Leading Individuals

Next Generation Partners

Offshore in United Arab Emirates

Maples Group

With ‘a wealth of experience in the private funds space’, Maples Group is a key contact for an assortment of private clients on British Virgin Island and Cayman Island law. Praised as ‘accessible, knowledgeable, and pragmatic’ Manuela Belmontes and Gurminder Sanghera often handle finance transactions for aircraft carriers and have strength in capital markets and finance matters. Philip Ireland is well-versed in collective investment schemes, notably private equity funds and Oliver Simpson is well regarded for his capabilities in corporate transactions pertaining to major hotels and resorts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Manuela Belmontes; Philip Ireland

Autres avocats clés:

Gurminder Sanghera; Oliver Simpson

Les références

‘The Maples team has a wealth of experience in the private funds space. The team offers timely and commercial advice, and is very responsive. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Manuela Belmontes is accessible, knowledgeable, and pragmatic.’

‘Philip Ireland offers comprehensive advice.’

Principaux clients

Aljazira Capital

Dubai Islamic Bank

Emirates REIT (CEIC) PLC

Lakemore Partners

Mubadala Capital

Nana Direct

NBK Capital

Playco Holdings / Starzplay

Riyad Bank



Walkers is well placed to advise clients on BVI, Cayman Island, Jersey, and Bermuda law. Daniel Wood oversees the practice, which includes banking and finance head Ciaran Bohnacker and Johanna Hendry, who are ‘outstanding’. The ‘knowledgeable’ Tom Cochrane heads the investment funds and corporate group. Cate Barbour has ‘stellar knowledge of cross- border litigation.’ Luke Petith is the key name for insolvency, dispute resolution and restructuring. Nicholas Davies left the firm in 2024.

Responsables de la pratique:

Daniel Wood; Ciaran Bohnacke; Tom Cochrane; Luke Petith

Autres avocats clés:

Johanna Hendry; Cate Barbour; Bryan O’Donnell

Les références

‘Walkers stands out for its bench strength and knowledge of the market.’

‘The Walkers team in Dubai is comprised of talented lawyers. Very responsive and commercial.’

‘The team were very receptive, warm, and patient in understanding the issue at hand.’

Principaux clients

GFH Financial Group

International Airfinance Corporation


Gulf Capital

SHUAA Capital psc

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Emirates NBD

Emirates Airlines


Sidra Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented MBFX, a forex and financial derivatives provider, in ongoing disputes with Von Der Heydt S.A.
  • Acted as legal counsel to Kitopi on its US$415 million Series C funding round.