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

With the largest practice in the Cayman Islands, Maples Group maintains an accordingly strong market share, advising a myriad of world-leading private equity funds and single-manager hedge funds on a considerable volume of new fund registrations, downstream-spend deals, and capital market transactions. The group is headed up by newly-appointed global head Michael Richardson, a trusted adviser to numerous investment managers and financial institutions on big-ticket establishments and restructurings. Global managing partner Jonathan Green specialises in trust structures and hedge fund formations, while global private equity chair Iain McMurdo focuses on all manner of fund matters and resulting downstream transactions, an area in which Sheryl Dean is also a key port of call for some of the firm’s largest clients. Gwyneth Rees is a seasoned practitioner who serves as the global relationship client for some of the biggest asset managers in the market, advising on a steady stream of high-value fund launches. Christina Gordon, who was promoted to partner in December 2021, is recommended for the breadth of her expertise spanning registered mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity funds. Other key names to note include Jeremy Bomford, Tim Coak, Lee Davis and Stephen Watler. Jon Fowler and Philip Millward have retired.