Iain McMurdo > Maples Group > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Lawyer Profile

Maples Group
PO BOX 309
Cayman Islands

Work Department

Funds & Investment Management


Iain is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Funds & Investment Management team in the Maples Group’s Cayman Islands office. He is also global head of Private Equity specialising in the formation of private equity funds and advising on their resulting downstream transactions.  He also works extensively with hedge fund managers and their onshore counsel, advising on the structuring and ongoing maintenance of hedge funds.  Iain represents large financial institutions and investment managers, including well-known sponsors of private equity and hedge funds, as well as boutique and start-up investment managers.


Iain joined the Maples Group in 2008.  He was previously a partner at an international law firm in the Cayman Islands and, prior to that, worked for Freshfields in London, specialising in takeovers and mergers.  Who’s Who Legal has ranked Iain as one of the ‘Most Highly Regarded Individual Offshore Lawyers’ in private funds and as a ‘Thought Leader’.  He was also recognised as Who’s Who Legal’s 2015 Lawyer of the Year for Private Funds.  Iain has been featured in Latin Lawyer 250, and recognised as a leading lawyer in Legal 500, IFLR1000 and the Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers.  He has also been ranked as a star individual by the Chambers and Partners Global Guide.


Iain is a member of the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association.


University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

Cayman Islands > Investment funds

(Leading individuals)

Iain McMurdoMaples 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.