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Mark Dougherty

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Corporate and commercial.


Director and head of corporate and commercial.


Trained Simcocks Advocates; qualified Isle of Man 1999, England and Wales 2000; Appleby Spurling & Kempe, Bermuda (now Appleby) 2000-01; Dougherty Quinn 2001, director 2005.


Post member of Isle of Man Law Society Council (Head of education).


Sport, especially rugby and hockey, theatre, and travel.

Isle of Man

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

DQ ‘is always quick to respond with close involvement from partners on all matters’ and represents an enviable list of heavyweight clients such as Santander, Lloyds and Standard Bank. In recent highlights, the group was appointed by Credit Agricole and Sumitomo Mitsui to oversee their Sea Bridge joint venture, which was set up to invest up to $1bn in senior secured ship mortgage loans. Mark Dougherty represented Permanent Bank in its withdrawal from the Isle of Man and the winding down of its local branch, while Stephen Dougherty assisted an investment manager with its acquisition, refinancing and potential administration of an Isle of Man trading structure. On the contractual front, senior associate Hazel Dawson reviewed licensing, standard lending and security documentation requirements.

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Corporate and commercial

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Dougherty - DQ

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Investment funds and capital markets

Within: Investment funds and capital markets

Mark Dougherty sits at the helm of DQ’s investment funds and capital markets offering, which also includes senior associate Hazel Dawson and associate Adam Killip. In a recent highlight, the team acted as sole Isle of Man counsel to GVC Holdings with regard to its £4bn acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral, which involved significant share transfer issues; Dawson also led the advice to a real estate investment company in relation to its acquisition of a controlling share in an Isle of Man closed-ended investment fund with a significant German property portfolio, as well as its subsequent reorganisation. Clients also appointed the group to oversee constitutional amendments, Toronto Stock Exchange listing requirements and tender offers to shareholders in the context of the winding-up of a fund.

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Shipping, aviation and space

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Dougherty - DQ

Within: Shipping, aviation and space

Clients such as Ryanair, Bank of America and Seven Mile Shipping retain DQ’s ‘helpful and prompt’ team to advise on a wide range of mandates. On the aviation side, clients recommend corporate and commercial practice head Stephen Dougherty for his ‘detailed knowledge of the Isle of Man legislation’ and ‘genuine desire to help clients’. Among his recent highlights feature a number of aircraft and helicopter acquisitions. For shipping work, clients can rely on managing partner Mark Dougherty, who is currently assisting Credit Agricole and Sumitomo Mitsui with its Sea Bridge joint venture, which is designed to invest up to $1bn in senior secure ship mortgage loans. Associate director Donna Matthews is also a key contact for financing work in the context of facility restructurings and loan refinancings.

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