Maples and Calder Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maples_and_Calder
Maples and Calder (sometimes referred to as Maples) is the largest law firm in the Cayman Islands. As at January 2008, it is also the largest offshore law firm in the world.
It was originally founded by Jim MacDonald and John Maples in the early 1960s. Later MacDonald retired and Douglas Calder joined as a partner, and the firm has retained this name ever since. The firm has traditionally eschewed the use of an ampersand in its name, contrary to normal practice for law firms.
The firm was founded in the early 1960s (the exact timing depends upon which event is used to determine the founding date), just in time to ride the spectacular wave of growth in Cayman's offshore financial sector which was precipitated by the independence of the Bahamas in the 1960s. Jim MacDonald and the then-financial secretary of the Cayman Islands, Vasel Johnson, created much of the Caymanian offshore legislation which attracted the international business.
Although known predominantly as a Caymanian firm, Maples and Calder also has smaller offices in Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, London and the British Virgin Islands.
Although historically the firm was better known for offshore securitisation work, firm is now probably better known for its Caymanian funds practice.
Maples is one of only two firms in the Cayman Islands ranked in the top tier by both Chambers and Legal 500 directories.
In 2008, Maples & Calder was crowned Firm of the Year - Offshore Law Firm of the Year at the 2008 ALB SE Asia Law Awards.
At the 2008 ALB China Law Awards, Maples & Calder was crowned:
* Deal of the Year - IT/Telecommunications Deal of the Year
* Deal of the Year - China Deal of the Year
Maples & Caler was awarded Deal of the Year - Equity Market Deal of the Year at the2008 ALB Hong Kong Law Awards.
Maples & Calder website: http://www.maplesandcalder.com/