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Appleby advises banks and institutional clients on their roles as lead arrangers and lenders. Managing partner Faye Moffett and senior associate Eleanor Harding handle syndicated lending mandates, often involving non-bank lenders. The firm advises a number of debt funds, with new partner Kyle Sutherland and associate Katherine Johnson working with the firm’s Jersey office to advise Blackstone Group on a £183m acquisition finance facility to purchase Manx company 101 Logistics Limited. Simon Harding and counsel Tom Brook handle multibillion-dollar financings, sometimes with debt capital markets elements. Simon Cain and senior associate Helen Fretwell are also recommended. Other clients include HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Santander and other major British and international banks.

Cains attracts praise for its ‘exceptional level of service’; ‘its team is very responsive to requests for assistance, even in the most complex matters’. The firm advises borrowers and lenders on financing deals, including acquisition finance and senior secured facilities, as well as on banking regulation matters. Tristan Head is ‘attentive, smart, and works to City deadlines – he works as part of the team, not as just an offshore lawyer’, while ‘go-to personRichard Vanderplank is ‘a pleasure to work with –contact him with a problem, and it will be resolved very quickly’. Scott Leonard-Morgan and Steven Quayle are other names of note in the Douglas office. Mike Edwards in the firm’s London office advised Tangguh Production Sharing Contract Partners, a joint venture that includes BP,on the Manx aspects of a $12bn multi-sourced financing of a liquefied natural gas project in Indonesia. Sally Cranshaw is now at Keystone Law.

According to one client, DQprovides a higher level of personal service than other firms’ and others praise its ‘consistently accurate and concise advice’. It has a notable strength in vessel and aircraft financing; Mark Dougherty – ‘an effective relationship partner’ – advised Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on establishing a joint venture to invest up to $1bn in senior secured ship mortgages. Stephen Dougherty handles lender-side mandates, including but not limited to aviation financing. In the regulatory space, Mark Dougherty and associate Kirsten Middleton advised Irish Permanent International on the wind-down of its banking operation in the Isle of Man. Senior associate Hazel Dawson is also recommended. Other clients include Standard Bank, Sberbank and Canada Life. Tom Maher has retired.

According to one client, the newly established Keystone Law provides ‘service equal to or better than the long-established Isle of Man law firms’. The firm handles a significant number of real estate finance transactions for blue-chip lenders. Geoff Kermeen advised the Royal Bank of Scotland on a range of real estate financings, including a £24m loan facility to a Manx SPV for the purpose of buying 44 bank branches. It also acted for ING Real Estate Finance on a £115m loan to six SPVs for the refinancing of five buildings in London. With William Margot, he also advised Nationwide Building Society on an £8m refinancing of real estate in Liverpool through a Manx company.

Simcocksprovides a first-class service’, and ‘always delivers clear advice at a rapid response time’. The practice primarily advises borrowers, often connected with the British real estate market, but also a number of bank and non-bank lenders. David Spencer works with leading international law firms on financing deals, while Amy Coole advises borrowers and arrangers on eight-figure facilities, often concerning London real estate. Alex Spencer regularly advises borrowers on nine-figure loans.

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