Originating from the Cayman Islands, Maples Group is an international firm with offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas that provides legal and fiduciary services to clients. The firm has had a Dublin office since 2006.
Focusses / specialisms
The offshore firm has established a reputation for itself for work in a number of practice areas in Ireland.
In the banking and finance space the firm is experienced in representing non-bank lenders on transactions.
In the capital markets area the team is a leader for securitisation work, especially CLOs, and is often on the side of issuers.
In line with the firm’s focus globally firm, it has one of the most reputed funds practices in Ireland, experienced in structuring ICAVs and UCITs among other vehicles.
Aviation, technology and real estate are among the sectors in which the firm is experienced.
Some recent key clients of the firm include Sysnet Global Solutions, Avolon, ABL Aviation, Altify, Accel Index Ventures, Rockall Technologies Ltd, CVC Credit Partners European CLO Management, Goldman Sachs International, Alibaba, ING Bank, Bank of Ireland, AIB, Credit Suisse, Marshall Wace and HarbourVest Partners.
Research period review: 30th edition (2019/2020)
During the research period the firm was active in banking and finance, capital markets, funds and M&A.
In asset finance and aviation the firm was involved in asset-backed securities issuances and acquisition financing for aircraft portfolios.
In banking work the firm advised financial institutions on the lending and borrowing sides of domestic and cross-border project finance, acquisition finance, mezzanine and refinancing transactions.
In the capital markets area the firm mainly saw mandates in CLO note issuances and structuring and repackaging programmes.
In investment funds work the firm cemented its reputation for high-end fund advisory, advising asset and investment managers on ICAV fund raising, loan origination funds, ETF and sustainable ESG products.
In M&A the firm saw transactional work with private equity investments, acquisitions and recapitalisation. It advised on large technology, healthcare, aviation and asset deals, advising a mix of buyers, investors and sellers.
Recent staffing changes include saw Aaron McGarry, an asset finance partner, Ciara O’Leary, an investment funds partner, and John Breslin, a banking partner, leave the firm in the research period.
Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)
Advanced Manufacturing Control Systems acquisition of Recy Systems
Bank of China Aviation $548 million ABS
Bain Capital Special Situations Europe €1.2 billion ICAV
Broadridge acquisition of Rockall Technologies
Falko $1 billion acquisition of Avolon jet aircraft portfolio
FTV Capital and True Wind Capital investment in Sysnet Global Solutions
Invesco Senior Secured Management €409 million CLO
SMBC Aviation Capital $380 million fund formation and Irish leasing platform
Upland Software $84 million acquisition of Altify
Client feedback: 30th edition (2019/2020)
"Technically competent, commercially aware and approachable."
"Best in class for breadth of experience. Work seamlessly with their industry leasing corporate services business."
"Experienced, knowledgeable, engaging and available while also very commercial, pragmatic and practical in their approach."
"The firm provides excellent legal advice."
"As mentioned, I originate and manage some of the largest real estate investment deals in Ireland. Maples are my go to firm for the larger ticket sized deals due to their ability to project manage the entire legal process in an efficient manner and quickly distill the highly complex borrower and financing structures being negotiated. Based on some of the complex structures involved, Maples advices in terms of developing an appropriate security structure for the Bank is invaluable. They are a top tier firm for AIB."
"Speed, accuracy and knowledge."
"Great communication and timeliness."
"Maples provide high quality, commercial advice, with suggestions and solutions that are not only commercial but also legally sound. Partners are fully immersed in the detail of the transaction at hand, are highly responsive and remain calm under pressure. It is quite obvious from working with Maples that they see themselves as more than "overseas advice" and are happy to dive into the wider detail of the deal to ensure advice from different jurisdictions is harmonised. It is also clear from the advice Maples provide that they as a firm are very well joined up between departments, providing unified advice across different fields of legal expertise."
"The firm are proactive and responsive."
Capital markets : Equity
"Excellent client service, knowledge and experience."
"Understands the commercial requirements and facilitates getting transactions completed."
Capital markets : Structured finance and securitisation
"Highly responsive, friendly, easy to work with and solution-oriented."
"Very plugged into the industry, good team dynamic, very collegiate, responsive, the interaction with their corporate services arm is pretty seamless."
"Very commercial and pragmatic approach to problem solving."
"Strong practice, good commercial acumen, responsive and easy to work with."
"Responsive, concise, knows market conventions well and recognised provider in CLO."
"Helpful pro-business fantastic global connections experts in their field."
“Very commercial approach."
"Clear advice, excellent response times to any queries and strong market insights."
"In my opinion, the firm is number 1 in Ireland for alternative asset management. They know the market; they know the technical and practical position; they deliver the advice in an accessible and timely way."
"Maples and Calder give commercially astute advice. They have their finger on the pulse in terms of what the regulators require and expect which makes the process so much more efficient."
"Responsive, commercially aware and technically astute."
"Maples is a model of consistency, providing us with high quality advice across a range of topics. The team are responsive and commercial. Hugely important attributes in M&A."
"Access to high quality expertise across all functions."
"Partner provided services and had an excellent understanding of the health ecosystem including the regulatory requirements."
"Hard working, honest and smart."
"In addition to the high quality of work you would expect, they have their finger on the pulse of where the market and trends are which is of huge benefit in a transaction."
"The Maples team were at all times highly responsive with Alma O'Sullivan and Vanessa Lawlor a pleasure to work with. The refinancing was highly complex and the team were on top of all such details."
"The firm was very esponsive, professional and extremely dilligent; covering every angle. The sstaff were pro-active and a sensible approach was always taken when working with legal counsel for the other side."
Restructuring and insolvency
"Maples provide a superb comprehensive legal service. They are one of the best firms in Ireland."
"Quality and experienced lawyers in their field. They are personable and commercial."
"Very professional firm with good depth of resources and strong litigation/insolvency and funds depts."
"A range of excellent solicitors - excellent insolvency and litigation teams."
“Extremely responsive, comprehends and grasps intricacies that stem from us being a non-bank lender. Alma has continued to build on the relationship post-closing of the transaction and has been extremely helpful regarding a number of ad-hoc queries since the transaction has closed as well.”
“Responsive, flexible and gives good advice.”
“Callaghan is very good at keeping in touch and sharing insights off deal as well - much more so than his peers at other firms.”
“Very experienced, commercial and detail focused.”
“Colm combines deep transactional experience with industry-specific knowledge to drive excellent outcomes for a company throughout the entire sale process.”
“Excellent communication skills and legal analysis of main legal issues as they arise.”
"Knowledge of topic responsiveness."
"Accessibility and knows the goal is to find a way to get the deal done."
“Excellent legal knowledge, a good communicator, committed, represents firm very well, has a friendly disposition and is helpful.”
"Very experienced with excellent legal and sector knowledge while also being very commercial and practical. Innovative and solution focused. An asset to my business."
"Communication, problem solving abilities, innovative solutions and project managing. You can always depend on Elizabeth to stage manage a deal and bring everyone along together to meet deadlines."
“Elizabeth has worked with us as lead Irish counsel where we have required Irish law advice on acquisition finance transactions. Elizabeth is a pure pleasure to work with, creating a partner-led deal team, responding quickly to queries and providing commercial solutions. Elizabeth is highly skilled at converting complex Irish law concepts into clear and advice. Elizabeth goes above and beyond the usual service for overseas advice and really does feel like an entrenched member of the deal team. We thoroughly enjoy working with Elizabeth and the rest of the Maples team and look forward to working together more in the future.”
“Elizabeth is excellent. She is pragmatic, proactive, commercially astute and always accessible.”
“Liz is an excellent communicator, she is very client focused and delivered in a very professional manner both on time and on budget. She liaised with other partners in Maples to ensure a comprehensive response.”
“Positive 'can do' approach, always client focused, accepts and meets challenging deadlines. Elizabeth is a good communicator, has the experience to take the lead on a deal and takes problems offline to solve with other side.”
“Excellent knowledge and commercial focus.”
“Excellent knowledge, superb response time, understands client needs and communicates very well, trusted and delivers.”
“Very responsive, knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with.”
“Patrick is straightforward, commercial, he is personable, experienced and results focused.”
“Patrick is an excellent client manage, responsive and has taken the time to understand our business, the challenges we face and our risk appetite. This allows Patrick to provide us with relevant concise advice upon which we can rely.”
“Peter engages with everyone he meets and is keen to share knowledge and experience, because of this, no matter what the issue, Peter has the depth of knowledge to advice the best course of action. He is very efficient!”
“Robin is very personable which he combines to great effect with a ruthless streak. He is a very experienced litigator and knows all there is to know about insolvency.”
“Experience, personable and commercial.”
“A very proactive and astute solicitor. Excellent technical knowledge yet with good commercial approach.”
“A first class insolvency and litigation solicitor. Very experienced with great technical knowledge, proactive and easy to work with.”
"Very clear communication, technically very strong and very personable."
“Excellent project management skills, customer service, attention to detail, responsiveness, knowledge of their field and communication.”
“Professional, timely and knowledgeable.”
“Super friendly, easy to work with and is very responsive.”