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Maples and Calder

PO BOX 309, UGLAND HOUSE, SOUTH CHURCH STREET,GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN KY1-1104, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Tel:
Work +1 345 949 8066
Fax:
Fax +1 345 949 8080
Web:
maples.com/services/legal-services
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Cayman Islands

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Maples Group

Maples Group's 'excellent team is always responsive and knowledgeable about Cayman regulations and market practice'. The practice specialises in aircraft and shipping finance, banking and structured finance, including collateralised loan obligations (CLOs), derivatives and repackagings. Other areas of strength are fund finance, insurance-linked securities, listings and regulatory advice; the firm also fields lawyers who regularly assist with debt and equity capital markets. Highlights included advising Intertrust SPV (Cayman), acting as trustee of the Energuate Trust, on the issuance of $330m-worth of senior notes that are jointly and severally guaranteed by Guatemala-structured corporations; and acting for WAVE 2017-1 and WAVE 2017-1 on the Cayman Islands (Cayman) legal aspects of an approximately $578m portfolio finance transaction, which related to approximately 19 aircraft on lease to operators across 14 countries. Mark Matthews is global finance head, structured finance and fund finance specialist Scott Macdonald also heads the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange listing group, Tina Meigh is fund finance leader, Wanda Ebanks is recommended for 'her responsiveness and good commercial sense', and Jonathon Meloy's 'strengths are good availability, rapid response times and high-quality advice'. Also recommended are Sherice Arman, Dale Crowley, John Dykstra and Nicola Bashforth. Growth in the team saw Anthony Philp and James Reeve become partners.

Leading individuals

Mark Matthews - Maples Group

Scott Macdonald - Maples Group

Tina Meigh - Maples Group

Next generation lawyers

Anthony Philp - Maples Group

James Reeve - Maples Group

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Maples Group

Maples Group advises on the full range of corporate matters, including formations and constitution, general company administration, regulatory compliance, best corporate governance practices, directors’ duties and shareholders’ rights. The M&A team is able to draw upon the expertise of the firm's specialist antitrust, real estate, employment, IP, trusts and financial services' lawyers; it is also supported by the firm's affiliated company MaplesFS, a provider of fiduciary and corporate services. Recent work includes advising Vista Oil & Gas, a Mexico-incorporated Latin American oil and gas company, on its agreement to purchase a fully operational oil and gas platform from Pampa Energía and Pluspetrol Resources, along with interests in certain exploitation concessions, assessment blocks and exploration permits in Argentina. It also acted for Vantiv on its acquisition of British-based competitor Worldpay Group as part of Vantiv's bid to create a $29bn global payments powerhouse, and assisted with the Cayman aspects of a business combination between a Delaware-incorporated, NASDAQ-listed public investment vehicle and a waste management company. Matthew Gardner is Cayman Islands (Cayman) corporate practice head; Kieran Walsh and Simon Firth co-head the Latin America group. Other recommended names partners include Suzanne Correy, Christopher Capewell and Michael Johns. Daniel Lee and Shari Seymour were promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Matthew Gardner - Maples Group

Suzanne Correy - Maples Group

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Lee - Maples Group

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Maples Group

'No different to using a top London firm', Maples Group's 'first-class team provides great response times and excellent litigators'. The practice comprises a wide variety of international commercial disputes, insolvencies, restructurings and regulatory matters involving international financial services and products. The practice is also highly rated for trust issues, shareholder disputes, fraud and asset tracing, and maritime matters. It acted for five international accountancy firms on an application for judicial review, in which they sought to challenge the government’s interpretation of the trade and business licensing statute and its attempts to impose liability on the firms for two separate sets of license fees. It also successfully represented Top Jet Enterprises in an application to obtain declarations from the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands as to its standing in derivative action proceedings in the US, marking the first application of its kind in the Cayman Islands (Cayman). Global litigation head Aristos Galatopoulos 'has an infectious enthusiasm, and combines a detailed knowledge of his subject area with a robust and pragmatic approach to resolving contentious issues'. The other key advisers are Mac Imrie, who recently returned to Cayman from the firm's Hong Kong office, international disputes expert Colin McKie QC, insolvency specialist James Eldridge, restructuring and insolvency expert Caroline Moran and Cayman trusts and private client practice head Morven McMillan. Of counsel Nick Herrod and associates Luke Stockdale and Adam Huckle are also key team members.

Leading individuals

Aristos Galatopoulos - Maples Group

Colin McKie QC - Maples Group

Next generation lawyers

Luke Stockdale - Maples Group

Nick Herrod - Maples Group

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Insurance/reinsurance
Insurance/reinsurance - ranked: tier 2

Maples Group

Maples Group 'provides good response times and industry knowledge as well as strong team depth'. The practice fields specialists in alternative risk transfer, such as catastrophe bond vehicles and other insurance-linked products, as well as in captive insurance vehicles. The team is also experienced in establishing insurance companies, insurance management and broker operations as well as insurance-related corporate matters and regulatory work, and the firm's litigators frequently act for insurers in dispute resolution. Recent matters include advising Oxbridge RE on the licensing of a reinsurance sidecar. The names to note are Tim Frawley, John Dykstra and Abraham Thoppil.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Maples Group

'Enormously co-operative and highly experienced in Cayman law', Maples Group's 'outstanding team provides typically excellent response times and presents the best combination between professionalism, service, reputation and cost'. In the hedge funds space, the practice reportedly recently advised seven of the world’s top ten largest single-manager hedge fund firms that use the Cayman Islands (Cayman) as a jurisdiction. In private equity matters, it represents a wide range of managers and institutional investors across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Australia. Grant Dixon advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts on the formation of a fund platform that will undertake core investment transactions, and David Marshall and global private equity head Iain McMurdo advised Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s dedicated secondary and fund solutions platform, on its seventh global secondary private equity fund. Global head of the investment funds group Jon Fowler 'provides very practical, business-oriented advice', Jonathan Green is Cayman investment funds head and Julian Ashworth's 'strengths are expertise and responsiveness'. Andrew Keast is appreciated by clients for his focus on and experience in the Israeli market. Other key advisers are Michael Richardson, Jeremy Bomford, Tim Frawley, Jo Cunningham, Sheryl Dean and Christina Bodden, along with Gwyneth Rees, Philip Dickinson, Christie Walton and Andreas Haug. Tim Coak was made partner, and Michelle Richie and Lee Davis are experienced associates.

Leading individuals

Iain McMurdo - Maples Group

Jon Fowler - Maples Group

Jonathan Green - Maples Group

Next generation lawyers

Lee Davis - Maples Group

Michelle Richie - Maples Group

Tim Coak - Maples Group

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Maples Group

Maples Group's 'excellent team is at the top of its game'; it advises on the development of properties, residential land, strata title, commercial buildings, shopping centres, golf courses and hotels. The practice advises Kimpton Hotel Group on the management of the Kimpton Seafire Resort, including licensing, IP and real estate issues. Associate George Loutas heads the property and construction group in the Cayman office.

Next generation lawyers

George Loutas - Maples Group

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Trusts/private client
Trusts/private client - ranked: tier 1

Maples Group

Maples Group's international trust law experts advise global financial institutions, foreign governments and some of the world’s wealthiest individuals on Cayman private wealth structures; the team is also highly rated for trust litigation. Cayman trusts head Morven McMillan, whose expertise includes contentious and non-contentious international trusts and private client work, is 'undoubtedly one of the leading Caribbean private client practitioners; she is vastly experienced and combines charm with a killer instinct'. Colin McKie QC has extensive experience in trusts disputes, and associate Maxine Bodden advises on the establishment and ongoing administration of Cayman trusts, and is particularly noted for assisting with the use of private trust companies.

Leading individuals

Morven McMillan - Maples Group

Next generation lawyers

Maxine Bodden - Maples Group

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