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Matthew is head of the Maples Group's British Virgin Islands team in London and chairs the Real Estate Finance group. He advises on finance, banking and corporate law matters involving BVI companies and partnerships, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures, debt and equity financings, and project, real estate and asset financing. Matthew specialises in the listing of BVI companies on international stock exchanges, including the London Stock Exchange / AIM, NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange. He also advises on BVI insurance, compliance and regulatory law, and regularly contributes to industry journals, including PLC, International Corporate Rescue, Captive Review and FINalternatives.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Funds & Investment Management
Update on the British Virgin Islands
Maples and Calder Advises Ocelot Partners Ltd on $425m IPO
Maples and Calder Advises Owner of Premier League Football Club
Maples advises on Global M&A Deal of the Year: Africa
Maples advises Kuwait Energy plc on its $250m notes offering
Matthew joined the Maples Group in the British Virgin Islands in 2007 and was elected as a partner in 2013. Matthew previously worked for Lester Aldridge. He has been recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers UK, where he was described as "a formidable BVI adviser" and has a "very commercial mind and can-do attitude." According to the 2017 edition of Legal 500. Matthew is "a great lawyer who delivers as he promises he will". He "understands the nature of our business, is very responsive and provides us with commercial and pragmatic legal solutions". He has also been described in Chambers Global as "so responsive and diligent. He knows his stuff”. Matthew has co-written BVI chapters of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Lending and Secured Finance, and the International Comparative Legal Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions and is an editor of, and co-contributor to, the BVI text book Financial Services Demystified.
2002 - Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (does not practise as an English solicitor)
2006 - Admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands)
University of Reading, UK, LLB (Hons)
Bournemouth University, UK, Postgraduate Diploma, Legal Practice (Distinction)