China offices

Two offshore law firms with offices in the Virgin Islands are strengthening their Asian divisions to seek opportunities as the region grows, the firms said. The Ogier Group, which has 850 staff worldwide, will open a Shanghai office to support Chinese clients, the firm announced in a press release last week. The office will be headed by Kristy Calvert, a native Mandarin and Shanghainese speaker and experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, according to the firm. Ogier already operates a 40-member Hong Kong office, which is expected to double in size within three years, the release stated. The law firm Harneys also announced staff changes to its Hong Kong office last week. The firm appointed Ian Mann, a partner who specialises in insolvency, restructuring, shareholders’ disputes and contentious trusts, as its head of litigation and restructuring for Asia, the firm stated in a press release. Claire Robey, a senior associate at the firm’s VI office, will join Mr. Mann in Hong Kong as part of a three-month secondment.

Schools adopted

Seventeen public primary schools have now been adopted by businesses or other organisations as part of the territory’s Adopt-a-School Programme. During a ceremony last week, Enis Adams Primary School Principal Carleen Parsons thanked the businesses that have made commitments to the territory’s schools. Education and Culture Minister Andrew Fahie presented certificates of adoption to the parent and partner organisations. Entertainment was provided by students from several schools.