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Matt is a partner and Head of Corporate, Asia of the Maples Group. He specialises in advising financial institutions, publicly listed and private companies, asset managers and promoters on mergers and acquisitions, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), private equity, joint ventures, reorganisations, corporate governance and capital markets (including initial public offerings, secondary offerings and preferred share financings). Matt also has significant experience in advising on the establishment, structuring and restructuring of offshore investment funds at all stages of their life cycle.
Matt has been in private practice since 2001 and has been practising as an offshore lawyer since 2007. He was recently named as one of “China’s Elite 100 lawyers (Foreign firm)” by China Business Law Journal’s A-List and also ranked as a “Leading Individual” by Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong since 2011, Matt previously worked with the Maples Group in the Cayman Islands for over three years and prior to that, as a corporate lawyer in Australia, with Clayton Utz. He was previously a corporate and funds partner with a leading international firm in Hong Kong. Matt regularly lectures to professional bodies and is also a regular contributor to professional journals and other industry publications.
Member of the Singapore Law Society
Member of the Western Australian Law Society
Member of the Hong Kong Law Society
Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sydney, Australia, Company Director Course, 2010
Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, Bachelor of Laws, 2001
Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), 2001
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.
‘Leading Cayman law firm’ Maples 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.