Ann Ng > Maples Group > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Maples Group
26th Floor, Central Plaza
18 Harbour Road
Wanchai
Hong Kong

Work Department

Funds & Investment Management

Position

Ann is Co-Head of Maples and Calder’s Asia Funds & Investment Management teams in Hong Kong and Singapore.  Ann focuses on the international investment fund market.  She has expertise in the formation, structuring and restructuring of all types of open and closed end funds, including hedge funds, private equity and venture capital, real estate and infrastructure funds.  Ann’s recent experience includes advising on a number of new investment funds for the largest and most high-profile wealth manager in China, as well as assisting with the launch of multiple investment funds in support of the Belt and Road initiative.  Her practice also involves advising a number of international family offices on their strategic investments.

Career

Ann previously worked for Linklaters in London and Hong Kong, and for Freehills in Australia.  She has been recognised as one of the top 10 offshore lawyers in Asia in the Offshore Client Choice List by Asian Legal Business for three consecutive years since the awards debut in 2016.  She has also been awarded Best in Offshore at the Asia Women in Business Law Awards for a number of years and has been ranked as a highly-regarded funds lawyer in The Legal 500, Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific, Chambers Global and IFLR1000.  Ann regularly speaks at industry conferences and seminars as an offshore expert.

Languages

Cantonese
English

Memberships

Member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Australia
Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
Member of the 100 Women in Finance (100WF), APAC Lead of Advisory Council
Member of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), Hong Kong Regulatory Committee
Member of the Asian Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles (ANREV), Regulatory & Tax Committee

Education

University of Melbourne, Australia, Bachelor of Laws (Hons), 1999
University of Melbourne, Australia, Bachelor of Commerce, 1999

Lawyer Rankings

Foreign-based expertise > Leading firms

(Leading Individuals)

Ann Ng – Maples Group

Maples Group‘s ‘good depth of knowledge and solution-focused pragmatic advice‘ extends across the UK, Asia Pacific and the Middle East with practitioners in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai contributing the firm’s Caribbean expertise. The team acts for a broad range of global clients on corporate, banking, finance and fund work involving Cayman and BVI law.

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Maples Group‘s London office is led by managing partner Heidi de Vries, who handles Cayman and BVI work relating to the structuring, formation and maintenance of hedge funds and private equity funds. Clients also single out ‘expert partnerHarjit Kaur, who specialises in the establishment and maintenance of Cayman-based alternative investment funds; Jonathan Caulton, who leads the London finance practice and is admitted to practise in Cayman; Matthew Gilbert, who heads up the London-based BVI team and real estate finance group; and corporate team head Jack Marriott, who focuses on BVI-related work.
In Maples Group‘s Singapore office, regional managing partner Michael Gagie also acts as the firm’s global head of its BVI practice; he is also a key contact for banking and structured finance work, acting for both lenders and borrowers. Matt Roberts splits his time between the Singapore and Hong Kong offices and is Asia head of the corporate practice, specialising in M&A, private equity issues, governance work and capital markets mandates. Also in the Hong Kong office are fund partner Ann Ng and John Trehey, who leads the dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring practice across Asia; both are admitted to practise in the BVI.
From the Maples Group office in Dubai, joint managing partners Manuela Belmontes and Philip Ireland are the key contacts for Caribbean-related work. Belmontes is active in the corporate and finance spaces, particularly focusing on international capital markets and financing mandates relating to Cayman. Ireland is a go-to name for Cayman investment funds work, specialising in collective investment schemes.

Hong Kong > Offshore law firms

(Leading individuals)

Ann NgMaples Group

Maples Group is well known within the Hong Kong offshore sector, servicing multinational clients on investments in Asia and overseas territories for over thirty years. The firm’s team collaborates with their lawyers from across the offshore regions such as BVI, Dubai, Dublin and have a specific focus on the Cayman islands. The practitioners are ‘market leaders in the offshore funds space‘ and have a focus on virtual assets and cryptocurrency, with Hong Kong being well placed to be the hub for crypto assets. The ‘outstanding legal team‘  is led by Michael Gagie, Ann Ng, Matt Roberts and John Trehey. Gagie is the regional managing partner, and is the head of finance, Asia; and Global Head of the BVI legal practice. Ng heads the funds and investment management team, which work full-time on fund-establishment mandates. Roberts is described as ‘a very safe pair of hands’ and is a specialist in advising financial institutions, asset managers and promoters on M&A. Trehey heads the Asian dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring practice and is the longest serving Asian-based BVI and Cayman disputes, insolvency and restructuring lawyer. Josie Ainley is a name to watch for her extensive experience in corporate and unit transactions, whereby she consistently acts for international high-profile clients.