Stephen Watler > Maples Group > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Lawyer Profile

Maples Group
PO BOX 309
Cayman Islands

Work Department

Funds & Investment Management


Stephen is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Funds & Investment Management team in the Maples Group’s Cayman Islands office.  He advises on the formation and maintenance of all types of investment funds, including private equity funds and hedge funds.  Stephen also has extensive experience advising Asian clients on Unit Trusts, SPCs and other investment fund structures as well as providing advice on general corporate and commercial matters.


Stephen joined the Maples Group in 2005, where he trained and qualified into the Funds & Investment Management team.  He has worked in various jurisdictions for the Maples Group (in London, Hong Kong and currently the Cayman Islands) and served a secondment with White & Case LLP (in London).  Stephen has been ranked as a ‘Rising Star‘ by Legal 500.


Stephen is a member of the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association and the Law Society of England and Wales. He is also a past President of the Caymanian Bar Association and served on the Board of Governors of the University College of the Cayman Islands.


Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada, BBA (Hons)

University of East Anglia, UK, GDL/CPE

College of Law, UK, LPC

Lawyer Rankings

Cayman Islands > Investment funds

(Next Generation Partners)

Stephen WatlerMaples Group

Noted for its deep bench of funds specialists, the ‘truly best in class‘ fund and investment management team at Maples Group is retained by an eye-catching array of the world’s largest private equity houses and hedge funds. Large-scale fund formations and capitalisations, M&A and downstream transactions are among the key pillars of the practice, which also advises on master-feeder funds, liquid alternatives, credit funds, hybrid funds and unit trusts. Jon Fowler  sits as global head of the firm’s fund and investment management team, while Michael Richardson  steers the local Cayman group, which features several headline names. Among the most experienced practitioners are Iain McMurdo , Jonathan Green , Jeremy Bomford , Jo Cunningham , Sheryl Dean , Gwyneth Rees , Tim Coak and Julian Ashworth . In July 2021, Lee Davis  and Stephen Watler, who are well-versed in high-value funds deals, were promoted to the partnership.