Maples and Calder to offer Irish transaction advice from London as Brexit looms

Nicholas Butcher

Nicholas Butcher

International law firm Maples and Calder has announced plans to provide Irish transaction advice to UK clients from its London office.

Three key partners will provide advice from Aldersgate Street to meet the “international requirements of UK based clients in light of recent EU developments”, the firm said.

Nicholas Butcher, managing partner of the firm’s Dublin office, said the announcement is “an exciting development for our Dublin and London practices as well as for the international firm as a whole”.

Mr Butcher (pictured) added: “It further extends our global Irish network and complements our existing Irish practices in the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. It also demonstrates our commitment to London and UK-based clients and referrers and underscores our collaborative approach to advising clients alongside their existing UK advisers with respect to Brexit and other European advice needs.”

Partners Donna Ager, head of the firm’s European aviation pratice, and Adam Donoghue, investment funds specialist, have relocated permanently from Dublin to London as part of the new structure.

Maples and Calder has also appointed international corporate lawyer Nigel Wilson as a partner, who will join them in London.

Welcoming him, Mr Butcher said: “He brings a wealth of insight and experience to our global client base and his hire evidences not only our serious approach to extending our Irish practice to London but also our commitment to broadening our international presence.”

Mr Wilson added: “It is a very exciting opportunity for me to join Maples and Calder. I look forward to working with all my new partners globally, not only to develop the Irish practice in London, but also to add to the firm’s international offering.

“Maples and Calder has a tremendous referral network and from London I will be ideally placed to build upon and add to that.”

Paul Govier, managing partner of the London office, said: “I am delighted with this initiative. It will further enhance the close relationship between our BVI, Cayman Islands and Irish teams as, for the first time, we will have all three jurisdictions represented under one roof in London. This is consistent with our long-standing approach of providing an integrated service to all clients of the international law firm and our affiliate, MaplesFS, regardless of jurisdiction. To have three Irish partners of such high calibre join us in London is only the start.”