Cayman Islands firm Maples and Calder has made its second lateral hire in as many months after taking on an asset finance partner from White & Case.
Mark Western joins the 27-partner firm after Maples and Calder announced last month that Nigel Porteous, a partner from Eversheds’ soon to be defunct London private client department, would move to the Caymans practice in April.
The appointments arrive at a time when the Caymans legal market is going through a period of change. Just two weeks ago, rival Hunter & Hunter merged with the Bermuda outfit Appleby Spurling & Kempe to form one of the largest offshore law firms.
While in this week’s issue of The Lawyer (January 26) it was revealed that Maples was replaced by two-partner Caymans firm Turner & Roulstone as counsel to embattled Italian group Parmalat.