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Ogier Becomes First Offshore Firm to Secure Formal Presence in Mainland China

Posted Jul 5, 2011 6:43 AM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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Ogier has tapped Kristy Calvert, who previously headed mining giant Rio Tinto's legal department, to launch an office in Shanghai, making it the first offshore firm to secure a formal presence, according to Legal Week.

The new office, which is expected to work closely with the firm's 40-lawyer office in Hong Kong, is part of Ogier's strategy to have a physical presence in major financial centers throughout the world.

"In pursuit of our strategy we felt it critically important to establish a strong presence in mainland China so that we can provide the full range of Ogier's services to our clients in a manner which is responsive to local conditions and practices," Nick Kershaw, group chief executive officer, said in a news release.

Calvert, who is a native Mandarin and Shanghainese speaker, joined the firm as an associate and will work with a locally hired assistant to focus on investment funds, IPOs and private wealth work, The Lawyer reports.

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