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Maples Group's Leading London Investment Funds & Management Team Welcomes Three New Associates

26 Sep 2023

Maples and Calder, the Maples Group's law firm, is delighted to welcome three new Associates, Christiana McMurdo, James Duff and Nadia Bouchiba, to its top-tier Funds & Investment Management team in London. 

Christiana began her career with the international firm in 2021 under its highly successful Cayman Islands Articles of Clerkship Programme. She completed her training in June 2023 and was subsequently admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands before relocating to London. Christiana specialises in investment funds and advises on the establishment, launch and ongoing operation of hedge funds and private equity funds. 

Commenting on her appointment in London, Christiana said, "The Maples Group's dedication to supporting my career development as a lawyer has been invaluable. It is a privilege to work and learn alongside leading lawyers in our Cayman Islands and London teams. I am excited for this new journey and the growth and experiences it will bring."

The team also welcomed associate James Duff who brings a wealth of experience and advises on the establishment, maintenance and governance requirements of a wide range of alternative investment fund structures.

Finally, after joining the firm as a paralegal in 2020, Nadia qualified as a solicitor in 2023 and continues to assist in the establishment and maintenance of hedge funds, private equity funds and a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions involving alternative investment funds. 

Harjit Kaur, Head of the London Funds & Investment Management team said; "We are thrilled to have Christiana and James join us in London and are delighted with Nadia's progression to associate in our team. Professional development and nurturing the next generation of legal professionals across our teams is vastly important to the Maples Group. Their growth and contributions will play a pivotal role in the firm's continued success by helping us better serve our clients for future years."

The addition of Christiana, James and Nadia signifies the firm's commitment to developing its capabilities for continued future success and sustainability.  The new associates collectively will support the wider team, which comprises experienced longstanding senior associates and four specialist investment funds partners.

The growing dynamic team continues to be selected to act on innovative and high-profile transactions and, as the largest UK-based offshore funds group in the region, is recognised annually for its preeminent expertise including its 13th consecutive year as 'Best Offshore Law Firm' by HFM European Services Awards.

As a leading global organisation, the Maples Group offers its lawyers and professionals the excellent opportunity to share knowledge and experience across borders while enhancing their skillset by working alongside industry leaders outside of their jurisdiction. In addition to increasing employees' professional network and fulfilling their career goals, secondments encourage the development of a global mind-set, returning with enhanced skills to support their career progression. With 16 offices worldwide, the Group's global mobility strategy is offered at all levels and is one of the many benefits of working for a truly international organisation that is committed to investing in the training and development of its people. The firm's scholarship programme provides financial assistance to students throughout university while the articles of clerkship programme provides graduates the opportunity to train and qualify as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands. 

Learn more about the firm's Cayman Islands Articles of Clerkship programme.