following, simplified chart. Ogier Legal is the only international

law firm able to provide integrated advice on both the Cayman and Luxembourg

aspects of these funds, working with managers' lead, US counsel.

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Issues for trustees of Guernsey trusts when foreign couples divorce

September 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

This briefing is intended to provide a general overview of some of the issues to be considered by trustees of Guernsey trusts and their advisers when foreign couples connected with the trust divorce.

This briefing note is not applicable to any particular circumstances and should not be regarded as a substitute for specific legal advice. Equally it is not intended to be comprehensive in its scope and it is recommended that clients seek legal advice on any proposed decisions prior to taking steps to implement them.

Guernsey has legislated to incorporate strong firewall provisions in its Trusts (Guernsey) Law, 2007 ("TGL"). These are designed to protect trustees of Guernsey trusts by ensuring that any questions concerning validity of the trust or dispositions (transfer of assets into them) are decided in Guernsey, in the court of the trustees' home jurisdiction and are to be determined according to the law of Guernsey without reference to foreign law[1]. There is a "carve out" in relation to dispositions of property into the trust where the property is either not owned by the settlor, or he has no power to make the disposition, in which case the Guernsey courts will recognise the law of a foreign jurisdiction in order to determine whether the settlor was the owner of the property or had the right to dispose of it. Thus, the TGL will not avail a foreign settlor who has settled assets into a Guernsey trust which for example he obtained by fraud or theft as constituted under his foreign domestic law[2].

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Luxembourg Corporate - Foreign direct investment - Structuring the equity

September 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

As one of the leading global jurisdictions for structuring foreign direct investment (FDI), Luxembourg has developed a sophisticated framework to enable the financing of such investments.

The optimum balance of financing instruments in relation to any structure will vary according to its particular circumstances, including the laws applicable to the investors, the laws of the jurisdiction of the assets into which investment is made and commercial decisions as to the appropriate mix of bank finance and own funds. However, one factor that all Luxembourg domiciled FDI structures have in common is the requirement for an appropriate level of equity investment. Whilst the level of equity investment will also vary according to the circumstances of the particular investment structure, noting in particular the requirements of applicable debt-equity ratios, the corporate structuring of that equity investment will be largely a matter of commercial choice for investors and fund managers.

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Nolan v. Minerva: Trustees and Dishonest Assistance

September 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

In Nolan v. Minerva Trust & Others [2014] JRC 078A, the Royal Court delivered a salutary reminder of the high standards by which professional service providers in Jersey will be judged, and the need for scrutiny, careful reflection and demonstrable independence when taking investment decisions.  It also underlined the need to be robust, whatever pressure may be exerted, if there are (or should be) questions about the propriety of a transaction.

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Channel Islands Securities Exchange Authority Limited (the Exchange): Continuing Obligations Chapter

September 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Channel Islands Securities Exchange Authority Limited (the Exchange): Continuing Obligations Chapter 8 debt securities 

This Client Briefing has been prepared for the assistance of the directors of companies which either have or are listing "debt securities" as defined in Chapter 1 of the listing rules (the Listing Rules) of the Exchange under Chapter 8 of the Listing Rules.

The Briefing sets out certain of the continuing obligations which an issuer is required to observe once any of its securities have been admitted to listing. This Client Briefing should be read in conjunction with the 'Channel Island Securities Exchange Authority - Debt Listing' Briefing.

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The Company Administration Regime in Guernsey

September 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 ("Companies Law") provides for companies, protected cell companies ("PCCs"), incorporated cell companies ("ICCs") and cells of PCCs and ICCs to be placed into administration and for an administrator to be appointed to manage that entity's affairs whilst the administration order remains in force.

The concept of administration in Guernsey was first introduced for PCCs in 1997, but has expanded its scope to cover all other types of companies that can be registered in Guernsey. Administration, like the equivalent procedure in other jurisdictions, provides insolvent companies with breathing space in order to maximise realisations and asset values without increasing liabilities, which, in turn, favours creditors.

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Luxembourg Corporate - International corporate migration

September 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

A company incorporated and existing in one jurisdiction may consider it desirable to continue as a company existing elsewhere for a variety of reasons including, for example: to be in a time zone closer to investors; to conduct its affairs in a manner more familiar to its stakeholders; to benefit from a more modern and/or flexible statutory or regulatory environment and/or a more appropriate tax framework.

To achieve this, it may consider moving its domicile, thus changing its nationality and becoming subject to the preferred legal system. In this respect, companies that have been incorporated in other jurisdictions may choose to redomicile to Luxembourg. Equally, Luxembourg companies may look to move to other jurisdictions. Also known as 'continuance' or 'redomiciliation' in other jurisdictions, this process is generally known in Luxembourg as 'migration' and may be either inbound or outbound, depending on whether Luxembourg is targeted jurisdiction or the jurisdiction of origin.

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Investec and Ors v Glenalla and Ors - Court of Appeal Judgement 27 June 2014

August 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The judgment in the Court of Appeal in the above matter considered an appeal on one part of the judgment of Lieutenant Bailiff Chadwick (the Judge) of December 2013 (the remainder of the appeal is yet to be heard).  Whilst the dispute itself was a complex trust dispute involving several parties' claims and counterclaims in relation to various transactions, this appeal focussed a very specific but important point; can Guernsey-based trustees of a Jersey-law trust benefit from the limitation of liability provisions available to trustees under article 32 of the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 (the Jersey Trust Law) in relation to a contract, the governing law of which is not Jersey?

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The use of trusts in Jersey

August 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

This memorandum has been prepared for the assistance of clients considering creating a trust in Jersey. It is intended to provide a summary of the main legal requirements and general principles applicable to the establishment and administration of trusts. It is not intended to be comprehensive in its scope and it is recommended that a client seek legal advice on any proposed transaction prior to taking steps to implement it.

This memorandum has been prepared on the basis of the law and practice as at August 2014.

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Jersey Wills for Foreign Domiciled Persons

August 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

This briefing has been prepared for the assistance of clients domiciled outside Jersey who are considering making a Jersey will.  It is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis of the relevant legal principles or requirements and specific legal advice should be sought.

It is generally advisable for an individual domiciled outside Jersey to make a will covering the disposition of his or her Jersey assets on death, but the precise needs of any one person will depend upon their individual circumstances.

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Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes

August 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

On 6 June 2014, draft primary legislation to provide the Jersey Financial Services Commission with the power to impose civil financial penalties for material contraventions of the Codes of Practice and the AML/CFT Handbook was published.

Who will be affected?

All entities registered under the Banking Business (Jersey) Law 1991, the Insurance Business (Jersey) Law 1996 and the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998 must adhere to the relevant Codes of Practice published by the JFSC.  Entities registered under the Proceeds of Crime (Supervisory Bodies) Law 2008 are required to adhere to the JFSC AML/CFT Handbook.

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Employment Update July 2014 -Family Friendly Rights

August 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The States approved the proposed Employment (Amendment No 8) (Jersey) Law 201- on Friday 18 July 2014.  This will bring statutory family friendly rights to Jersey for the first time, including maternity leave, paternity leave and the right to request flexible working.  These proposals were originally raised in 2008.  We are now six years on and it is likely that these family friendly rights will come into effect on 1 September 2015 at the same time as sex discrimination legislation.

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The duties of a manager of a Unit Trust: Barclays v Equity [2014] JRC102D

August 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

This judgment relates to:

  • the nature of unit trusts;
  • the legal status of managers and trustees of unit trusts; and
  • the basis of claims against them by a successor trustee and successor manager.

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Enhancements to the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991

August 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

On 23 May 2014, the States of Jersey passed the Companies (Amendment No. 11) (Jersey) Law 201- (the Amendment Law).  This will now be sent to the UK Privy Council for consideration, then laid before the States of Jersey for a final time before coming into force.  The latest information we have is that the Privy Council will be approving the law on 19 July 2014 and it may come into effect as soon as 4 August 2014.

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A Guide to Arbitration in the Cayman Islands

July 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Arbitration is a mechanism of binding dispute resolution which entails resolving disputes outside court in accordance with procedures and standards as determined by the parties in dispute. Arbitration is therefore an alternative to traditional litigation and is distinct from non-binding forms of dispute resolution such as mediation.

The Cayman Islands has a modern arbitral framework as a result of the bringing into force of: (i) the Arbitration Law (2012) (the Arbitration Law); and (ii) procedural rules regulating the Grand Court's practice and procedures in relation to arbitrations1 brought into force in July 2013 (the Rules).  The foundation of the Arbitration Law is largely the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (the Model Law); whilst also utilising successful aspects of arbitral legislative models found in other common law jurisdictions (such as Singapore or Hong Kong). The Arbitration Law has also sought to augment the Model Law where appropriate to suit the nature of the offshore financial business conducted in the Cayman Islands.

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The Cayman Islands Enacts implementing Legislation to comply with its international obligations

July 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

As part of the Cayman Islands longstanding commitment to tax transparency and meeting international standards (most notably reflected in the fact that the Cayman Islands are on the G-20's 'white list' of compliant jurisdictions), the Tax Information Authority (International Tax Compliance) (United States of America) Regulations, 2014 (US Regulations) and the Tax Information Authority (International Tax Compliance) (United Kingdom) Regulations, 2014 (UK Regulations and together the Regulations), were gazetted and therefore brought into force in the Cayman Islands on 4 July 2014.

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Exempted Limited Partnership Law, 2014

July 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Exempted Limited Partnership Law, 2014 (the New ELP Law) has replaced the Exempted Limited Partnership Law (2013 Revision) (the Previous Law). The New Law includes significant changes to the Cayman Islands' statutory framework regulating exempted limited partnerships (ELPs) that will increase the attractiveness of ELPs and will be appreciated by managers, investors and creditors alike. Private equity sponsors in particular will notice substantial improvements that are indicative of Cayman's continuing commitment to balanced and commercially sensible legislation. Read more...

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Restructuring and insolvency in Luxembourg (part 2)

July 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

RESTRUCTURING - COURT PROCEDURES

Formal, court-driven restructuring proceedings are available into Luxembourg law, but for practical reasons, these are rarely used in practice.

Reprieve from payment procedure (sursis de paiement)

The reprieve from payment procedure allows a debtor to restructure its debt with the consent of a majority of its creditors outside of insolvency proceedings. Its purpose is to allow a business experiencing financial difficulties to suspend its payments for a limited period of time. The reprieve of payment has to be approved by creditors representing 75% of all the outstanding amounts. For the purpose of calculating the required majority, those claims that are secured by rights of priority, mortgages or pledges, as well as the tax claims and other public charges are not taken into consideration.

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Enhancements to the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991

July 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

On 23 May 2014, the States of Jersey passed the Companies (Amendment No. 11) (Jersey) Law 201- (the Amendment Law).  This will now be sent to the UK Privy Council for consideration, then laid before the States of Jersey for a final time before coming into force.  The latest information we have is that the Privy Council will be approving the law on 19 July 2014 and it may come into effect as soon as 4 August 2014.

The Amendment Law will make a number of changes to the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991 (the Companies Law), aimed at ensuring that the corporate law framework in Jersey continues to adapt to the demands of its cross border client base.

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Withholding not an option: Jersey moves to automatic information exchange

June 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

For a number of years, EU resident individuals who have earned interest in Jersey have been able to choose whether to disclose details of the interest income to the Jersey tax authorities or to pay retention tax on the interest at 35%. However, this ability to choose has been removed so that paying agents must now disclose to the Jersey tax authorities interest payments made to EU resident individuals on or after 1 January 2015. Under bilateral agreements made with all European Union countries, the Jersey tax authorities will pass the information to the tax authority in the client's EU home state.

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Funds Legal and Regulatory Update - Period covered: 30 September 2013 to 31 March 2014

June 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

1.  Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD)

The AIFMD and the relevant Jersey implementing legislation has been in force for over six months.  However, as a result of transitional arrangements in certain member states, a number of fund managers (AIFMs) and their advisers are yet to come to terms with the new regime.

By July 2014 all relevant entities will be required to opt in to Jersey's AIF regime so now is the time for Jersey AIFMs to consider what steps they must take if they wish to continue to have access to EU markets.

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The Ombudsman Cometh

June 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The appointment of a Financial Services Ombudsman in Jersey came a step closer on 1 April 2014 when the States of Jersey approved the Financial Services Ombudsman (Jersey) Law 201- (the Law).  The Law, once approved by the UK Privy Council, will establish an Ombudsman to adjudicate complaints from customers in relation to financial services provided in Jersey.  The Ombudsman will be able to make awards to return complainants to the position they would have been in had the problem not occurred.

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The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 - Enforcement

June 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 (the New Law) came fully into force on 2 January 2014, changing the way in which security is created over Jersey intangible movables.  This briefing note is one of a series relating to the New Law, dealing with enforcement of security interests on an event of default.

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The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 - Taking free of security

June 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 (the New Law) came fully into force on 2 January 2014, changing the way in which security is created over Jersey intangible movables.  This briefing note is one of a series relating to the New Law, dealing with the circumstances in which an acquirer of collateral from the grantor will take free of any security interest.

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The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 - Priority

June 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 (the New Law) came fully into force on 2 January 2014, changing the way in which security is created over Jersey intangible movables.  This briefing note is one of a series relating to the New Law, dealing with the provisions on priority and ranking.

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The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 - Transitional provisions

June 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 (the New Law) came fully into force on 2 January 2014, changing the way in which security is created over Jersey intangible movables.  This briefing note is one of a series relating to the New Law, dealing with the transitional provisions that apply to pre-existing security created under the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983 (the 1983 Law).

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The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 - Attachment and perfection

June 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 (the New Law) came fully into force on 2 January 2014, changing the way in which security is created over Jersey intangible movables.  This briefing note is one of a series relating to the New Law, dealing with the methods of creation of security interests by attachment and perfection.

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The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 - Registration

June 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 (the New Law) came fully into force on 2 January 2014, changing the way in which security is created over Jersey intangible movables.  This briefing note is one of a series relating to the New Law, dealing with the new registration regime.

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First Mistake Case Post Trust Law Amendment No: 6 - In the matter of Strathmullan Trust [2014]

June 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

This decision is the most recent Jersey decision to consider setting aside a trust on the ground of mistake, and the first Jersey case decided after the introduction of the recent amendments to the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 (the Amendment) which included provisions concerning mistake. 

 

 

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Can a Royal Court blessing be given to a momentous decision by directors of an underlying company...

May 2014. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Can a Royal Court blessing be given to a momentous decision by directors of an underlying company to a Trust? Representation of A Ltd as trustee of the B Trust [2014] JRC 032

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Ogier advise Sinarmas Land Limited

June 2013. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier in Jersey recently advised Sinarmas Land Limited, a listed Singaporean property developer, in its £84 million purchase of all of the units in a real estate unit trust scheme in relation to London property New Brook Buildings, 8-18 Great Queen Street. A portion of the acquisition was funded through a financing transaction, in respect of which Ogier also acted.

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Vessel Registration

January 2013. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

INTRODUCTION

At Ogier Cayman, our Private Wealth Team can help with the Flagging of Vessels in the Cayman Islands. This Briefing Note summarises the process and sets out some of the reasons why Flagging in Cayman might be a good idea.

We can also advise on the appropriate structure for the holding of such vessels (typical shipping industry practice is to have each vessel owned by a separate company or entity). Our Private Wealth Team are able to advise upon the use of structures involving the holding of vessels within Cayman trust and company structures. In conjunction with onshore legal counsel, this can be effective for asset protection, tax planning and succession planning purposes. It is also an appropriate structure for risk management purposes in many cases.

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Ogier’s Africa Practice

January 2013. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

An introduction to working with us

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Representation of Maltese Holdings Limited and Zollinger Investments Limited [2012] JRC 172:

December 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

This case considers the ability of the Court to ensure that similarly ranked creditors of a debtor are treated equally prior to the commencement of any insolvency procedure including a just and equitable winding up application.

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Ogier Advises Touchstone Gold on acquisition of Atlantis Gold Mines

September 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier in London, in its role as long term BVI legal advisor to Touchstone Gold Limited ("Touchstone"), have assisted Touchstone with its acquisition of Atlantis Gold Mines Corp. ("Atlantis").  The new business combination has resulted in the creation of a Colombia focused gold exploration and development company with an asset base of tremendous potential in a highly prolific gold district.

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Ogier Continues Article Clerk Recruitment

September 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – Ogier Cayman announced today the appointment of a third articled clerk, Ms Ridhiima Kapoor, for an 18-month term joining two other aspiring legal professionals admitted to the programme in September 2011.

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New Managing Director for Ogier Fiduciary Services in Guernsey

August 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier have announced the appointment of Tom Amy as Managing Director for Ogier Fiduciary Services in Guernsey.

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Ogier appoint new property partner

August 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier have announced that Julie Melia joined the firm as a Partner and Co-Head of the Property Law Group on 2 July. Julie is a senior Advocate with 20 years of experience in Jersey and is very well respected in the local property industry by clients, intermediaries and her peers.

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Management changes at Ogier

July 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier have announced management changes to its Jersey based executive team with a new Group Chief Operating Officer and a new Finance Director.

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Ogier advises on US $5.5 billion Coller International Partners VI Fund

July 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

A cross jurisdictional Ogier team has acted for Coller Investment Management Limited in relation to the establishment of Coller International Partners VI (CIP VI).

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Ogier act in one of 2012's largest UK commercial property deal

July 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier recently acted for institutional investors on the purchase of One Plantation Place, one of the largest office buildings in the City of London, in a transaction valued at around $759 million. This is thought to be one of the largest UK commercial property deals of 2012 to date.

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Ogier Wins Prestigious Lawyer Award

July 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier were announced as the winners of the prestigious Offshore Law Firm of the Year award announced at The Lawyer Awards 2012, London on Tuesday 26 June, attended by over 800 people.

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World Leading Corporate, Fund and Private Client Administration Services

June 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

An introduction to working with us

“Clients are at the heart of our business and we ensure that our bespoke solutions exactly meet your needs. We have the scale, depth and the reach to provide expert solutions which are cost effective and efficient.”

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Ogier acts for Cantor Fitzgerald

May 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier have acted for Cantor Fitzgerald L.P. in connection with the establishment of their US$20,000,000,000 fully-supported asset-backed commercial paper programme called ISF Ltd. The ISF programme is made up of Institutional Secured Funding (Jersey) Limited and Institutional Secured Funding LLC.

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Ogier employees raise £8,600 for Piam Brown children's oncology ward

May 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier employees in Guernsey have raised over £8,600 for the Piam Brown children's oncology and haematology centre at Southampton Hospital.

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Ogier Fiduciary Services Guernsey sponsor Young Enterprise Scheme

May 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Fiduciary Services Guernsey have sponsored the Young Enterprise Scheme again. Bob Banfield presented a prize at the awards evening to the winning company of the Ogier-sponsored award - 'Best Company Report'.

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Ogier acts for Four Seasons on its acquisition by Terra Firma

May 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has acted for Four Seasons Health Care on its acquisition by leading private equity firm Terra Firma. The company is being acquired for a total consideration of up to £825m.

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Ogier assists Chinese sportswear brand Naibu with listing on AIM Market

April 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier recently acted for Naibu, the 10th largest local sportswear brand in China, on its recent £68m listing on the AIM Market. Naibu Global International Company plc and its subsidiaries design, manufacture and supply Naibu branded clothing and accessories through around 2,800 Naibu stores and sales outlets across China.

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Ogier Cayman Adds New Lawyer to its Private Wealth Practice

April 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – Ogier announced today the appointment of David Cooney, TEP CTA to its private wealth practice.

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Ogier Cayman Takes ‘Best Offshore Law Firm’ Honours for Europe

March 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Secures a ‘Hat Trick' of ‘Best Offshore Law Firm' Wins

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - Ogier Cayman announced today it was named ‘Best Offshore Law Firm' at the 2012 HFMWeek European Hedge Fund Services Awards handed out at a special luncheon in London on Wednesday.

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Ogier BVI Advises on $40 Million NASDAQ Initial Public Offering

March 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Tortola, British Virgin Islands - Ogier BVI announced today that it advised BGS Acquisition Corp. - a BVI-based special purpose acquisition company on its NASDAQ-listed initial public offering (IPO) that closed Monday (26 March).

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Ogier Corporate Services team win ICSA Jersey award

March 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Corporate Services won the ICSA Jersey Administrator of the Year Award at the ICSA awards and gala dinner on Friday 16 March at the Hotel de France, Jersey. 2012 is the launch year of the ICSA Jersey awards.

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Offshore Solutions for Hotel and Resort Investment

March 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Establishing and administering offshore holding vehicles and structures used for hotel and resort:
-cross regional hotel investment
-investment funds/private equity/sovereign wealth/HNWIs
-institutional finance
-corporate / real estate structures
-fractional ownership structures
-portfolio and single asset investment transactions
-investment syndicates/joint ventures
-ground up developments
-hotel club membership schemes

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Ogier Cayman Named 'Best Offshore Law Firm' for a Second Year

March 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Cayman announced today it has secured top honours in the 2012 Hedgeweek Awards, including ‘Best Offshore Law Firm’ – the second year in a row it has secured that accolade – and runner up in the ‘Best Offshore Regulatory Advisory Firm’ category.

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Asset Finance - Shipping

February 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has extensive experience in providing both offshore legal advice and administration services to ship owners, banks and joint venture parties who use special purpose vehicles (‘SPVs’) as part of their offshore shipping structuring.

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James Bergstrom appointed as Legal CEO at Ogier

February 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Ogier Group have announced that James Bergstrom has been appointed as Legal Chief Executive Officer from February 2012. The Ogier Group is one of the leading providers of legal and fiduciary services and employs over 850 people across ten different jurisdictions.

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Ogier assist Centamin with relocation to Jersey

January 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has acted for Centamin Egypt Limited in connection with its recent corporate relocation to Jersey from Australia which completed on 30 December 2011. Centamin is a mineral exploration, development and mining company that has been actively exploring in Egypt since 1995. Centamin is listed in London on the Main Market as a FTSE 250 company and in Toronto.

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Ogier Cayman advises on merger of international mining firms

January 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Cayman announced yesterday its involvement as part of an international legal team in the merger of Australian resource company, Adamus Resources Limited, with Cayman-domiciled Endeavour Mining Corporation. 

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Ogier in Cayman Advises Transocean on Senior Notes Offering

January 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier in Cayman announced that it has successfully advised Transocean, the Swiss-domiciled provider of global drilling management services, on its multi-term, billion dollar senior notes offering which closed on 5 December 2011.

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Ogier appoints new Partner

January 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has appointed Jonathan Hughes as a new partner with effect from 1st February 2012. 

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Ogier expands global network into Luxembourg

January 2012. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier, one of the leading providers of international legal and fiduciary services, has announced it is planning to open a boutique law firm in Luxembourg as it continues to expand its worldwide network. Ogier has also announced it is intending to set up a fiduciary business in Luxembourg later this year, focusing on corporate and fund administration business.

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Ogier Appoint Sarah Fitz As New Chairman

December 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has appointed Sarah Fitz as Chairman of the Ogier Group from 1st February 2012. Sarah will be the only female chairman of an international legal and fiduciary firm.  

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Ogier named "Best Offshore Law Firm" for the second time in 2011

December 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier London announced today it was named “Best Offshore Law Firm” under the inaugural 2011 service provider rankings of Hedge Funds Review. The distinction was announced at a special event held in London on 12 December 2011.

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Ogier Implements SunGard’s Investran for Private Equity Administration

December 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier, a leading global offshore firm providing legal, fiduciary and administrative services, has selected SunGard’s Investran to support the firm’s private equity administration needs. Investran's award winning integrated solution suite will enable Ogier to meet reporting demands for the entire investment lifecycle by automating front-, middle- and back-office processes.

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Ogier has two partners in Top 50 Most Influential list

November 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier partners Steve Meiklejohn and Philip Le Cornu have been named by Private Client Practitioner as part of their Top 50 Most Influential people list which was published on Monday 28 November 2011.

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Ogier advises TPG Capital on US$ 1.1 billion acquisition

November 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier's BVI office has advised TPG Capital in relation to the acquisition of a substantial stake in Lenta, one of Russia's leading hyper-market chains.

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Ogier advises on the launch of the €4.75 billion EQT VI Fund

November 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Guernsey has acted as legal adviser for EQT Funds Management Limited in relation to the establishment of its latest private equity fund, EQT VI, which closed at €4.75 billion.

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Ogier Fund Services named Private Equity News Fund Administrator of the Year

November 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Fund Services was named Fund Administrator of the Year at the Private Equity News Awards for Excellence in Private Equity Advisory Services, Europe 2011 at a ceremony at the Connaught Hotel in London on Wednesday 9 November.

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One day conference put the focus on Jersey investment funds

November 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier joined forces with Offshore Professional Conferences to stage the 5th annual Investment Funds Update Conference in Jersey on Tuesday 8 November 2011 at the L'Horizon Hotel.  

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Ogier in BVI tops the tables in latest Legal 500 rankings

November 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The 2011/12 Legal 500 rankings for the British Virgin Islands have placed Ogier in the top tier for Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution and Trusts/Private Client.

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Ogier advises on the launch of Index Ventures €500m tech fund  

November 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier in Jersey has acted as legal adviser for Index Ventures in relation to the establishment of their latest growth fund, Index Ventures Growth II which recently closed at €500 million.

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Ogier advises OMERS on its acquisition of V.Group

November 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Cross-departmental legal and corporate services teams at Ogier recently acted for OMERS Private Equity, the private equity arm of the OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) Worldwide group of companies, on the successful closing on September 2, 2011 of its acquisition of V.Group Ltd. (V.Group) from Exponent for an enterprise value of US$520 million.

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Inaugural IFC Forum Conference

November 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Nick Kershaw, Ogier Group CEO, chaired the first high-level policy conference, International Financial Centres: Sharing Perspectives and Meeting the Challenges organised by The Commonwealth Secretariat and the IFC Forum on 20th and 21st October in London. 

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Ogier Cayman Named “Best Offshore Law Firm”

November 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Cayman announced today it was named “Best Offshore Law Firm” at the HFMWeek U.S. Hedge Fund Services Awards, which were handed out on 13 October 2011 in New York.

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OPC Funds Conferences in Guernsey and Jersey

October 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has joined forces with Offshore Professional Conferences again to stage the 5th annual Investment Funds Update conferences in both Jersey and Guernsey.

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Ogier advises Solway Investment Group

September 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier London has acted as BVI legal advisor to the Solway Investment Group and its affiliates ("Solway") on the acquisition of 100% of the interests of Hudbay Minerals Inc. and its affiliates ("Hudbay") in the Fenix ferro-nickel project in Guatemala (the "Fenix Project").

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New Managing Partner for Ogier Jersey Legal

September 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Jersey announced today that Matthew Swan will become Managing Partner of Ogier Jersey Legal from September 2011.  He will carry out this role while continuing with client work and replaces Matthew Thompson whose term of office has come to an end after four years in the role. 

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OPC Funds Conferences in Guernsey and Jersey

September 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has joined forces with Offshore Professional Conferences again to stage the 5th annual Investment Funds Update conferences in both Jersey and Guernsey.

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Ogier establishes the first Jersey incorporated limited partnership

September 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Jersey has advised in relation to the establishment of the first incorporated limited partnership in Jersey, Invescap (Villette) ILP (“Invescap”).  Invescap invests in UK commercial real estate.

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Ogier Cayman obtain landmark judgment against directors of failed fund

September 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has, for the first time in the context of a failed investment fund, found two directors guilty of wilful neglect or default in the discharge of their duties.

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Ogier Jersey advises Kentz Corporation Limited

September 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Jersey has advised Kentz Corporation Limited, the holding company of the Kentz engineering and construction group, on its successful move to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.  Kentz, a global engineering specialist solutions provider, graduated to a Primary Listing on the London Stock Exchange on Friday 22 July 2011.  The Admission was effected by an introduction of Kentz’s existing Ordinary Shares with no new Ordinary Shares being issued. 

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Ogier Fiduciary Services Cayman Announces New Structure

September 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Fiduciary Services Cayman Limited (OFSCL) announced today a new structure that will allow its leadership team to focus and develop capabilities for specific lines of business and build even deeper partnerships with clients.

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Transaction Highlights

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier’s global equity capital markets team is at the forefront of the IPO market. As a firm, Ogier has, to date, listed the highest number of securities on the Channel Islands Stock exchange and, in 2010, acted on the listing of the majority of British Virgin Islands (BVI) companies coming to London’s AIM market.

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Ogier London acts for UFG Asset Management on major Russian transaction

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Ogier London team has acted as Cayman Islands legal advisor to UFG Asset Management on a major transaction to acquire 100% of a portfolio of commercial real estate assets in Moscow.

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Ogier Jersey advise Ebiquity Plc on their acquisition of Echo Research.

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier recently advised media and marketing insights firm Ebiquity Plc in its acquisition of global reputational analysis agency, Echo Research.  Ebiquity Plc has purchased the entire issued share capital of TCRG Holdings Limited, the holding company of Echo Research, with an initial consideration of £3.5 million, for a maximum consideration of up to £10 million, which is conditional on the business achieving certain demanding growth targets over the next two years. 

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Ogier advises on En+ Group and VTB Capital transaction

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier recently advised Basic Element and En+ Group on the acquisition by VTB Capital, the private equity arm of Russian financial services group VTB, of a 4.35% stake in En+ Group for $500m from Basic Element.

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Ogier advises Record Currency Management Limited on its FTSE currency index tracker fund

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Jersey has acted for Record Currency Management Limited in relation to the establishment of the Record Currency Multi-Class Fund, which tracks the performance of FTSE currency indices.  The fund is an open ended umbrella unit trust regulated in accordance with Jersey’s Expert Fund Guide.

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Ogier London advises Ferrum Resources Limited on corporate finance deal to secure iron ore licenses

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier London advises Ferrum Resources Limited on corporate finance deal to secure iron ore licenses in Cameroon.

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Ogier expands into Shanghai

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has opened an office in Shanghai as it further expands its worldwide network.  The move is at the heart of our strategy to provide the most innovative and comprehensive multi-jurisdictional services, through a significant presence in each of the world’s key financial centres and across all time zones.

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Ogier Jersey leads Real Estate Opportunities Plc’s restructuring

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Jersey has been at the heart of the restructuring of Jersey investment fund Real Estate Opportunities Plc and its subsidiaries (“REO”) which completed this morning.  REO’s investment portfolio includes the iconic Battersea Power Station development project in central London (“BPS”) and various investments in Ireland, the majority of which are in Dublin city centre, with a recent aggregate valuation of £1.05 billion.

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Ogier Cayman Appoints Counsel in Corporate and Investment Funds Practices

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Cayman announced today the appointment of Colin Berryman to the role of Counsel in its corporate and investment funds practices, underscoring his contributions to the growth of those groups and his demonstrated excellence in client service.

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Ogier raises over £12,000 for Les Bourgs Hospice

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Over £12,000 has been raised by staff and partners of Ogier in Guernsey to donate to the re-development appeal for Les Bourgs Hospice.

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Ogier advises UK healthcare provider Circle on AIM Listing

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Circle Holdings plc which is the investment vehicle that holds 50.1% of Circle, the UK healthcare group, was today admitted to trading on London Stock Exchange plc’s AIM.  Ogier advised Circle Holdings on all Jersey law aspects of the flotation.  The flotation is expected to provide institutional investment opportunity in the Company which is expanding its operation of medical and hospital facilities across the UK.

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Ogier advises LXB Retail Properties plc in relation to £110m further placing on AIM

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

A cross departmental Ogier team has acted for LXB Retail Properties plc, a Jersey-incorporated, closed-ended real estate investment company, in relation to the further placing of no par value ordinary shares on AIM and the CISX. 

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Ogier BVI advises RBS and receivers as RBS takes control of 42 UK Marriott Hotels

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Rachael McDonald, Ray Ng and Paul Heath have advised Royal Bank of Scotland plc (“RBS”), as Majority Lender, working with Allen & Overy London, on the appointment of Ernst & Young on 14 June 2011 as BVI administrative receivers to the portfolio of 42 Marriott hotels across the UK, part of a portfolio of Marriott hotels acquired in 2007 from RBS for £1.1 billion by Igal Ahouvi, Quinlan Private and Delek Real Estate.

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Ogier London acts as BVI legal advisor on Touchstone Gold’s admission to London’s AIM market

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier London acted as BVI legal adviser to Touchstone Gold Ltd (“Touchstone”) on its successful admission to London’s AIM market. 

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Ogier Guernsey advises on major Russian IPO

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Guernsey has advised on the US$575 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange of Etalon Group Limited, one of Russia’s largest residential estate developers. Etalon intends to use the majority of the net primary proceeds of IPO for the acquisition of new land plots with the balance used to finance working capital requirements, including the construction costs of new and existing projects

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Ogier Cayman Completes Reorganisation of BTG Pactual

August 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Cayman announced today that it has advised its client, BTG Pactual S.A. on, what is believed to be the first merger of a licensed financial institution using the revised merger provisions from the recently-enacted Companies (Amendment) Law 2011 of the Cayman Islands.

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Ogier in Asia

July 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier is one of the world’s leading providers of offshore legal and fiduciary services employing over 850 professional and support staff. The group has a presence in ten jurisdictions around the world, namely Bahrain, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jersey, London, Shanghai and Tokyo.

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Guernsey companies can now list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

June 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Guernsey has been approved as an “Acceptable Overseas Jurisdiction” by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (the “HKEx”). 

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Ogier Cayman Adds Three More Awards to its Showcase

June 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Cayman announced today it has received three more awards recognising various aspects of the firm’s expertise across practices and geographies.

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Top tier hat-trick for Ogier's BVI office in the latest PLC Which Lawyer directory rankings

June 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier's BVI office has been recognised as a top tier 'Leading' firm for 3 service lines in the latest PLC Which Lawyer rankings for the BVI.

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Ogier Jersey ensures Taxi Marshall scheme continues

June 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Following a meeting of all interested parties yesterday Ogier Jersey are pleased to announce that the Q Safe Taxi Marshall scheme at The Weighbridge, St Helier will continue for the foreseeable future as Ogier will sponsor the scheme throughout April.

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Ogier advises on launch of CQS Diversified Fund Limited

April 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has advised CQS, regarded as one of Europe's premier alternative asset management firms, on the establishment and London Stock Exchange listing of CQS Diversified Fund Limited, a Guernsey registered closed-ended fund.  CQS Diversified Fund Limited will invest substantially all of its assets into CQS Diversified Fund (SPC) Limited, Segregated Portfolio Alpha.

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Ogier Guernsey advises Guggenheim Global Infrastructure

April 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Guernsey advises Guggenheim Global Infrastructure on $270m sale of assets to Infrastructure India Plc

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Ogier Launch a new portal

April 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier have launched a new portal called Oskar (Ogier Shared Knowledge and Resources) which will allow online access to a number of Ogier service lines in the future. The web based offering is built on the latest technology, has internet banking security levels and is designed to be used on both desktop and tablet computers.

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Ogier Jersey appoint three new Senior Associates

April 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Jersey, leading offshore legal and fiduciary service provider, have promoted three of their legal team, Richard Daggett, Lauren Fletcher and Joanna Gardiner, to Senior Associates in March 2011. 

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Ogier wins hat trick of employment law awards

April 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has been recognised for the third time in a year for its employment law services in the Channel Islands.  The latest accolade comes from Deal Makers Global Awards 2011 who name Ogier as ”Employment and Labour Law Firm of the Year - Channel Islands.”

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Young Caymanian Lawyer Admitted to Cayman Islands Bar

April 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Cayman announced today that Ms. Jacqueline Haynes, an articled clerk in the banking and trust section of the firm’s litigation practice, was admitted to the Cayman Islands Bar.

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Ogier BVI awarded double top tier promotion by Chambers 2011

April 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier's BVI office has been recognised as a top tier firm for Corporate & Finance and Dispute Resolution in the 2011 Chambers Global directory rankings.

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Ogier to host Offshore Litigation Seminar in London - 19th May 2011

April 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier's Global Litigation Group is hosting its annual offshore litigation seminar in London on 19th May 2011.

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Real Estate Representative Transactions

February 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Our experience includes the following key transactions:

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Ogier to Sponsor Legal Week Private Equity Forum

February 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has agreed to be the principal sponsor at the forthcoming Private Equity Forum in London which is being organised by Legal Week on 13th April 2011.

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Ogier BVI advises on London IPO

February 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier's BVI office has advised on the first initial public offering by a Russian company in London this year.

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Ogier advises GDF SUEZ S.A.

February 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has acted for GDF SUEZ S.A. on the EUR20.2 billion combination of its international energy division with International Power plc.

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Four Ogier Partners in Legal Banking Who’s Who

February 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier’s leading position in the Channel Islands was highlighted with four out of six Channel Island lawyers included in the Who’s Who Legal Banking 2011 directory being Ogier Partners. 

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Ogier appoints Oliver Godwin as new partner in London

February 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier is delighted to announce the appointment of Oliver Godwin as a Partner in the firm's London office.

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Ogier named as Employment Law Firm of the Year

February 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has been recognised as the leading firm for employment law services in both Jersey and Guernsey at the Corporate International Magazine’s 2010 Legal Awards.

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Jersey Heritage green credentials enjoy bright future

February 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Jersey Heritage has had a New Year boost to its Green Management Project thanks to the renewal of ongoing environmental sponsorship support from Ogier.  As a result, the charity has committed to actively support the National Trust’s Green House project starting with the installation of eco light bulbs across all Jersey Heritage sites (where possible) from this month.

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First international company to have securities listed in Russia is a Jersey company

February 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier recently assisted Jersey incorporated United Company RUSAL Plc (“UC RUSAL”) on its Russian Depositary Receipts programme, the first of its kind for any international company within Russia and a landmark transaction aimed at improving the attractiveness of and access to UC RUSAL’s shares for its extensive Russia-focused investor base. The UC RUSAL team at Ogier led by Marc Yates included senior associate Adam Chester who has been involved on a number of recent transactions for them.

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Ogier scoops three Guernsey legal awards

January 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has scooped three awards for its legal services in Guernsey at the ACQ Magazine’s Country Awards, which were announced today. Awards included the prestigious title of “Guernsey Law Firm of the Year”. Ogier also picked up the “Private Equity Law Firm of the Year, Guernsey” and “M&A Law Firm of the Year, Guernsey”.

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Ogier Jersey advises the Carlyle Group and Applus+ Group

January 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier are acting as Jersey counsel to the Carlyle Group and the Applus+ Group in relation to the recommended cash offer made for Velosi Limited.

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Ogier Guernsey advises Burford Capital on further capital raising

January 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Guernsey has acted for Burford Capital Limited in its raising of a further £110 million by way of a placing of shares.  Burford Capital is an AIM listed, Guernsey authorised, closed- ended investment scheme, established in 2008 to provide litigation funding. 

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Channel Island Stock Exchange - Debt Listing

January 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Channel Islands Stock Exchange, LBG (‘CISX’ or the ‘Exchange’) offers:

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Channel Island Stock Exchange - Continuing Obligations for Issuer’s with listed Debt Securities

January 2011. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

This Client Briefing has been prepared for the assistance of directors of companies listing “debt securities” as defined in Chapter 1 of the listing rules (the Listing Rules) of the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (the Exchange) under Chapter VIII of the Listing Rules. The Briefing sets out certain of the continuing obligations which an issuer is required to observe once any of its securities have been admitted to listing. This Client Briefing should be read in conjunction with the ‘Channel Island Stock Exchange - Debt Listing’ Briefing.

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Ogier advises on AIM listing with a market capitalisation just under half a billion pounds

November 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier London acted as British Virgin Islands (BVI) advisor to Zanaga Iron Ore Company (LON:ZIOC) on its successful admission to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

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Ogier BVI is “The most progressive of the BVI law firms” (Legal 500 2010-2011)

November 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier BVI is delighted to have been named in the top tier of BVI Commercial Firms in the latest Legal 500 directory rankings. The result reflects the continuing growth and development of the Ogier BVI office, with Ogier being described by clients as “the most progressive of the BVI law firms”.

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Ogier Hong Kong Appoints New Managing Partner

November 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier announced today that James Bergstrom will become managing partner of Ogier’s Hong Kong legal business, with effect from January 2011.

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Ogier BVI office acts on $800m Carl Zeiss Vision Group corporate refinancing

November 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier BVI was instructed by Deutsche Bank as part of the Senior Steering Committee on the restructuring of approximately $800m of Carl Zeiss Vision’s corporate finance debt, which closed in October 2010.

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Ogier advises on IDB US$3.5bn sukuk programme update

November 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has worked with the Islamic Development Bank ("IDB") on the recently completed update to IDB’s US$3.5bn sukuk trust certificate programme.

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Ogier appoints two non executive directors

November 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has appointed two additional non executive directors to strengthen its legal and fiduciary services businesses.

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Ogier Hong Kong acts on acquisition of BVI Company

October 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Hong Kong office recently acted as BVI advisers to a consortium consisting of Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd (“Zijin”) and China-Africa Development Fund (“CADFund”) in connection with a US$284 million acquisition of Platmin Congo Limited, a BVI company undertaking copper mining activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

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Ogier advises on securitisation transaction

October 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier (Chris Byrne and Peter Longstaffe) acted as Jersey legal advisers to WestLB (as Sole Co-ordinator and Joint Arranger) in relation to the issuance by A.R.T.S Ltd (a Jersey SPV administered by Deutsche Bank Jersey) of a number of tranches of floating rate notes in an aggregate amount of just under US$865,000,000 pursuant to the A.R.T.S US$5billion note issuance programme. 

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Ogier Guernsey advises on establishment of World Shariah Funds PCC Limited

October 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Guernsey has recently acted as lead counsel in the establishment of World Shariah Funds PCC Limited ("WSF") as a class B collective investment scheme in Guernsey. WSF is a shariah-compliant investment fund which also complies with the requirements of the UCITS directive. WSF is one of only a handful of shariah-compliant funds established in Guernsey and the first for Ogier Guernsey. 

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Seven Ogier partners named as leading investment fund lawyers

August 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Seven Ogier partners from across the firm’s jurisdictions have featured in the latest Expert Guide Series which lists the leading investment fund lawyers across the globe. Peter Cockhill, James Bergstrom, and Colin MacKay (Cayman), William Simpson (Guernsey), Nicholas Plowman (Hong Kong) and Tim Morgan and Richard Thomas (Jersey) were all named in the Guide to the World’s Leading Investment Funds Lawyers, which is part of the Expert Guides series, for 2010.

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Ogier advises EQT V Fund on financing of two substantial acquisitions

August 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has advised the EQT V Fund, an authorised, closed-ended Guernsey investment fund, on two substantial acquisitions in Scandinavia. Ogier advised the fund on the financing of its acquisition of a controlling interest in AcadeMedia AB, Sweden’s largest private education group by way of a public offer. The public offer by the EQT V Fund was accepted by 79.4% of shareholders in AcadeMedia AB. The Stockholm listed business operates 150 schools with 45,000 students across Sweden.

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Ogier Guernsey and Jersey advise on Coller and Lloyds Banking Group JV

August 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The culmination of several months’ work by legal teams at both Ogier’s Guernsey and Jersey offices has helped the Coller International Partners V Fund enter into a joint venture with the Lloyds Banking Group. The transaction involves the acquisition of the risk capital in a portfolio of 42 companies which previously formed the Bank of Scotland Integrated Finance portfolio. Ogier has acted as legal adviser in Guernsey and Jersey for the Coller International Partners V Fund, which is a closed-ended, Guernsey investment fund, established in 2007.

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Ogier advise on White Tower Acquisition

August 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has advised global private equity firm The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of a number of buildings in the White Tower portfolio for £671 million.

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Ogier Remains Top Listing Agent for Channel Islands Stock Exchange

August 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Corporate Finance Limited remains the leading sponsor of listings on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) as at 30th June 2010.

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Ogier Hong Kong ranked by PLC Which Lawyer? Cross-Border Investment Funds Handbook 2010

July 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Hong Kong achieves top level ranking alongside Maples and Calder Asia and Walkers.

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Ogier Guernsey advises EQT V on financing of acquisition of AcadeMedia AB

July 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Guernsey has advised the EQT V Fund on the financing of its acquisition of a controlling interest in AcadeMedia AB., Sweden’s largest private education group by way of a public offer. The public offer by the EQT V Fund was accepted by 79.4% of shareholders in AcadeMedia AB. The Stockholm listed business operates 150 schools with 45,000 students across Sweden.

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Ogier Guernsey advises on establishment of World Shariah Funds PCC Limited

July 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Guernsey has recently acted as lead counsel in the establishment of World Shariah Funds PCC Limited ("WSF") as a class B collective investment scheme in Guernsey. WSF is a shariah-compliant investment fund which also complies with the requirements of the UCITS directive. WSF is one of only a handful of shariah-compliant funds established in Guernsey and the first for Ogier Guernsey.

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Ogier Guernsey advises on EQT V on financing of acquisition of XXL Sport & Villmark

July 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Guernsey recently advised the EQT V Fund on the financing of its acquisition of XXL Sport & Villmark, a Nordic sporting goods retailer. The sports retailer operates 14 sporting goods mega-stores, located in the largest cities in Norway and has a market share of close to 15 per cent in Norway.

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Ogier advises Tencent on its investment in Digital Sky Technologies, investor in Facebook and Zynga

June 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has acted as BVI advisor to Tencent Holdings Limited (“Tencent”) on its strategic investment in Digital Sky Technologies Limited (“DST”), which is a BVI company. DST owns stakes in Facebook and Zynga.

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Ogier Advises on US$ 3 billion Note Exchange

June 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier's BVI office has advised CEMEX in relation to the restructuring of certain of its listed securities. CEMEX is one of the world's leading cement and building materials companies and is listed on the New York and Mexican stock exchanges.

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Ogier Guernsey acts for Plant Health Care plc on CISX listing

June 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Corporate Finance Limited was delighted to act as sponsor to Plant Health Care plc in connection with its recent listing of its shares on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange.

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Ogier acts in JP Morgan's acquisition of Schroders' administration services business

June 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Guernsey has advised JP Morgan Worldwide Security Services on its agreement to acquire the private equity administration services business of Schroders PLC. With offices in both Guernsey and Bermuda, Schroders' private equity administration services business currently has approximately US$6.2 billion in committed capital under administration.

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Aegis Group plc - Convertible Exchangeable Bond Issue

June 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

The Ogier legal and corporate administration teams have acted for Aegis Group plc on their £190m convertible exchangeable bond issue. The issuer of the bonds was a Jersey company and the bonds convert into preference shares in the Jersey company which are exchangeable for shares in Aegis Group plc

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Ogier acts as BVI Legal advisors to Mozambican coal company Ncondezi

June 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier acted as British Virgin Islands (BVI) advisor to Mozambican coal company Ncondezi on its successful admission to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

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Ogier is nominated Offshore Law Firm of the year finalist by ALB China

April 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

We are pleased to announce that Ogier has been nominated as a finalist for the award category Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2010 by ALB China.

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Leading Private Wealth Partner Joins Ogier

April 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier is delighted to announce the appointment of Zac Lucas as a Partner in the firm's BVI office.

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Ogier Enhances Litigation Practise with Key Appointment

February 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier is delighted to announce the appointment of Ray Ng as a senior member of its Litigation team in the British Virgin Islands.

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Ogier advises on INEOS EUR 785m high yield bond

February 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has advised INEOS, Britain’s largest privately-owned company (approx. GBP 9bn), in relation to the successful restructuring of one of its debt facilities. Ogier also provides corporate services to various INEOS group entities.

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Ogier advises CPA Global on investment from ICG

February 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has advised large Jersey business CPA Global on the disposal by its shareholders of a significant minority stake to Intermediate Capital Group (“ICG”) and their funds under management who will be investing in CPA Global alongside its management team.

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Ogier acts on £1.5bn debt restructuring of Four Seasons Healthcare Group

February 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier, one of the leading providers of offshore legal and fiduciary services, has acted as Jersey and Guernsey counsel to Four Seasons Healthcare in relation to the successful restructuring of its £1.5 billion debt facilities. Ogier also provides associated professional director and fiduciary services to the group.

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Ogier acts on US$300 million joint venture between Nobel Oil and China Investment Corporation

February 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has acted as BVI counsel to Nobel Oil, a Russian oil and gas company, on its joint venture with China Investment Corporation. This joint venture is understood to be the first Russian-Chinese joint venture in the Russian oil and gas industry.

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Ogier named 'Best Law Firm, 2009' for BVI and Guernsey

February 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier continues to earn accolades for its legal services having just picked up two more awards. This time, the Ogier BVI and Guernsey offices have been voted as the best law firms in their jurisdictions at the Fund Domiciles.com, Service Provider Awards. This is the first time either of these offices has been singled out as the leading firms in their respective jurisdictions and is recognition of the prominent position we have established in both the BVI and Guernsey legal markets. We now have considerable strength in depth in both these offices and it is a testament to the quality of the teams we have in place there that has earned us these latest endorsements.

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Ogier appoints eight new Partners

February 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier, one of the leading providers of offshore legal, trust and administration services, has appointed eight new partners across its network of offices.

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Ogier to offer Guernsey and Jersey legal and fiduciary services in Asia

February 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier, one of the leading offshore legal and fiduciary firms, has announced plans to offer Guernsey and Jersey services in Asia. In May, Guernsey and Jersey lawyers will be relocating to the firm’s Hong Kong office, where the firm has an established BVI and Cayman legal practice. This latest move comes in response to increased client demand for Channel Islands legal and fiduciary services in the Asian time zone. This is yet another first for Ogier as it will be the first time that Guernsey and Jersey lawyers will operate in this region.

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Further Growth Plans for Ogier BVI

January 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier BVI has had a very busy year. 2009 brought a number key lateral hires to the firm, including Ray Wearmouth, who joined from Harney Westwood & Riegels and Gareth Thomas from Conyers and Codan Trust; the firm won numerous prestigious awards, including “Offshore Law Firm of the Year” at the British Legal Awards and Michael Fay was announced as the BVI's managing partner.

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Ogier BVI Advises on a Hat Trick of Takeovers

January 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier's BVI office has worked on three takeovers in quick succession. Starting in London the BVI corporate team worked with Herbert Smith on London listed ENRC's takeover of AIM listed CAMAC. Moving on to NASDAQ the office acted for the acquiror on the takeover of OpenTV, which was effected by an open offer. Finally, working alongside Skadden Arps the team is currently advising NASDAQ listed FGX International on the recommended bid from Essilor International. A BVI statutory merger is being used to effect the takeover which was recently announced.

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Ogier named as “European Legal Services Provider, 2009" by ICFA

December 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has earned yet another accolade for its legal services. This time International Custody & Fund Administration Magazine has recognised Ogier as the leading European legal services provider in 2009.

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British Legal Awards - Ogier named as Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2009

December 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

For the second year in succession Ogier has been named “Offshore Law Firm of the Year” at the British Legal Awards. This award is one of the most coveted amongst offshore law firms and is recognition of the prominence the firm plays in the offshore world. The event, hosted by Legal Week, is a highlight in the legal calendar and was attended by over 800 industry professionals. British Legal Awards - Ogier named as Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2009

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Ogier advises LXB Retail Properties Plc in relation to £110m AIM IPO

December 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

A cross departmental Ogier team has acted for LXB Retail Properties Plc in relation to the admission to trading on AIM and the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) of its entire issued share capital. LXB Retail Properties Plc is a newly formed, Jersey-incorporated, closed-ended real estate investment company.

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Ogier acts on US$2 Billion Rio Tinto sale

December 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier is acting as Jersey counsel to Rio Tinto Alcan on the sale of its European Food, Global Pharmaceutical and Global Tobacco segments of its Packaging Division to the Australian based Amcor Limited in a deal value of at slightly more than US$2 billion. Amcor is a leading global packaging manufacturer offering a broad range of plastic, fibre, metal and glass packaging products, along with packaging-related services.

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Ogier wins Top Offshore Law firm at this years Alpha Awards

November 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has once again picked up the coveted 2009 "Alpha Award" for Top Offshore Law Firm. Having won this in 2006 and 2007, it is a significant achievement to add this to our 2009 awards collection.

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Ogier advises on KKR Business Combination Transaction

November 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has advised on a transaction to combine the businesses of KKR & Co. L.P. (collectively with certain affiliates, “KKR”) and KKR Private Equity Investors, L.P. (“KPE”), which has been renamed KKR & Co. (Guernsey) L.P., (“KKR Guernsey”), a Guernsey closed-ended fund quoted on Euronext (previously under the ticker “KPE”, now using the ticker “KKR”).

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Ogier advises on Largest Capital Raising to date for Dispute Finance

November 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has acted as Guernsey legal adviser on the establishment of Burford Capital Limited ("Burford"), a litigation financing investment fund. Burford has raised approximately US$130 million through the successful placing of its ordinary shares in connection with its initial public offering on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange plc. Dealing in Burford's ordinary shares will commence on 21 October 2009.

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Ogier advises on IDB $1.5bn sukuk programme update

October 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has advised the Islamic Development Bank in the recently completed update to IDB’s $1.5bn sukuk trust certificate programme.

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One-day conference to concentrate on funds

October 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

OGIER has joined forces with Offshore Professional Conferences to stage the 3rd annual Investment Funds Update Conference in Jersey.

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Ogier acts as Jersey legal adviser to RREEF Alternative Investments

October 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier acts as Jersey legal adviser to RREEF Alternative Investments in purchase of Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in Durham.

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Online Employee Incentive Tracking System PlanTrack

October 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

PlanTrack is an integrated web based system used by the Employee Benefit Team of Ogier Fiduciary Services to track, maintain and communicate the incentive awards within employee benefit plans.

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Ogier advises on IDB $1.5bn sukuk programme update

October 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has advised the Islamic Development Bank in the recently completed update to IDB’s $1.5bn sukuk trust certificate programme.

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Ogier acts as Jersey Legal Advisor to RREEF Alternative Investments

October 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier acted as Jersey legal adviser to RREEF Spezial Invest GmbH, part of RREEF Alternative Investments on their purchase of the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in Durham from BlackRock for £60 million. The prime freehold city centre scheme provides approximately 155,000 square feet in two uncovered malls consisting of 43 unit shops. The shopping centre was developed 10 years ago and is the dominant retail provision in Durham.

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Ogier Jersey & Guernsey receive impressive rankings in latest edition of The Legal 500

October 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier in Jersey and Guernsey have received impressive rankings in the latest edition of The Legal 500. Once again Ogier is the only Jersey law firm to receive first tier ranking in all eight categories covered, and Ogier Guernsey remains a tier one firm for commercial and banking work, and is placed in tier two for their other practice areas.

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Jonathan White to stand down as a Partner of Ogier

September 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

After 21 years as a Partner, of which over 15 have been involved in managing and developing the business, Jonathan White has decided to stand down as a Partner of Ogier. Whilst he remains deeply committed to Ogier, Jonathan believes that the time is right for him to step aside and to develop other interests.

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BVI and Cayman move to OECD White List

September 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

New Zealand has signed tax information exchange agreements with the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, bringing to 12 the number of agreements that the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands have on exchange of information for tax purposes.

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Ogier advises Arden Asset Management LLC on J.P. Morgan Fund of Funds Program

September 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier recently advised Arden Asset Management LLC on its agreement with J.P. Morgan under which Arden is managing a $1.1 billion proprietary hedge fund of funds portfolio for J.P. Morgan's investment banking division. J.P. Morgan's investment bank has seeded several new Arden funds and has invested in one of Arden's current flagship funds with these assets.

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Gareth Thomas joins OFS (BVI) Ltd as Managing Director

September 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier is delighted to announce the appointment of Gareth Thomas as Managing Director of Ogier Fiduciary Services (BVI) Ltd

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Ogier nominated as a finalist by ALB Hong Kong Law Awards

September 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has been nominated as a finalist for the award 'Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2009'

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Ogier Expands Russian Practice with Key Appointment

August 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier is delighted to announce the appointment of Marina Kozlova as a member of its global Russia and CIS Practice.

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Ogier to sponsor inaugural CISX International Business Summit

August 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has agreed to be a premier sponsor of the Channel Islands Stock Exchange's International Business Summit on 11th September 2009. It will be the first event of its type to be held in the Channel Islands and the inaugural event will be held in Guernsey with a view of alternating the venue with Jersey in future

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Two More Advocates for Ogier Guernsey

July 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Andrew Munro and Kerrie Le Tissier were called to the Guernsey Bar on Monday 6th July, 2009. They have both successfully completed the Guernsey Bar exams and the Certificat d’Études Juridiques Françaises et Normandes from Caen University, which required three months study at the French University.

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Ogier advises Al Salam Bank-Bahrain B.S.C. on first UK Real Estate Acquisition

July 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has advised Al Salam Bank-Bahrain B.S.C in connection with its first transaction in the UK real estate sector. Using Shari'ah compliant financing the deal is a joint venture with private equity and investment banking firm Evans Randall. Ogier provided the bank with Jersey legal advice on all aspects of the transaction and worked with Herbert Smith teams in London and Dubai to ensure the transaction met the Shari'ah requirements of the client.

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Ogier Jersey supports Extended Curriculum Programme

June 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

70 Year 5/6 students from around the island attended a creative writing course held at various primary schools recently as part of the Extended Curriculum Programme organised by Education, Sport and Culture and supported by Ogier Jersey.

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Ogiers Global Funds Team earns another industry award

June 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has earned another endorsement for its funds expertise following the announcement by ACQ Finance Magazine of their Global Award winners for 2009. This time, the firm picked up the title of “Overall Private Funds Law Firm of the Year”.

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Ogier named “Best Offshore Law Firm 2009” by HFM Week

June 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has been named “Best Offshore Law Firm, 2009” at the HFM Week Service Provider Awards held in London.

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Ogier appoints Head of Treasury Services

June 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier, one of the leading providers of offshore legal and fiduciary services, has appointed Marcus Hawgood as Head of Treasury Services, focusing on enhancing the management of client cash assets. Marcus joins Ogier from Computer Patent Annuities where he was Group Treasurer.

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Ogier named “International Law Firm of the Year, 2009” at Citywealth Awards

May 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has been named “International Law Firm of the Year, 2009” at the annual Citywealth Magic Circle Awards held in London last night. The Citywealth Magic Circle Awards shine a spotlight on those individuals and organisations who have raised the bar in terms of service, innovation and client care. These coveted awards, from the publishers of Citywealth, set the benchmark for excellence in the wealth sector.

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Ray Wearmouth Joins Ogier

April 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier is delighted to announce the appointment of Ray Wearmouth as an Ogier Group Partner in the firm's BVI office.

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New Managing Director for Ogier Fiduciary Services in Guernsey

April 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

03 April 2009 - Ogier has announced another senior appointment to its expanding operations in Guernsey. Bob Banfield joined the firm as Managing Director of Ogier Fiduciary Services (Guernsey) Limited on 1st April 2009.

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Ogier advises on the establishment of Index Ventures' fifth fund

March 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

03/03/2009  - Ogier has acted as the Jersey legal adviser on the establishment of Index Ventures' fifth fund in the last ten years. Index V which closed at Euro 350 million is an early stage technology fund focusing on investment in the technology, biotechnology and clean technology sectors across Europe, the United States and Israel. The Fund was established under Jersey's expert fund regime.

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Ogier awarded honourable mentions for winning role in Asian-Counsel Deal

March 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

12/03/2009 - Ogier has been awarded honourable mentions for its winning role in one of "Asian-Counsel Deals of the Year 2008" for the following deal:

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Ogier appoints Head of Private Wealth business

March 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

24/02/2009 - Ogier, one of the leading providers of offshore legal and fiduciary services, has appointed Ian Cain as Director and Head of Ogier Private Wealth. Ian joins Ogier from Goldman Sachs where he was Head of UK Strategic Wealth Advisory. 

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Michael Fay announced as Managing Partner of Ogier BVI

March 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

24/02/2009 - Ogier is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Fay, as Managing Partner of Ogier BVI.

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New Group Management Team

March 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

20/02/2009 - Ogier has announced a new group management team.

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Ogier appoints new associate in Hong Kong

March 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

19 February 2009 - Ogier is pleased to announce that a new associate, Takesh Nakayama, has joined its Hong Kong office. Takesh will advise on finance, capital markets and corporate transactions.

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Ogier advises on establishment of CapMan Buyout IX Fund

February 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

26/01/2009 - Ogier has acted as Guernsey legal adviser on the establishment of CapMan Plc’s ninth buyout fund. The fund had its first closing on 23 December 2008, raising EUR203 million.

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Ogier welcomes recognition from CFATF

February 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

for BVI’s adherence to International Anti-Money Laundering/Com

26/01/2009 - Ogier has welcomed the news announced on 5 January by the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Financial Services Commission (FSC) that according to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), the territory adheres to International Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) principles and is largely compliant with Financial Action Task Force (FATF) 40+9 Recommendations. The CFATF’s third round Mutual Evaluation Report highlights the tremendous efforts undertaken by the BVI since its last report in 2002 to ensure compliance and recognised the territory’s commitment to the establishment of standards in legal, law enforcement, regulatory and international cooperation matters.

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Ogier advises on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange’s 3000th Listing

February 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

08/01/2009 - Ogier Corporate Finance Limited’s latest listing on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) is a landmark listing in the Exchange’s history - being the 3000th security to be admitted to the official list.

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Ogier Announces New Partner Appointment

January 2009. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

01/12/2008 - Ogier announces the appointment of Simon Dinning to the partnership with effect from the 1st December 2008. Simon will continue to lead the British Virgin Islands and Cayman legal offerings from London.

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Ogier advises on ICG Second Asia Pacific Fund

November 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

20/10/2008  - Ogier has advised Intermediate Capital Group PLC ("ICG"), a leading mezzanine and leveraged loan investor and third party fund manager, on the US$1.0 billion Intermediate Capital Asia Pacific Fund 2008 ("Fund II").

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Ogier Advises Centrica plc on it’s proposed £2.2bn rights issue

November 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

12/11/2008  - Ogier has advised Centrica plc, the London Stock Exchange energy generation and supply company, on it's proposed £2.2bn cash box rights issue.  The rights issue is to be underwritten by Goldman Sachs International, Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, UBS Limited, Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas and HSBC Bank plc.  The company has announced it intends to use the proceeds of the rights issue to fund a potential acquisition of 25 per cent interest in a SPV which itself is to acquire British Energy Group plc, the leading supplier of nuclear energy in the United Kingdom.  The acquisition of the SPV's shares is subject to further agreement with Electricité de France and, to regulator and shareholder approval.

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Ogier Advises Openhydro on Alderney Tidal Power Investment

November 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

27/11/2008  - Ogier Guernsey has advised Irish tidal renewable energy company OpenHydro on its purchase of a substantial equity interest in Alderney Renewable Energy Limited ("ARE").

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Ogier expands global network with new offices in Bahrain and Tokyo

November 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

29/10/2008  - Ogier, one of the leading providers of offshore legal and fiduciary services announced that it has opened new offices in Bahrain and Tokyo as it further expands its network worldwide.  The global expansion is at the heart of Ogier's strategy to provide the most innovative and comprehensive multi-jurisdictional services, through a significant presence in each of the world's key financial centres and across all time zones.

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Ogier takes home coveted offshore award

November 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

27/11/2008  - Ogier was named "Offshore Law Firm of the Year, 2008" at the British Legal Awards last night. The event, hosted by Legal Week, is one of the most prestigious in the legal calendar and was attended by over 800 industry professionals.  Ogier has won a number of industry awards in recent years and this latest success is a huge endorsement for the firm from one of the most respected legal publishers. 

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Keypoint and Ogier target Bahraini Trusts in new Joint Venture

October 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Keypoint, a leading independent accounting and advisory services firm based in Bahrain and Ogier, one of the largest providers of offshore legal and fiduciary services have joined forces to create a new professional services firm in Bahrain.

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Another Win for Ogier HFW LatAm’s Best Law Firm

October 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has walked away with yet another coveted hedge fund industry award, this time for its work in the Latin American region. The firm picked up “Best Law Firm” for expertise in offshore jurisdictions at the Hedge Fund World Latin America Awards ceremony and gala dinner in Miami. Martin Litwak, who co-heads Ogier group’s Latin-American Practice with Cayman partner Giorgio Subiotto, accepted the prize on behalf of Ogier. The competition comprised all lawyers servicing Latin American hedge fund managers and international managers investing in the region and was recognition of Ogier’s achievements and contributions to the development of the industry.

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Ogier Investment Funds Team Wins Top Award

October 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has walked away with yet another coveted hedge fund industry award marking its leadership in the offshore investment funds arena.

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Ogier advises on merger of leading fund administrators - Fulcrum Group and Butterfield Fund Services

September 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has advised on the merger of two leading fund administration firms to create a major global force in the fund administration industry. Fulcrum Group, a leading global administrator for hedge funds and the alternative asset management industry, backed by global private equity firm, 3i, and Butterfield Fund Services (BFS), a top-twenty provider of administration services for investment and pension funds and part of The Bank of N. T. Butterfield & Son Limited (Butterfield), has announced, subject to regulatory and governmental approvals, an agreement to merge the two businesses to create Butterfield Fulcrum Group (BFG).

 

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Ogier receives top ranking in Legal 500

September 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier received a huge endorsement for its legal services with impressive rankings in the 2008 edition of the highly regarded Legal 500 Directory.

 

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2008 Ogier Stroke & Stride Announces Charity Challenge

September 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier, one of the leading providers of offshore legal and fiduciary services, has partnered with the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association (CITA) to host the 2008 Ogier Stroke & Stride race series.

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New Management Structure at Ogier

September 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Jonathan White is to step down from his position as Ogier Group Chairman at the end of January 2009. Jonathan has been closely involved in the management and strategic growth of Ogier as Managing Partner and then Group Chairman for approximately 18 years.

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Ogier Remains Top Listing Agent for Channel Islands Stock Exchange

September 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Corporate Finance Limited has sponsored its 350th listing on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) and remains the leading listing agent on the CISX.  Of this number, 301 securities remain listed which equates to over 13% of all entities listed on the Exchange since its inception in 1998.

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Ogier Fiduciary Services Nominated for Three Industry Awards

September 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier Fiduciary Services has been recognised for its high quality administration services, having recently earned nominations for three industry awards.

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Three new partners appointed to the Ogier Group

September 2008. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier has announced the appointment of three new partners to the Ogier Group, Simon Schilder, based in the BVI, Caroline Chan, based in Guernsey, and Tim Morgan, based in Jersey.

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Legal Developments in Jersey

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law

    Modernisation of Jersey’s pensions law
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    Jersey opens the door to QROPs
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    Jersey Legislation Overview
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    Civil Liability for Breaches of the Codes
  • AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences

    AML Update: Review of 2014 amendments to the substantive offences under the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1999 
  • The New Charities Law - a bright new dawn

    As of Friday 21 November 2014, the new Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 (the " Law ") (or at least certain parts of it) came into effect.  This represents a quantum leap forward for Jersey in the charity field.  The Law has introduced a new test for what is charitable (the " Charity Test "), has introduced the post of a Charity Commissioner and a Charity Tribunal, and in time will introduce standards that those who run charities in the Island will have to abide by.  It is hoped that the Law will enable the Island to flourish as a centre for the administration of charitable and philanthropic structures.
  • New Managed Account Regime for Jersey Hedge Fund Managers

    An exemption which will enable Jersey-regulated fund managers to be appointed in relation to managed accounts has now been introduced.  This will enable hedge fund managers that are already regulated under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law (FS Law) in Jersey to carry out fund services business (FSB) to also service qualifying segregated managed accounts (QSMAs) without the need to seek additional regulation for the conduct of investment business under the FS Law.
  • The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012: Changes to Jersey's security regime

    On 2 January 2014, the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 came into force in respect of Jersey law security over intangible movable property (e.g. shares/securities, bank accounts and custody assets).  The new law replaces the Security Interests (Jersey) Law 1983 (which was in force for the last three decades) and introduces a number of important changes which modernise Jersey's security regime.
  • Exclusive and Inherent Jurisdictions: to boldly go where no Court has gone before?

    On 26 November 2014, the Privy Council delivered judgment in the long-running case of Crociani & Others v. Crociani & Others [2014] UKPC 40 .  The case is of interest to trustees because it provides conclusive and binding guidance on the treatment of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in trust deeds.  However, it also raises questions as to the fundamental nature of the inherent supervisory jurisdiction of the Royal Court in connection with trust matters, and whether it is in fact broader than previously thought.
  • Accessing EU Institutional investor capital

    Luxembourg is one of the largest global investment fund domiciles, benefiting from the following factors: