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Maples and Calder

Tortola, Singapore, London, Hong Kong, Grand Cayman, Dublin and 1 more

Cayman Islands

Top-tier recommendations


Cayman Islands

Within Corporate and commercial, Maples and Calder is a first tier firm,

Maples and Calder's practice is 'truly outstanding'. The team advised Herbalife on its issue of $1bn convertible senior notes to several banks, including Credit Suisse Securities (USA), HSBC Securities (USA) and Morgan Stanley; and acted for Amedeo in the $8.3bn order of 20 Airbus A380 wide-body aircraft. Paul Lumsden is the Cayman corporate and commercial head, Alasdair Robertson is the 'proactive' global finance head, and Mark Matthews is the 'consistently impressive' Cayman finance head. Wanda Ebanks is 'extremely responsive and knowledgeable'; and Simon Firth, Matthew Gardner and Kieran Walsh are 'strategically thinking advisers'. Suzanne Correy, Christopher Capewell and Dale Crowley are also key contacts. Jonathon Meloy, Michael Johns and Jeremy Bomford were promoted to the partnership. Of counsel Sherice Arman is 'particularly terrific; she has particular expertise in yacht finance that is almost unique in the Western Hemisphere'.

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Within Dispute resolution, Maples and Calder is a first tier firm,

Maples and Calder's dispute resolution practice remains focused on the financial services and commercial arenas. The team acted for the provisional liquidators in the headline restructuring of Suntech Power Holdings, a solar panel manufacturer with operations in the PRC, US and Europe; and acted for Renova and its principal, one of Russia's wealthiest and most prominent businessmen, in a shareholder dispute concerning the misappropriation of world-famous brand name Fabergé. Other highlights included acting for five Limited partners in Cybernaut Growth Fund, a Cayman Islands exempted Limited partnership that invested in operating companies in China, which successfully petitioned the Grand Court for an order that the partnership be wound up under the Court's just and equitable jurisdiction. Global litigation head Aristos Galatopoulos, Mac Imrie and Colin McKie QC are 'truly brilliant practitioners who are great to have in your corner'. Martin Livingston, Matthew Crawford and James Eldridge are also highly recommended.

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Within Insurance/reinsurance, Maples and Calder is a first tier firm,

Maples and Calder is 'a great practice that provides excellent quality in a New York City- firm style'. The group offers specialists in alternative risk transfer, such as catastrophe bond vehicles and other insurance-linked products, as well as captive insurance vehicles; and it is experienced in establishing insurance companies, insurance management, and broker operations. The team advised Oxbridge Re Holdings as to Cayman Islands law on its Nasdaq listing. Tim Frawley 'makes your problem his problem, providing solutions in a timely and efficient manner'. Frawley is experienced in the formation of new insurance companies, corporate and regulatory advice for insurance company clients, and alternative risk transfer structures. Standing out for catastrophe bond transactions, John Dykstra is 'an excellent attorney'. Abraham Thoppil is also a key adviser.

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Within Investment funds, Maples and Calder is a first tier firm,

Maples and Calder's 'responsiveness is unparalleled in the offshore market'. The practice provided Cayman Islands legal advice to Florida-based Sun Capital Partners, in the launch of Sun Capital Partners VI, a mid-market buyout fund targeting commitments of $3bn. It also advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co on Cayman Islands law in the formation and launch of KKR Asian Fund II, which with a final closing of $6bn is the largest-ever pan-Asian private equity fund. Cayman investment funds head Nicholas Butcher has a 'true passion for client service', Jon Fowler is global investment funds leader, and Iain McMurdo is global private equity head. Philip Millward 'provides an excellent service' and Gwyneth Rees is 'impressive'. Other key advisers include Henry Smith, David Brooks and Paul Lumsden in addition to Jonathan Green, Tim Frawley and Michael Richardson.

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Within Real estate, Maples and Calder is a second tier firm,

Maples and Calder recently acted for Solid Rock Advisors in the purchase of the Treasure Island Resort, including acting for the purchaser in government negotiations, the acquisition financing, and construction law issues. Associate George Loutas heads the property and construction group.

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Within Trusts/private client, Maples and Calder is a first tier firm,

'A standout adviser for complex trust matters', Maples and Calder's team 'combines commercial acumen with excellent specialist legal advice in a time-efficient and value-for-money way'. The team advises global financial institutions, foreign governments and some of the world's wealthiest individuals on Cayman Islands private wealth structures; and the litigation group has 'impressive' contentious trusts experience. Nigel Porteous is a 'standout trust lawyer, who provides coherent, concise advice on extremely technical issues'; and London-based Tony Pursall 'cuts through the nonsense to provide sensible, practical advice'. Justin Appleyard retired from the practice.

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