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Law firm Maples and Calder, which advises on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Ireland and Jersey, has appointed seven new partners and three of counsel across its global offices. 

The new partners in the firm’s Cayman Islands office include Tim Coak, Daniel Lee, Anthony Philp, James Reeve and Shari Seymour. Callaghan Kennedy and Michelle Lloyd were elected as partners in the Dublin and Hong Kong offices, respectively. The firm’s new of counsel include Tim Dawson and David Sherwin in the Cayman Islands office and Mary O’Neill in the Dublin office.

“We are delighted to announce our new partners and of counsel in recognition of their exemplary expertise and dedication to the firm,” says Global Managing Partner, Alasdair Robertson. “Our firm continues to go from strength to strength thanks in large part to the quality of our people, and we are confident these individuals will excel in their new roles.” 

Coak specialises in the establishment, launch, ongoing maintenance and restructuring of all types of Cayman Islands investment funds, particularly hedge funds and private equity funds. He advises on commingled funds and managed accounts, and acts for a wide variety of clients, including large financial institutions and investment managers and smaller, start-up investment managers. He also regularly advises clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions. Coak joined Maples and Calder in 2012. 

Lee also joined Maples and Calder in 2012 and has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate work, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs and corporate restructurings. He also regularly advises on a broad range of investment funds, fund finance and structured finance matters. 

Philp has an extensive and broad range of experience in debt capital markets, corporate financing and asset financing. He regularly advises hedge funds, private equity funds and banks on capital commitment fund financing as well as borrowers and lenders on aircraft financing. He also advises on CLO and structured product transactions and secured and unsecured banking transactions, in addition to regulatory, general corporate and commercial matters and all types of listings on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange. Philp joined the firm in 2008. 

Reeve advises on structured finance transactions (in particular CLO transactions, related risk retention structures and catastrophe bonds), fund financing matters (acting for both lenders and borrowers) and general banking and financing work. Reeve also has experience advising on asset finance transactions (particularly off-balance sheet commercial aircraft financing and leasing) and general corporate and commercial transactions, along with restructurings and securities listings on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange. Prior to joining Maples and Calder in 2011, Reeve worked as a banking and financing lawyer at a magic circle firm in London where his practice focused principally on project finance. 

Seymour joined Maples and Calder in 2006 as an articled clerk, and upon qualifying in 2007 she joined the firm’s Corporate team. She has a wide range of expertise in corporate and commercial law, including advising banks, pharmaceutical companies, multinational corporations, power and energy companies, internet companies and property development companies on joint venture arrangements, IPOs, restructurings, banking and financing transactions. Seymour’s practice also includes advising private equity firms and investment managers on the formation and maintenance of all types of investment funds, including hedge funds and private equity funds. 

Dawson is a member of the Regulatory & Financial Services team. He provides all aspects of regulatory and financial services advice, including in respect of Cayman Islands licensing, prudential and conduct of business requirements, reporting and information exchange obligations (including those deriving from FATCA and the Common Reporting Standard), and advice on duties of data protection and confidentiality, anti-money laundering and combating of terrorist finance. Dawson is a member of both industry and Cayman Islands Government legal and regulatory working groups. Dawson joined Maples and Calder in 2015. 

Sherwin joined the firm in 2011 and advises hedge funds, private equity funds and investment managers on fund formation, restructuring and fund transactions. He also works both internally and with government and local industry on key legislative and regulatory developments. 

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