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Maples Group
British Virgin Islands

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Acting on the borrower and lender side of transactions, the team at Maples Group handles a variety of complex matters relating to asset and project finance work, general banking issues, equity and debt capital markets work, and private equity mandates. The group is especially active in financing transactions involving corporate and funds clients, secured financing issues, real estate finance work, and debt restructurings and reorganisations. Restructuring specialist Christopher Newton recently advised the senior lenders to the Constellation Group - HSBC and Citibank - on the financing and restructuring aspects of loan facilities worth over $1.5bn. The local team in the BVI is led by Richard May, who has a particular focus on the natural resources sector. Other names to note include Ruairi Bourke and of counsel Guy Williamson.

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch


BNP Paribas


Gerdau Group

Goldman Sachs


ING Bank

JP Morgan

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

At Maples Group, the corporate group advises listed domestic and international entities on a diverse set of matters including M&A, corporate advisory work, equity capital markets issues, private equity matters and restructuring work. Recently, the group has also been involved in a number of large commercial aviation transactions. Led by Richard May, the department has a range of key clients in the energy and natural resources, telecoms and commercial real estate sectors. Ruairi Bourke regularly acts on M&A transactions, restructurings and joint ventures, while Christopher Newton’s practice also includes downstream investment work in the funds sector. Another key practitioner is of counsel Guy Williamson.

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Biohaven Pharmaceuticals

Gerdau Trade

The Brink’s Company

Investment funds Tier 1

The funds and investment management team at Maples Group advises on fund formation, maintenance and registration matters, acting for many of the largest financial institutions that use the BVI as a fund domicile. The group also assists with the licensing options available for fund managers, advisers and administrators, as well as other investment business entities aiming to be licensed in the BVI. While the team is highly involved in instructions for open-ended funds, several group members were also involved in the development of the updated closed-ended funds regulatory regime, including BVI practice head Richard May, who acts for some of the world's largest US and UK managers. Chris Newton's practice also encompasses downstream investment work in the funds space and fund financing mandates, and of counsel Guy Williamson is another key practitioner.

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‘Richard May is very knowledgeable and provides information in a detailed manner which we appreciate. Guy Williamson also has been stellar.’

Key clients

Angelo Gordon


Bridgewater Associates

Frontera Energy Corp.

K2 Advisors

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Working closely with colleagues in the firm's Hong Kong office, the BVI litigation team at Maples Group acts in the full gamut of international commercial disputes, specifically insolvency and restructuring matters, shareholder disputes, contentious trust matters, civil fraud claims, asset tracing litigation and contractual disputes. Following the departure of practice co-head Alex Hall Taylor QC to Carey Olsen, the dispute resolution and insolvency department is led by Adrian Francis, who, alongside associate and contentious trusts expert Simon Hall, regularly appears in interlocutory hearings and substantive proceedings in the region.

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‘The team is lead by well respected senior practitioners who bring years of relevant experience from their time in both onshore and offshore jurisdictions. The senior team members are well supported by a dedicated on-island team who are well known in the local market and are adept at running case files in an efficient and technically sound manner. The team has a seamless connection with their international colleagues and is able to leverage those connections to provide jurisdictional specific advice whilst being cognisant of how such advice interacts with the engagement as a whole.’

‘Great team – responsive and knowledgeable. They are first in class.’

Depth, breadth and responsiveness. Strong associates.

Key clients

Comodo Holdings Limited

Sunpower Business Group PTE Ltd and Tournan Trading PTE Ltd

Gany Holdings (PTC) SA

Spectrum Dynamics Medical Limited

Delco Participation B.V.

Numerous defendants to clawback claims by the liquidators of the Fairfield Funds (HSBC; Credit Suisse by way of example)

Wong Kie Yik and Wong Kie Chie Federal

Federal Republic of Brazil & Municipality of Sao Paolo

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Showa Holdings Co., Ltd

The Maples Group is a leading service provider offering clients a comprehensive range of legal services on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Jersey and Luxembourg, and is an independent provider of fiduciary, fund services, regulatory and compliance, and entity formation and management services. The Maples Group distinguishes itself with a client-focused approach, providing solutions tailored to their specific needs. Its global network of 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. For more information, please visit:

Department Name Email Telephone
Investment funds Jon Fowler
Corporate and commercial Edward Miller
Finance and banking Mark Matthews
Litigation Aristos Galatopoulos
Number of other Global fee-earners : 214
Other offices : Cayman Islands
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Dublin
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Jersey
Other offices : London
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Singapore
Contacts : Alasdair Robertson, Global Managing Partner