Maples and Calder recently welcomed newly qualified Caymanian attorney Bruce Blake to its team. Aristos Galatopoulos, a partner in the firm’s litigation department, presented Mr. Blake’s application for admission before Justice Alexander Henderson on 20 November.
Mr. Blake is the most recent of five graduates of Maples and Calder’s Articled Clerk Programme to be called to the bar this year, making them the largest group of articled clerks from one firm to be called to the Cayman Islands bar in the same year.
A resident of West Bay, Mr. Blake attended Wesleyan Christian Academy, the Cayman Islands Middle School and then Cayman Islands High School. He went on to the University of South Florida, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. He completed his CPA accounting examinations in 1996.
Mr. Blake joined Maples and Calder in 1998 as a Financial Controller. In 2002, he decided to venture into the legal field and enrolled at the Cayman Islands Law School.
During this time, Mr. Blake continued to work at the firm and upon successful completion of his studies he was accepted for Articles. As an Articled Clerk, Mr. Blake gained experience in funds, litigation, capital markets, asset finance and corporate work. He also qualified as a Notary Public.
At the ceremony, Mr. Blake expressed his gratitude to Maples and Calder. ‘I have been employed by Maples and Calder for almost 10 years and during that time I have formed many personal and professional relationships,’ he said. ‘The firm has been very fair and loyal to me over the years and I look forward to continuing our long standing relationship for years to come.’
Mr. Blake has joined the firm’s capital markets group, where he will work on debt and equity investments, structured finance and derivative product matters.
‘Not only does Mr Blake hold the relevant technical and academic expertise, but throughout his 10 years at Maples and Calder he has demonstrated good team working skills, a professional work ethic and has always had a calm and sensible attitude,’ commented Mr. Galatopoulos.
Maples and Calder is pleased to continue its long standing tradition of offering the best possible career prospects for local attorneys. ‘Mr Blake is the latest from our crop of home grown talent and is a shining example to all new recruits,’ concluded Mr. Galatopoulos.