Richard May > Maples Group > Tortola, British Virgin Islands > Lawyer Profile

Maples Group
British Virgin Islands

Work Department

Funds & Investment Management


Richard is Managing Partner of Maples and Calder, in the Maples Group’s British Virgin Islands office where he is also head of the Corporate and Finance teams.  He advises on a variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock exchange listings and corporate reorganisations.  Richard also advises investment managers and private equity houses on the structuring, formation and financing of investment funds and private equity funds.


Richard joined the Maples Group in 2011.  He was previously head of the Corporate and Investment Funds group at an international law firm in the British Virgin Islands and, prior to that, worked for Ashurst in London.  Richard has been featured in Latin Lawyer 250 and recommended in Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global and Legal 500.  He has been named as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000.


He is a member of the Securities and Investment Business Advisory committee, the General Legal Council of the British Virgin Islands and a private sector-led focus group advising on corporate and regulatory legislation in the British Virgin Islands.


Bristol University, UK, LLB

College of Law, London, UK, Legal Practice; Professional Skills

Lawyer Rankings

British Virgin Islands > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Richard MayMaples Group

Working in close collaboration with colleagues across the firm’s wider international network, from the Cayman Islands to London, Maples Group demonstrates particular expertise in highly complex cross-border deals. Key pillars of the offering include financing transactions involving corporate and fund clients, secured financing transactions, real estate finance work, debt restructurings, capital markets transactions, asset and project finance mandates, and secured lending issues arising from the private wealth space. Active on both the borrower and lender side of transactions, the group is spearheaded by Richard May , whose personal practice focuses on transactions emerging from the natural resources sector. Elsewhere in the group, Christopher Newton specialises in complex restructurings while Ruairi Bourke  is highly adept in debt and equity capital market transactions. Chartered legal executive Chloe Harris also contributes to the practice.

British Virgin Islands > Investment funds

(Leading individuals)

Richard MayMaples Group

At Maples Group, the funds and investment practice primarily assists investment funds and fund managers with fund formations, fund reorganisations and liquidations, and ongoing licensing and regulatory requirements, with particular strength in the private equity and hedge fund spaces. On the regulatory front, the group has seen an uptick in instructions concerning the new closed-ended private investment fund regime, along with advice regarding the implications of the new economic substance regime for investment funds and fund managers. Retained by some of the world’s largest managers, Richard May oversees the department, which also features of counsel Guy Williamson  and Chris Newton , whose practice focuses on downstream investment work in the funds space, as well as fund financing matters.

British Virgin Islands > Corporate and commercial

(Leading individuals)

Richard MayMaples Group

Working in close collaboration with colleagues across the firm’s wider international network, from Singapore to London, Maples Group demonstrates particular expertise in highly complex cross-border deals. It has, in particular, seen an uptick in matters pertaining to SPAC business combinations and other public acquisitions. The group, which is fronted by Richard May , also assists clients with a broad range of other matters, including traditional M&A, corporate advisory work, private equity matters and restructuring work. Two other key names in the department are Ruairi Bourke , whose practice centres on M&A and joint ventures, and Christopher Newton, who is an expert in non-contentious restructurings and downstream investment work in the funds sector.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

At Osborne Clarke LLP the promotion of Richard May in April 2021 to the partnership underlined the firm’s commitment to bolstering its trade mark prosecution practice. Under the lead of litigator Arty Rajendra and director of trade marks Mark Foreman, the team is in charge of managing the often highly international trade mark portfolios of well-known brands, in particular from the FMCG, food and beverage, life sciences and media and entertainment sectors. A stand-out feature is the group’s experience in advising on trade mark issues faced by clients upon entry into emerging markets such as Russia, the Middle East and China. The group assists with the full range of trade mark prosecution matters, including with complex opposition and invalidation proceedings.