Maples Group > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Firm Profile
Maples Group Offices
PO BOX 309
UGLAND HOUSE, SOUTH CHURCH STREET,GEORGE TOWN
GRAND CAYMAN KY1-1104
Maples Group > The Legal 500 RankingsMaples Group demonstrates ‘substantial expertise across the broad range of finance and capital markets matters‘; its notable strengths include securitisations, find finance work, asset-based lending issues and capital markets transactions. Fund finance head Tina Meigh (hailed as ‘the best funds finance lawyer in Cayman‘), global finance expert Scott Macdonald (‘who combines deep legal knowledge with a practical, market-based approach‘), structured finance expert Wanda Ebanks, asset finance team co-heads Jonathon Meloy and Sherice Arman, and James Reeve, Anthony Philp and John Dykstra are among the group’s headline names. In recent news, Amanda Lazier and Shari Howell were both promoted to partner in January 2021, a month after Mark Matthews‘ retirement.
Other key lawyers:
‘Tina Meigh is a fantastic practitioner. Tina is smart, attentive and a strong leader. Tina’s team is a well-trained group who delivers the finest legal advice in the region.’
‘Maples and Calder has substantial expertise across the broad range of finance and capital markets matters on which I regularly work. In Scott Macdonald and Tina Meigh, they have the two best finance lawyers in Cayman right now. I rely on the team’s legal knowledge and market experience, as well as their efficiency, responsiveness and competitive pricing. Their strengths include securitisations (from CLOs to more exotic structures), fund finance, asset-based lending and capital markets.’
‘Scott Macdonald is the best finance lawyer in Cayman in my opinion, who combines deep legal knowledge with a practical, market-based approach. Thorough and competent, a problem-solver focused on getting the deal closed. Great in CLOs, capital markets, resecuritisations, and structured note issuances. Tina Meigh is the best funds finance lawyer in Cayman, with strong derivatives knowledge and a practical approach to deals, distressed funds and general legal advice. Jonathon Meloy is very strong in aircraft securitisation/leasing deals and also quite good in general fund finance and structured finance. Other partners that I’ve worked with – Anthony Philp and James Reeve (both are strong in CLOs and structured finance), and Amanda Lazier (CLOs- she’s great).’
‘Maples is the market leader in Cayman law. Their team is deep, experienced and knowledgeable. They are incredibly responsive and a joy to work with.’
‘Tina Meigh is very dedicated and extremely responsive, including late nights, weekends and short deadlines. The rest of her team follows in her footsteps.’
‘Maples’ strength lies with (1) the depth of the practice and (2) its involvement with all the major transactions in the jurisdiction. This gives the excellent lawyers at the firm an invaluable trove that they effectively deploy to offer the highest quality client services.’
‘Maples has a deep bench of lawyers, and are well known in the market. They are always on top of regulatory developments affecting Cayman Islands issuers, and are always accessible to provide advice in a timely manner. Scott MacDonald has a great handle of CLO market developments and regulatory issues affecting Cayman Island issuers.’
‘Tina Meigh is just absolutely brilliant. She is the smartest person in the room every time – someone knows how to close a deal efficiently and thoughtfully.’
Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
Delta Air Lines
Symphony / Nuveen
- Advised Caesars Entertainment, Inc. on its cash acquisition of William Hill PLC.
- Advised United Airlines on its $3.8bn bond offering along with a concurrent $3bn term loan.
- Advised Total Engine Asset Management (TEAM), a joint venture between Marubeni Corp. and ST Engineering, and the issuer group on all Irish and Cayman law aspects of the Sunbird Engine Finance $257m asset-backed securitisation.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are consistently helpful and responsive. Their work product is excellent and very useful. They fully understand the issues and help resolve them (rather than simply raising issues without a potential solution). We have worked together on many transactions and I am always satisfied with the experience.’
‘Stand out attorneys are Matthew Gardner and Michael Johns. Each has proven to be an excellent partner for our transactions.’
‘They are the standard in the Caymans. Very commercial and helpful. My go-to firm.’
‘Extremely responsive and proactive.’
Altimar Acquisition Corporation
Fidelity National Financial
LCM Asset Management
Kohlberg & Company
Patria Investments Limited
- Advised Noble Corporation on its comprehensive financial restructuring whereby its debtor affiliates emerged from Chapter 11 with a new parent company organised under the laws of the Cayman Islands.
- Advised Patria Investments on the Cayman Islands aspects of its $588.4m initial public offering.
- Advised Vitru Limited, a Brazilian distance learning education group company, on the Cayman Islands aspects of its initial public offering of 6m of its newly-issued common shares.
Other key lawyers:
‘Maples and Calder’s dispute resolution team combines the ability to aggressively litigate if needed, with the understanding that a practical solution short of litigation is often the best possible outcome. They are the leading restructuring practice in Cayman; I work closely with them on a variety of matters and in particular value their ability to consult on Cayman law matters arising in bankruptcy/insolvency proceedings in onshore jurisdictions. The lawyers are sophisticated, with a keen understanding of the commercial issues giving rise to a dispute.’
‘Nick Herrod is a good, all-around litigator and adviser to fund and SPV directors; very thorough and hard-working, with the skills to succeed as a partner.’
‘Maples enjoy a long-standing reputation as the largest law firm in Cayman (and one of the oldest). They have a seasoned bench of lawyers and a very large corporate practice. They dominate in size and value in the market. Their lawyers are known for being experienced. If you are looking for strong firepower on a sizeable and contentious matter – this is a firm to go to.’
‘Maples has a well-resourced and talented team of litigators with real strength in depth. They are one of the premier litigation teams in the jurisdiction with a richly deserved reputation for acting in the leading cases with distinction.’
‘The Maples team sets the standard for the Cayman Islands and consistently delivers on complex engagements. Maples always remains focused on the commercial objectives of any matter.’
‘James Eldridge is a preeminent litigator and a go-to for restructuring and insolvency matters. He is always there for his clients and sets the mark for excellence.’
‘One of the deepest and longest established litigation and insolvency teams in the Cayman Islands. Very little this team hasn’t seen. Extremely responsive – turnaround is best in class.‘
‘James Eldridge is an excellent insolvency and restructuring litigator, one of the top in his profession in the Cayman Islands. Passionate and engaged, seeking the right result for his clients. Extremely responsive and pragmatic. Caroline Moran is the consummate professional, one of the top lawyers for restructurings in the Cayman Islands.‘
eHi Car Services Limited
Xiaodu Life Technology Limited
China Biologic Product Holdings Inc
Bitauto Holdings Limited
Diamond Offshore Drilling International Limited
Pacer Construction Holdings Corp
Ting Chuan (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp and China CVS (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp
USAVflow a Cayman Islands incorporated SPV securitisation vehicle
Nordic Aviation Capital Designated Activity Company (NAC DAC)
Uphold Ltd. and Dimensions Healthcare LLC (“Dimensions”)
- Acting for a number of organisations (58.com, eHi Car Services Limited, Xiaodu Life Technology Limited, China Biologic, FGLHoldings (FGL) and Bitauto) in s.238 proceedings.
- Advising the joint voluntary liquidators of the Master Fund – Marble Ridge LP; Marble Ridge Offshore Fund Ltd and Marble Ridge LP and Ascot Fund Limited in a number of distressed fund liquidations.
- Acting for three clients (Ting Chuan (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp and China CVS (Cayman Islands), Uphold Ltd. and Dimensions LLC) in just and equitable winding-up petitions presented by shareholders.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Maples investment funds team is truly best in class – they are quick to respond, easy to deal with, and are true experts in their fields. I always enjoy working with them because I know I will get solid legal advice and will get it quickly. I feel that Maples is the perfect co-counsel as it always feels like we are a team working together towards what is best for our clients.’
‘The team has excellent capabilities and provides impeccable service.’
‘Very strong team – know the alternatives space well and are true professionals. Great with turning around fund legal docs and addressing any issues/concerns.’
‘We often work with Andrew Keast. Andrew is very efficient, to the point, and is always very pleasant to work with.’
‘In my experience, the investment management and funds practice group is among the top with respect to expertise.’
‘The partners, Tim Coak and Christie Walton, have significant experience in the investment funds industry. Both are cognizant of and sensitive to US regulatory requirements applicable to investment managers.’
‘Jeremy Bomford has been an amazing partner in all of the work I have been doing with Maples for over 10 years – he is a pleasure to deal with and is particularly commercial in the advice he gives. Jonathan Green and Julian Ashworth have also been great to work with.’
‘Top funds team in Cayman. Very knowledgeable with excellent technical skills, but marries that with a practical approach.’
Alua Capital Management
Global Investment Partners
Clayton Dubilier & Rice
Constitution Capital Partners
Bessemer Venture Partners
‘Deep (and senior) bench. Heavily involved at all levels with AIMA, the local regulator and local government. #1 in terms of engagement with standard setters locally. Leaders in the industry.’
‘Tim Dawson, Martin Livingston and Pat Head are the go to guys on regulatory matters. In every instance, from Data Protection to new Economic Substance requirements, the team has practical experience and you feel it has seen your problem before and have the solution. Adam Huckle is the best sanctions specialist.’
‘The team combines considerable practical and strategic experience real-world litigation experience. They are also very pleasant to work with, responsive and unfailingly polite.’
‘Adam Huckle stands out as an up-and-coming litigator. Having been involved in more than one piece of litigation in Cayman he is notable for his calm, thoughtful and strategically savvy approach.’
‘They ensure that we are kept appraised of developments in Cayman Islands law and regulatory trends, are very responsive to our and independent director questions, and their teams have engaged well with our teams to ensure compliance with the evolving regulatory framework in Cayman.’
‘Maples Group in the Cayman Islands is a very professional service provider: they provide profound though practical advice and are highly available. They have been our to-go adviser for the last 6 years.’
‘Maxine Bodden provides hands-on advice, has a broad perspective on the client’s needs, and is a skilled lawyer and adviser.’
‘Great time of response and availability. Excellent capability to adapt to client’s requests and needs.’
‘Maxine Bodden has great knowledge and sensibility on private client practice.’
Other key lawyers:
United Insurance Company
Signature Insurance Company
Cayman First Insurance Company Limited
Oxbridge Reinsurance Limited
Knighthead Annuity & Life Assurance Company
Nassau Re (Cayman) Ltd.
Island Heritage Insurance Company, Ltd.
Brac Insurance Associates Ltd.
Magni Re Ltd.
- Advised Blackstone on the $2.8bn acquisition of AllState’s Life Insurance business.
- Providing ongoing advice to Knighthead Re and most recently provided insurance and corporate advice relating to proposed new initiatives.
- Advising Insurance Managers Association/Cayman Finance on new legislative initiatives for the insurance industry in the Cayman Islands.
Maples Group > Firm Profile
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.
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|Andrew Keast||Andrew is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Fund & Investment Management…||View Profile|
|Amanda Lazier||Amanda is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Finance team in the…||View Profile|
|Daniel Lee||Dan is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Corporate team in the…||View Profile|
|Scott Macdonald||Scott is global head of Maples and Calder’s Finance team and is…||View Profile|
|Iain McMurdo||Iain is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Funds & Investment Management…||View Profile|
|Tina Meigh||Tina is head of Maples and Calder’s Finance team in the Maples…||View Profile|
|Jonathon Meloy||Jonathon is co-head of the Asset Finance practice in the Cayman Islands…||View Profile|
|Caroline Moran||Caroline is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Dispute Resolution & Insolvency…||View Profile|
|Finn O'Hegarty||Finn is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Corporate team and the…||View Profile|
|Anthony Philp||Anthony is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Finance team in the…||View Profile|
|Gwyneth Rees||Gwyneth is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Funds & Investment Management…||View Profile|
|James Reeve||James is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Finance team in the…||View Profile|
|Michael Richardson||Michael is head of Maples and Calder’s Funds & Investment Management team…||View Profile|
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|Lukas Shroeter||Lukas is an associate of Maples and Calder’s Dispute Resolution & Insolvency…||View Profile|
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|Kieran Walsh||Kieran is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Corporate team in the…||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresNumber of Global partners : 127 Number of other Global fee-earners : 226
OtherOther 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 : Jonathan Green, Global Managing Partner
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