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Maples Group

BREXIT

Advising on the laws of Ireland and Luxembourg, we have assembled a multi-disciplinary team of Brexit experts to work with affected clients and their international advisers on the key legal, regulatory and tax issues arising from Brexit. We offer a range of these services from each of our global offices and as we anticipate a substantial impact on EU cross-border activity, our experienced team can work alongside your existing EU law advisers.

OVERVIEW

The Maples Group has assembled a multi-disciplinary team of experts to work with affected clients and their international advisers on the key legal, regulatory and tax issues, arising from Brexit. 

We offer a range of these services from each of our global offices. As we anticipate a substantial impact on EU cross-border activity our multi-disciplinary team can work alongside your existing EU law advisers. 

Our Irish team has a long track record in advising global clients on all aspects of carrying out business in the EU from Ireland. In a post-Brexit environment this experience is now being harnessed for contingency planning or for immediate restructuring. Our expertise can assist clients in planning their response to Brexit in the next phase of their EU related business. We can also assist non-EU clients looking to access alternative or additional business centres in the EU as their Brexit planning requires.

In addition, the Maples Group can assist with the establishment and operation of new entities in Ireland by providing management company services and specialist fiduciary and fund administration services.

Additional advice is provided by our regulatory team on the Irish interpretation of EU requirements including Solvency II, capital adequacy, remuneration rules and the EU Commission's Capital Markets Union initiative.

Our Irish experts work closely with our European and global offices to ensure that your business and transactions are structured for optimal efficiency, flexibility and performance.

A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH

Many of our global clients (in particular, UK domiciled clients) are developing their plans for carrying on business in the EU as a result of Brexit. While there may be long term benefits and new opportunities arising from the UK's decision to leave the EU, in the short-to-medium term many clients are facing important and challenging decisions. These relate to future uncertainty on EU rights and how to maintain (or if needed enhance) business models structured on existing European regulations and directives.

Since the UK referendum on EU membership we have been working, on a collaborative basis, with our clients and their international advisers to address a wide range of complex legal and regulatory Brexit-related issues. Recent examples include working with and alongside UK legal, regulatory and tax advisers to help global investment banks, financial institutions and investment managers develop their contingency plans or to establish new regulated entities in Ireland.

Navigating you through Brexit

CORPORATE

Our leading, full service Corporate group represents many international and indigenous clients in relation to their corporate and commercial requirements in an Irish law context.

We leverage local knowledge with a global perspective to assist sophisticated clients in establishing green-field operations in Ireland, in acquiring Irish targets or in using Ireland as part of a global corporate structure.

FINANCE

Our Banking team regularly acts on cross-border financing transactions, particularly those with a funds-based element. Our team has also acted in a broad range of banking regulatory matters, including applications for a banking licence in Ireland, change of control procedures and advice on regulatory capital.

We have in-depth knowledge of regulatory systems and culture, having acted both on the regulatory and industry sides in the past. We are also active in advising major players in the alternative financing market.

TAX

Amidst uncertainty as to whether there will be a ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ Brexit, Ireland is particularly attractive to businesses currently based in the UK, seeking a modern open economy with access to the EU.

Ireland has a sophisticated and attractive tax regime providing certainty and clarity to the many international investors and thousands of employees who currently reside here. Leading global companies, financial institutions, alternative investment funds and family offices have all chosen Ireland as a base of operations, as well as a jurisdiction for investment and management vehicles.

Dispute Resolution & Insolvency

Our Dispute Resolution & Insolvency group has market-leading experience in advising on, and acting in all manner of domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes. The management of risk and the fast and effective resolution of disputes is a core part of our approach to litigation and dispute resolution.

We focus as much on pre-dispute strategies designed to avoid disputes and mitigate risk as we do on litigation itself.

FUNDS & INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

Our Funds & Investment Management group is independently ranked as the number one legal adviser in Ireland for funds, based on: (a) total number of funds advised; and, (b) number of new funds established.

This market leading position gives us a unique insight into market trends. It also means our funds lawyers have a deep understanding of current laws, regulations and directives to support innovative product development in the area of UCITS, AIFMD, MiFID and across the wider asset management and financial services area.

We advise on all aspects of the establishment, structuring, authorisation and on-going distribution of investment funds and their management companies in Ireland. Our fund projects include mutual funds, liquid alternatives, hedge funds, real estate funds, private equity funds, managed account platform structuring and hybrid vehicles.

EMPLOYMENT

Our Employment group advises domestic and international companies and senior executives on all aspects of Irish employment law, including drafting employment contracts and policies; governance procedures for board level senior executives; outsourcings under the transfer of undertakings regulations; disciplinary and grievance procedures; and enforcing post-termination restrictive covenants.

PROPERTY

Our Property group offers advice on all aspects of Irish real estate and construction law. The Irish real estate market has undergone significant restructuring in recent years to become a truly international market. Our team, with its local expertise, has been at the forefront in this transition, advising both domestic and international financial institutions and leading international investors on the acquisition, management and leasing of Irish real estate.

The Property group works closely with our market leading Funds & Investment Management, Finance and Tax groups, collaborating efficiently and seamlessly to complete the most complex of real estate transactions within strict deadlines. These services have been in demand for entities establishing operations prior to Brexit and we are seeing increased demand for Irish property and office space as a result of new entities establishing in Ireland post-Brexit.

REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE

Our Regulatory & Compliance group provides strategic regulatory advice aimed at pre-empting industry compliance deadlines, adapting to changes in the market or to prepare for regulatory inspections.