I was already working offshore when the opportunity to join Maples and Calder arose and I jumped at it. The firm's reputation offshore and the quality of the people I already knew there made it an irresistible proposition. The quality of the firm's client base and the consistent exposure to the most high profile and sophisticated transactions distinguish it from its competitors and made it the place where I wanted to be.
Having met a few of the firm's lawyers previously and knowing others by reputation I joined with some trepidation at being expected to meet the standards of some of the brightest lawyers around. What really surprised me was how approachable those lawyers were and how everyone at the firm made such an effort to make me feel welcome. That for me is what distinguishes Maples and Calder from other firms and is the reason I have stayed through to partnership - it is a firm that values its culture above all else and its core values permeate every facet of work life.
We see the path to the firm's success as being the path to an associate's success and therefore our investment in an associate is an investment in the firm and as a single global partnership, that investment is made worldwide on a "one firm" basis. Having worked in both our Cayman and London offices I have seen first hand the willingness of Maples and Calder lawyers to help their colleagues whether they be in the same room; the same corridor; the same office; or across the world. It is a cultural heritage that the partners of Maples and Calder are very proud of and one that is carefully nurtured. That's what makes me proud to be a Maples and Calder lawyer.