Managing Partner: Henry Smith (Global Managing Partner)
Number of partners: 97
Number of lawyers: 261
Languages: Cantonese, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish and Swedish
Maples and Calder (“Maples”) is a leading international law firm advising financial, institutional, business and private clients around the world on the laws of the Cayman Islands, Ireland and the British Virgin Islands. The firm’s affiliated organisation, MaplesFS, provides specialised fiduciary, accounting and administration services to finance vehicles and funds. With more than 1,000 people worldwide, the Maples group has offices in Boston, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Delaware, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Montreal, New York and Singapore. The firm services clients with interests in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America. Wherever clients are based, they can gain immediate access to advice, knowhow and support through the firm’s global network.
Main Areas of Practice:
Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The team provides support and assistance in respect of proceedings in numerous jurisdictions around the world. Areas of specialisation include: arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, corporate and commercial disputes, distressed investment funds, fraud and white collar crime, insolvency and corporate restructuring, regulatory and financial services, security enforcement and asset tracing and trust litigation.
Maples is regularly involved in the largest and most complex corporate transactions involving Cayman Islands, Irish and British Virgin Islands companies and has extensive experience in the fields of equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, restructuring and corporate advisory.
There are finance partners based in each Maples office, delivering time zone convenience and multi-office capability across a global network. Services include: acquisition and leveraged financing, asset finance, banking, capital markets, debt listing, derivatives, financial services regulation, insurance linked products, Islamic finance, restructuring and workouts and structured finance.
Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring:
The insolvency and restructuring team has a preeminent track record. Whether acting for distressed companies, institutional lenders or investors, liquidators or other Court appointed officers, the team delivers solutions to complex problems in multiple jurisdictions.
Maples lawyers are experienced in establishing insurance companies, insurance management and broker operations. They are also specialists in alternative risk transfer such as catastrophe bond vehicles and other insurance linked products, as well as captive insurance vehicles.
Intellectual Property, Technology & Telecoms:
Maples’ IP, technology and telecoms lawyers regularly advise on patent, trademark and copyright registration, protection and exploitation, IP enforcement, confidential information and trade secrets, internet, ecommerce, broadcasting, technology transfers, outsourcing, R&D collaboration, data protection, distribution and agency agreements. They also advise technology companies on the development and licensing of software and services and in specialist areas such as open source, cloud computing and digital money.
Maples gives expert advice on a wide range of fundrelated matters, including on issues arising from funds’ structuring, restructuring and dissolution. The team acts for an unparalleled cross section of the participants in the global investment funds market, including law firms, fund managers, depositaries, administrators, investment banks, private equity groups, insurance groups, pension funds, boutique investment management companies, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, prime brokers, audit firm structuring teams as well as other financial institutions.
The team advises on listings for a variety of funds, debt and derivative products. The listing team also advises on the admission of companies to AIM and provides a fully integrated service, from compliance and verification through to directors’ packs, registrar agreements and shareholder resolutions.
Property & Construction:
The Cayman real estate and development team advises on the development of properties, residential land, strata title, commercial building, shopping centres, golf courses and hotels. In addition, the Irish property group offers advice on all aspects of commercial property and construction law and has experience across a full range of commercial property transactions.
Regulatory & Financial Services:
The regulatory and financial services group has unrivalled experience in the regulatory, disclosure, enforcement and anti-money laundering fields. There is also a team of FATCA experts comprised of key members from the core areas of the Maples global practice providing constructive and insightful advice to a range of different clients, including investment managers, collateral managers, fund administrators, trustees and investment banks.
Sports, Media & Entertainment:
Maples delivers specialist support to the Sports, Media and Entertainment sector from every major time zone. The team provides expert legal advice in relation to sports ventures, intellectual property and structured finance as well as media, personality and athlete services.
The tax group is based out of Maples’ Dublin office and advises international and Irish companies, financial institutions and investment funds on Irish and cross border corporate tax matters. Trusts & Private Client: The trusts team has a proven track record, acting for some of the world’s largest private businesses and institutional trustees. Their unrivalled knowledge of commercial trusts adds range and flexibility to their private trusts advice and vice versa. The team provides advice in specialist areas such as unit trusts, escrow arrangements, estate planning, trustee incorporation, charities, regulatory regimes, third-party claims and dispute resolution.
Areas of Practice
Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Foreign Direct Investment
Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring
Intellectual Property, Technology & Telecoms
Property & Construction
Regulatory & Financial Services
Sports, Media & Entertainment
Trusts & Private Client
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