Ogier joins influx of offshore law firms into Dubai

Ogier is the latest offshore firm to announce a plan to establish an office in Dubai.

The firm has informed clients of its intention by email, asking for support when the office is set up in the Middle East jurisdiction.

London-based partners Gray Smith and Charles Grime have been in Dubai on a reconnaissance mission and Ogier chairman Jonathan White and Jersey-based partner Paul Willing, who is also CEO of Ogier Fiduciary Services, are heading out soon to finalise the arrangements.

Head of business development Chris Carpenter said: “We’re seriously considering setting up in Dubai, like a number of other firms. We’re currently doing the due diligence and exploring the opportunities open to us.”

If plans go ahead Ogier will join offshore firms Conyers Dill & Pearman, Maples and Calder and Walkers and in the jurisdiction, which has been highlighted as a hot spot for investment funds and structured finance.