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Maples Group Announces 2023 Global Partner and Of Counsel Promotions

09 Mar 2023

Maples and Calder, the Maples Group's law firm, is proud to announce the promotion of 13 of its lawyers to Partner and Of Counsel this year. The newly elected Partners and Of Counsel have been made across the firm's Corporate, Dispute Resolution & Insolvency, Finance and Funds & Investment Management practice areas, spanning six of its international offices.

Globally, the firm's Funds & Investment Management practice saw the largest intake of new Partners and Of Counsel with six promotions, followed closely by Corporate with three promotions and two in Dispute Resolution & Insolvency and two in Finance.

Jonathan Green, Global Managing Partner, commented, "On behalf of the Maples Group, I am delighted to announce these promotions across our global law firm. Each of our new Partners and Of Counsel exemplify the ethos of the Group by working together as a global team to provide the highest calibre of legal expertise and service to our international clients. Congratulations to each new Partner and Of Counsel on their well-deserved appointments."

A list of the newly appointed Partners and Of Counsel by office is included below.


Three New Irish Partners Added to Maples Group's Global Network

International law firm Maples and Calder (Ireland) LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of three of its senior lawyers to its growing partnership. The newly elected Partners, Frances Hamilton (Funds & Investment Management), Jordan O'Brien (Corporate) and Vanessa Lawlor (Finance), join a team of over 140 Partners across the firm's global network and further strengthen the depth of expertise in three of the firm's core practice areas.

In Ireland, the firm provides full service and specialty legal services, and is the leading international law firm in the jurisdiction. Over the past 17 years the firm has grown exponentially, developing an award-winning Partner base through internal promotions and recruiting the best talent in the market. Its carefully designed Trainee Solicitor Programme has certainly had a role in developing home-grown talent, offering aspiring lawyers a unique experience to train in a truly international law firm with a variety of career-progressing opportunities including secondments to its international offices. Notably, the recent appointments push the numbers of Partners in Dublin to an all-time high with nearly 40% of the partnership comprising industry-leading female Partners.

Speaking on the appointments, Ireland Managing Partner, Peter Stapleton said: "I am delighted to announce these appointments and I congratulate Frances, Jordan and Vanessa on their much-deserved success. Each has earned a strong reputation domestically and internationally for providing high-quality legal advice and their dedication to collaboration and teamwork strengthens our practice and enriches our culture.

These promotions demonstrate our commitment to nurturing and growing our talent pipeline, as well as the broad range of career-progressing opportunities available in Ireland and across our international offices. We are proud to have experienced lawyers with deep technical, sectoral, and jurisdictional knowledge located in the markets close to our clients."

The firm enjoyed another record-breaking year in 2022 and was proud to receive a number of notable industry accolades for its market-leading services and solutions. Impressively, 39 of its Irish lawyers were ranked by leading industry journals including a strong representation at Partner, Of Counsel and Associate levels. The firm's reputation for excellence and innovation was strengthened across all major sectors including in the areas where the most recent Partner promotions were made. Key deals spanned the areas of financial services, sustainable finance, digital assets, venture capital, banking and private equity. Additionally, the firm expanded its CSR, environmental and DE&I activities including the recent launch of a new sponsorship with the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI)1, a number of leading charities and health and wellness events.

1 https://maples.com/en/news/2023/01/maples-groups-new-sponsorship-with-museum-of-literature-ireland-expands-learning-programmes


The newly elected Of Counsel is Donnchadh McCarthy (Funds & Investment Management).



Maples Group Appoints New Partner and Of Counsel in London

Maples and Calder, the Maples Group's law firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of two of its senior lawyers in London, effective immediately.

The newly elected Partner Joanna Russell (Finance) and Of Counsel Sophie Whitcombe (Funds & Investment Management) both have over 17 years' experience practising both the law of the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands in their respective fields. With over 100 lawyers and professionals based in London, these appointments highlight the firm's commitment to growth and further strengthen its reputation as a preeminent offshore legal services provider in London. Notably, the latest appointments elevate the firm's London female partnership level to 45%.

Commenting on the new appointments, Heidi de Vries, London Managing Partner said: "It is with great pleasure that I announce these new appointments to our London practice. Joanna and Sophie join a network of highly experienced, client-focused industry leaders and I am confident that that they will continue to excel in the next stage of their careers."

She continued: "On behalf of the London partnership, I would like to congratulate Joanna and Sophie on their well-earned appointments."



Maples Group Enhances Asia Corporate Practice with New Of Counsel

Maples and Calder, the Maples Group's law firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Vivian Lee, a corporate lawyer in its Hong Kong office, to Of Counsel effective immediately.

Vivian has nearly 10 years' experience advising on an array of corporate and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities issues, private equity, pre-IPO restructuring and financing, initial public offerings and listing of shares of Cayman Islands companies in, among other jurisdictions, Hong Kong and the United States. Her recent track record includes a number of significant M&A and going-private transactions involving Hong Kong and US-listed companies, such as US$4.3 billion take-over of 51job, Inc.1 and one of the largest Taiwan company privatisations2. Proficient in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, Vivian's strong corporate practice helps to solidify the firm's Asia Corporate team as the leading international adviser to clients, both in Hong Kong and across the Asia Pacific.

Commenting on Vivian's promotion, Michael Gagie Asia Regional Managing Partner said: "I am pleased to announce Vivian's new appointment. Our Asia Corporate practice remains incredibly busy advising on IPOs, SPAC IPOs, dual listings and take-private transactions, and with a strong team on the ground in Hong Kong and Singapore, we continue to deliver the exceptional service that our clients have come to expect."

He continued "On behalf of our Asia practice, I would like to congratulate Vivian on her well-deserved appointment and wish her every success in this new chapter of her career."

Notably, the firm's Asia Corporate practice advised on multiple high-profile Hong Kong listings in 20223 and the law firm retained its top-tier ranking in both the 2023 editions of Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific4.

1 https://maples.com/en/news/2022/5/maples-advises-on-us4-billion-take-private-of-51job-inc

2 https://maples.com/en/news/2022/6/maples-advises-on-one-of-the-largest-taiwan-company-privatisations

3 https://maples.com/en/news/2023/01/maples-advises-on-multiple-high-profile-hong-kong-listings-to-close-2022



The newly elected Of Counsel is Scott Tolliss (Dispute Resolution & Insolvency).


Please note that some of these appointments are pending approval by Cayman Islands Immigration authorities and therefore, this section will be updated in due course.


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