Leman Solicitors to merge with international law firm Ogier

Leman Solicitors to merge with international law firm Ogier

John Hogan

Dublin-based commercial law firm Leman Solicitors LLP has merged with international law firm Ogier, becoming Ogier Leman LLP from June 2022.

The combined firm will offer legal services to the Irish market in the areas of corporate, real estate, dispute resolution and employment, and an international network providing banking, corporate and funds services.

Ogier specialises in legal services for the corporate and financial sectors, advising on BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg law – and now Irish law.

The transaction closed on Tuesday 22 March and the merger has been announced to employees in both firms. All posts at Leman, which brings a 52-strong team led by eight partners, will be retained.

John Hogan, founder and managing partner of Leman Solicitors, said: “The opportunities that this merger with Ogier provides starts an exciting new chapter in Leman’s growth and development.

“Leman has a strong, progressive culture, particularly in technology. We set ambitious standards for ourselves and our focus on excellence is our cornerstone. We are a people-led firm – this is a relationships business and we are so pleased to have found a partner like Ogier which is also a firm that puts people first and looks to innovation for solutions.

“The merger starts a new phase of investment and growth which will create new opportunities for our people to develop and thrive with the business. We are looking to strengthen each of our existing teams to compete in the new legal environment and to look towards the new markets that Ogier specialises in across the world’s international finance centres.

“Our ambition now is to keep investing in our practices and our people, and to grow the business to anticipate client demand as it evolves both in Ireland and internationally.”

Edward Mackereth, global managing partner of Ogier, added: “We’re really excited to be joining with the Leman partners, working closely with a forward-looking business in Ireland and exploring together where we can take the combined group.

“There’s an obvious strategic and cultural fit between the two firms – Ogier and Leman consistently put their people first, both firms have an amazing level of talent and development potential, tied with ambitious plans and the mindset to make this both successful and fun along the way. We’ll build on the best of our respective firms’ approaches.

“We want this merger to inspire our people in all our teams, to signal our ambition and to further empower our clients as we develop our service offering in Ireland and internationally.

“Ireland combines a thriving domestic market and a significant and growing centre for financial services excellence which we believe is a great fit for our next home jurisdiction.”

He added: “The merger with Leman complements our recent growth into Beijing and Singapore. No other firm offers the combination of laws, jurisdictions and services that we do, and the addition of a well-established and growing practice in Ireland alongside our offices in the Channel Islands, the Caribbean, Asia and Luxembourg extends Ogier’s ability to deliver stronger service line and sector-led advice across the range of domestic and international commercial law.”

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