Firm Profile

Maples Group

International

LL 250 Highly Recommended

Work areas

This firm is highly recommended for services in the following work areas.

Maples occupies an enviable position among offshore firms looking to Latin America. It is the most prominent in the region thanks to the dedication and high-quality service offer of practice co-heads Simon Firth and Kieran Walsh.

Between them, they handle a huge amount of high-profile, complex work thanks to their remarkably strong relationships with Latin America’s leading corporations. The firm is no stranger to headline deals, typically landing a place on high-value banking and finance transactions. Its expertise extends to project finance work too.

The firm is the first port of call for major companies using offshore structures for their transactions across a range of countries, industries and disciplines. Maples’ regional reach is notable when compared to other offshore firms (which are often more concentrated in Brazil). Recent deal highlights have evidenced the firm’s visibility in Peru and Paraguay, as well as Brazil.

Its representation of so many of Latin America’s top companies enables Maples to maintain its leading position in the region. Regular clients include LATAM Airlines, Brazilian meat-processing company Marfrig, Arcos Dorados (the franchiser of McDonald’s restaurants in Latin America), Colombian investment holding Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana, energy distributor Termocandelaria, energy companies Canacol Energy and Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Guatemalan financial group G&T Continental, Chilean forestry and paper company Inversiones CMPC, and Latin America’s largest owner of shopping centres, BR Malls. Prominent banks rely on the firm, including Credit Suisse, Banco Santander and BNP Paribas internationally, Banco do Brasil and Banco Safra in Brazil, and Bancomext in Mexico. BTG Pactual has proved a good funds client, while Brazilian financial services company XP has been a recent source of work.

Offices

Cayman is the engine for Latin American work, with Simon Firth and Kieran Walsh based there, closely followed by the British Virgin Islands, where Walsh also spends time. Lawyers in the Hong Kong, Dublin and London offices contribute to Latin American work.

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