Maples Group Appoints Two Caymanian Lawyers to Counsel

Photo L – R: Stephen Watler, Of Counsel; Matthew Gardner, Managing Partner of Maples and Calder, in the Group’s Cayman Islands office; and Maxine Bodden, Of Counsel.

Maples and Calder, the Maples Group’s law firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of two of its Caymanian lawyers to Of Counsel within its Cayman Islands office.

The newly promoted Of Counsel are Maxine Bodden, a member of the Trusts & Private Client team, and Stephen Watler, a member of the Funds & Investment Management team. Their appointments further strengthen the firm’s core practice areas and demonstrate the range of career-progressing opportunities available within the Group both locally and within its global network.

Stephen Watler joined as a trainee in 2005 and has worked in various jurisdictions with the firm including London and Hong Kong as well as completing a secondment with White & Case LLP in London.  An active member of the legal profession, Stephen is a member of the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association and a past president of the Caymanian Bar Association.

Maxine Bodden joined the Group in 2004 and recently received recognition as a ‘Rising Star’ in Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite Directory. Maxine is actively involved in the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP) including holding the position of Chair for the Council in the Cayman Islands and being a member of several STEP committees.

“I would like to congratulate our new Of Counsel on their well-deserved promotions. These appointments are a result of their hard work and ability to provide the highest quality advice to both clients and colleagues,” commented Matthew Gardner, Managing Partner of Maples and Calder, in the Group’s Cayman Islands office. He added, “We look forward to their continued success with the Group and wish them both well in their new roles.”

Globally, the Group promoted eight lawyers across six of its international offices, strengthening its mandate to deliver the highest level of client service that clients expect from an international group of its calibre.

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