Ogier is planning to open a boutique law firm in Luxembourg as part of its goal to continue to expand its global network.
François Pfister will be heading up the new practice. Pfister has legal experience in Luxembourg with particular emphasis on investment funds, international taxation, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law. François is currently a senior partner of OPF Partners in Luxembourg.
Daniel Richards, a group partner in Ogier's Jersey office, will relocate to Luxembourg to work with Pfister. Richards' background includes working with European investment funds and corporate experience.
The firm also said it intends to set up a fiduciary business in Luxembourg later this year that will focus on corporate and fund administration business.
The opening up of a law firm and fiduciary business in Luxembourg are in keeping with the firm's stategy to offer the most innovative and comprehensive multi-jurisdictional services by establishing a considerable presence in each of the world's key financial markets .
The firm's boutique Luxembourg firm will focus mainly on providing services to existing offshore investment fund clients with Luxembourg structures, either alongside or added to their offshore structures. It will also introduce new business into Luxembourg from existing clients from other Ogier offices notably in Asia and North America.
"The convergence between offshore and onshore law as it relates to the investment funds industry makes this a very exciting time to be joining a leading offshore law firm," Pfister said. "Luxembourg is a natural fit for Ogier and I am looking forward to working with Daniel and the Ogier partnership in introducing Luxembourg to clients of the Ogier Group."