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Maples Group

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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Web:
maples.com/services/legal-services
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Cayman Islands

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

Maples Group

Maples Group is 'a market leader and market-setting firm in the Cayman Islands', and fields a practice, which specialises in aircraft and shipping finance, banking work, structured finance, fund finance, insurance-linked securities, listings and regulatory advice. Recent highlights include structured finance expert Scott Macdonald acting as Cayman counsel to GoodGreen 2019-1, the Cayman issuer of $225m green bonds backed by a portfolio of property-assessed clean energy assets. Mark Matthews is global finance head, Tina Meigh heads up the fund finance group, Wanda Ebanks specialises in repackagings and structured finance transactions, and Jonathon Meloy has extensive experience in international capital markets and corporate finance transactions. Also key to the practice are shipping specialist Sherice Arman, John Dykstra, who has expertise in catastrophe bonds; structured finance expert Nicola Bashforth, Anthony Philp and James Reeve, while Amanda Lazier and Lucy Sleep are the associates to note. Dale Crowley joined Boddens.

Leading individuals

Mark Matthews - Maples Group

Scott Macdonald - Maples Group

Tina Meigh - Maples Group

Next Generation Partners

Anthony Philp - Maples Group

James Reeve - Maples Group

Rising stars

Amanda Lazier - Maples Group

Lucy Sleep - Maples Group

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Maples Group

Maples Group's team is 'spearheaded by senior industry figures with close knowledge of local and international initiatives'. The group advises on the full range of corporate and commercial matters including domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, formations and constitution work, general company administration issues, regulatory compliance, substance requirements, corporate governance practices, share capital issuances, directors' duties work and shareholders' rights. In a recent highlight, Suzanne Correy and Daniel Lee acted for Sedgwick Claims Management Services on KKR's sale of its stake in the company to Carlyle Group. Matthew Gardner heads up the Cayman corporate group, and Kieran Walsh and Simon Firth co-head the Latin America team. Other noteworthy practitioners include offshore investment fund expert Christopher Capewell, energy sector specialist Michael Johns, Shari Seymour and newly promoted partner Finn O’Hegarty.

Leading individuals

Matthew Gardner - Maples Group

Suzanne Correy - Maples Group

Next Generation Partners

Daniel Lee - Maples Group

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Maples Group

Maples Group's practice handles a wide variety of international commercial disputes spanning insolvency and restructuring issues, fund disputes, finance-related claims, shareholder litigation, fraud and asset tracing issues, and maritime disputes. In a recent highlight, Mac Imrie successfully defended Vista Del Mar Development against a Privy Council appeal against its application for specific performance of an option to repurchase land. Aristos Galatopoulos is global head of the dispute resolution and insolvency practice, Colin McKie QC is an international disputes specialist, and Morven McMillan heads up the trusts and private client practice in Cayman. Also key to the group are James Eldridge, Caroline Moran and of counsel Nick Herrod. Luke Stockdale was made partner in 2019.

Leading individuals

Aristos Galatopoulos - Maples Group

Colin McKie QC - Maples Group

Mac Imrie - Maples Group

Next Generation Partners

Luke Stockdale - Maples Group

Rising stars

Adam Huckle - Maples Group

Nick Herrod - Maples Group

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Insurance/reinsurance
Insurance/reinsurance - ranked: tier 2

Maples Group

Maples Group's practice encompasses insurance-related M&A and corporate matters, regulatory compliance work, the licensing of insurers, managers and brokers, capital insurance issues, catastrophe bond work and other special purpose insurer, reinsurance and corporate advisory matters. The firm's litigation team also assists with insurance-related disputes. Group head Tim Frawley handles the formation of new insurance companies, insurance-related corporate and regulatory advice, substantive insurance law, and alternative risk transfer structures; John Dykstra is highly regarded for catastrophe bond transactions; and Abraham Thoppil focuses on insurance regulatory matters, licensing work, restructuring mandates, insurance M&A and motor vehicle insurance.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Maples Group

Maples Group is a go-to firm for large and complex matters providing advice across the spectrum of fund and investment management products including hedge funds, fund of funds, master-feeder funds, liquid alternatives, credit funds, hybrid funds and unit trusts. Clients also benefit from the group's Irish desk, which advises on EU regulated funds and Irish law. Jonathan Green leads the Cayman funds and investment management team, Jon Fowler is global funds and investment management group head, and Iain McMurdo heads up the global private equity practice. In recent work, Michael Richardson led advice to iCapital on its acquisition of a Bank of America business, which administered alternative feeder funds; Julian Ashworth assisted One Equity Partners Fund with the fund raising for its seventh fund; Sheryl Dean acted for Bain Capital on the closing of its Asia buyout fund; and Christie Walton led on the $1bn launch of Cinctive Capital Management. Tim Coak is also a key partner, while at senior associate level, Michelle Richie and Lee Davis are experienced advisers.

Leading individuals

Iain McMurdo - Maples Group

Jon Fowler - Maples Group

Jonathan Green - Maples Group

Next Generation Partners

Tim Coak - Maples Group

Rising stars

Lee Davis - Maples Group

Michelle Richie - Maples Group

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Maples Group

Maples Group's property and projects and construction teams have particular expertise in the sale and purchase of commercial properties, hotel and tourism law, property financing issues, strata title law, construction matters, tendering and procurement work, and real estate-related dispute resolution. Associate George Loutas heads up the practice.

Rising stars

George Loutas - Maples Group

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

Maples Group

Maples Group's international trust law experts count global financial institutions, foreign governments, financial centres, and some of the world's wealthiest individuals as clients. The group assists with Cayman private wealth structures and contentious issues, and also advises on the use of trusts in the context of securitisation transactions, collective investment structures, special purpose vehicles, employee benefit and management schemes, and pension funds. Morven McMillan heads up the trusts and private client team, which also fields trust disputes expert Colin McKie QC and associate Maxine Bodden.

Leading individuals

Morven McMillan - Maples Group

Rising stars

Maxine Bodden - Maples Group

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