Offshore law firm Ogier is to offer Guernsey and Jersey legal and fiduciary 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 Guernsey and Jersey legal and fiduciary services in the Asian time zone.
It will be the first time that Guernsey and Jersey lawyers will operate in this region.
Marcus Leese (pictured), a partner based in the Ogier Guernsey office, will head up the new Guernsey and Jersey practice in Hong Kong. He is an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey, where he has been practising Guernsey law for the past 11 years, and is recognised in various legal directories.
Leese joins partners Duncan Smith, managing partner of the Hong Kong office, Timothy Bridges and Nicholas Plowman.
Lawyers from the Ogier Jersey office will also transfer to Hong Kong to set up the joint Guernsey and Jersey practice, a move which complements the recent relocation to Hong Kong of Jersey associate director, Maria McDermott, who heads up Ogier fiduciary services in Hong Kong.
The firm will offer a range of Guernsey and Jersey legal and fiduciary services in the Asian time zone, including investment funds, corporate and commercial advice (including listings), banking and finance, as well as trust and private client services through Ogier Private Wealth. This will complement the BVI and Cayman services which Ogier already offers from its Hong Kong office, which was established in 2006.