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Appleby recently led the advice to an international insurer on the redomiciliation of its captive insurance company from the Isle of Man to Bermuda and its subsequent merger with an already-established Bermuda entity. Alongside counsels Michelle Brook and Tom Brook,  Andrew Harding assisted a leading offshore insurance company with a secured loan to a number of its business intermediaries, while Christopher Cope undertook the sale of a major UK bank’s life insurance business in the Isle of Man. Also notable is the firm’s work in the corporate restructuring space, where Juan Thornley and Kyle Sutherland oversaw changes to group pension schemes and regulatory issues. The Isle of Man insurance team is led by corporate expert Simon Harding, who has a strong track record in corporate transactions and financial services regulations. Notable clients include Lloyds and Zurich.

Annemarie Hughes is one of the senior names to note in DQ’s insurance and pensions offering. She recently led the advice to clients on the administration of pension plans regarding enhanced transfer benefits, the appointment of new trustees and regulatory obligations. Also notable are senior associate Hazel Dawson and head of regulatory and compliance services Sinead O’Connor. Key clients include Allied Irish Bank, LCL Group and RL360.

At Keystone Law, 'the level of services provided is exceptionally high' and 'the combined knowledge and experience of the team is a match for any law firm on the Isle of Man', according to one client. Ben Hughes and consultant Monica Ma continue to provide ongoing pensions advice to a trust company with regard to issues such as regulatory and tax approvals. In another highlight, the pair recently advised the trustees of an Isle of Man scheme on its buy-out and winding up, which included a comprehensive review of the benefit tables before their submission to the annuity providers, and on anticipating potential member disputes. Notable clients include the Public Sector Pensions Authority.

Cains’ Richard Vanderplank recently led the advice to Aviva on its disposal of Friends Provident to RL360, supported by of counsel Alex Poole-Wilson. Also notable is of counsel Jonathan Latham, who supported Vanderplank with regard to his regulatory advice to an international offshore bond products business which sought counsel regarding the future of its offshore business in the event of a hard Brexit; Latham was also part of the team which assisted a captive insurer incorporated in the Isle of Man with its restructuring to become tax-registered in the UK.

Simcocks¬†fields a ‚Äėvery professional and helpful‚Äô insurance offering led by David Spencer,¬†who specialises in insurance transfer schemes and contract issues. Clients recommend Kevin O‚ÄôLoughlin,¬†who assisted an Isle of Man holding company with the creation, sponsoring and regulatory approval of a group pension scheme. On the insurance side, Elizabeth Simpson¬†is currently acting for an international life assurance company in a high-value fraud and misrepresentation claim against the directors of a now-defunct fund company. In other highlights, Phil Games¬†led the advice to a private client with regard to the creation of an international private pension plan which is awaiting regulatory approval.

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