Offshore top 30 position: 7
Ogier has slipped down the rankings this year, swapping places with Carey Olsen after its partner headcount fell by three over the course of 2012. However, when it comes to qualified lawyers, Ogier is the third-largest offshore firm, with 176 lawyers across its 11 offices.
The firm’s fiduciary and group services businesses are also sizeable, together employing 554 staff.
The firm appointed Hong Kong managing partner James Bergstrom as its first legal chief executive officer in February last year. Bergstrom’s appointment followed a split in the chief executive officer position, with group chief executive officer Nick Kershaw handing over responsibilities for the legal practice while retaining the group mandate for another three years.
The biggest splash made by Ogier came right at the start of 2012 when it announced it was becoming the first offshore firm to open in Luxembourg. Ogier hired François Pfister from local firm OPF Partners for the launch and conducted an extensive roadshow to make sure the local and international firms already present there knew what its intentions were. This paid off, with the local market expressing muted enthusiasm for the extra business Ogier might bring to the jurisdiction.
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Briefings from Ogier
Ogier is counsel to the ISDA and is often asked to advise on the enforceability of close-out netting and set-off provisions under ISDA and other standard form agreements.
A briefing on the changes to Ogier’s annual billing cycle and the changes its customers will notice on their annual invoices, the potential impact of FATCA and the work which they have done to date to prepare to assist you with its introduction next year.