Our journey began in Luxembourg in 1976 with just two people and today we have over 1,100 employees spread across 17 offices in 12 jurisdictions around the world.


Maitland 1976

24 May 1941 – 10 November 2009

Maitland’s founder Eric Pfaff, a specialist tax lawyer for South African law firm Webber Wentzel, opened our first office in Luxembourg on 13 January 1976.

Mr Pfaff is cited as being a true visionary, unfailingly courteous, considerate of others and deeply interested in cultural matters and philanthropy. He is the source of all of the values we at Maitland aspire to today. It is a tribute to his early work that many of the clients who formed the core of the firm in the eighties remain clients of Maitland today.

Late 70s

In the late 70s the focus was on cross-border structuring and tax solutions for corporates, with a close connection to the Oppenheimer family’s business interests.


Maitland 1986

The name Maitland was adopted in 1986 and came from Fiduciare Maitland, our first ever acquisition.

We opened an office in Guernsey in 1986 which we then moved to the Isle of Man in October 1990. Our office in the Isle of Man is in an old castle – Falcon Cliff.


Maitland 1987

In 1987 we acted for IBM in the disposal of its South African business.


Maitland 1988

In anticipation of the UCITS directive being adopted by Luxembourg in March 1988, we established a SICAV called Royal Trust Assetmix – one of the first of such funds.

In 1988 we opened our London office.


Maitland 1989

We worked on the De Beers restructure in 1989 which would define De Beers for the next 12 years.

We set up our first hedge fund in 1989 which was listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.


Maitland 1993

We worked on the sale of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection (one of the world’s greatest art collections) to the Spanish Government.


Maitland 1996

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) is very close to our hearts at Maitland. We set up the UK Affiliate for NMCF in 1996 and we are honoured to be a Lifetime Founder Club Member. We support the Fund through financial aid, office space and infrastructure services and our lawyers act on a pro bono basis for them.

We started our own wealth management service through Constantia Fund – a fund of hedge funds.


Maitland 2000

We opened an office in Dublin in 2000.

We made our way back to our South African roots – establishing a trust company in Johannesburg in 2000.


Maitland 2005

The acquisition of Finsource in 2005 allowed us to offer sophisticated institutional fund administration services globally from South Africa.


Maitland 2006

Steve Georgala was appointed as CEO in 2006. He joined the firm in 1984 and is one of our longest serving employees.

In 2006 Maitland advised on the Network Healthcare Holdings (“Netcare”) deal: a Dealmakers 2007 Deal of the Year.


Maitland 2008

In 2008 Maitland opened our Monaco office in response to the needs of our internationally mobile clients. Our Chairman, Michael Solomon relocated from London to head up the office there.


Maitland 2012

In 2012 Maitland acquired Inter-Ocean Management Limited, a respected corporate services and trust company in Mauritius.

Maitland acquired Admiral Administration, a North American award-winning hedge fund administrator, in 2012.


Maitland 2015

In June 2015, we acquired leading UK-based fund administrator Phoenix Fund Services.


Maitland 2016

Maitland celebrates its 40 year milestone with the opening of two new offices in the United States – New York and Miami.


Maitland 2017

In 2017 we acquired the Edinburgh based R&H Fund Services Limited from Jersey-based fund administrator R&H Fund Services (Jersey) Limited. The deal will allow the business to draw on Maitland’s considerable size, resources and global expertise – including its market-leading ACD and AIFM solutions – while providing Maitland with a foothold in the UK’s second largest financial centre. More on this here.

Maitland is now the largest fund administrator in South Africa.


Maitland 2018

Maitland acquires Talaria, launches Maitland Family Office.


Maitland 2018

Maitland establishes Guernsey Private Client Offering and further establishes position as prominent administrator for UK listed funds with two Guernsey funds listing.


Maitland 2019

Maitland acquires Monaco legal advisory firm Gowling WLG.


Today we are jurisdiction agnostic – offering seamless multi-jurisdictional services through our network of experts across the world.


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