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

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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