LAWFUEL – Law Firm Newswire – Ogier is expanding its structured finance operation in Ireland with the purchase of a substantial portion of the Pegasus Corporate Services Limited (PCSL) client base plus supporting infrastructure. The expanded business, which will be called Ogier Fiduciary Services (Ireland) Limited, comes just 18 months after Ogier first started providing administration services out of Ireland.
Commenting on the purchase Jonathan White, Ogier Group Chairman stated: “Having a strong administration offering in Ireland is a key component to the continued growth of our structured finance business as Ireland continues to demonstrate that it is a premier on-shore jurisdiction and domicile of choice for the securitisation industry”
The news comes hard on the heels of Ogier being ranked top offshore law firm by Factset Global Filings in their quarter 1 league tables, having advised on more deals (including all securities and programmes) than any other offshore law firm.
Chris Byrne, head of Structured Finance at Ogier added: “Clients are expressing a strong preference for having their structured finance transactions administered in Ireland. We fully expect this trend to continue as Irish SPVs are increasingly the SPVs of choice in the international onshore market.”
Ireland is the leading onshore jurisdiction in Europe with in excess of 2000 incorporations every year, a very extensive network of bilateral taxation agreements and is the largest SPV domicile in the European Union.
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Ogier is one of the world’s leading providers of offshore legal and fiduciary services which employs over 600 professional and support staff.
The group has a presence in nine jurisdictions around the world, namely the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jersey, London, Montevideo and New Zealand.
Ogier provides advice on all aspects of BVI, Cayman, Guernsey and Jersey law and associated fiduciary services through a global network of offices that cover all time zones and key financial markets including the rapidly growing Asian and Chinese markets.
Corporate and finance law and associated fiduciary services form the core of our business, principally in the areas of banking, corporate and commercial, investment funds, private client, real estate, and structured finance. At the same time Ogier is a full-service firm, with strong practices in the areas of employee benefits, employment law, litigation and property.