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The Maples Group is a leading service provider offering clients a comprehensive range of legal services on the laws of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Jersey and Luxembourg, and is an independent provider of fiduciary, fund, regulatory and compliance, and entity formation and management services. With over 1,800 staff worldwide, the Maples Group also has locations in Abu Dhabi, Bermuda, Boston, Delaware, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Montreal, the Netherlands, New York, San Francisco and Singapore.

The legal services division of the Group's dedicated Latin America practice group consists of fluent Spanish and Portuguese-speaking lawyers, known for providing innovative and ground-breaking solutions, with specialist knowledge of Latin American markets. Our lawyers have expertise in securitisation, structured finance, capital markets, project finance, banking, corporate and investment funds transactions. The team comprises specialists advising on offshore structures for Latin American clients and those conducting business or investing in the Latin American region with regard to the laws of the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Jersey and Luxembourg.

The Maples Group's clients include the region's leading financial institutions, investment managers and corporations and it has established strong relations with the leading regional and international law firms. Many of the transactions have been independently recognised by legal directories and other publications.  

Funds and investment management: A market leader providing quality legal advice through Latin American specialists, the Maples Group offers unmatched, client-tailored service and has developed structures for leading investment fund managers, operating from or investing into Latin America.

Structured finance: With continued growth of the Latin export finance market, the Maples Group has been heavily involved in relation to the staples of oil, steel and minerals, but also with the rapidly growing agro business sector, having acted for a series of sugar, beef and ethanol transactions.

Banking: The legal services division of the Maples Group advises on bank licensing and regulation, including some recent high-profile Latin American bank mergers, and for a number of banks with respect to bond issues, medium-term note and commercial paper programmes.

Corporate: Clients include petrochemical entities, steel producers, mining companies, airlines and other industrials and corporates in the region. It has extensive experience in project and asset finance, having acted on a number of infrastructure projects, gas pipeline and oil platform transactions, and advising on aircraft and ship financings, a series of large M&A transactions and joint venture/shareholder arrangements.

Dispute resolution and insolvency: The Maples Group's litigators have acted in countless high-profile and complex commercial disputes, offering a broad range of litigation, regulatory, expert and alternative dispute resolution services and provide support and assistance in respect of proceedings in numerous jurisdictions. The Maples Group also represents office-holders, major institutional lenders, investors and debtors and handles all aspects of complex restructurings and contentious and non-contentious cross-border insolvencies.

Regulatory and compliance: Through the Maples Group's presence on a range of industry associations, established relationships with regulatory agencies, involvement with the development of financial services law and policy, as well as its lawyers' extensive knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and rules, the Group offers prompt, concise and clear advice to help clients determine how best to maintain compliance.

Trusts and private client: The legal services division of the Maples Group advises settlors, trustees and beneficiaries on private wealth and estate planning issues, including charities, and also advises on trustees and investors in unit trusts. It makes introductions to international institutional trustees through an extensive network of contacts. 

Simon Firth  +1 345 814 5536  simon.firth@maples.com

Kieran Walsh  +1 345 814 5353  kieran.walsh@maples.com 

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