Posted Jul 05, 2011 11:43 am CDT
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.