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Maples Group
1 Raffles Place #36-01
One Raffles Place
Singapore 048616
Singapore

Singapore > Offshore Tier 2

Maples Group has a strong presence in Asia with much of its team based in Hong Kong, though with several members splitting their time between Hong Kong and Singapore. The two offices frequently work together on finance, corporate and funds engagements. Michael Gagie is Asia regional managing partner, Asia head of finance, and global head of the BVI practice; he has a principal focus on banking, structured finance, fund financing, corporate and downstream private equity work. Asia head of corporate Matt Roberts splits his time between Hong Kong and Singapore. Former investment funds partner Tom Katsaros has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Michael Gagie

Other key lawyers:

Hong Kong > Offshore law firms

Leading Cayman law firmMaples Group provides ‘access to the latest information and deep knowledge in the challenging regulatory environment’. The practice has a solid track record assisting international clients with inbound investment into Asia and outbound investment from Asian clients internationally. Ann Ng heads the funds and investment management practice and focus on the international investment fund market. Matt Roberts, who is based in Singapore and Hong Kong, heads the corporate team and focuses on M&A, private equity, joint ventures, reorganisations, corporate governance and capital markets. Terence Ho is recommended for private equity, venture capital and hedge funds work and has acted for sponsors across Asia. John Trehey heads the dispute resolution and insolvency practice, handling both contentious and non-contentious cross-border matters. Aisling Dwyer is another name to note for disputes and has considerable experience in high value, international litigation. Singapore-based Michael Gagie was recently appointed as regional managing partner for Asia. Juno Huang and Karen Zhang Pallaras were promoted to partner in February 2021 and Nick Stern joined the dispute resolution and insolvency team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in November 2020. Jonathan Silver departed in November 2021, and Anthony Webster has also left the firm now. Greg Knowles, Mark Western and Stacey Overholt retired.

Practice head(s):

Michael Gagie – Regional Managing Partner, Asia; Head of Finance, Asia; and Global Head of BVI legal practice (Singapore); Ann Ng – Co-Head of Funds and Investment Management, Asia; Matt Roberts – Head of Corporate, Asia; John Trehey – Head of Dispute Resolution & Insolvency, Asia

Testimonials

‘Maples covers many types of legal services and the coordination between the different teams/offices is very good’.

‘Their client login portal is very useful’. 

‘Good for Cayman funds work, particularly where sold into the Japan market’.

‘The team is the most preferred offshore legal counsel since our first engagement’.

‘The firm often advises the regulatory body so that they provide the practical solution to us based on what regulator is really looking for’.

‘They are responsive and easy to approach and this is consistent since our first engagement’.

‘Understanding of our business background is excellent and this is extremely important as we run a very complex Cayman investment fund platform’.

‘Strong asset finance and general finance knowledge linked with extensive knowledge of English and HK finance law means this team is able to understand all concerns easily and offer practical solutions’.

Key clients

Xiaomi Corporation

Meituan

Baidu, Inc.

China Resources Mixc Lifestyle Services Limited

Kuaishou Technology

JD.com

JD Health International Inc.

NetEase, Inc.

MINISO Group Holding Limited

KE Holdings Inc.

Ninebot Limited

Buyer Consortium, comprising Tencent Holdings Limited and Hammer Capital

Buyer consortium comprising Mr. Jinbo Yao (founder of 58.com Inc.), General Atlantic Service Company, L.P., Warburg Pincus Asia LLC and Ocean Link Asia Limited

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Asset and AirTrunk

Pleiad Investment Advisors

CCRE China Logistics Limited

Citigroup First Investment Management Limited

58.com, Inc

eHi Car Services Limited

China Biologic Products Holdings Inc

Bitauto Holdings Limited

FGL Holdings

Xiaodu Life Technology Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to a buyer consortium, comprising Mr. Jinbo Yao (founder of 58.com Inc.), General Atlantic Service Company, L.P., Warburg Pincus Asia LLC and Ocean Link Asia Limited, on the take-private of 58.com Inc., a Cayman Islands company previously listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
  • Acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Kuaishou Technology in relation to its initial public offering of weighted voting Class B shares and listing on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands to China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc. (“CBPO”), and the special committee of its board of directors, on CBPO’s $4.76bn take-private.

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, Luxembourg and Marshall Islands. With 30 years on-the-ground experience in Asia, the Maples Group remains committed to providing clients with comprehensive legal, fiduciary, fund, regulatory and compliance, entity formation and management services.

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. Our global network of over 2,000 lawyers and industry professionals are strategically located in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East to ensure that clients gain immediate access to expert advice and bespoke support, within convenient time zones.

The Maples Group has had a presence in Hong Kong since 1995. We offer legal, fund and fiduciary services to clients based in or doing business across Asia.

Established in 2012, the Maples Group’s Singapore office provides services to Southeast Asia-based clients seeking legal, fund administration and fiduciary services across the region.

Many of our professionals are proficient in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Regional Managing Partner, Asia Michael Gagiemichael.gagie@maples.com+65 6922 8402
Partner, Funds & Investment Management Ann Ngann.ng@maples.com+852 3690 7475
Partner, Corporate Matt Robertsmatt.roberts@maples.com+852 3690 7405
Partner, Dispute Resolution & Insolvency John Treheyjohn.trehey@maples.com+852 2971 3014
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