Firm Profile > Maples Group > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Matthews

Testimonials

Always competently responsive and the practice’s insight transcends the four corners of any issue presented, enabling the firm to advise in holistic fashion without missing a thing‘.

Dedicated legal team that has broad finance experience and a willingness to provide creative solutions to sometimes challenging assignments’.

Top-notch responsiveness:, both on transaction-specific terms and generally  keeping in touch‘.

Mark Matthews has been in the business a long time and is a trusted adviser to many securitisation sponsors‘.

Tina Meigh is very committed and loyal‘.

James Reeve is service-oriented, very bright, and a pair of safe hands even in fast-paced transactions‘.

Wanda Ebanks is extremely responsive and incredibly knowledgeable‘.

Sherice Arman is very well regarded‘.

Scott Macdonald is a leader in the industry.

Key clients

Ares Management

Avolon

Bain Capital

Blackstone

Goshawk Aviation

Prudential

TPG

Transocean

Ygrene

Zephyrus

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.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gardner

Testimonials

Definitely the leading law firm in Cayman; the team is extremely responsive with high levels of technical knowledge. The partners and associates are very engaged with world developments and discussions that can impact investments from and into other countries‘.

By hiring them, clients are not just getting knowledge of the law as it currently stands but also what it is likely to be. They have unrivalled experience and an ease of manner that cuts through the complexities and gives the client the appropriate explanation with well-rehearsed comfort‘.

Matthew Gardner is an exceptionally bright and knowledgeable lawyer, who can interpret and apply the voluminous areas of company law to practical situations with the ease of an expert and the grace of a surgeon‘.

Kieran Walsh has outstanding and comprehensive knowledge of legal and business matters‘.

Simon Firth is very knowledgeable and proactive‘.

Key clients

Banorte

Blackrock

CDH Fund

Francisco Partners

LGT Bank

LCM Asset Management

Lima Metro

Marfrig Global Foods

Nord Anglia Education

Odebrecht

Reebonz

SK Capital Partners

TermoCandelaria

Transocean

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.

Practice head(s):

Aristos Galatopoulos

Key clients

Vantage Drilling Company

Premium Point funds

Deutsche Bank Trust Company of the Americas

Scottish Re Group

Vista Del Mar Development

China Shanshui Cement Group

Ascot Fund

Waypoint Leasing Holdings

Bristow

TPG

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; Sheryl Dean acted for Bain Capital on the closing of its Asia buyout fund; and Christie Walton led on the $1bn launch of Cinctive Capital Management. Tim Coak is also a key partner, while at senior associate level, Michelle Richie and Lee Davis are experienced advisers.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Green; Jon Fowler; Iain McMurdo

Other key lawyers:

Michael Richardson; Andreas Haug; Julian Ashworth; Sheryl Dean; Tim Coak; Michelle Richie; Jo Cunningham; Lee Davis; Gwyneth Rees; Grant Dixon; Jeremy Bomford; Philip Millward; Patrick Rosenfeld; Christina Bodden; Philip Dickinson; Andrew Keast

Key clients

Neuberger Berman

CVC Capital Partners

The Blackstone Group

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

TPG Capital

Warburg Pincus

Advent International

Apollo Global Management

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley

Bain Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Goldman Sachs

Silver Lake

Brookfield Asset Management

I Squared

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.

Practice head(s):

Tim Frawley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The firm’s staff is professional and makes itself available for discussions‘.

Key clients

United Insurance Company

Signature Insurance

Scottish Annuity & Life Insurance Company (Cayman)

Cayman First Insurance Company

Oxbridge Reinsurance

Nassau Re

Crosswinds Re

Island Heritage Insurance Company

Brac Insurance Associates

Magni Re

Nomadic 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.

Practice head(s):

George Loutas

Key clients

Atlantic Star

Bank of the Ozarks

Butterfield Bank (Cayman)

Grupo Dolphin

Island Heritage

Kimpton Hotel Group

Port Authority of the Cayman Islands

Remax Cayman Islands

Vista Del Mar Development

Wells Fargo Bank

The Maples Group, through its leading international law firm, Maples and Calder, advises global financial, institutional, business and private clients on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Jersey and Luxembourg.  With offices in key jurisdictions around the world, the Maples Group has specific strengths in areas of corporate commercial, finance, investment funds, litigation and trusts. Maintaining relationships with leading legal counsel, the Group leverages this local expertise to deliver an integrated service offering for global business initiatives. For more information, please visit: maples.com.

Department Name Email Telephone
Finance Chris Byrne chris.byrne@maples.com +44 1534 671 311
Corporate Paul Burton paul.burton@maples.com +44 1534 671 312
Funds & Investment Management Simon Hopwood simon.hopwood@maples.com +44 1534 671 314
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English (fluent)
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 : Jonathan Green, 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