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Appleby handles various acquisition and business transfer matters. Simon Harding advised Zurich on transferring the Zurich International Life Portfolio Bond to LCL International Life Assurance Company, while newly promoted partner Andrew Harding advised Thomas Miller on the purchase of Castletown Insurance Services. Pensions highlights include Caren Pegg, acting alongside contingents from the firm’s Channel Island offices, advising on the pension aspects of Barclays’ reorganisation of business from Barclays Private Clients International to Barclays Bank plc. Faye Moffett advised life insurer RL360° on its purchase of investment platform Ardan International.

DQ has ‘excellent knowledge of the issues, and proactive and thorough service’. The firm handles a range of mandates, advising pension trustees, businesses and insurance companies on tax, pension scheme formation, qualifying recognised overseas pension scheme (QROPS) regulation and negligence cases. Annemarie Hughes attracts praise for providing ‘security when dealing with the increasingly complex and litigation-heavy areas of pensions management’. She handles complex transactional insurance matters, while non-lawyer Sinead O’Connor advises on complex regulatory matters in the sector. Clients include Baker Tilly and the Manx Insurance Association. Tom Maher has retired.

At Keystone Law, consultant Ben Hughes (a fresh recruit from Cains) handles cross-border pension scheme formations, QROPS regulatory issues and tax matters. Clients include shipping and financial services companies.

Headed by Jonathan Latham, Cains handles work such as transfers of business and cross-border regulatory matters.

Simcocks is ‘very good and proactive – a nice bunch to work with’. David Spencer advised Utmost Holdings on its acquisition of AXA’s business in the Isle of Man, which is now rebranded as Utmost Wealth Solutions. The ‘exemplary’ Kevin O’Loughlin handles pension matters such as scheme drafting, while Amy Coole handles issues such as insurance re-domiciliations. Elizabeth Simpson’s practice includes insurance litigation.

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