Firm Profile > Maples Group > Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Maples Group
British Virgin Islands

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Maples Group's team is 'very professional and responsive'; it handles a variety of complex matters including asset, real estate and project financings, general banking and secured lending work, and equity and debt capital markets mandates. In a recent highlight, the practice acted for Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company in a series A financing. Regularly advising issuers and banks, Richard May's practice is focused on North America and Europe, and Christopher Newton has particular expertise in banking, finance and restructuring transactions. Ruairi Bourke is also highly rated and Guy Williamson was promoted to of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Richard May


Excellent and experienced partners leading the team‘.

Christopher Newton stands out – he has significant experience, exceptional knowledge and client handling skills‘.

Ruairi Bourke responds very professionally and quickly to all queries‘.

Key clients



Biohaven Pharmaceuticals

BNP Paribas



ING Bank

JP Morgan


Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Maples Group's BVI corporate group regularly handles a variety of complex matters spanning corporate advisory work, M&A, private equity work and restructurings. In a recent mandate, the team acted for Tate & Lyle on its equity investment into Sweet Green Fields, a BVI company. Richard May's practice is focused on North America and Europe, with particular experience in the natural resources sector, Ruairi Bourke regularly acts on M&A transactions, restructurings and joint ventures, and Chris Newton's expertise includes downstream investment work in the funds space. Guy Williamson was promoted to of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Richard May


Chris Newton stands out; he has exceptional knowledge and client handling skills‘.

Key clients

Biohaven Pharmaceuticals

BNN Technology


Gerdau Trade

The Stoneway Group

Tate & Lyle

Investment funds Tier 1

Maples Group fields 'extremely high-quality lawyers, with experience across a range of disciplines' including advising on fund formation, maintenance and registration matters. The team also assists with the licensing options available for fund managers, advisers and administrators, as well as other investment business entities that wish to be licensed in the BVI. Richard May has a significant investment funds practice and acts for some of the world's largest US and UK managers; and Chris Newton's expertise includes downstream investment work in the funds space and fund financing mandates. Guy Williamson was promoted to of counsel. Stuart Connolly departed to Arthur Cox in Ireland.

Practice head(s):

Richard May

Other key lawyers:


A very thorough, highly responsive team, which delivers instantly available specialist advice and very fair billing practices‘.

Key clients

Angelo Gordon


Bridgewater Associates

Frontera Energy

K2 Advisors

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Maples Group's dispute resolution and insolvency team is 'very thorough, 100% on top of cases and a pleasure to work with'. The practice specialises in complex international commercial litigation relating to restructuring and insolvency issues, company law, finance matters, distressed funds and shareholder issues. Other areas of strength span asset tracing work, trust disputes, insurance and reinsurance matters, professional negligence claims, civil fraud issues and contractual claims. Adrian Francis and Alex Hall Taylor jointly lead the dispute resolution and insolvency department, which also counts associate Simon Hall as an experienced adviser.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Francis; Alex Hall Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Simon Hall


The team gives the kind of back up a barrister wants – quick and correct answers to questions, with nothing being too much trouble‘.

Alex Hall Taylor stands out for his knowledge, experience and responsiveness‘.

Adrian Francis is a very cool, experienced, lawyer with outstanding commercial savvy and absolute commitment to clients‘.

A fantastic, close-knit litigation team, who are a pleasure to work with.

Associate Simon Hall is an experienced and fearless BVI litigator who is well able to hold his own against London silks‘.

Alex Hall Taylor is an exceptionally bright, sensible litigator with years of top-end experience at the London bar behind him. A huge asset to the firm.

Key clients

Comodo Holdings

Showa Holdings

Gany Holdings (PTC)

Millicom Tanzania

Federal Republic of Brazil

Municipality of Sao Paolo

Delco Participation

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