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Maples Group Appoints Four New Partners to its Law Firms in Asia

31 Mar 2021



Maples and Calder, the Maples Group's law firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of four of its lawyers in Hong Kong and Singapore.  Four new Partners have been appointed to the firm's Asia Corporate and Funds & Investment practices further strengthening the depth of senior expertise in the region.

The partner promotions are Craig Luton and Iain Anderson of the Funds & Investment Management practice and based in the Group's Singapore office, and Juno Huang and Karen Zhang Pallaras of the Corporate and Finance practice and based in the Group's Hong Kong office.

Speaking about these promotions, Asia Managing Partner, Michael Gagie said, "I am delighted to welcome Craig, Iain, Juno and Karen to the partnership and I congratulate them on their well-deserved promotions.  All of our Asia practice groups continue to be busy and these appointments reflect the breadth and depth of cross-jurisdictional legal and technical knowledge available to our clients operating in the region."

In addition to these promotions, the Group recently announced a new regionally focused leadership structure for its law firms in Asia1, appointing five of its existing partners to strategic roles across its Hong Kong and Singapore offices.  Nick Stern also recently joined the Asia Dispute Resolution & Insolvency team as a partner, elevating the firm's specialist knowledge in this particularly busy area.

For nearly 30 years, the Maples Group's Asia offices have been servicing multinational clients on their investments in Asia as well as Asia-based clients on their overseas investments. The Group has a global footprint of 18 offices worldwide and its Asia offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai continue to grow year on year.  With over 300 legal, fund and fiduciary services professionals based in the region, the Group has a long term commitment to growing its presence in Asia and continues to garner a market-leading reputation having been named "Offshore Law Firm of the Year" by leading Asia publications consistently and consecutively for over a decade.

About the New Partners 

Iain Anderson 

Iain specialises in fund formation, down-stream fund transactions, including acquisitions, co-investments and joint ventures and general partner arrangements and fund regulatory work.  His clients include large global and regional private equity and hedge funds, boutique managers, smaller start-up funds and investee companies.

Juno Huang

Juno advises on a broad range of corporate and finance matters involving Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands companies, including private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, pre-IPO financings, reorganisations and restructurings, debt capital market transactions, mergers and acquisitions, banking and financings with a particular focus on initial public offerings and listing of shares of Cayman Islands companies in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the US and acting in private equity preferred share financing transactions for the most promising technology start-ups and unicorns.  Juno advises major listed corporations, household known conglomerates, financial institutions, SOE and private companies on general corporate and commercial transactions of all types. 

Craig Luton 

Craig advises on the structure, formation, launch and maintenance of hedge funds, private equity funds, and venture capital funds, as well as downstream private equity transactions.  Craig also has experience working with mutual funds being offered to Japanese investors.

Karen Zhang Pallaras 

Karen advises on a broad range of corporate transactions involving Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands companies including mergers and acquisitions, pre-IPO financings, initial and secondary public offerings, private equity investments, joint ventures, reorganisations and restructurings.  She has extensive experience advising on significant and market leading M&A and take private transactions involving Hong Kong and US-listed companies.  Karen also advises financial institutions, sponsors and corporations on debt financing transactions including leveraged and acquisition finance, debt capital markets transactions, project finance and general corporate lending. 

1 https://maples.com/en/news/2021/3/maples-group-appoints-new-regional-managing-partner-to-its-law-firms-in-asia

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