The Journal sits down with newly promoted attorneys at Ogier at finds out that this law firm has a positive view of Cayman’s future. Second in a two part series.
Please tell us about your area of practice.
For the last few years, I have focused on investment funds, in particular hedge funds. However, my training and experience at Clifford Chance in London and New York, and the nature of his Cayman and BVI practice in Hong Kong, mean that I have advised leading institutions and multinational clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, including venture capital and equity financing transactions, listings, joint venture arrangements, debt offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
What will be the focus in your new appointment?
It is this breadth and depth of experience that I hope to capitalise on in my new role at Ogier. Ogier has a fantastic pool of talent in its Cayman office and for many years the firm has been renowned as having a top tier hedge fund practice. This gives me a great opportunity to build on the office’s hedge fund offering while also developing other areas of expertise to meet the needs of the firm’s clients. The fact that I used to be at Ogier adds a nice symmetry to the move and gives me total confidence in the strategy that the firm is pursuing.
How is the firm placed to weather current economic conditions?
I believe that Ogier is well positioned despite the economic environment. This is a fascinating time to be operating in the global financial industry and, as with all periods of turmoil, opportunities abound. For a number of years Ogier has had a reputation as being very professionally managed, and this meant that the firm was already lean as the economic downturn struck. The sense of security and continuity that this has given clients and staff alike has given the firm great momentum as we come out of recession. At a time when other firms have been looking to retrench their workforce, Ogier is expanding. To be part of that growth is very exciting.”