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Ruairi Bourke

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Ruairi is co-head of Maples and Calder's Corporate, Finance and Funds & Investment Management teams in the Maples Group's British Virgin Islands office. He advises on a wide range of corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions, stock exchange listings, private equity structures, private placements, corporate restructuring and reorganisation transactions and the formation of joint ventures. On the finance side, Ruairi advises on acquisition, real estate, ship and aircraft finance transactions. He also has significant experience in capital markets transactions, both equity and debt.


Ruairi joined the Maples Group in 2012 and was elected as a partner in 2017.  He previously trained and practised as a corporate lawyer at William Fry in Dublin. Ruairi has been recognised as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000, Chambers Global and the Legal 500. Ruairi has been recommended in the Legal 500 as a 'Leading Individual'. Clients describe him as 'always available to respond rapidly on niche questions regarding BVI corporate law.’ He is a past Secretary of the BVI Bar Association.


Ruairi is a British Virgin Islands Notary Public.



Funds & Investment Management


2007 - Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland (not practising)

2010 - Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (not practising)

2012 - Admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands)


Trinity College Dublin, MA

European Institute of Public Administration, Luxembourg, Master of European Legal Studies


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