With offices spread throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and recently North America, the Maples Group provides opportunities to work in places all over the world. The firm’s global reach not only brings a lawyer closer to his or her client, wherever that may be, it also opens the door to new areas for growth and development.
A young Caymanian seized this opportunity, when in January 2010, he was offered a secondment with Maples and Calder’s Hong Kong office.
A year and half later, Stephen Watler is enjoying a new culture and the variety that it brings.
“Having trained and worked in the firm’s Cayman office, seconded to an onshore law firm in London and recently transferred to Maples’ Hong Kong office,” Mr. Watler said. “I have had the pleasure to work with many leading practitioners in various fields of work.”
Mr. Watler joined Maples and Calder in 2005 and upon completion of a vacation placement scheme in the firm’s London office, moved back to the Cayman Islands office as a trainee. On qualifying as an attorney at-law in 2007, he joined the investment funds group as an associate. He specialises in mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity funds as well as corporate and commercial matters.
“The Hong Kong office provides great exposure to the Asian and Australian market by offering Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands legal services in a time-zone convenient to such clients,” Mr. Watler said.