Maples and Calder

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Maples and Calder
Founder Jim McDonald and John Maples
Headquarters George Town, Cayman Islands
Number of locations
Area served
Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Ireland, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Singapore

Maples and Calder is an international law firm based in the Cayman Islands. The firm was founded in the early 1960s and advises international financial, institutional and business clients on the laws of the Cayman Islands, Ireland and the British Virgin Islands, with a principal focus on funds, finance and corporate practice areas.


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.

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.

Practice areas[edit]

With a principal focus on the funds, finance and corporate practice areas,[3] Maples and Calder offers a range of other legal services, including providing advice on major infrastructure and property development projects, the establishment and structuring of a physical presence in the Cayman Islands, business licensing, real estate, immigration and employment law.

Awards & accolades[edit]

Maples and Calder has maintained its position as the largest Cayman Islands law firm, consistently 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 law firm to ever achieve Tier 1 in every category of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR).


Maples and Calder maintains a global network of offices[6] located in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, London and Singapore.

See also[edit]

Ugland House

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