Firm Profile > Maples Group > Grand Cayman , Cayman Islands

Maples Group
PO BOX 309
UGLAND HOUSE, SOUTH CHURCH STREET,GEORGE TOWN
GRAND CAYMAN KY1-1104
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Maples Group is 'a market leader and market-setting firm in the Cayman Islands', and fields a practice, which specialises in aircraft and shipping finance, banking work, structured finance, fund finance, insurance-linked securities, listings and regulatory advice. Recent highlights include structured finance expert Scott Macdonald acting as Cayman counsel to GoodGreen 2019-1, the Cayman issuer of $225m green bonds backed by a portfolio of property-assessed clean energy assets. Mark Matthews is global finance head, Tina Meigh heads up the fund finance group, Wanda Ebanks specialises in repackagings and structured finance transactions, and Jonathon Meloy has extensive experience in international capital markets and corporate finance transactions. Also key to the practice are shipping specialist Sherice ArmanJohn Dykstra, who has expertise in catastrophe bonds; structured finance expert Nicola BashforthAnthony Philp and James Reeve, while Amanda Lazier and Lucy Sleep are the associates to note. Dale Crowley joined Boddens.

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Maples Group's team is 'spearheaded by senior industry figures with close knowledge of local and international initiatives'. The group advises on the full range of corporate and commercial matters including domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, formations and constitution work, general company administration issues, regulatory compliance, substance requirements, corporate governance practices, share capital issuances, directors' duties work and shareholders' rights. In a recent highlight, Suzanne Correy and Daniel Lee acted for Sedgwick Claims Management Services on KKR's sale of its stake in the company to Carlyle Group. Matthew Gardner heads up the Cayman corporate group, and Kieran Walsh and Simon Firth co-head the Latin America team. Other noteworthy practitioners include offshore investment fund expert Christopher Capewell, energy sector specialist Michael JohnsShari Seymour and newly promoted partner Finn O’Hegarty.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Maples Group's practice handles a wide variety of international commercial disputes spanning insolvency and restructuring issues, fund disputes, finance-related claims, shareholder litigation, fraud and asset tracing issues, and maritime disputes. In a recent highlight, Mac Imrie successfully defended Vista Del Mar Development against a Privy Council appeal against its application for specific performance of an option to repurchase land. Aristos Galatopoulos is global head of the dispute resolution and insolvency practice, Colin McKie QC is an international disputes specialist, and Morven McMillan heads up the trusts and private client practice in Cayman. Also key to the group are James Eldridge, Caroline Moran and of counsel Nick Herrod. Luke Stockdale was made partner in 2019.

Investment funds Tier 1

Maples Group is a go-to firm for large and complex matters providing advice across the spectrum of fund and investment management products including hedge funds, fund of funds, master-feeder funds, liquid alternatives, credit funds, hybrid funds and unit trusts. Clients also benefit from the group's Irish desk, which advises on EU regulated funds and Irish law. Jonathan Green leads the Cayman funds and investment management team, Jon Fowler is global funds and investment management group head, and Iain McMurdo heads up the global private equity practice. In recent work, Michael Richardson led advice to iCapital on its acquisition of a Bank of America business, which administered alternative feeder funds; Julian Ashworth assisted One Equity Partners Fund with the fund raising for its seventh fund; and Sheryl Dean acted for Bain Capital on the closing of its Asia buyout fund. Tim Coak is also a key partner, while at senior associate level, Michelle Richie and Lee Davis are experienced advisers.

Trusts/private client Tier 1

Maples Group's international trust law experts count global financial institutions, foreign governments, financial centres, and some of the world's wealthiest individuals as clients. The group assists with Cayman private wealth structures and contentious issues, and also advises on the use of trusts in the context of securitisation transactions, collective investment structures, special purpose vehicles, employee benefit and management schemes, and pension funds. Morven McMillan heads up the trusts and private client team, which also fields trust disputes expert Colin McKie QC and associate Maxine Bodden.

Insurance/reinsurance Tier 2

Maples Group's practice encompasses insurance-related M&A and corporate matters, regulatory compliance work, the licensing of insurers, managers and brokers, capital insurance issues, catastrophe bond work and other special purpose insurer, reinsurance and corporate advisory matters. The firm's litigation team also assists with insurance-related disputes. Group head Tim Frawley handles the formation of new insurance companies, insurance-related corporate and regulatory advice, substantive insurance law, and alternative risk transfer structures; John Dykstra is highly regarded for catastrophe bond transactions; and Abraham Thoppil focuses on insurance regulatory matters, licensing work, restructuring mandates, insurance M&A and motor vehicle insurance.

Real estate Tier 3

Maples Group's property and projects and construction teams have particular expertise in the sale and purchase of commercial properties, hotel and tourism law, property financing issues, strata title law, construction matters, tendering and procurement work, and real estate-related dispute resolution. Associate George Loutas heads up the practice.

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: maples.com.

Department Name Email Telephone
Investment funds Jon Fowler
Corporate and commercial Edward Miller
Finance and banking Mark Matthews
Litigation Aristos Galatopoulos
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mark Matthews  photo Mark Matthews
 Colin McKie QC photo Colin McKie QC
 Morven McMillan  photo Morven McMillan
 Iain McMurdo  photo Iain McMurdo
 Tina Meigh  photo Tina Meigh
 Jonathon Meloy  photo Jonathon Meloy
 Caroline Moran  photo Caroline Moran
 Anthony Philp  photo Anthony Philp
 Gwyneth Rees  photo Gwyneth Rees
 James Reeve  photo James Reeve
 Michael Richardson  photo Michael Richardson
 Michelle Richie  photo Michelle Richie
 Shari Seymour  photo Shari Seymour
 Luke Stockdale  photo Luke Stockdale
 Abraham Thoppil  photo Abraham Thoppil
 Kieran Walsh  photo Kieran Walsh
 Christie Walton  photo Christie Walton
 Julian Ashworth  photo Julian Ashworth
 Sherice Arman  photo Sherice Arman
 Nicola Bashforth  photo Nicola Bashforth
 Christina Bodden  photo Christina Bodden
 Maxine Bodden  photo Maxine Bodden
 Christopher Capewell  photo Christopher Capewell
 Tim Coak  photo Tim Coak
 Suzanne Correy  photo Suzanne Correy
 Jo Cunningham  photo Jo Cunningham
 Lee Davis  photo Lee Davis
 Philip Dickinson  photo Philip Dickinson
 Grant Dixon  photo Grant Dixon
 John Dykstra  photo John Dykstra
 Wanda Ebanks  photo Wanda Ebanks
 James Eldridge  photo James Eldridge
 Simon Firth  photo Simon Firth
 Jon Fowler  photo Jon Fowler
 Jeremy Bomford  photo Jeremy Bomford
 Tim Frawley  photo Tim Frawley
 Sheryl Dean  photo Sheryl Dean
 Aristos Galatopoulos  photo Aristos Galatopoulos
 Matthew Gardner  photo Matthew Gardner
 Jonathan Green  photo Jonathan Green
 Andreas Haug  photo Andreas Haug
 Nick Herrod  photo Nick Herrod
 Adam Huckle  photo Adam Huckle
 Mac Imrie  photo Mac Imrie
 Michael Johns  photo Michael Johns
 Andrew Keast  photo Andrew Keast
 Daniel Lee  photo Daniel Lee
 George Loutas  photo George Loutas
 Scott Macdonald  photo Scott Macdonald
 David Marshall  photo David Marshall
Number of Global partners : 132
Number of other Global fee-earners : 214
Other offices : British Virgin 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

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: maples.com.

Department Name Email Telephone
Investment funds Jon Fowler
Corporate and commercial Edward Miller
Finance and banking Mark Matthews
Litigation Aristos Galatopoulos
Number of Global partners : 132
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