A Chinese law student has gained a better understanding of
Guernsey's offering as an international finance centre after
spending a month in the island working for a local law firm.
Franca Huang joined Ogier for a one-month internship at the
beginning of January as part of an exchange programme initiated by
Guernsey Finance, law firm Duan & Duan in Hong Kong and the
East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL).
Ogier partner Frances Watson said: "Ogier is delighted to
support this Guernsey Finance initiative in providing an
opportunity for ECUPL students to better understand the work
undertaken here, and how this can be applied in their future law
careers in China.
"We have had a full programme for Franca, who has worked
with Guernsey lawyers across our various practice areas to better
understand the work of this busy office."
It is hoped that Ms Huang's visit will be the first in an
ongoing programme between Guernsey law firms and ECUPL
Guernsey Finance Asia Representative Wendy Weng played a key
role alongside Steven Wang of Duan & Duan to launch the
initiative, while the Commercial Bar Association in Guernsey also
provided its support.
Kate Clouston, Director of International Business Development at
Guernsey Finance, said: "We are delighted that this
partnership has started off on such a positive note. Our
relationship with the East China University of Political Science
and Law is an important component of the holistic approach we are
taking to develop closer ties with China, not only by increasing
business links but also by fostering a shared cultural
understanding. We are grateful to Franca for taking part and look
forward to welcoming new students in due course."
Ms Huang, who has just celebrated her 23rd birthday in Guernsey,
said: "Since I've been at Ogier I've gained a greater
understanding of the activity of a Guernsey law firm and the
variety of work undertaken by Guernsey-based lawyers."
Although aware of its geographical location, Ms Huang had
limited knowledge of Guernsey before she arrived. She said she had
enjoyed her time in the Island and with the Ogier team, adding that
she found Guernsey very peaceful. "People in the Island and at
Ogier are very friendly," she said.
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