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Maples Group Announces 2024 Global Partner and Of Counsel Promotions

20 Feb 2024

Maples and Calder, the Maples Group's law firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of 18 of its lawyers to Partner and Of Counsel this year.  The new cohort represent the strength and depth of the international law firm's British Virgin Islands ("BVI"), Cayman Islands, Irish, Jersey and Luxembourg legal offerings with lawyers from eight of its offices represented in the latest round of promotions.

The newly elected Partners and Of Counsel have been made across the firm's core practice areas of Corporate, Dispute Resolution & Insolvency, Finance and Funds & Investment Management in its BVI, Cayman Islands, Dublin, Hong Kong, Jersey, London, Luxembourg and Singapore offices. Demonstrating the Group's commitment to fostering a culture that values diverse perspectives, the newly promoted lawyers are from a diverse range of backgrounds and nationalities, with women representing 44% of the group.

"On behalf of the Maples Group, I wish to welcome and congratulate each of these exceptional lawyers to the esteemed positions of Partner and Of Counsel across our global law firm," commented Jonathan Green, Global Managing Partner. "Their achievements are a testament to their collective dedication to excellence in all that we do for clients, great teamwork and acting together as one Group to ensure our clients' success. This year's promotions also reflect our confidence as a business, investing for the long-term across so many of our practice groups and regions." 

A list of the newly appointed Partners and Of Counsel by office will be updated below in due course.


Maples Group Appoints New Finance Of Counsel in London

Maples and Calder, the Maples Group's law firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Ana Lazgare, a Finance lawyer based in London, to Of Counsel.

Ana, a member of the firm's London Finance practice, advises on both British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands law on a wide range of finance transactions, and has particular expertise in structured finance and securitisations, project finance, capital markets, fund finance and venture capital transactions. Born in Mexico City and fluent in Spanish, Ana has also developed particularly strong experience in the Latin America market and has been involved in significant transactions including the large sustainability-linked bond in Latin America awarded the infrastructure financing of the year by Latin Finance1. Ana was recently recognised for her efforts in the fund finance industry as a 'Rising Star' by the Fund Finance Association2.

Commenting on the new appointment, Heidi de Vries, London Managing Partner said: "It is with great pleasure that I announce this new appointment to our London Finance practice. Ana works closely with our global Finance practice and brings a wealth of international expertise to our London offering."

She continued: "On behalf of the London partnership, I would like to congratulate Ana on her well-earned promotion."

Jonathan Caulton, head of the firm's London Finance team said: "Ana is an exemplary lawyer who has shown exceptional legal acumen and client service. Our London finance practice is continuously selected to act on landmark transactions, including the Literacy Capital dual listing on the Specialist Fund Segment of the London Stock Exchange and on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange, and the 'High Yield Debt Deal of the Year' in the Bonds, Loan & ESG Capital Markets, Latin America & Caribbean Awards 2023. Ana's expertise and dedication are greatly valued by our team."

1 https://maples.com/en/news/2023/2/maples-group-advises-on-first-sustainability-linked-bond-in-latin-america-for-2023

2 https://maples.com/en/news/2023/6/two-maples-group-associates-recognised-as-rising-stars-by-fund-finance-association



Maples Group Announces Promotion of Four Lawyers to Of Counsel in Asia



Maples and Calder, the Maples Group's law firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of four of its lawyers to Of Counsel in its Hong Kong and Singapore offices. The four new Of Counsel have been appointed to the firm's Asia Corporate, Finance, Funds & Investment Management and Dispute Resolution & Insolvency practices, demonstrating their broad range of skills and contributions to the firm.

The new Of Counsel are Jessica Zhan (Corporate), Cherrin Wong (Dispute Resolution & Insolvency), Irena Wu (Finance) and Dan Won (Funds & Investment Management).

Commenting on the promotions, Asia Regional Managing Partner, Michael Gagie said, "We are delighted to announce the promotion of these four outstanding lawyers to Of Counsel. Their dedication, expertise and commitment to delivering excellent legal services have been instrumental in serving our clients' needs and further strengthening our presence in the region."

He added, "The Maples Group is committed to embracing diversity in all its forms in our leadership positions and I am proud to be working with such a diverse and talented team."

Over the past three decades, the firm has advised on many of the most significant matters in the region, receiving top-tier awards and accolades in the Asia Legal Directories1 as a result.

Recent highlights include:

  • Advising Sunac China Holdings Ltd. on the landmark US$10.2 billion offshore restructuring - awarded "Asia Pacific Restructuring Deal of the Year" by IFR Awards 2023 and "Turnaround Deal of the Year" by IFR Asia Awards 2023.
  • Advising AirTrunk on the AU$4.6 billion sustainability-linked, multi-currency debt financing, which represented the largest loan deal in the Australian market in 2023 and the largest sustainability-linked loan established for a data centre operator globally – shortlisted for ESG Deal of the Year by Asia Legal Awards 2023.
  • Advising Adlai Nortye Ltd the first Chinese company to successfully launch a US IPO by obtaining a China Securities Regulatory Commission filing, a new regulation adopted in March 2023, for overseas listings of Chinese enterprises – shortlisted for Equity Market Deal of the Year: South China & Central China by ALB China Regional Law Awards 2023.
  • Advising Japan Industrial Partners ("JIP") on the structuring and fundraising of the JIP-led consortium vehicle for the take-private of Toshiba Corporation. The US$15 billion-plus take-private of Toshiba is the largest private equity take-private in Japan's history.

In addition to these promotions, the firm recently expanded its office space in Singapore2 and added a further Funds & Investment Management Partner3 to the practice late last year, signaling expected future growth in the region.

1 https://maples.com/en/news/2023/12/maples-group-earns-top-rankings-in-2024-asia-pacific-legal-directories

2 https://maples.com/en/news/2023/12/maples-group-expands-office-space-in-singapore

3 https://maples.com/en/news/2023/8/maples-group-expands-asia-funds-and-investment-management-practice-with-appointment-of-new-partner



Maples Group Appoints Of Counsel Finance Duo in Jersey

Maples and Calder, the Maples Group's law firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Dan Perkins and Laura Hendrick, Finance lawyers based in Jersey, to Of Counsel.

Dan and Laura offer comprehensive Jersey legal advice to Jersey-based and international institutional, corporate and family office clients on an array of finance and corporate matters and have both been practising in the jurisdiction for a number of years. Working closely with the international firm's network of 16 offices worldwide, the Jersey law firm has market-leading practices in Corporate, Finance and Funds & Investment Management and continues to be selected to advise on 'first-of-its-kind' transactions.

In addition to these promotions, the firm also recently welcomed a new Corporate Associate, Ayomide Ogunsesan, as well as its first legal trainees1 and has steadily grown its presence in Jersey year-on-year. The firm currently has a number of opportunities available for legal and financial services professionals in the jurisdiction and hopes to continue attracting top talent as it expands.

Commenting on the new appointments, Nick Evans, Head of the Jersey office said: "It is with great delight that I announce these Of Counsel appointments to our Jersey practice. Dan and Laura are exemplary lawyers who have shown exceptional legal acumen and client service both within their Jersey practices and across our global network. On behalf of the Jersey partnership, we extend congratulations to Dan and Laura on their well-deserved career milestones and look forward to their continued success."

Mark Crichton, head of the firm's Finance practice added, "Our Finance practice in Jersey continues to go from strength to strength and working closely with our colleagues across the Maples Group's global network, we have been selected to advise on a number of truly unique real estate2 and US CLO transactions over the past 12-18 months. These transactions highlight Jersey as an attractive jurisdiction for structuring complex corporate, finance, funds and real estate deals and we are incredibly proud to support the promotion of Jersey to our international client base."

Maples and Calder (Jersey) LLP provides full-service Jersey legal advice in the corporate, finance and funds and investment management areas. Regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission, Maples Fiduciary Services (Jersey) Limited provides full fiduciary, entity formation, corporate administration services to corporate investment holding companies, limited partnerships and other types of entities.

1 https://maples.com/en/news/2023/10/maples-group-welcomes-first-trainees-to-new-trainee-solicitor-programme-in-jersey

2 https://maples.com/en/news/2023/4/multi-jurisidictional-maples-group-team-advise-aljazira-on-vodafone-campus-acquisition



Maples Group Announces Six Partner and Of Counsel Promotions in Ireland

International law firm Maples and Calder (Ireland) LLP, the Maples Group's law firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of six of its senior lawyers in Ireland. Aoife McDonagh (Funds & Investment Management) and Joe O'Neill (Finance) join the firm's growing Irish partnership while Alex Walsh, Eoin O'Leary (Finance), Jennifer Dobbyn, and Richard O'Donoghue (Funds & Investment Management) have been promoted to Of Counsel positions.

Over the past 18 years, the firm has grown rapidly in Ireland, earning a strong reputation as an innovative leader in the legal sector, providing top-tier expertise and advice with deep sectoral and industry knowledge. The firm received a number of notable industry accolades across 2023. Leading industry journals ranked 39 of its Irish lawyers including Partners, Of Counsels and Associates while key deals spanned the areas of financial services, ESG advisory, corporate, tax, technology, capital markets, aviation, banking, restructuring, regulatory, banking, real estate and private equity. Today's appointments push the numbers of Partners in Ireland to an all-time high with women representing 40% of the entire Irish partnership.

Welcoming the appointments, Ireland Managing Partner, Peter Stapleton said: "I would like to congratulate our new Partners and Of Counsel on their appointments which is a reflection of their commitment to our firm and clients, both domestic and international. Within their new roles, I have no doubt they will continue to play pivotal roles in the firm's on-going success here in Ireland and globally."

He continued: "As the leading international law firm in Ireland, we annually strengthen the depth of expertise in our core practice areas. This year, we have enhanced our Finance and Funds & Investment Management groups in response to increased client demand for high-quality and often innovative legal advice in these particular areas. This follows promotions in Corporate, Tax and Dispute Resolution & Insolvency in recent years, ensuring that we provide the full service and specialty legal services our global clients expect".

Globally, 18 new Partners and Of Counsel were appointed in eight locations worldwide, with strong representation across the European offices. The Group now employs over 500 people in Ireland across two offices in the city, and nearly 3000 globally across 16 international offices.



Maples Group Appoints New Corporate Of Counsel in Luxembourg

Maples and Calder (Luxembourg) SARL, the Maples Group's law firm in Luxembourg, is pleased to announce the promotion of Paul Chiellini-Morge to Of Counsel in its Corporate practice.

Paul advises domestic and international financial institutions, public and private businesses on corporate restructurings and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Commenting on Paul's promotion, Luxembourg Managing Partner, Johan Terblanche said, "I am delighted to announce Paul's promotion to Of Counsel and on behalf of the Partners, I congratulate him on reaching this milestone in his career. Our Luxembourg Corporate practice under Baptiste's leadership continues to thrive and Paul's promotion further demonstrates the Maples Group's commitment to investing in our people and our law firm here in Luxembourg."

Baptiste Aubry, head of the firm's Luxembourg Corporate practice said, "Our Corporate practice has been selected to advise on some of the most innovative and remarkable domestic and international transactions in the jurisdiction and we are delighted to add more senior capabilities to the practice to support our growing client base".

Last year, the firm announced the appointment of Manfred Dietrich as a Partner in the Funds & Investment Management team, along with a number of new hires at Associate and Of Counsel level. These appointments follow a period of exceptional growth at the firm and are in direct response to increasing demands for Luxembourg legal services from new and existing international clients.

Maples and Calder (Luxembourg) SARL provides full service legal advice on Luxembourg law with regard to Corporate, Finance, Funds & Investment Management and Tax matters, with a deep bench of highly experienced lawyers on the ground. The Maples Group also provides fund and fiduciary services from Luxembourg and the breadth of its combined international capabilities along with its ability to advise on multi-jurisdictional transactions continues to set the law firm apart from its local counterparts.


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