Name: Richard May
Firm Name: Maples and Calder
Jurisdiction: British Virgin Islands
Practice Area: Joint Ventures Law

Telephone: +1 284 852 3027
Fax: +1 284 852 3097

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Professional Biography:

Leaders in Law endorses Richard May as our exclusively recommended Joint Ventures Law expert in British Virgin Islands. If you wish to get in touch with Richard please use the contact information provided above.

Richard is Managing Partner of Maples and Calder, in the Maples Group’s British Virgin Islands office where he is also head of the Corporate and Finance teams.  He advises on a variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock exchange listings and corporate reorganisations.  Richard also advises investment managers and private equity houses on the structuring, formation and financing of investment funds and private equity funds.


Richard joined the Maples Group in 2011.  He was previously head of the Corporate and Investment Funds group at an international law firm in the British Virgin Islands and, prior to that, worked for Ashurst in London.  Richard has been featured in Latin Lawyer 250 and recommended in Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global and Legal 500.  He has been named as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000.

Professional Activities

He is a member of the Securities and Investment Business Advisory committee, the General Legal Council of the British Virgin Islands and a private sector-led focus group advising on corporate and regulatory legislation in the British Virgin Islands.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • 2002 – Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (not practising)
  • 2006 – Admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands)


  • Bristol University, UK, LLB
  • College of Law, London, UK, Legal Practice; Professional Skills

Firm Description:

With over 50 years’ experience in the financial services industry and expertise in the provision of a wide range of domestic and international services, we have become a global partner to our clients with offices strategically situated to best serve their needs.

We offer a broad range of solutions tailored to the unique requirements of each of our clients, independently providing specialised fiduciary, fund administration, regulatory and compliance, entity formation and management and legal services on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Jersey and Luxembourg.

Over the course of five decades, the Maples Group has grown from modest beginnings into one of the world’s preeminent professional services firms, with operations in the Americas and Caribbean, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

Our clients represent diverse backgrounds and sectors, and include many of the world’s foremost financial institutions, international corporations, asset managers and institutional investors. Given the global nature of doing business, our extensive footprint makes us perfectly positioned to deliver services that are designed to meet the unique requirements of our clients and the demands of the markets in which they operate.

Our practice-proven knowledge of the global marketplace and our willingness to embrace today’s technological advances means that we are able to continually update and evaluate our operational models and tailor solutions to ensure that we are delivering the greatest value to each and every client.

At the Maples Group we are dedicated to helping you foresee, innovate and deliver the results ‒ and value ‒ you deserve.