Offshore firm Mourant Ozannes launches Hong Kong base

Mourant Ozannes has formally launched a Hong Kong office, some six months after first announcing it was moving into Asia.

The office will be headed by partner Paul Christopher, who is relocating from Guernsey. Christopher is joined by newly recruited partners Alex Last and Simon Lawrenson, who are qualified in Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands (BVI) law respectively.

Last’s career has included stints at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Maples and Calder as an associate and an in-house role with Leebrook Global Investments. Lawrenson joins from Maples, where he was an associate.

Senior associates Danielle Roman and Bronwyn King also join the team. Roman was hired from Walkers in Hong Kong, while King was previously at Ogier in the BVI.

The Hong Kong launch was first announced last year (25 July 2011) and is Mourant Ozannes’ fifth international office. The firm said the office opening was timed to coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations.

Asia continues to be a focus for offshore firms. Last year saw Ogier open in Shanghai (4 July 2011) and Collas Crill open in Singapore (26 May 2011), while Walkers and Harneys both bulked up their Hong Kong offices with partner relocations recently.