Mourant Ozannes’ Jersey and Guernsey offices have achieved the highest honours in the latest International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000 rankings.

The international law firm, which formed earlier this year following the merger of Mourant du Feu & Jeune and Ozannes, was the only Channel Islands based firm to place in the top tier in all categories across both islands.

In Jersey, Mourant Ozannes received praise for being "the market leader" in financial and corporate work with the research highlighting its work in cash box structures, adding that the firm was "extremely good in deals, particularly work related to re-domiciling". Within investment funds, the research underlined its strength in fund restructuring and hedge funds. Leading lawyers at the firm named by IFLR were Edward Devenport, Simon Gould, Robert Hickling and Jacqueline Richomme.

In Guernsey, the research highlighted that the financial and corporate team "is undisputed" with "rivals waiting to see whether the merger will change the dynamic in the legal market", whilst on the investment funds side the research found the firm to be "very pro-active, which is refreshing". Gavin Farrell and Andrew Walters were named as leading lawyers in the Guernsey office.

The IFLR 1000 research also concluded that the "formation of Mourant Ozannes has been one of the major talking points in the past year" and that there is "no doubt that in terms of personnel the firm is a force to be reckoned with". The rankings identified a "clear feeling in the market that newly merged Mourant Ozannes would be a positive move for both sides".

Jonathan Rigby, Managing Partner of Mourant Ozannes, commented:

“It is extremely gratifying to receive such a positive endorsement from our clients and to be recognised by IFLR as the only top tier law firm in both Jersey and Guernsey. Throughout the merger process we have worked hard to continue to provide clients with the best possible service. I am delighted that this has been recognised in the IFLR 1000 rankings.”

The merger of Mourant du Feu & Jeune and Ozannes makes Mourant Ozannes one of the largest offshore law firms in the world. The IFLR1000 is a definitive guide to the world's leading financial law firms in more than 100 markets worldwide. The results of the research are based on extensive and rigorous independent research that includes data relating to firms, interviews, client and competitor feedback and market analysis from the past twelve months. ENDS