Maples Group appoints new managing partner to its London law firm

Heidi de Vries, Maples

Maples and Calder has appointed Heidi de Vries as managing partner of its London office. She will take office on 1 Dec., succeeding Paul Govier who is retiring from the firm. Until then, de Vries will assume the position of joint managing partner.

Govier joined the firm 17 years ago and will continue to support the London office in a consultancy capacity until November 2020, the company stated in a press release.

De Vries is a Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands lawyer and has extensive investment funds’ expertise along with management experience, having previously held the position of managing partner at another firm. She joined the firm in 2012 and specialises in the structuring, formation, ongoing maintenance and restructuring of hedge funds and private equity funds. Her portfolio of clients includes large financial institutions, as well as boutique and start-up managers. De Vries was recently named as a leading woman in hedge funds by the Hedge Fund Journal and will be the first woman to be appointed as managing partner of the group’s law firm in London.

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to lead the London team and I hope to build on Paul’s leadership, steering the law firm steadily into the next decade,” de Vries said. “London, along with other European cities is facing into a period of uncertainty, we will continue to provide a seamless service to our clients who are operating in this changing and challenging environment.”

Meanwhile, Harjit Kaur has been appointed as head of the Funds and Investment Management practice in London. Harjit joined the firm in 2007 as a member of the Funds and Investment Management team where she specialises in the establishment and maintenance of  alternative investment funds in Cayman. She advises numerous European fund managers and their onshore counsel on the formation, ongoing legal and regulatory compliance, restructuring and termination of different types of Cayman Islands investment vehicles, including hedge, hybrid and private equity funds. Harjit also regularly advises clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions, including shareholder arrangements and regulatory matters such as AML, FATCA and CRS compliance.

In January 2019, Maples and Calder and MaplesFS consolidated their services under a single brand, now called the Maples Group.