Jo Cunningham > Maples Group > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Lawyer Profile

Maples Group
PO BOX 309
Cayman Islands

Work Department

Funds & Investment Management


Jo is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Funds & Investment Management team in the Maples Group’s Cayman Islands office.  She specialises in the establishment and operation of Cayman Islands investment funds, and has a broad range of hedge fund, private equity fund and investment platform clients.  Her litigation background combined with her investment fund experience gives her a unique perspective on issues associated with distressed investment funds and she has advised extensively on the reorganisation of such funds.


Jo joined the Maples Group in 2007 and was elected as a partner in 2012.  Prior to this, she established a successful practice at the Commercial Bar in London, where she was consistently ranked by legal directories as a leading barrister in her field.  Jo has spoken at a number of industry conferences and regularly contributes to publications on fund related matters.  She was part of a small group that was instrumental in the establishment of the Cayman Islands Chapter of 100 Women in Finance and served as the initial co-chair of the Chapter. Jo was profiled by the Hedge Fund Journal in 2015 as one of 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds and has been ranked across consecutive years by IFLR 1000Chambers and PartnersLegal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.


Jo is a Sustaining Angel of 100 Women in Finance and a member of the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association.


St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, BA (First Class, Honours) in Law, MA – Jacobson Prize for Law

Lawyer Rankings

Cayman Islands > Investment funds

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.