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Maples and Calder

PO BOX 309, UGLAND HOUSE, SOUTH CHURCH STREET,GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN KY1-1104, CAYMAN ISLANDS
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Work +1 345 949 8066
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Fax +1 345 949 8080
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https://www.maplesandcalder.com
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Cayman Islands

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Maples and Calder

Thanks to ‘a well-earned reputation for getting the right result’, Maples and Calder is ‘always able to tackle the difficult issues’ according to one source. The team specialises in asset finance, banking, and structured finance, including collateralised loan obligations, derivatives, repackagings and structured products, as well as fund finance, insurance-linked securities, listings and regulatory advice. It is also highly rated for debt and equity capital markets. The practice provided Cayman Islands (Cayman) legal advice to Herbalife regarding its entry into a $1.45bn senior secured credit facility and advised Goshawk on the Cayman aspects of a private placement, launched as a $200m senior notes issuance. Global finance head Mark Matthews ‘combines great business sense and client relations with deep knowledge of market trends’; Scott Macdonald ‘has great technical expertise, as well as strong transactional and client management skills’; Alasdair Robertson is global managing partner; Sherice Arman is a ship and aircraft finance specialist; and Dale Crowley is an asset finance expert. Other key advisers include John Dykstra, Wanda Ebanks, Tina Meigh, Jonathon Meloy, counsel Nicola Bashforth and associate Anthony Philp.

Leading individuals

Mark Matthews - Maples and Calder

Next generation lawyers

Anthony Philp - Maples and Calder

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Maples and Calder

Always carrying out an outstanding job’, Maples and Calder’s ‘solid team adds great value to matters involving Cayman corporate law’. The practice’s M&A work encompasses public and private transactions, both domestic and cross-border, frequently drawing on the expertise of the firm’s specialist real estate, employment, IP, trusts, and financial services lawyers. The corporate practitioners also routinely work alongside their insolvency colleagues on complex corporate restructurings and insolvencies; and the firm has a significant regulatory compliance practice. Cayman Islands (Cayman) corporate practice head Matthew Gardner and Michael Johns acted for Yatra, an online travel company in India and the country’s largest platform for domestic hotels, on the merging of its business with Terrapin, a NASDAQ-listed Delaware corporation that was established as a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Suzanne Correy acted for Francisco Partners, a global technology-focused private equity firm, in the acquisition of a majority stake in SmartBear Software, known for software quality tools for teams. Paul Lumsden is Cayman managing partner, while Kieran Walsh, who is ‘a hands-on partner who knows the law’, and Simon Firth jointly head the Latin America group. Christopher Capewell advises on Cayman offshore investment funds and general corporate restructurings.

Leading individuals

Matthew Gardner - Maples and Calder

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Maples and Calder

A strong team that offers real breadth and depth for all issues with a Cayman angle’, Maples and Calderprovides excellent response times, good service, unrivalled industry knowledge and very appropriate advice’. The practice comprises international commercial disputes, insolvencies and restructurings, as well as regulatory matters. It also has significant experience in disputes involving banking, capital markets, insurance, trusts, shareholder issues, fraud and asset tracing, and maritime issues. Recent highlights include its successful representation of the dissenters in their dissent action against Chinese-based Shanda Games, which was subject to a take-private transaction by its management and majority shareholders; the ground-breaking result more than doubled the merger price. Global litigation head Aristos Galatopoulos is ‘respected and trusted and has an engaging and practical approach to dispute resolution’; Colin McKie QC is ‘unrivalled for his commercial but academic approach’; James Eldridge is ‘a true academic, but also an excellent commercial and pragmatic litigator’; and trusts specialist Morven McMillan is ‘very well known internationally for her enthusiasm, range of knowledge, and canny knowhow’. Caroline Moran is also highly rated; Nick Herrod was promoted to of counsel; Mac Imrie relocated to the firm’s Hong Kong office; and Matthew Crawford retired from the partnership to return to New Zealand.

Leading individuals

Aristos Galatopoulos - Maples and Calder

Next generation lawyers

Nick Herrod - Maples and Calder

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Insurance/reinsurance
Insurance/reinsurance - ranked: tier 1

Maples and Calder

The ‘extremely knowledgeable and experiencedMaples and Calder fields lawyers with expertise in alternative risk transfer matters, such as catastrophe bond vehicles and other insurance-linked products, as well as captive insurance vehicles. The team regularly assists with establishing insurance companies and insurance management and broker operations; corporate governance; and M&A insurance deals; it is also highly regarded for insurance litigation and regulatory matters. The ‘very good and knowledgeable’ Abraham Thoppil led advice to new reinsurance company, Crosswinds Re, on regulatory and legal matters. Team head Tim Frawley is ‘a first-class technical lawyer, who always provides sensible commercial advice’ and catastrophe bond transactions specialist John Dykstra is ‘a highly trusted counsel with strong expertise and judgement’.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Maples and Calder

Acting for the majority of leading global hedge fund managers and private equity managers, Maples and Calder’s ‘outstanding team is responsive, has strong industry knowledge, and the advice is practical and detail-oriented’. Highlights included Jeremy Bomford advising on the formation and initial closings of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice’s tenth fund, which recently had its final closing at $10bn. Other matters included Jo Cunningham, who is ‘incredibly responsive, very knowledgeable, and great at focusing on key client concerns’, assisting Leonard Green & Partners (LGP) with the formation of a new Cayman Islands (Cayman) partnership that launched LGP’s seventh private equity investment fund. Jonathan Green is Cayman investment funds team head; Sheryl Dean is ‘a top-notch lawyer’; Jon Fowler ‘provides very practical, business-oriented advice’; Christina Bodden is ‘extremely responsive and very hands-on’; Julian Ashworth is ‘excellent and always super- responsive and helpful’; and Andrew Keast is ‘highly professional’. Other highly rated advisers include Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act specialist Tim Frawley, Michael Richardson, Gwyneth Rees, Grant Dixon, Daniel Beckett and David Marshall, along with Nicholas ButcherChristie Walton, Iain McMurdo, Andreas Haug and Philip Dickinson.

Next generation lawyers

Tim Coak - Maples and Calder

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Maples and Calder

Maples and Calder has a particular focus on construction law and hotels and tourism law. Other areas include the sale and purchase of commercial property; real estate financing; strata title law; procurement issues; and property-related disputes. Associate George Loutas is property and construction head.

Next generation lawyers

George Loutas - Maples and Calder

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Trusts/private client
Trusts/private client - ranked: tier 1

Maples and Calder

Maples and Calder is highly rated for its advice to global financial institutions, foreign governments, other financial centres, and some of the world’s wealthiest individuals (including heads of state) on Cayman private wealth structures. Cayman trusts and private client practice head Morven McMillan is ‘highly respected and trusted in the private client world’; Colin McKie QC is a trusts disputes expert; and Maxine Bodden is a key associate. Former Cayman co-trusts and private client practice head Nigel Porteous left the firm.

Leading individuals

Morven McMillan - Maples and Calder

Next generation lawyers

Maxine Bodden - Maples and Calder

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