Guernsey: Ozannes - First Guernsey Law Firm to Open in Jersey
Last Updated: 31 March 2006

29 March 2006 - Ozannes, one of the leading Guernsey law firms and one of the Island’s oldest established practices, has today announced that it will be opening a legal practice in Jersey and will be the first Guernsey law firm to do so.

The office, which will open in the autumn, will be headed by new partner and Jersey Advocate, Marcus Stone, who brings to the new practice extensive experience in commercial work.

The new Ozannes office, which will practice Jersey law, will initially concentrate on advising on the establishment of investment funds, securitisation structures, corporate banking, structured finance transactions, trusts and other areas of corporate and commercial work. The firm will be recruiting shortly to build up the practice and expects in due course to offer litigation services.

Ozannes is regularly ranked in the top tier of offshore law firms by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 for all areas of expertise listed for Guernsey and was ranked third globally in the 2005 Lawyer Awards in the ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ category.

Senior Partner, Roger Perrot, commented:

"We are delighted to announce our plans for opening in Jersey – at last. This is something which we have been looking at for quite some time, but which we wanted to get right. Getting it right means ensuring that we create in Jersey a service which faithfully reflects our standards and gives us an opportunity for early, substantial, growth so as to be able to offer a full corporate service to existing and prospective clients. Our core business is advising on international finance and investment transactions. In Jersey, as in Guernsey, we will provide a one-stop shop to clients, drawing upon the relevant expertise in both Islands.

In support of our move, we are delighted to welcome Marcus as part of the Ozannes’ team to lead our Jersey presence. He is a corporate lawyer whose skills and expertise will complement the existing strengths of our corporate practice. He fits well with the Ozannes’ culture, and his energy and drive will help build our business in Jersey.

We look forward, keenly, to the Autumn."

29th March 2006

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  1. Ozannes is the only Guernsey law firm to be ranked in the top tier of each of the six categories of expertise reported on in latest edition of The Legal 500.
  2. Ozannes has been placed in the top tier of all three categories of expertise featured in the latest Chambers & Partners Global and UK editions.
  3. Ozannes was reported in the latest Lipper Fitzrovia "Guernsey Fund Encyclopaedia" as advising on 38% of all Guernsey based funds for 2004/05

For further information please contact:

Roger Perrot, Senior Partner
Robert Shepherd, Managing Partner
Claire Long, Business Development Manager on (Tel: 01481 731484) claire.long@ozannes.com.

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