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Mourant Ozannes Mourant is a law firm-led, professional services business with over 60 years' experience in the financial services sector. We advise on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey and provide specialist entity management, governance, regulatory and consulting services. We bridge the gap between legal advice and its implementation, taking an integrated approach to deliver the best results for our clients.

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read more › We have an international reputation as one of the leading offshore Banking & Finance practices. Our expert team advises on the laws of the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Jersey and Guernsey. This international perspective helps us advise clients on which of these jurisdictions is the most appropriate for any given transaction. The partners in our Banking & Finance team are highly respected experts in their field, and their practices span the full range of offshore banking and finance work. Our team regularly acts for lenders, borrowers, arrangers, issuers, managers, trustees and other finance parties, and advises 90 per cent of the world's top 50 banks.

read more › We're best known for our work on the most complex and demanding transactions - where clients tell us that the strength in depth and hands-on approach of our multi-jurisdictional partner team make all the difference. We advise on the laws of the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Jersey and Guernsey, guiding clients on which of these jurisdictions is most appropriate for any given transaction. Our specialist M&A lawyers have a wealth of experience on both cross-border and domestic transactions across a variety of sectors.

read more › With new economic substance legislation (the Substance Laws) coming into force in a number of offshore jurisdictions, certain relevant entities in BVI, Cayman Islands, Jersey and Guernsey, that are performing certain relevant activities, will have to demonstrate an appropriate level of substance. There are a number of actions which relevant entities must be undertaking to ensure compliance - from clarifying tax residence and entity classification, to the structuring of contractual and outsourcing arrangements, the organisation of corporate governance, employment and premises arrangements, and the capturing of relevant business information required in due course for the preparation and filing of reporting information to the relevant tax office.

read more › We provide exceptional trusts and private client services covering both contentious and non-contentious matters in all our jurisdictions. Our International Trusts & Private Client practice is unique among the larger offshore firms in that it operates as a single, integrated team across all six of our offices. With this distinctive global perspective, we're able to advise neutrally on the most appropriate jurisdiction in which to establish and administer wealth management structures. We work together without jurisdictional boundaries in our clients' interests.

read more › We advise on the formation, structuring and regulation of investment funds in the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Jersey and Guernsey, and our lawyers provide ongoing legal advice to offshore funds and their managers and investors. Our fund clients range from leading asset managers and fund promoters to start-up ventures. Our investor clients include sophisticated investors of all types, including leading financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and pension funds. Our market-leading international team spans time-zones, and is known for the quality and quantity of complex work it handles globally across a wide range of alternative fund asset classes - traditionally real estate, private equity, credit and hedge funds.

read more › Our teams act for the property industry's leading players in the Channel Islands, we advise on the full range of real estate-related transactions. We are recognised for our ability to deliver complex transactions and working across the entire property life-cycle from acquisition to development, financing, leasing, planning work and joint ventures, and eventual disposal. Our lawyers have decades of experience and a crucial, intimate knowledge of the Channel Islands property markets. Our commitment, resources and know-how will get your real estate transactions over the line.

read more › We provide highly commercial and focused legal advice in relation to the full range of offshore governance and regulatory requirements and issues. The regulatory landscape continues to evolve at a rapid pace - both at a local and global level. Our expert Governance & Regulatory practice has a strong focus across the conduct of regulated financial services, insurance and banking businesses in the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Jersey and Guernsey. Working across these key jurisdictions, our team keeps its finger on the pulse of all developments, helping ensure compliance and handling issues as they arise.

read more › Our Restructuring & Insolvency practice draws on the combined expertise of our lawyers in the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Jersey and Guernsey. Our expert lawyers play a leading role in some of the largest and most high-profile insolvency-related cases in the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Jersey and Guernsey. These are often cross-border in scope and require rapid and efficient co-ordinated advice - something we deliver through our distinctive and seamless way of working. We advise on all aspects of complex corporate restructurings, providing pragmatic, commercial solutions for our clients who include major financial institutions, trust companies, legal and accountancy firms, regulatory and public bodies, and high-net-worth individuals.

read more › Our international governance services team provides clients with a range of fiduciary, administration, accounting and governance services. Mourant Governance Services delivers a comprehensive range of fiduciary, administration, accounting and governance services through a dedicated team of experienced professionals in the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey and the UK. We routinely work in partnership with the most prestigious international legal and accountancy firms. Our governance professionals deliver bespoke solutions and assist our clients in complying with local legal and regulatory requirements across a number of sectors including real estate and private equity.

read more › Our specialist consulting team provides clients with unrivalled regulatory insight, combined with genuine consulting expertise and a strategic perspective. Clients appoint us to collaborate with them because we take a proactive, 'prevent and detect' approach to governance, risk and compliance matters that aims to inspire the confidence of the Regulator. We offer unrivalled regulatory insight, combined with genuine consulting expertise and a strategic perspective, to enable senior teams to navigate the complex and changing regulatory expectations and to prevent and detect any regulatory issues before they escalate.

read more › Our financial services specialists have a unique international perspective and provide seamless and commercial advice based on an unmatched understanding of the sector. Our capabilities in the financial services sector span the entire spectrum, from mainstream banking through to insurance and funds. Our pre-eminent team is sizeable, with many of our lawyers having worked previously at leading onshore firms and large financial institutions. We reflect the globalised nature of financial services in our approach.

read more › Our highly regarded Private Equity team provides effective commercial advice, based on unparalleled knowledge of the sector and decades of experience. Our private equity specialists can advise across the entire lifecycle of the asset class, from fund formation, through investment, to exits and beyond. A multi-disciplinary team, we advise on all aspects of private equity and are regularly instructed to act for clients on many of the highest-profile and most prestigious funds and transactions. Our team is substantial and includes more than 40 talented individuals dedicated to private equity, many having previously worked at prominent onshore law firms.

read more › We believe passionately in having a shared ambition; a strong sense of common purpose, where every member of the global team is clear about our goals and the role they can play in helping to achieve them. Our shared ambition is underpinned with a strong team spirit, within and across our service lines and locations. At Mourant, the team comes before the individual and we work hard to foster a highly collaborative environment where team members help one another to be the best they can be. We consistently win the most interesting, challenging and complex work from many of the world's leading financial institutions, corporations, public organisations, private equity houses and investment funds, as well as ultra-high net worth individuals and family offices.

read more › The British Virgin Islands is a British overseas territory and one of the world's pre-eminent international financial centres. It has a reputation for its strong regulatory framework and an entrepreneurial business community. It's also the leading jurisdiction for the establishment of corporate vehicles and fund formation. We opened our office in Tortola in 2012 and quickly developed an international reputation as a leading law firm that is well respected in the jurisdiction. Our BVI team is a member of BVI Finance - the voice of the islands' financial services industry - and is regularly recognised in directories such as Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

read more › The Cayman Islands is one of the world's leading international financial centres, providing institutionally focused, specialised financial services. It has been cited as one of the least complex places for compliance, from an accounting and tax perspective. We are internationally recognised as a leading law firm in the Cayman Islands, being the recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades. Our team, based in Grand Cayman, is highly ranked in all leading legal directories. We are also a member of Cayman Finance, the islands' promotional body for the financial services industry.

read more › One of the Channel Islands and a British Crown Dependency, Guernsey is internationally recognised as one of the world's premier offshore centres. The island has an excellent reputation for providing banking, fiduciary, funds, insurance and asset management services within a robust yet pragmatic regulatory environment. This, along with its proximity to Europe and the City of London, means it attracts the highest-quality business from around the globe. Highly ranked in legal directories including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR, we have an international reputation as one of the pre-eminent practices in Guernsey - and many of our lawyers are listed as leading individuals in their fields.

read more › Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant international finance centres in the world and is renowned for asset management, capital formation, banking and insurance. It's also recognised as a gateway for those wanting to do business in China and for Chinese firms with international expansion plans and outbound investment. Our Hong Kong office provides multi-jurisdictional offshore legal advice to our clients based in the Asia-Pacific region. Our highly-rated team consists of partners and senior lawyers with significant experience across the leading offshore jurisdictions.

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