Maples and Calder’s Singapore partner James Burch joins offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes to push forward its Cayman Island practice.

Burch specialises in corporate finance, capital markets and asset finance work. He was recently involved in a number of transactions relating to high-yield bonds, aircraft leasing and financings, and structured preference share deals.

Jonathan Rigby, Mourant Ozannes’ global managing partner, said: “James has an outstanding reputation as a leading lawyer in his field and will play an integral role in the development of our Cayman Islands corporate practice.” 

Burch is Mourant Ozannes’ second significant hire in 2014 for its Cayman practice. Earlier in the year, insolvency and restructuring expert Christopher Harlowe was added to the Channel Islands’ firm from Speechly Bircham in London.

Burch previously held positions at Linklaters and Johnson Stokes & Master - now known as Mayer Brown JSM - working in London, Hong Kong and Sydney.