The Maples Group, through its leading international law firm, Maples and Calder, advises global financial, institutional, business and private clients on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Jersey and Luxembourg. With offices in key jurisdictions around the world, the Maples Group has specific strengths in areas of corporate commercial, finance, investment funds, litigation and trusts. Maintaining relationships with leading legal counsel, the Group leverages this local expertise to deliver an integrated service offering for global business initiatives.
With over 2,000 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, Singapore and Shanghai.
The 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. The 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 firm'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 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 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 team 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 team 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 firm 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 firm'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 team 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.
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