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Keystone Law

THE OLD COURTHOUSE, ATHOL STREET, DOUGLAS, IM1 1JD, ISLE OF MAN
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Work 0333 939 8000
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Fax 0845 458 9398
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www.keystonelaw.co.uk

Isle of Man

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Keystone Law

Keystone Law’s Sally Cranshaw, Geoff Kermeen and William Margot recently advised Clearbell Capital on its acquisition of a Luxembourg SPV which holds real estate assets in Birmingham, as well as on its subsequent redomiciliation to the Isle of Man and the associated post-transaction refinancing. ING appointed the group to oversee the Isle of Man law aspects of a syndicated senior secured term loan related to the refinancing and development of a property in London, and the intra-group transfer of a portfolio of loan facilities. Margot also regularly advises a varied client base, including major banks, lender and borrowers, on the financing of Isle of Man entities such as companies, partnerships and trusts.

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Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Keystone Law

Keystone Law¬†services a varied client base ranging from local start-ups to international corporates and global financial institutions. The ‚Äėvery responsive and high-quality‚Äô team has ‚Äėa strong understanding of its clients‚Äô needs‚Äô and operates under the joint leadership of ‚Äėvery commercial and client-orientated‚Äô managing partner¬†Geoff Kermeen¬†and consultant¬†Stephen Rodd. Vannin Ventures instructed the firm to oversee the structuring and documentation of its acquisition of a majority interest in Goshawk and the joint venture agreement between the two entities following the completion of the transaction. On the local front, William Margot¬†and Gillian Christian¬†acted for a car dealership in a number of matters arising from its recent takeover of multiple sites on the island, such as the setting up of a hive agreement for the transfer of assets from three dealerships to the main trading company. The ‚Äėcompletely reliable‚Äô¬†Sally Cranshaw¬†is ‚Äėalways knowledgeable and gets the deal done'.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Keystone Law

At Keystone Law, 'the service provided is exceptionally high quality‚Äô and ‚Äėresponse times beat the competition‚Äôs ‚Äď they always remain available to meet at short notice‚Äô, according to one client. The group is currently advising a liquidator on the Isle of Man law aspects of the winding down of a fund, and Bridgewaters appointed the firm to handle the recoveries of monies owed via security documents. Clients describe practice head¬†Gillian Christian¬†as ‚Äėan outstanding lawyer‚Äô who ‚Äėregularly uses his wealth of knowledge, pragmatism and formidable presence in court‚Äô to ‚Äėsteer them through complex legal disputes‚Äô. Solicitor¬†Rachel Berry¬†is part of the team guiding a corporate services provider through fraud and breach of contract claims and is also key name to note.

Leading individuals

Gillian Christian - Keystone Law

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Keystone Law

Keystone Law's lawyers 'go out of their way to provide the most responsive service' and some clients 'consider them to be equal to - if not better than - the more established firms on the island'. The full-service offering fields names such as 'pensions law expert' Ben Hughes, who remains as adviser to the Public Sector Pensions Authority with regard to the consolidation of multiple public sector schemes into a unified government scheme, among other matters. Also notable is Gillian Christian, who - with the help of advocate Rachel Berry - is currently advising Whitbread on the opening of a new Premier Inn location on the island. She also provides advice pertaining to redundancies in the context of restructurings and M&A transactions. Consultant Monica Ma is also a name to note.

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Insurance and pensions
Insurance and pensions - ranked: tier 2

Keystone Law

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.

Leading individuals

Ben Hughes - Keystone Law

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