Maples and Calder

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Maples and Calder
Law firm
Industry Professional services
Founder Jim McDonald and John Maples
Headquarters Ugland House, George Town, Cayman Islands
Number of locations
Area served
Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Ireland, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Jersey
Services Tax management

Maples and Calder is a multi-jurisdictional law firm headquartered in the Cayman Islands, with offices in traditional tax havens and corporate tax havens. It is a member of the offshore magic circle. The firm specialises in advising on the laws of the Cayman Islands, Ireland and the British Virgin Islands, with a focus on the structuring of tax efficient legal structures (or vehicles), and executing BEPS-type transactions.


MacDonald and Maples was founded by Jim MacDonald and John Maples. MacDonald later retired and Douglas Calder joined as a partner, resulting in the name of the firm being changed to Maples and Calder[1]. Today it is often referred to simply as Maples and is headquartered in Ugland House in the Cayman Islands.

The Cayman Islands office was opened in the early 1960s, followed by the Hong Kong office in 1995. Three years later, the London office opened its doors, with the British Virgin Islands and Dubai office establishing a presence in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Maples and Calder opened a Dublin office in 2006. 2012 saw the opening of a second office in Asia, when their Singapore office opened in September 2012.[2]

Alasdair Robertson is the firm's global managing partner and is based in the Cayman Islands office.

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The principal focus is on tax management (e.g. structuring and domiciling of tax vehicles, corporate transactions for IP-based and Debt-based based erosion and profit shifting (or BEPS) actions).[3] Maples and Calder also offers a range of other tax focused legal services, including providing advice on major infrastructure and property development projects (domiciled in offshore tax havens or corporate tax havens), and the establishment and structuring of a "physical presence" in tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, including business licensing, real estate, immigration and employment law.


Maples and Calder has maintained its position as the largest Cayman Islands law firm, holding top rankings for finance, corporate, investment funds and litigation in legal directories such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500,[4] and Practical Law Company (PLC),[5] and is the only offshore magic circle law firm to ever achieve Tier 1 in every category of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR).


Maples and Calder maintains a multi-jurisdictional network of offices in leading Caribbean and Channel Islands offshore tax havens[6] such as the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Dubai, and Jersey. As with other offshore magic circle law firms, Maples and Calder have also opened up offices in the major corporate tax havens, and particularly Dublin and Singapore (see Conduit and Sink OFCs).

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Coordinates: 19°17′31″N 81°23′07″W / 19.2920°N 81.3854°W / 19.2920; -81.3854