Michael Gagie > Maples Group > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Corporate
Finance

Position

Michael is Regional Managing Partner of Maples and Calder’s Asia offices in Hong Kong and Singapore. He is also Global Head of the firm’s British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) practice.  His experience and areas of practice cover both BVI and Cayman Islands law and include a broad range of banking and structured finance work acting as lender counsel for international and regional banks and borrower work for funds and corporates.  In addition, Michael has significant corporate law experience (both public and private work) and regularly advises corporates and private equity funds on joint ventures, pre-IPO structures and downstream private equity acquisitions and disposals.

Career

Michael joined the Maples Group in 2010.  He was previously head of the Hong Kong office of an offshore law firm, having relocated to Asia from the British Virgin Islands in 2006.  Prior to this, Michael worked for Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Simmons & Simmons in London. Michael also completed secondments at the London Stock Exchange, and as in-house counsel with Shell International Limited.  Michael is consistently ranked as a leader in his field in Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal. He is currently ranked as Eminent Practitioner by Chambers Asia Pacific and singled out in the new Offshore category for Singapore by Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Languages

English

Education

Law Society Legal Practice Course, 1995

College of Law, Guildford (CPE), UK, 1994

University College of North Wales, UK, (BA Hons), 199

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Offshore

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.

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.