Sheryl Dean > Maples Group > Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands > Lawyer Profile

Maples Group
PO BOX 309
Cayman Islands

Work Department

Funds & Investment Management


Sheryl is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Funds & Investment Management team in the Maples Group’s Cayman Islands office.  She specialises in private equity fund structures and investments and represents a wide range of sponsors, from large institutions to boutique and start up investment managers, advising on the structuring, formation and operation of private funds and advising on downstream transactions and portfolio investments. Sheryl advises sponsors on their carry allocation and management vehicles. She also works on a number of related corporate transactions, including consortium deals and joint ventures, co-investments, buy-outs and restructurings.


Sheryl joined the Maples Group in 2012, having been a partner at an international law firm in the Cayman Islands.  Prior to her move to the Cayman Islands, she worked in the corporate and M&A teams at Slaughter and May and Gibson Dunn, respectively, in London.  Sheryl began her legal career in the corporate team of Russell McVeagh in New Zealand.  Identified as a leading lawyer, she has been featured in Who’s Who Legal publications and ranked by IFLR1000 and Chambers and Partners.


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


University of Otago, New Zealand, LLB (Hons)

University of Otago, New Zealand, BCom (Finance)

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.