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Maples Private Client Services

Maples Private Client Services provides specialist trust and foundation services to international high net worth individuals and elite families, as well as analytical support services to family offices.

Our team comprises highly skilled professionals across a range of relevant disciplines. Utilising proprietary technology, we offer a modern, comprehensive yet highly personalised suite of solutions.

Our affiliate, Maples and Calder, is a leading international law firm with a dedicated team specialising in trust, foundation and estate planning advice.

Together, our seamless offering of legal, trust and foundation services allows us to work closely with each client to ensure that their bespoke estate planning arrangements are optimally structured and professionally managed throughout the lifetime of their structure.

Our Expertise

We understand that individual and family situations evolve, that economic circumstances change and that regulations and laws develop over time. Our independent trust and foundation services can be tailored to meet each client’s current needs and objectives, with the flexibility to adapt over the years.

The following is an overview of the bespoke Private Client Services we offer:

Trusts are a highly popular tool for wealth and estate planning. Our Private Client Services team works with our private clients’ advisers and leading international and domestic law firms to provide customised trust services for high net worth individuals and families, who are looking to provide for:

  • the preservation and transfer of private wealth across generations;
  • business continuity for privately-owned enterprises;
  • the avoidance of lengthy and expensive local probate procedures on death; and philanthropic or charitable purposes.

Our primary trust jurisdictions are Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Delaware, Hong Kong and Ireland. Through our various offices worldwide, we provide our private clients with flexibility and choice by offering a full range of trust solutions, including:

Trustee services to:

  • Reserved powers/directed family trusts;
  • Life interest trusts;
  • Discretionary trusts;
  • Pre-immigration trusts;
  • Philanthropic and charitable trusts;
  • Business shareholding trusts;
  • Private trust company shareholding trusts; and
  • Insurance trusts.

Administration services:

  • Provide directors to all companies formed to hold specific trust assets;
  • Manage all assets placed into the trust;
  • Provide analysis of investment performance for review; and
  • Prepare individual and consolidated trust and company accounts.

We can also assist with the registration of yachts and aircraft to be owned by trusts as well as the management and administration of private investment funds.

Foundations are a more familiar estate planning vehicle often used in preference to the common law trust by those of our clients who reside in civil law countries. Offering the same benefits and advantages as trusts, and capable of being used for the same purposes, foundations are the preferred alternative for those private clients seeking clarity and recognition of their overseas estate planning structures in their own home jurisdictions.

The Cayman Islands has passed innovative legislation permitting the formation of Cayman foundations as a form of exempt company under the Foundation Companies Law 2017, thereby gaining the benefit of the extensive jurisprudence already governing Cayman companies.

Our services to foundations include:

  • Act as registered office*;
  • Provide one or more directors to manage a foundation;
  • Provide full administrative support services to the board of directors of a foundation, including:
    • Administer the foundation’s bylaws governing beneficial entitlement;
    • Maintain financial records for the foundation;
    • Prepare financial statements for the foundation and any underlying holding vehicle;
    • Provide secretarial services*; and
    • Act as supervisor of the foundation. 

* Please note that a foundation is required to appoint a licensed company manager or trust company (such as MaplesFS Limited) as its registered office and secretary.

As an alternative to selecting Maples Private Client Services, wealthy families can establish their own private trust company ("PTC") to serve as trustee exclusively for one or more related family trusts. This has become a popular choice for larger, wealthier families (often with their own family office) that are looking to retain a closer degree of oversight and control over the family trusts and assets.

PTCs may be subject to licensing in their home jurisdiction, or exempt from licensing. Our primary jurisdictions for PTCs are the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.


Our services to PTCs include:

  • Act as a registered office/agent;
  • Provide one or more directors to manage the PTC;
  • Provide full administrative support services to the board of directors of the PTC, including:
    • Assist with the administration of the trust in accordance with its terms;
    • Maintain financial records for both the trusts and the PTC;
    • Prepare financial statements for the trusts administered by the PTC (and any underlying holding vehicle held in trust) as well as for the PTC; and
    • Provide secretarial services to the PTC.

Our services to family offices include:


  • Trust and foundation formation;
  • Legal and structuring advice;
  • Private trust, investment and holding company formation services;
  • Structures for family company or business;
  • Family constitutions;
  • Due diligence; and
  • Regulatory compliance guidance.

Trusts and Foundations

  • Act as trustee to private family trusts, business shareholding trusts, philanthropic trusts, private companies and private trust company shareholding trusts; and
  • Provide management and administration services to private trust companies, family limited partnerships, foundations and private investment funds.

Private Aircraft and Pleasure Yacht

  • Ownership structures;
  • Sale, purchase and local registration; and
  • Security and other general matters.

Irish Tax

  • Advise on Irish personal tax matters for foreign domiciliaries looking to take up residence in Ireland; and
  • Establish Irish regulated and non-regulated investment vehicles depending on the tax objectives of the client.

Managed Custody Accounts

  • Facilitate integration with fund managers, prime brokers and custodians and support implementation of a Managed Custody Account ("MCA") programme.

Investment Reporting and Analytics

  • Automate reconciliation tools to help ensure data consistency and integrity;
  • Provide access to independent market data vendors for verification of valuations, corporate action events and security master data;
  • Conduct independent performance and fee calculations for all elements encompassed within complex MCA contractual agreements; and
  • Provide customisable, intuitive reporting that consolidates data from multiple structures into meaningful information.


  • Bookkeeping; and
  • Multi-asset accounting services.

As an experienced trustee, The Maples Group has a thorough understanding of the key roles played by other fiduciaries in the context of trusts and foundations. We are able to act in any of the following functions for any trusts and foundations where we are not serving in any other fiduciary capacity:

  • Protector for trusts and Cayman foundations;
  • Enforcer for Cayman STAR trusts; and
  • Supervisor for Cayman foundations.


Cayman Islands  Peter
Goddard Head of Maples Private Client Services

Hong Kong  Charlie
Sparrow Regional Head of Fiduciary - Hong Kong

Hong Kong  Sofia
Shen Senior Vice President

Bermuda  Christopher
Tribley Senior Vice President

Bermuda  Orchid
Lee Vice President

Montreal  Mark
Weir Regional Head of Fund Services - Americas

Cayman Islands  Morven
McMillan Partner

Cayman Islands  Maxine
Bodden Associate

London  Ray
Davern Partner


The following materials provide more information on our Private Client Services offerings.