Peter heads Maples and Calder's Funds & Investment Management team in the Maples Group's Dublin office. He regularly advises investors, sponsors, fund managers and investment banks on the establishment, structuring, financing, public and private distribution and ongoing operation of UCITS and AIFs, including hedge funds, funds of funds, master feeders, private equity funds, managed account platforms and bespoke structures. Peter also has significant expertise advising on derivatives, prime brokerage, investment services, MiFID and securities law. His clients include financial institutions carrying out business in Ireland, or transacting with Irish-domiciled counterparties from other jurisdictions. Peter holds several senior positions on industry groups and regularly works with Irish regulatory and governmental bodies on enhancing Ireland’s financial services regime. He is a recognised legal expert in the ESG and sustainable investment space and works with some of the world’s largest managers and financial institutions to implement their internal policies as well as external standards such as UN PRI and the EU’s Sustainable Action Plan.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Funds & Investment Management
Maples Group Ranked as Top Funds Legal Adviser for 7th Year Running
Maples and Calder Advises on First ADGM Investment Manager Authorisation with the CBI
Maples and Calder Ranked as Top Irish Funds Legal Adviser
Maples and Calder Retain Position as Ireland's Number One Funds Adviser
Maples and Calder Acknowledged as Best ETF Law Firm in Europe
Peter joined the Maples Group in 2010. He was previously a partner with a leading Irish law firm, where he also managed their North American legal representative office. Peter has also worked for a global investment bank and a law firm in Luxembourg. He is widely recognised as a leading lawyer in the financial services arena in Ireland and has been recommended by industry journals including IFLR1000, Legal 500, Chambers Global and Who's Who Legal. Peter has been nominated as one of the outstanding practitioners in investment funds in the Guide to the World's Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers. Clients commend him for his "incredible knowledge of the law and regulation in funds and financial services", describing Peter as "the AIFMD guru" and commenting that "when any matter touches Ireland, I think of Peter Stapleton". Clients also praise his "ability to analyse complicated regulatory and commercial situations and provide simple and elegant solutions."
2003 – Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland
University College Dublin, Eire
Université of Nancy, France
Peter has written several articles for the IBA and industry journals, has lectured on Financial Services Law at private conferences and for the Law Society of Ireland, and has advised the Commercial Law Centre of University College Dublin on developments in Financial Services Law. He is Chair of the Irish Funds Alternative Investment Product Group, a member of AIMA's Asset Management Working Group and past chairman of Hedge Funds Care Ireland.
Central Beneficial Ownership Register Introduced for ICAVs and Unit Trusts
My ESG - A Leadership Series
European Commission Initiatives on Sustainable Finance - Draft Acts
Introducing the Pricing Process: New ESMA Guidance on Fund Costs Reporting
Ireland Update: Sustainable Finance Developments
Funds and Investment Management Update - Ireland and Luxembourg - Q1 2020