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Appleby provides a ‘very good overall level of service’ and its lawyers are praised for their ‘responsiveness and depth of knowledge’. The firm fields a large dedicated banking team, which has multi-jurisdictional capabilities. Managing partner Faye Moffett is known for providing regulatory advice and advised Deutsche Pfandbriefbank on a £27m loan facility to Polaris Investments and Polaris Capital. Also recommended are shipping and aviation finance expert Simon Cain; Tom Brook, who became counsel in January 2016; associate Eleanor Dangerfield; and counsels Tom Brook, Michelle Brook and Kyle Sutherland. Other clients include Santander, BNP Paribas and Lloyds Bank.

Lawyers at Cains are ‘pragmatic and skilled at handling multi-party international deals’, as illustrated by the firm’s involvement as Isle of Man counsel to the mandated lead arranger, the Development Bank of Singapore, in the $2.3bn refinancing of Resorts World. Mike Edwards and senior associate Stephanie Chew, both based in London, took the lead in this transaction. ‘Clever and responsive problem-solverTristan Head advised Cerberus Business Finance when it provided a €400m senior secured facility to GVC Holdings to finance the acquisition of Richard Vanderplank heads the firm’s corporate department. Andrew Baker and Sally Cranshaw are also recommended. Other clients include Asian Development Bank, HSBC, RBS and Lloyds Bank, as well as a number of major e-gaming companies.

The ‘excellentDQ delivers ‘really impressive knowledge and turnaround speed’. The team includes Stephen Dougherty, who became a director in January 2016, and ‘communicative and helpful’ managing director Tom Maher. It is led by Mark Dougherty, who advised Britannia International on the wind down and closure of its Isle of Man licensed bank, and assisted two international banks with the formation of a joint venture to invest in ship mortgage loans. Simon Heggs left the firm in August 2015 to join Collas Crill’s Guernsey office.

The ‘responsive, proactive and very commercialAlex Spencer leads the practice at Simcocks; his highlights included advising Barclays on the provision of a £500m loan to a listed entity to finance an acquisition. Highlights for David Spencer and associate Robert Haddow included assisting Bank of America in several superyacht financings. Associate Kevin O’Loughlin acted for the lenders on the extension of a £500m facility to a property fund.

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