Simon Maple

Simon MapleMr. Maple has more than 20 years’ experience as a management consultant and attorney at large firms in London, New York and Chicago, including 13 years as an independent negotiations consultant and professional writer.

As an attorney at Clifford Chance and Jones Day, Mr. Maple represented Wall Street and City investment banks in finance transactions in the US, Brazil, China, Europe and Russia, as well as multinational corporations in mergers and acquisitions transactions. At Chapman and Cutler, Mr. Maple acted as bond counsel, lender’s and underwriter’s counsel to investment banks and hospitals, schools, universities, research facilities, parks, municipalities, states, territories and the US federal government.  Specifically, he negotiated on behalf of the US Federal Savings & Loan bailout agency responsible for selling more than 100 properties worth 400 million dollars.

Since 2002 he has collaborated with Paul Cramer, co-founder of CMI Concord and co-lead of the Negotiations Center of Excellence at a leading global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.  Mr. Maple writes and teaches extensively on negotiations. For his clients he writes monthly thought leadership articles published globally, hosts instructional podcasts and videos on negotiations “in action,” creates role-playing case studies for professionals in sales, finance, legal, information technology, sourcing & procurement and across all corporate functions and industries: products, resources, financial services, communications, high tech and government.

Mr. Maple has served as adjunct faculty on negotiations training courses for large companies and has taught collaborative negotiation to undergraduates and graduates at Dean College. He also co-created a groundbreaking full-day case study to teach interest-based negotiations to senior leaders and lawyers of a global consulting company.

As a management consultant at Accenture, Mr. Maple designed, developed and delivered training courses for the UK Department of Social Security on subjects ranging from information technology systems architecture to government policy on privatization. He also designed and programmed aerospace and weapons manufacturing software for clients in the US, UK, Ireland, South Africa and Indonesia.

Mr. Maple wrote an award-winning Code of Business Ethics for a Fortune Global 500 company, which has been translated into 16 languages. He has taught constitutional law to inner city children for the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago.  He has been represented by the London literary agency Sheil Land Associates for his fiction work, and is an advisor to the board of directors of the Awassa Children’s project in Ethiopia.

Mr. Maple is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Oxford University (Keble College).