Firm Profile > Maples Group > St Helier, Jersey

Maples Group
2ND FLOOR SIR WALTER RALEIGH HOUSE
48-50 ESPLANADE
St Helier
JE2 3QB
Jersey

Capital markets Tier 2

Typical engagements for Maples Group’s capital markets practice include CLO listings on behalf of global investment managers, often in collaboration with the firm’s Luxembourg and Ireland desks. Practice head Chris Byrne led on transactions for new clients (including Neuberger Berman) alongside new partner Mark Crichton, who joined from WALKERS. The team often advises on Eurobond and high-yield bond issuances. Simon Hopwood has specialist knowledge of Islamic bond (Sukuk) issuances.

Practice head(s):

Chris Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Mark Crichton; Simon Hopwood

Testimonials

‘Chris Byrne is very considered, easy to get hold of and responsive.’

Key clients

Arrow Global

Arabian Centres Sukuk Limited

Barclays Bank plc

Barclays Bank Ireland plc

Neuberger Berman Europe

Refinitiv US LLC

Global Infrastructure Partners

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Brookfield Asset Management

Citi Global Markets

KKR & Co. Inc.

Graphite Capital

Inflexion

MSD Capital

Newfoundland CLO I Limited

Willow No.2 (Ireland) plc

HPS Investment Partners

Premier Oil plc

Burgundy Technology

Corporate and commercial Tier 2

Maples Group’s 'very responsive and technically proficient' corporate practice maintains a strong footing in the private equity sector. Practice heads Chris Byrne and the 'personable and innovativePaul Burton, with support from of counsel Anna Cochrane, handles top-flight mandates in innovative fields; including recent M&A transactions in the clean energy, renewables and infrastructure sectors. New recruit Tim Morgan from Mourant provides advice on matters of economic substance, tax and restructuring to domestic and international corporate clients. Another team strength is SPAC structuring.

Practice head(s):

Chris Byrne; Paul Burton

Other key lawyers:

Anna Cochrane; Tim Morgan

Testimonials

‘The team at Maples is highly experienced and approachable.’

‘Chris Byrne is highly competent and was able to distil quickly what we wanted which was not quite as simple as we had thought. His fresh professional eyes to our issues brought a rapid and satisfactory result.’

‘They replicate the standard we’ve come to expect from Maples across its international network of offices. Strong technical expertise combined with a commercial understanding.’

‘Paul Burton – we’ve worked with him for many years. He can provide detailed technical analysis within tight timeframes and overlay that with an understanding of the commercial drivers behind the deal. He’s personable and innovative.’

‘Very responsive and technically proficient team.’

‘Anna Cochrane in particular stands out for me – she is always calm, measured and correct and a pleasure to deal with. She instills confidence in the client and makes those around her look good.’

‘Chris Byrne has built a strong practice. A talented, experienced team of lawyers specialising in banking and corporate and commercial law.’

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Inc

Bain Capital Partners

Global Infrastructure Partners

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Brookfield Asset Management

Snam S.p.A

Nonghyup Bank

Apache Capital Partners

Cinven

Providence

Premier Oil plc

Burgundy Technology

CC Capital

Blackstone

Refinitiv US LLC, Thomson Reuters

Softbank

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Sun Capital Partners Inc.

Ottawa Avenue Private Capital

Marlin Management Company LLC

HPS Investment Partners LLC

Fleetcor Technologies, Inc

Investment funds Tier 2

Maples Group acts for private equity fund managers on fund formations and migrations under Jersey’s new limited partnership regime; the recruitment of Tim Morgan from Mourant enhanced the team’s capabilities in this space. Practice head Simon Hopwood and Mark Crichton (who was hired from WALKERS) act for clients on REIT and infrastructure fund formations, including those with shari'ah-compliant structuring needs. Associate Amy Black also stands out for real estate work, having advised on the closure of high-value joint venture development funds.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hopwood

Other key lawyers:

Tim Morgan; Mark Crichton; Amy Black

Testimonials

‘Mark Crichton is a very knowledgeable but collegiate lawyer who gets great results from situations with counterparts.’

‘Partner-led engagement is important and you certainly get this with the Maples Jersey team. Strong technical ability and innovative thinking is at their core.’

‘I have worked extensively with Simon Hopwood. He is a stand out for his personal engagement, innovative thinking and clear focus on client service.’

‘They are reliable, most available and efficient lawyers that not only do what they are ask for but support the respective deal with their ideas. Furthermore, they understand our needs as foreign, regulated investment fund and know how to match the various queries that comes with that. And all of that is delivered within the expected fee and time frame.’

‘The firm has a global presence and leverages that for the benefit of client structures where multiple jurisdictions are used.’

‘Simon Hopwood is very responsive and coordinates other areas of the global practice to ensure that clients receive a service from the group that is centred around the client’s needs.’

‘Amy Black is incredibly responsive and takes the lead on Jersey work – great team player.’

Key clients

Apache Capital Partners

IQ-EQ

The Jordan Company, L.P.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Key fund finance experts at Maples Group (cited as 'very responsive, commercial and proactive') include Simon Hopwood and Tim Morgan , a recent hire from Mourant. In this space, lenders and borrowers are equally present on the client roster, with the team advising on complex NAV-based lending structures. Co-head Chris Byrne, co-head Paul Burton, the 'brilliant, technical lawyerMark Crichton and 'excellent associateAmy Black advise alternative lenders, banks and borrowers on leveraged and real estate finance transactions, including under Sharia-compliant laws.

Practice head(s):

Chris Byrne; Paul Burton

Other key lawyers:

Simon Hopwood; Tim Morgan; Mark Crichton; Amy Black

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, commercial and proactive. Can be trusted to progress the matter without management and provide regular updates. Excellent service. ’

‘Paul Burton – always available and incredibly helpful to get the deal done.

‘Amy Black is an excellent associate.’

‘Friendly, professional team with real pragmatic and can-do attitude. When I encounter a problem on a transaction I know that Maples Group will more often than not have the solution andwill do everything they can to make the problem less of a problem.’

‘Great commercial awareness and delivery. Exceptional people skills.’

‘Efficient and very personable. Great lawyers and deliver great results on time and to budget.’

‘Mark Crichton’s calm and pragmatic manner makes him an absolute joy to deal with. The quality of the advice he gives is excellent and we know our clients will receive first-class service when referred to him. He is an absolute joy to work with.’

‘Mark Crichton is a brilliant technical lawyer; he is commercial and pragmatic with excellent attention to detail. He is easy to work with and fosters strong working relationships with his clients.’

Key clients

Apache Capital Partners

Bain Capital

Barclays Bank

Brookfield Asset Management

GIC (Singapore)

Global Infrastructure Partners

KKR

Nonghyup Bank

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

Snam S.p.A

The Maples Group, through its leading international law firm, Maples and Calder, advises global financial, institutional, business and private clients on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Jersey and Luxembourg.  With offices in key jurisdictions around the world, the Maples Group has specific strengths in areas of corporate commercial, finance, investment funds, litigation and trusts. Maintaining relationships with leading legal counsel, the Group leverages this local expertise to deliver an integrated service offering for global business initiatives. For more information, please visit: maples.com.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Office, Jersey Nick Evans nick.evans@maples.com +44 1534 671 327
Finance Chris Byrne chris.byrne@maples.com +44 1534 671 311
Corporate and commercial Paul Burton paul.burton@maples.com +44 1534 671 312
Funds & Investment Management Simon Hopwood simon.hopwood@maples.com +44 1534 671 314
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Paul Burton  photo Mr Paul Burton Paul is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Corporate and Finance teams…
Mr Chris Byrne  photo Mr Chris Byrne Chris is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Corporate and Finance teams…
Mr Simon Hopwood  photo Mr Simon Hopwood Simon is head of Maples and Calder’s Funds & Investment Management team…
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Other offices : Dubai
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Other offices : Singapore
Contacts : Jonathan Green, Global Managing Partner