Ogier provides practical advice on British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law through our global network of offices. Ogier is the only firm to advise on these five laws. We regularly win awards for the quality of our client service, our work and our people. We get straight to the point, managing complexity to get to the essentials.
Our team of professionals provides legal advice to the world’s leading financial institutions, advisers, regulatory bodies and high net worth individuals.
Corporate and finance law services form the core of our business, principally in the areas of investment funds, banking and finance, corporate and commercial, regulatory, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, private client matters and local legal services (including strong practices in the areas of property law and employment benefits).
François is the Practice Partner of Ogier's Luxembourg office which he founded in 2012 and is the Global Head of Ogier's Private Equity team.
François graduated from the University of Strasbourg (France) and obtained several degrees in law, economy, finance and political science.
He began his career in 1986 with KPMG as tax adviser and Svenska Handelsbanken as legal counsel. After having acted as head of legal and tax for the RTL group, he joined Fidelity Investments as senior legal counsel for continental Europe and was thereafter a senior partner at OPF Partners for 12 years.
François has been a member of the Luxembourg Bar since 1991 and is also a member of The Monterey Funds Club, an alliance of specialist investment fund lawyers across Europe. He is a member of several working groups within ALFI (Luxembourg Fund Association) and of the Luxembourg Private Equity Association (LPEA).
François is a regular speaker at conferences globally. He is currently teaching a module at the IFBL (Institut de Formation Bancaire, Luxembourg) on the “international structuring of real estate investment funds” and "AIFMD".
He is nominated as one of the world's leading practitioners in the Who'sWho Private Funds 2014 for Luxembourg and is recommended in the Legal 500 EMEA 2014 for the investment funds practice. He is also a director of several regulated investment funds.
A Luxembourg national, he speaks many languages including; English, French, German and Luxembourgish
Simon is a partner and Head of the Investment Funds practice at the BVI office whose practice covers cross border and multi jurisdictional mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, equity capital markets, joint ventures and investment funds. Prior to joining Ogier, Simon practiced at Lovells in London.
Simon is a member of the Securities, Investment Business and Mutual Funds Advisory Committee, established by the Financial Services Commission to advise it on the maintenance and development of the BVI's securities, investment business and funds industry.
Simon is Chairman of the BVI Investment Funds Association.
Simon attended the University of Southampton and graduated with a BSc in Economics and Politics in 1994. Simon then went on to take the CPE in 1995 and LPC in 1996 at the College of Law, London.
Giorgio joined Ogier in 2002 and became a partner in 2006. He is Head of Ogier’s Global Latin American practice, Head of Global Investment Funds and Head of Ogier’s Private Client and Trusts Group in the Cayman Islands. Before this he practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York (1998 to 2002), Pinheiro Neto - Advogados in Sao Paulo (1994 to 1995) and Linklaters in London and Paris (1992 to 1994 and 1995 to 1997).
Giorgio is a member of STEP and is a Notary Public in the Cayman Islands and a member of the Cayman Islands Law Society, the Law Society of England and Wales and the New York Bar Association.
He is fluent in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Giorgio is recognised by industry commentators as a specialist in his areas of expertise for the Cayman Islands.
Giorgio received his Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos from the University of Málaga, Spain in 1986; his Bachelor of Law, with Honours, from the University of London, King's College, in 1990; Maîtrise en Droit, avec mention, from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, in the same year; and Master of Law from University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor in 1992.
Niamh works on a wide range of matters including fund formation, regulatory advice and real estate structuring. She has particular expertise in private equity, venture capital and fund marketing in Europe. Niamh is a specialist funds and regulatory lawyer - she is recognised as a leading lawyer in the IFLR 1000 2017 and is also ranked in The Legal 500 2016 and Chambers UK 2017.
Emily's wide-ranging investment funds and financial services law experience has brought her recognition from clients and industry alike. She acts for a variety of banks and asset managers in the formation, listing and winding-up of funds, as well as for sovereign wealth funds, funds of funds and investors investing into Jersey funds. Her expertise spans private investment schemes and family office funds to general securities, infrastructure, hedge and private equity funds.
Bryon advises on a broad range of investment fund, corporate and commercial, regulatory, banking and finance matters.
Craig is an asset management lawyer advising on all aspects of the structuring, restructuring, merger, establishment and operation of investment funds and other collective investment arrangements, including the marketing of investment vehicles in numerous jurisdictions.
Nick's primary focus has been on building Ogier's now significant Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands investment funds and venture capital practice in Asia. He acts for a wide variety of Asian fund managers in the private equity, long only and hedge fund space. His clients represent some of the more sophisticated and respected fund managers in Asia. Nick was named one of the top 10 offshore lawyers in Asia by Asian Legal Business in its Offshore Client Choice List 2016.
Kate advises a large number of sponsors and fund managers as well as their onshore counsel on the establishment and structuring of private equity funds, hedge funds and other closed ended and opened ended fund structures, with particular expertise in respect of partnership and unit trust structures. She also advises LPs, managers, trustees, family offices, HNWIs, administrators and other service providers on fund related issues and other corporate matters, including downstream investment transactions.