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Appleby’s sizeable corporate team of ‘strong technical lawyers’ is led by managing partner Faye Moffett, and includes Simon Cain, whose highlights have included advising Triumph Group on its $71m acquisition of GE Aviation Systems. Also recommended are Claire Milne, who has particular expertise in intellectual property and technology, Kyle Sutherland and counsel Michelle Brook. Other clients include Manx Telecom, RBS, HSBC and Playtech.

Lawyers at the ‘excellentCains are singled out for their ‘very good service and great communication’. Practice head Richard Vanderplank acted for a Singaporean property company on its £70m acquisition of an Isle of Man company. Highlights for the ‘very approachable and attentiveTristan Head included assisting local convenience store operator Mannin Retail with its successful appointment as Post Office operator in Douglas and Ramsey. Head also routinely advises Manx Telecom Trading on contracts, and worked alongside Mike Pinson in advising Bridgepoint on the acquisition of Appleby’s fiduciary business.

DQ’s long list of high-profile clients includes GVC Holdings, for which the firm acted as Isle of Man counsel in its £1.12bn acquisition of Practice head Mark Dougherty also advised Limulus on the £148m acquisition of the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch. Highlights for managing director Tom Maher included assisting international actuarial and pensions group Boal & Co on its acquisition of pension trustee company Zurich Trust. Senior associate Donna Matthews is also recommended. Simon Heggs left the firm in August 2015 to join Collas Crill’s Guernsey office.

Simcocks is ‘a trailblazing firm’ that provides ‘thorough, in-depth advice’. The firm advised Greenko Group on its $163m disposal of shares in Greenko Mauritius, and provided regulatory, pensions and employment advice to the purchaser of shares in a property fund. Irini Newby heads the practice, which includes Alex Spencer, David Spencer, Amy Coole and Phil Games.

At M&P Legal, the ‘calm, sensible and very experienced’ Christopher Murphy heads the practice and is supported by the ‘client-focused and commercially minded’ Damian Molyneux. Highlights included assisting a well-known global media company with the production of a television series. Consuelo Suay left the firm to take up an in-house position.

MannBenham Advocates Limited fields a ‘friendly, efficient and knowledgeable team’ led by the ‘professional, easy-to-work-with and thorough’ Carly Stratton. The firm advises clients on share purchases and regulatory matters, and regularly receives instructions from onshore law firms, major banks and local companies, including many in the e-gaming sector.

Advocate Marina Warwick’s clients include players in the insurance, e-gaming, cryptocurrency and biomedical sectors. Areas of expertise for the ‘efficient and attentive’ Marina Warwick include IP law, gambling law and Russian law.

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