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Geoff Cook joins Mourant as Consultant

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20 November 2018

Leading provider of offshore legal and governance services, Mourant, has announced that departing Jersey Finance CEO, Geoff Cook, will join the firm as a consultant in early 2019.

After 12 successful years at Jersey Finance, Geoff is transitioning to work with Mourant as part of a change in career direction. This role is one of a small number of anchor relationships for Geoff, and will become a platform from which he will continue to build a portfolio of other advisory and non-executive positions.

Commenting on the appointment, Mourant Jersey Managing Partner, Daniel Birtwistle, said: "We have long admired the strategic clarity and integrity Geoff has brought to the debate about the positive roles of international finance centres. Geoff has become a standard bearer for our industry, and his reputation and knowledge will be of significant benefit to all the jurisdictions in which we operate. We are very much looking forward to working together."

Mourant Global Managing Partner, Jonathan Rigby, added: "Geoff is an incredible communicator, and a widely known and respected expert in the dynamics of the global economy, the capital flows that support it and the role that reputable finance centres play in facilitating international investment."

"We are very excited about working closely together to leverage this experience in a mutually beneficial way. The timing of this appointment couldn’t be better for us in terms of gaining Geoff's expertise and insight and being able to work together to bring this valuable perspective to our clients, globally."

Geoff is a regular speaker and contributor to conferences and seminars around the world and writes frequently on the issues affecting Jersey and other finance centres. Prior to his role at Jersey Finance, he was Head of Wealth Management for HSBC Bank Plc, based in London, responsible for the delivery of Financial Planning Services to the 10 million HSBC customers in the UK. His earlier career was spent at a senior management level with HSBC Bank plc in the UK and as Head of Personal Financial Services and Deputy to the Chief Executive at HSBC Bank International Limited in Jersey.

Geoff Cook said: “I am delighted at the prospect of forging a partnership with such a prestigious and internationally respected law firm. We share common values in terms of client commitment, and a belief in the positive effects of international finance centres working together to deliver jobs, growth and prosperity. I am particularly pleased that through the firm’s global perspectives initiative I will continue to contribute to thought leadership in cross border financial services."

Mourant, which rebranded in May 2018, continues to grow significantly across all jurisdictions. The firm recently advised CVC Capital Partners on the launch of CVC Fund VII, the largest European PE firm fundraising to date, and the family office of one of Hong Kong's "Big Four" families on the successful launch of a new real estate investment fund.