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Stephen Watler

Maples and Calder Cayman Islands
work PO Box 309, Ugland House South Church Street George Town Grand Cayman KY1-1104 Cayman Islands
Associate
Cayman Islands
work, pref+1 345 814 5119
cell+1 345 525 5119

Expertise

Stephen is an associate in the Investment Funds group of Maples and Calder in the Cayman Islands.  Having worked with the firm for over seven years as a Cayman Islands funds lawyer, he has advised managers and institutional clients based in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, London and New York on a variety of fund structures ranging from stand-alone to umbrella unit trusts, segregated portfolio companies, exempted companies and partnerships.

Stephen has extensive knowledge on Japanese and Cayman Islands regulatory matters involving retail, administered and registered mutual funds, ASR/SRS/SAR reports, ISDA transactions and the restructuring of investment funds.  He also acts for hedge funds, private equity funds, structured finance vehicles and provides advice on general corporate and commercial matters.

Professional Background

Stephen joined Maples and Calder as a trainee in 2005 and qualified in 2007.  He has worked in various jurisdictions for the firm including London and Hong Kong, and is currently based in the Cayman Islands.  Stephen also spent time on secondment at White & Case LLP in London, in their Banking and Capital Markets team. 

Education

Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada, BBA (Hons), 2002
University of East Anglia, UK, GDL/CPE, 2003
College of Law, UK, LPC, 2004

Professional / Civic Activities

Stephen is a Council Member of the Caymanian Bar Association and a Member of the Board of Governors of the University College of the Cayman Islands.  He is also a member of the Cayman Islands Law Society and the Law Society of England and Wales.

Bar Admissions

2007 - Admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands
2013 - Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (does not practise as an English Solicitor)

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