Simon Firth > Maples Group > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Corporate
Finance
Funds & Investment Management
Intellectual Property

Position

Simon is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Corporate team in the Maples Group’s Cayman Islands office.  He is co-head of the Latin America team with over 20 years’ experience structuring transactions in the region.  He advises financial institutions, public and private companies, private equity and hedge funds (both originating from and investing into the Latin America region) on all aspects of offshore structures, with particular focus on structured finance, investment funds and general corporate matters.  He is also head of the Sports, Media & Entertainment team.  Simon has extensive experience advising owners, sports bodies, athletes and broadcasters on all aspects of sports related transactions including the acquisition and ownership of sports franchises, corporate and intellectual property holding structures and the related licensing of such rights including brand merchandising and media and television rights licensing globally, sports-related financing including, stadia financing, acquisition and transfer of professional athletes and athlete wealth management structures including the ownership and licensing of image rights.  Simon also has wide-ranging skill in advising telecommunications providers as to licensing and regulatory matters.

Career

Simon joined the Maples Group in 1999.  He previously worked for Linklaters in London. Simon has been featured in Latin Lawyer 250 and recognised in several legal directories, including Legal 500, IFLR1000, Chambers & Partners and Who’s Who Legal.  Simon is fluent in Portuguese.

Languages

Portuguese

Memberships

Simon is a Cayman Islands Notary Public.  He is also a member of the CONCACAF Caribbean Professional League Task Force and the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association.

Education

University of California, US, BA, Political Science (summa cum laude)

Oxford University, UK, BA (Hons), MA (Hons), Jurisprudence

Cornell University, US, LLM

Bristol University, UK, Diploma in Intellectual Property Law

Lawyer Rankings

Cayman Islands > Corporate and commercial

The ‘extremely responsive and proactive‘ team at Maples Group routinely advises on the largest and most high-profile corporate and commercial deals involving Cayman entities. Managing partner Matthew Gardner steers the corporate group, which has an enviable track record in multijurisdictional and domestic M&A, share capital issues, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations, corporate finance projects, regulatory considerations and corporate governance work, among other general corporate and commercial advisory issues. Notably, the practice also fields a dedicated Latin America group, which is jointly headed up by Kieran Walsh  and Simon Firth , both of whom possess wide-ranging corporate practices. Elsewhere within the wider department, Suzanne Correy  specialises in the full life-cycle of public company work, from start-up to IPO; Michael Johns  takes the lead on many SPAC deals; and Daniel Lee , Shari Seymour  and Finn O’Hegarty are all trusted names in the market for high-value corporate and commercial transactions.